The gist: Smart Home technology reduces energy use by managing and controlling overhead lighting use. Lighting control systems determine how much ambient electric light a room needs, and manages the space accordingly.
Here’s why I am excited about this leading green technology:
1. Save Money
Daylight harvesting saves money on energy costs. Your smart home, when equipped with a smart lighting system, will adjust electric output. The more daylight available, the less electricity needed. In the absence of natural light, sensors adjust the smart space appropriately.
2. Go Green!
Greenhouse gases are a product of electric production, therefore, natural light and photo sensors lower your carbon footprint.
3. Retain Vitamin D
There’s a health bonus to conserving electricity and making a positive impact on the environment. Managed ambient lighting increases one’s ability to store vitamin D. So what? Insufficient Vitamin D impacts the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. You can imagine the long-term effects! Sunshine D promotes good bone health, treats and/or prevents depression, and in the long term, prevents osteoporosis.
4. Amp Up Productivity!
Sunlit office spaces enhance productivity. Employees subjected to daylight have been found to produce 40% increased sales due to higher energy and focus levels.
5. See More
Natural light enhances eyesight. Retinas produce dopamine which reduces eye strain and promotes better optical health.
6. Feel Sunnier
Some people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression. Sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin which in turn treats and/or prevents depression. Natural light also seems to treat certain heart diseases and cancers.
7. Get Cash Back!
Since Daylight Harvesting is an energy efficiency method of lighting, ecolabel certification marks may be earned for sustainable architecture. Once deemed green, a building could qualify for rebates from its electricity provider and increase its real estate value. Win. Win.
8. Be Healthier
Sunlight inhibits mold and bacteria growth. The more natural light in your space, the less likely it is to develop mold, mildew, or other health risks. Daylight Harvesting lighting systems use daylight sensors and reflective shelves near windows and other natural light sources which reflect sunlight further into the room. Hey, presto! Happy, healthy you!
From smart homes to shopping malls and skyscrapers, everyone is seeing value in conserving energy. The above perks have Light Harvesting Technology fast becoming the leader of the “green movement”.
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