What would you give for a better night’s sleep? Cutting back on your precious screen time? Skipping out on that energizing morning jog? Spending less quality time with those you love? Sometimes the choice between what you love and what’s good for you can be a difficult one, but I’d like to shed some light (pun intended) on why that doesn’t always have to be the case.
While many believe that technology has distanced us from the natural order of things, there are many companies out there that are striving to bridge the gap between our natural biology and what the modern world demands of us. Among these is USAI Lighting, an innovative manufacturer of LED lights that has been developing products of consistent quality since its inception in the 1930s. Today we’d like to highlight the excellent work USAI’s Color Select® is doing in putting forth new lighting products that are avant-garde, personal, and beneficial to one’s health.
Lighting technology in sync with our biological clock
In the past, it would have proved quite difficult to quantify just how much our health is affected by lighting. More recently many organizations, including the National Institute of Health, have been trying to do just that, using a new metric called Circadian Stimulus (CS) which measures the impact that light can have on the hormones that control our circadian rhythm, or biological clock. Color Select® fixtures aim to match electric light to daylight, which can range from 0.3 or higher CS during the daytime, and less CS of 0.1 or lower in the evenings. USAI’s Color Select® can produce CS ranging between 0.01 and 0.6 and enables control over color, intensity, temperature ranging from 6000 K to 2200 K, and lumens output, mimicking an array of scenes, from overcast skies to scintillating sunsets.
USAI’s Personalized Lighting® and Color Select® allows the user to select between an expansive range of colors that do more than just illuminate a room. With a selection including 3”, 4.5”, and 6” apertures available in downlight, adjustable, and wall wash fixtures and a cylinder pendant exposing a 40°, 60°, and 80° beam of light, you can truly personalize your space, and create a lighting system that enhances the architecture and design of your home . All of this, as you optimize the energy efficiency of your home while controlling how much light output you use based on how much you actually need. Best of all, if your décor changes, your lighting fixtures don’t have to, as you can accommodate to a range of styles, colors, and configurations that highlight just what you want it to.
Healthier living through intelligent lighting
While customizable lighting has multiple applications in healthcare facilities, schools, and commercial spaces that benefit from differentiation of lighting for comfort, focus, and marketing opportunities, we believe the home is the environment that gets the most ample use of the personal customization features. Whether it’s a busy setting or a haven of relaxation, from work to play and everything in between, the home is perhaps the most diverse of all the places we inhabit, and USAI’s Color Select® allows you to take control of your home’s aesthetic and your own well being.
If you value a good night’s sleep, a healthier lifestyle, and a lighting that accentuates the design of your space, you may consider getting USAI’s Color Select® for your home, or any other space where lighting is crucial. What’s more, these can all be integrated to the precise conditions of your home and lifestyle through programs like Lutron’s Homeworks QS, Pico Lighting, and Radio RA2.
Our bodies are designed to adapt to their surroundings; USAI Lighting’s Color Select® is an intelligent lighting fixture designed to adapt to you, rather than the other way around. Imagine never again being at the mercy of an alarm clock and its less-than-pleasant tones and instead being naturally woken up by your own biological clock, all while feeling more rested and focused throughout the day. Let Acoustic Architects help you accomplish that by giving us a call for a consultation on how we can integrate smart lighting for your home and health.