A new paradigm, referred to as human-centric lighting, or lighting for human preference, where light is seen from the perspective of the users of a space is starting to emerge. The results of recent independent studies provide a foundation for designers to specify a spectrum humans prefer.
The quest for energy efficiency should not stop after a building is certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Technologies capable of reducing energy costs continue to evolve and are in a state of flux. Therefore, there is always potential for improvement upon the technology used in a LEED-certified building. Perhaps no area of building technology has improved so rapidly as the lighting industry.
Connected buildings, the Internet of Things, and smart devices are buzzwords in the industry. But do building owners and facility managers have a true understanding of what a connected building is and the benefits it can provide?
The introduction of light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures has changed the established view of light sources. Best known for their ability to provide quality lighting with lowered energy costs, LEDs, in reality, represent a paradigm shift in the capabilities of a light fixture.
San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a 115-year-old social services organization serving people who are blind or have low vision. In designing the organization’s new headquarters, the architects at Mark Cavagnero Associates had the opportunity to reimagine their usual design process and rethink how to create beautiful spaces focusing on all senses.