Human Centric Lighting
The term Human Centric Lighting is used across Europe, regardless of language. “It evolved from a process to find a title that would encompass the health, well-being and performance perspective of light – as well as introduce the visual, biological and emotional benefits,” Steinbusch explains. Essentially it had to be distinguishable from normal lighting and be clear to all those working in the industry and related policy areas. “Having the same term in all European countries ensures we are all on the same page.”
Human Centric Lighting can be applied in diverse fields “from schools and hospitals, to offices, manufacturing sites and private homes.” In terms of health care for example, research has shown that providing illumination closer to natural lighting could play an important part of care and recovery, restoring sleep patterns or improving eating habits. In schools, both pupils and teachers could also benefit. While higher illumination levels have been found to increase concentration, lower lighting can create a calm environment for relaxation.
Elsewhere the potential of Human Centric Lighting has also been jumped on by athletes, particularly those who train in winter months in need of a boost or those that travel regularly and suffer from jet lag. Research is also being conducted regarding its application for space travel.