Are Sustainable Lighting Products Good for Design?
By Torrin Greathouse | February 09, 2016
Because they have yet to saturate the lighting market, it is easy for consumers to be incredulous about the benefits sustainable lighting products offer. These products, however,enhance every aspectof architectural design.
These are three of the many design benefits sustainable lighting offers:
Makes Spaces Appear Larger
Even well-designed, open floor plans can appear smaller than they actually are due to the poor distribution of light and shadow. Shadows at the edge of the roommake it appear closed in, however, bright diffuse lighting reduces the presence of these shadows, making rooms appear larger, cleaner, and more spacious.
Reduced Energy Usage
Any design choice which makes a building more efficient is clearly worth considering. Upgrading the lighting of a facility to more sustainable options can provide areduction in energy usageof 50-80%. Whether you install daylighting products or sustainable artificial lights, such as LEDs, these green building solutions not only markedly reduce energy use for lighting, they also generate less heat than outdated incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.
More Comfortable Environment
People spend themajority of their time indoors, which can have an adverse affect on productivity and morale. The higher quality light sustainable lighting provides reduces stress, while improving health and attentiveness. As a result, occupants are more alert and use fewer sick days on average. Studies also show that sustainable lighting creates “non-specific positive environmental feelings” in occupants.