Crestron’s range of control solutions can now be used in conjunction with circadian lighting, the company has announced. Manipulation of artificial light as the primary circadian stimulus in buildings that meet the WELL Building Standard (WELL) is a hot trend in architectural lighting, with Crestron circadian lighting solutions ensuring those lighting control systems perform to specification and are easy to use.
“Research suggests that automatically adjusting the colour temperature and intensity of light to synchronise with the natural circadian rhythm can create an optimal environment and trick our bodies,” notes Nathan Dietrich, director, commercial lighting at Crestron.
In office spaces, circadian lighting control supposedly helps drive greater concentration, productivity, and creativity among workers. In healthcare environments, such as in a patient’s room, it has been proven to promote faster healing, which translates into better outcomes, faster patient out-time, and cost savings. In classrooms, it can lead to better student behaviour and concentration. And in hotels it can help guests acclimate their natural body rhythms to local time and thereby mitigate the effects of jet lag during the day.
In addition to the physical benefits, the new WELL Building Standard provides building owners and managers cost-saving deployment guidelines for building features that impact health and wellbeing, including lighting.
“Circadian research may be complicated but the implementation of a circadian solution is not,” adds Nathan. “Crestron circadian solutions ensure that the pieces, parts, protocols, wiring, and software work together to meet project objectives.”
Crestron control systems and graphical user interfaces (i.e. touch screens, desktop or mobile apps) enable users to control the colour, intensity, and dosage of light in their space to elicit a particular circadian effect. Features such as graphical colour pickers and user selectable time clock events enable people to understand and get the most out of their tuned environment.