Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What is Lighting Temperature and How Can It Affect Your Business?



With the advent of LED lighting comes a consideration that wasn’t relevant in the era of incandescent bulbs: what color temperature should your lighting be?
 
First, what is color temperature?  
Color temperature refers to the appearance of a particular light. Incandescent bulbs emit a warmer, yellowish light, similar to candlelight. With LED lights, temperatures can be cool or warm. If you prefer the warmer light of an incandescent bulb, you can still get the same sort of lighting from an LED bulb—with the added benefit of a bulb that is more durable and energy efficient. 
Unlike temperatures relating to weather, the higher the lighting temperature, the cooler the light is, and the more directly it imitates pure sunlight. Color temperatures range in number from about 2,000 degrees Kelvin (K), which resembles the warm light of a candle, to about 6,000K, which resembles the bright, cool white of sunlight. Natural white, cool white, and warm white temperatures fall between the two extremes.

So now that you know what lighting temperatures are, what do they do? And what effect can they have on your business?  
Like everything else in your space, you’ll want to match your lighting temperature to the feel and function of your space. In general, warmer temperatures are calming, inviting and relaxing, while cooler temperatures can enhance concentration and alertness. The pleasing glow of a warm light might be right for your restaurant, coffee shop or spa, while cooler, white light might be better for your office space. Cooler lighting, and lighting that more closely resembles daylight, is also recommended for task lighting and display areas, and might work better in a retail setting. 

While they sound similar, a bulb’s color temperature is not the same as a bulb’s Color Rendering Index (CRI). The CRI refers to a bulb’s ability to render colors accurately, which is especially important if you’re lighting a space for artwork, factory production, printing or photography.
The temperature of a room's lighting can also affect how people perceive the actual temperature in the room. Warmer lighting temperatures can cause people to think the room is warmer than it actually is, and cooler lighting temperatures can cause people to perceive the temperature as cooler. Making a swap for the hot and cold seasons can cause customers or employees to feel warmer when it's cold outside and cooler when it's hot outside, which improves their mood and also can help you save on your heating and cooling.

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(The Lightbulb Company, Forbes)


Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring into new lighting.


Whether you’re changing out your product displays, your seasonal menu, or otherwise embracing the change in seasons, there are a few ways you can bring spring indoors, including changes to your lighting design.

Reevaluate your accent lighting
If you have a retail space and you’re changing out displays for the season, you’ll most likely need to change up your accent lighting to better accentuate new displays or products. If changing out displays and locations in your store is something you do often, you may want to consider whether your current accent lighting setup is working for you. Track lighting can help if you’re often moving displays and need to adjust lighting.


 

Add plants
What would spring be without the return of green and blooming plants? Adding plants, whether they’re natural or artificial, to your space can help bring the look and feel of spring inside. If you decide to add plants, or perhaps already have plants, adding accent lighting, such as spotlights, can emphasize these natural elements and mimic the effect of sunlight passing through the greenery outside.

Add mirrors
Now that winter has left us, your space might be getting a lot more natural light. Although they’re not technically a lighting fixture, installing a few strategically placed mirrors can help reflect more light, artificial or natural, throughout your space. Mirrors are a great quick, low-cost solution—and they can be as long-term or short-term a solution as you’d like. For example, in the summer, you might find that reflecting extra sunlight into your space can make it significantly warmer (in terms of atmospheric temperature, not lighting temperature) and negatively impact your cooling costs, in which case the mirrors can be easily removed.

Add an LED skylight
If your space doesn’t get a lot of, or any, natural light, or if you’d like to add the feel of natural light, consider installing LED skylights. If you’d like to add the look and feel of a skylight to your space, but for whatever reason don’t have the capability of installing them in your building, installing LED skylights instead can be a good way to achieve a similar look and feel without altering your building. These panels are LED projectors that emit white light in a spectrum that mimics the sun’s output. Typically, the color temperature and brightness can be controlled with a remote or switch. Sunlight, and lighting that mimics it, has been shown to be beneficial for health, and keep your employees and customers feeling cheerful. And, because the “skylight” panels are LED powered, they’re designed to last three times longer than fluorescent tube light bulbs.


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Light Up Your Patient Satisfaction Scores


The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is the first standardized, publicly reported survey of patient’s perspectives of hospital care. First introduced to the public in 2008, it was intended to help consumers compare the quality of healthcare providers and improve the conditions and transparency inside these facilities. Patients are asked about staff’s responsiveness to needs, quality of care and communication, cleanliness, quietness, and more.
Fast forward seven years later and only roughly 13% of U.S. hospitals received the highest score (5 stars) on the new rating system introduced by the CMS. Out of around 3,500 facilities, 101 received one star, 582 received two-stars, 1,414 received three-stars, 1,205 received four-stars, and 251 received five-stars. 

In 2018, patient satisfaction has only grown more vital for the success of a healthcare facility and staff. Patient quality perception has become a top priority for healthcare leaders with negative word of mouth potentially costing $6,000 - $400,000 in lost healthcare revenues over one patient’s lifetime. 

On the brighter note, satisfied patients result in more individuals following treatment plans, returning to the same facility for future needs, lowered risk of being named in lawsuits, and either improving or educating the reasoning behind unpopular patient processes.

How can lighting help healthcare services save time, money, jobs, and increase survey results?

A study comparing patient-satisfaction forms with staff performance showed a better nurse work environment associated with higher scores on every single survey question. Professionally installed lighting can improve these environments through reducing errors, lowering stress levels in the operating room, increasing sense of security for visitors and staff, boosting overall morale, and can even better the cleaning quality by maintenance staff.

Effective lighting can also decrease length of hospital stays, improve the sleep quality of patients, reduce depression, enable critical chemical reactions in the body, and more. To learn more about these impacts, read our latest blog.

 In conclusion, the success of your practice relies heavily on patient satisfaction, so we'll leave you with this: How are you going to ensure that your hospital’s score reflects the quality of its services?



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(Source: Modern Healthcare, CMS, The Altantic, The Medical Memory, and BDC Network)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Healthcare professionals - this one's for you.


Lit up hospital hallway 
It’s simple, really. 

Patients can’t function without proper medical facilities.
Medical facilities can’t function without its staff. 
Its staff can’t function without adequate lighting.

Each element directly impacting the others.



The hustle and bustle inside hospitals and other healthcare facilities never ceases. Always expected to deliver the highest performance of work, these individuals carry heavy expectations with little to no room for error. Along with proper education, regular sleep regiment, a healthy lifestyle, and commitment to their career, effective lighting can directly impact the health of a hospital’s staff as well as its patients. In fact, it’s actually a critical component for successful healthcare facility. 

How so, you may ask?

Various studies have been conducted in which reveal the connection lighting has on the impact of human health and performance in healthcare settings. Here are some of the findings that reveal the positive results of lighting: 
Effective lighting can provide better performance of visual tasks 1. Enables critical chemical reactions in the body

Sufficient lighting helps provide appropriate levels of Vitamin D to staff and patients. Exposure to light is critical for Vitamin D metabolism in the human body. Light radiation is absorbed directly by the body through the skin and stimulates chemical reactions in the blood and other tissues. 

2. Better performance of visual tasks 

Healthcare professionals have a variety of visual tasks to complete throughout their shift. Whether it’s charting, filling prescriptions, administering medication, or performing other critical patient-care tasks, specific-utility lighting is vital to produce the best results. 
LED lighting provides more temperature control and regulation 
3. Thermal management

Temperature is another factor that impacts the performance inside a hospital. These facilities need to be closely temperature-controlled to ensure the best environment for patients. With LED lighting, less heat is emitted and can be dialed into to maintain balance.

4. Improves adjustment to night-shift work among staff

Healthcare professionals typically have a much different scheduling than the typical 8-5. Therefore, their bodies must adapt to a different sleeping cycle to re-energize. Staff on the late night/early morning shifts are susceptible to decreased alertness, performance, and vigilance. Effective lighting is connected to helping staff carry themselves throughout the entirety of their workday. 
Consistent bright lighting can help reduce depression and make the long, strange hours more manageable.
5. Lowers pain and alters mood

Appropriate amount of lighting is connected to reduces a patient’s physical pain as well as their psychological state.

6. Reduces depression among patients

For most individuals, hospitals are not the ideal place to spend a large amount of time. Therefore, patients can become lonely, discouraged, and even depressed. Connected to the aforementioned benefit, lighting is directly correlated to reducing these negative states among patients. 

7. Improving sleep and circadian rhythm

It may seem strange that the presence of light improves sleep quality, as most prefer sleeping in the dark. However, the light that falls on the retina controls the body’s circadian rhythm, which is responsible for synchronizing the body’s internal clock. Individuals consistently exposed to artificial bright lights have experienced substantial changes in sleep quality. 
Lighting can also shorten hospital stays and lessen agitation for dementia.  
8. Lessening agitation for dementia patients

Disruptive behavior of patients suffering from dementia is proven to significantly drop for residents that received constant light levels. Studies also show that exposure to bright lights in the morning reduce agitation, specifically for elderly dementia patients. 

9. Decreases length of hospital stay

Lastly, lighting was connected to how long individuals had to remain in healthcare facilities. Studies showed shorter stays for both males and females who underwent treatment in brightly lit rooms.

Despite these additional benefits, the overall advantage of having appropriate lighting in a high-risk work environment such as a hospital is plain to see. No matter the industry, effective lighting means a better working environment. With creating a custom LED lighting design, your business can have greater control, efficiency, and reliability. Our designers can consult with your business on specific elements your hospital needs and then can create a plan that saves money and improves quality.

So, healthcare professionals, when asking how you can better the lives of your staff and patients, take your facility’s lighting plan into consideration; and when you’re ready, we’ll be here to help. 

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(Source: The Center of Health Design and Sib Lighting)



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Commercial Lighting's Impact on Customers

Along with saving on energy consumption, adding to employee morale and productivity, and providing additional safety from accidents or criminal activity, adequate commercial lighting directly impacts your customers, and with that – your sales.
Adequate commercial lighting directly impacts your customers and your sales
Specialized LED lighting designs push quality and efficiency to new heights. Study after study shows how lighting directly correlates with how shoppers perceive your business. Because of this, it is crucial to match your aesthetics to your brand. LED lights serve as the perfect method to finely-tune the atmosphere you desire.

Purchasing Behavior

Your business's lighting strategy can influence all aspects of a customer's purchasing behaviorYour business’ lighting strategy can influence all aspects of a customer’s purchasing behavior. Lighting can draw attention to a product, showcase the quality and features of the product, and even guide the customer to the register.

In a recent study done by Zumtobel, an Austrian lighting
Accurate lighting choices are connected to longer visits and more purchases mademanufacturing company, results show lighting can affect a person’s mood both positively and negatively. Because of this, it becomes incredibly important to match the target customer to your lighting strategy in order to create an appropriate emotional attachment to the brand. The study also showed accurate lighting connected to longer visits and more purchases made. Subject studies also correlated good lighting with cleanliness, quality, and order.









Commercial Lighting Tips
    The use of warm colors for lighting brings customers a sense of familiarity
    Shelf lighting can help seal the deal for unplanned purchases
  1. Avoid uniformly, high-brightness lighting. Instead, create a favorable, layered contrast of three lighting styles: ambient (general lighting), task (visually-aiding lighting), and accent (showcase lighting). 
  2. It’s recommended to illuminate displays to 10x the level of the adjacent general lighting.
  3. If you want to sell it, make it look good by correct color rendering. The use of warm colors brings customers a sense of familiarity. In addition, it’s been suggested that individuals purchase more when products are displayed under daylight, which can also be created through color rendering.  
  4. Accent lighting can highlight new seasonal products or special offers through installing spotlights.
  5. Brighten the areas in which you want to physically lead customers. Furthermore, select vertical lighting vs. horizontal, as this helps customers gain better understanding of the store layout.
  6. Shelf lighting! Lower shelf levels encourage customers to linger, so built-in shelf lighting can help seal the deal.

With these tips aside, commercial lighting isn’t a one-size fits all. Knowing the unique temperament of your target audience and the lighting that best serves them can be what determines whether your customers make their way to the register, or to the exit.

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(Source: Greenbiz, Complete Electrical, Aesthetics, Get Deco, Lighting Equipment Sales, Lumastream, Graybar, Top Co. Indirect)


Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Future of Lighting – 2018 Market & Design Trend Predictions


2018 lighting future looks bright in trend predictions Lighting is a crucial component to life; whether personal or professional, adequate lighting has shifted from beneficial to essential.  

Significant changes have occurred just in the past ten years with the introduction of LED filaments and the development of violet LEDs. With many new developments on the horizon, the lighting innovation train doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.




So, what is expected for the lighting industry in 2018?

2018 lighting marketing increases on all spectrumsAccording to a report from LEDinside, the LED market scale is expected to earn $32.72 billion in the upcoming year. In fact, the LED lighting penetration of the entire market is expected to grow from 22% to 63% by the year 2022.

Industrial, architectural, landscape, and commercial lighting all show signs of continuous improvements and progression in the market. Just in the last year, the stage lighting market brought in a total of $745 million and is predicted to continue that growth.

Yet with all these increases, the price of LED lighting options is actually predicted to decrease. More and more, individuals and businesses are realizing the benefits of LED: more efficient, higher color quality, longer lifespans, and easier to use. Because of this, LED products continuing to replace traditional lighting.

Large lighting companies are expected to launch stage lighting LED products with mono-color and multi-colored lights with high luminous intensity among other lighting advancements sometime within the next year.

With all the statistics aside, what design elements are going to be in high-demand this year?

Natural lighting seems to be the big trend for 2018. Fixtures with a nature-inspired, earthly feel will be largely sought after.
Natural lighting with nature-inspired, earthly feel is a 2018 lighting trend
In addition, gold or metallic fixtures with a vintage feel are also trending. Pendant lamps bring an industrial chic feel with a vintage edge. Either brushed or polished, a warm copper or rose gold color is predicted to fill homes and businesses alike.
Pendant lamps with a metallic, vintage edge is a 2018 lighting trend
Overall, we'd say the status of LED lighting in 2018 is looking pretty bright.



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(Source: LEDinside, Lux Review, Issuu, and Property24)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Lighting Trends for 2017

It’s the holiday season, which means traditions galore. But don’t let that stop you from making updates to your outdoor lighting plan this year. From adding more color in creative places to natural alternatives, here’s some great tips to lighten up your yard this December.

LEDs
Replacing your Christmas lights with LED strands this year will save you energy and money.Although there is more costs upfront when it comes to LED string lights, the savings you receive in energy and cost makes up for it in the long run. They last longer and use about 15% of the electricity that a traditional strand uses.  And LED’s don’t break easily, so you don't have to worry too much about the packing and rough assembly.

LED Colors: These have more of a pop of color as opposed to traditional lights, which have more of a hue.

White Lights: Edging the windows, doors, and roof outline with white lights will make the special features of your home stand out.

Falling Snowflakes: No matter the forecast, your home can be a winter wonderland at all times by suspending LED snowflakes from your trees.

Different Color Bushes: Strategically picking non-matching colors for your landscaping than your home will help to set each apart, adding to the overall illuminating factor.

Incorporating natural lighting via wreaths and pre-lit garland is an easy way to class up your Christmas lighting display.
“Natural” Alternatives
To make your lighting designs look more natural, (especially during the daylight hours), consider the more options that highlight nature around your home.

Garland: Using a pre-lit garland to outline your front porch, and/or decorate your outdoor banisters will bring class to your outdoor decorations. Don’t forget to hang up lighted wreaths on front doors and windows as well.

Lighted Trees: Fully outline your trees and shrubs with a string of lights, or opt for an artificial one and wrap the base in burlap. Various sizes make for an enchanted forest feel.

Outlining your landscape features with LED colored lighting can drastically upgrade your Christmas light display.

Rattan Spheres: Try hanging these from the porch or overhang, or even place a few in large vases or just coupled on the ground. These produce a soft glow and give your d├ęcor more texture.

Added Color
Lamp Posts: Adding an artificial lighted lamp post will turn your home into a Christmas cottage.

Candy Cane Colors: Draw some inspiration from your favorite minty treat and alternate red and white bulbs around your home for a more animated display that sets your home apart from your neighbors.

Opting for an LED color scheme, such as white and red, will set your Christmas light display apart from your neighbors.

Lanterns: Flickering lighting from beautiful lanterns can be an easy and welcoming way to light up your walking paths.

Snowman: Let Frosty the Snowman be apart of the welcoming committee to your home.

Candles: Adding a candle in each window is the time-tested classic lighting display of the season.




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(Source:  Good Housekeepiong)