In the last few years, human-centric lighting has become a trending topic in the lighting industry. With the quality of life becoming central in the development of various products around the world, lighting will tend to be human-centered as well. Human-oriented lighting has been known to offer benefits such as improved performance, happiness, health, and comfort, which is a clear illustration of its importance. Technicians in the lighting industry classify human-centric lighting as a blend of health and intelligent lighting.

To achieve human-centric lighting, several factors need to be achieved. These factors have been highlighted below;

1. Spectrum

Spectrum produces the physical characteristics of light, which have a significant impact on the final effect of the light. Some of the physical properties of light brought about by the light spectrum include the intensity of blue light, temperature, and color, among others.

2. Illumination

Light’s illumination is an important factor that needs to put into considerations when it comes to human-centric lighting. Illumination affects the feelings of the user, which is a clear emphasis on its importance.

3. Light Distribution

Spectrum and illumination are good factors in human-centric lighting but could render them useless through poor distribution. Therefore, the light should be distributed uniformly and to the right places for aesthetic purposes.

4. Lighting Point of Time

Human-centric lighting is essential in human performance but it will never replace natural light. Therefore, it is important to make maximum use of natural light in the building. However, at an opportune time, it is good to switch to human-oriented lighting. Managed lighting prevents light pollution.

Traditional LED Lighting and Human-Centric Lighting

Before human-centric was introduced into the lighting industry, people have been relying on traditional LED lighting systems. These lighting systems are better than incandescent bulbs.  However, despite traditional lighting having multiple benefits, it has been proved to have some significant problems. It produces short-wave blue light, which has been known to affect the retina, thereby damaging an individual’s visual effect.

Human-centric has been known to solve the issue of short-wave blue-light produced by traditional LED lighting. Other benefits include relieving of visual fatigue and regulating human’s psychological rhythm. Therefore, if you have suffered from lengthy use of LED lighting, it’s time to incorporate human-centric lighting.

Applications of Human Centric Lighting

· Classroom Lighting

Human-centric lighting is an important lighting system in classroom lighting. It is used in protecting the eyes of the students and facilitators because they spend long periods under lights. Human-oriented lighting is important because it improves students’ learning efficiency. This is enabled by the reduced blue light, which is very common in LEDs.

· Office Lighting

Human-oriented lighting is important in offices because it supports circadian rhythm, high CRI, and high alertness. Office works need this type of light because it offers efficiency, simplicity, softness, strong color, and comfort, among others.

· Home Lighting

People think that LED lighting and human-centric lighting can only be incorporated into commercial spaces. However, these types of lighting can also be used in residential properties. They provide uniform distribution of light while at the same time reducing glare.

Other areas where human-oriented lighting can be used include landscape lighting due to the good appearance and artistic conception. It can also be used in hospitals because it stimulates sleep at night and also provides a comfortable and private feeling.