Circadian Lighting Goes Residential

Filed in Business Management, Technology by on September 10, 2018 0 Comments

Home in Scotland lit from outsideYep, lighting can be an incredible aesthetic addition to a build. LED lighting offers much more than just efficiency — it can bend and twist, becoming an architectural element.

But there’s another aspect of lighting that’s gaining traction: the notion of “human-centric” lighting that adds to the wellness of a building’s occupants. It’s a concept that’s been used by a growing number of business spaces to provide a better environment for employees. Now, it’s being adopted in residential applications, too.

Here’s a striking example of how lighting fills the roles of both beauty and benefit: The home pictured above is a vacation destination quite close to the legendary St. Andrews’ golf course in Scotland. It’s owned by a family in the United States who visits the property frequently — which means jet lag is often an issue.

While the home was being built, the family consulted a UK-based firm called The Pyramid Group. The Pyramid team, using a custom set of drivers from Control4, integrated a hybrid set of DMX and DALI luminaires throughout the building that were linked to an astronomical clock.

The result? Lighting that not only accentuates the lines and spaces of this custom build, but also mimics natural sunlight on the cloudiest of Scottish afternoons.

lit staircaseThis lighting scheme is in tune with the circadian rhythms of its human owners, and helps re-regulate the residents’ internal, natural clocks, even after they’ve crossed an ocean and multiple time zones.

The automated lighting system in this building is only part of what The Pyramid Group brought to the table during the two and half years this home’s systems went from blueprints to bio-rhythmic reality.

The home also boasts multiple zones of distributed audio and video, climate control, blinds and curtains, lighting, discrete video monitoring and door access, a remote HD “wildlife” camera to glimpse the fauna on the Scottish shoreline, and gate and door security controls.

The control systems include an easy-to operate user interface that also gives the owner a remote monitoring feature so that the family can check in on their vacation estate from their home in the States.

But it’s the lighting in this luxury build that really grabs the headlines. And although the solution’s part of a high-end home, the technology exists for more modest budgets.

This NAHBNow guest post is from Ed Wenck, content marketing manager for CEDIA, the industry association where you can find local professionals who design and integrate technology for the connected home.

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