A Human-Centric Approach to Lighting in Commercial Buildings

In an article for GreenBiz, Navigant Research says health and well-being of occupants is a growing factor for lighting control adoption

While the need to meet building codes and the desire to reduce energy consumption will continue to be primary drivers in the adoption of lighting controls for commercial buildings, there’s another factor that’s helping to move the market forward.

In an article for GreenBiz, Krystal Maxwell, research analyst with Navigant Research, said human-centric lighting, or the practice of tuning lights to improve health, well-being, and performance, provides an improved quality of life for building occupants, and can also help businesses reduce spending through increased employee productivity.

“Human-centric lighting could change the conversation from mitigating the bad to increasing the good,” Maxwell said. “…Rather than doing the same thing more efficiently, human-centric lighting can help increase revenue instead of just decreasing costs.”

Maxwell added that research has shown high levels of light during the day can help regulate natural circadian rhythms and increase productivity and focus. In offices, lighting controls can be used to mimic natural daylight or adjust to lower light levels when natural daylight is present, reaping the benefits.

“Companies are slowly understanding the importance of this in order to help retain talent and increase productivity (and therefore revenue),” Maxwell said.

According to Navigant Research’s Market Data: Intelligent Lighting Controls report, revenue from networked lighting control systems across all commercial building types globally is expected to grow at a 14.3 percent compound annual growth rate between 2017 and 2026. Aside from human-centric lighting approaches, reducing energy use is still a primary driver for the adoption of lighting controls, as well as building energy codes, which often require more advanced controls strategies in commercial spaces. The adoption of LEDs in the commercial building sector and a desire to save energy have also helped push growth in lighting controls, Maxwell said. 

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