Applications for Glamox HCL

Human-centric lighting has a wide variety of applications, but every solution needs to be tailored to the specific needs of the client. We have more than 70 reference projects of lighting solutions we have developed for schools, health facilities, offices and industrial buildings. Learn more about how HCL can be used in different applications and how you can benefit.





Schools

Improved learning
Schools can benefit from human centric lighting in several ways. This type of lighting can not only be used to stimulate the circadian rhythms of pupils and staff, but also to improve alertness during tests and concentration tasks. With biologically optimized lighting systems in educational environments, natural lighting conditions can be achieved more effectively. 

See your school in a different light
A human-centric lighting solution can enhance performance in schools. For instance, the right light in the morning, with sufficient brightness and blue wavelength content, can help students wake up and stay alert and focused during the school day. Conversely, a teacher can switch on an intense, cool white light during concentration activities and a warm white, dimmed light for relaxation and group talk. Whether you are a teacher or student, Glamox HCL lets you see your school in a different light.

Benefits using HCL in schools


You sleep better
• Lighting systems that provide light of higher intensity and colour temperature at the right time during the day can improve the duration and quality of sleep and impact learning effects in a positive way.

You perform better
• During the early morning hours, the right light can reduce feelings of sleepiness and make it easier to concentrate.

• A better light environment can also improve alertness and concentration during classes.

You feel better
• The possibility to adjust the light to the educational setting contributes to increased wellbeing for students and staff. Simply put, it’s about providing the right light at the right time. 

Glamox have extensive experience equipping schools and educational institutions with tailored human-centric lighting solutions.

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Offices

Improve your workday
Humans spend most of their time awake indoors, especially during wintertime. That makes office areas excellent places to implement Human Centric Lighting solutions. Reports from workplaces and offices tell of a boost in both energy and motivation after installing a human-centric lighting solution, as well as an increase in the overall well-being of staff.

Stay focused
Research shows that, in addition to providing sufficient lighting for carrying out work-related visual tasks, workplace lighting can affect employee alertness, mood, cognition, sleep-wake pattern and overall well-being. The timing, duration and spectral composition of the light exposure all play important roles in these non-image forming effects. Moreover, research has shown that these effects may also depend on the environmental context, type of activity, personal characteristics and employees’ momentary level of fatigue. 

Benefits using HCL in offices


You sleep better

  • Exposure to intensive cool white light during the daytime may have a positive effect on office workers’ sleep during the subsequent night. 

You perform better

  • Light settings can influence employee appraisals of the lighting and working environment.
  • There can be substantial variations in preferred light settings. Individual lighting control could therefore affect job satisfaction positively. 

You feel better

  • Exposure to more intense light may boost employees’ feelings of alertness and vitality during daytime and at night.
  • Human-centric lighting may also have a positive effect on the mood and sense of well-being of individuals, especially in regions with little access to sunlight during the winter months.


Glamox have extensive experience equipping all kinds of offices with tailored human-centric lighting solutions, creating work environments that put an extra spring into your step.

Glamox HCL products and solutions are WELL Building Standard™ compliant*

See our references for offices with HCL »

Healthcare

Improved healthcare
Healthcare environments are well suited to implementing lighting cycles with sunrise, sunset and daylight simulations. (, as residents are permanently bases in these facilities). The effects on patients or residents are (can be) higher activity levels during the daytime, better sleep at night and shorter recovery times.

In hospitals and elderly care centres, residents often suffer from less access to daylight due to illness or mobility issues. Spending much time indoors can also disrupt sleep patterns, especially during winter time. Patients with dementia and other cognitive illnesses are particularly vulnerable to a lack of daylight. Glamox HCL improves these conditions by restoring the patient’s natural circadian rhythm.

Applications in Healthcare

For elderly patients 
In the winter months in particular, many elderly people suffer from insufficient daylight exposure. This not only has negative consequences for their circadian rhythm, but also impairs their cognitive skills. A human-centric lighting solution can compensate for insufficient daylight exposure and help stabilise the residents’ circadian rhythm. This may lead to more restorative sleep and ultimately improve the mental and emotional condition, i.e. well-being of the residents. The lighting may also positively affect agitation.

In psychiatric institutions
Research shows that eliminating the blue components in light can have a positive effect on certain groups of psychiatric patients by mitigating symptoms such as manic episodes (4). Researchers and doctors are therefore investigating whether light with no content of blue wavelengths can be used in the treatment of these patients.

In hospitals
A human-centric lighting solution can compensate for insufficient daylight exposure and help stabilise the residents’ circadian rhythm. The effects on patients or residents are (can be) better sleep at night and shorter recovery times. Dimmed warmed light before sleep can help patient’s melatonin production, promoting sleep onset.

In operating theatres
The use of coloured light can be beneficial for surgeons who rely on monitors during surgery (e.g. endoscopic procedures). Dynamic blue or green light in the field of view is used to enhance contrasts on the monitors. This in turn reduces the eye strain for the surgeons. Human-centric lighting may also be used to create a relaxing environment for patients before or after surgery.

Benefits using HCL in healthcare


You sleep better
• HCL can stabilise the circadian rhythm and improve sleep quality. 
• HCL can reduce the need for sleep-inducing drugs.

You perform better
• HCL can improve the cognitive skills of patients and staff.
• HCL can free up personnel as residents experience activity and resting phases at the right time.
• HCL can improve visual working conditions for surgeons who rely on monitors during surgery.

You feel better
• HCL can improve the emotional and physical wellbeing of patients and staff as a result of restful nights.
• HCL can play a role in preventing mood fluctuations and depression. 

Glamox have extensive experience equipping different kind of health care institutions with tailored human-centric lighting solutions.



Industry

Improved performance 
Lighting installations with higher intensity and tuneable white light may increase production output and reduce fatigue, errors and accidents.

Less fatigue, less errors
Many industries require high levels of concentration among their workers, who often operate powerful machinery and heavy equipment. Higher intensity combined with the right light colour spectrum and careful timing of the various lighting settings may lead to higher alertness levels among industrial workers. This results in less fatigue, which again can reduce the number of errors made. 

You sleep better
• HCL can stabilise the circadian rhythm and improve sleep quality.

You perform better
• HCL may reduce fatigue and increase production output.
• HCL may improve alertness and reduce the risk of errors and accidents.

You feel better
• For shift workers, exposure to more intense light may boost employees’ feelings of alertness and vitality during daytime and at night.
• Human-centric lighting may also have a positive effect on the mood and sense of wellbeing of individuals, especially in regions with limited sunlight during the winter months. 

HCL for shift workers
Night shift lighting requires careful consideration of the desired effect. To increase alertness and reduce the risk of errors at the end of the night shift, we recommend exposure to cool white light during the last hours of the night shift. This can be combined with individually controlled cool white light “showers” every hour during the second half of the shift.

For shift workers working more than four nights in a row, light may be used to phase-shift the daily rhythm, thus facilitating the adaptation to night work. Individual settings and personal control are important when installing HCL solutions for shift workers.

Our experts will help you every step of the way to ensure the perfect solution for your needs.