Osram Seen in a Whole New Light

The brightly lit façade of Osram Opto Semiconductors’ new main building. The installation is part of a concept from the high-tech group for the new design of commercial buildings with the focus on human lighting needs. (Source: Osram)

People are working ever longer hours in offices and enclosed spaces where brightness levels are far below that of natural daylight. A continuous light deficit or unsuitable lighting can lead to significant sleep and eating disorders, lack of energy, and even depression. The pioneering human centric lighting (HCL) concept aligns lighting with the needs of human biorhythms.

There is an “ideal” color temperature value for humans at any time of the day. If natural light does not reach this ideal value, artificial light can make up for it. In addition to preprogrammed light curves that take the season into account, sensors record the current value and adjust the lighting accordingly. The sensors also detect when no one is present in certain rooms and office areas. They then automatically switch to energy-saving mode and dim the lighting.

Highlights of the outdoor lighting include the linear lighting on the building contours as well as flexible elements, such as the indirect lighting of the windows and the “sky garden” employee cafeteria in the corporate color of orange at the onset of dusk.

“Our employees are the key to our success”, stresses Gerhard Maihoefner, head of the Regensburg location of Osram OS. “As a world leader in LEDs and optoelectronics, it makes sense to utilize our light-based innovations to contribute to a positive working environment.”

With this reference project of an office building completely equipped with HCL, Osram once again proves its trailblazing ability to actively shape potential future markets. The concept covers the entire value chain of the Osram Group, from the LED to the complete lighting solution. In the future, the human centric lighting concept could contribute to the sustainable improvement of the well-being and efficiency of millions of office workers around the globe. (Source: Osram)

Link: OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH, Regensburg, Germany

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