Light affects and stimulates us both physically and emotionally. While the absence of light makes us sleepy and inactive, its presence makes us alert and engaged. Mentally, daylight and artificial lighting counteracts depressive conditions. If we get enough light early in the day, we are more likely to sleep better at night. Spending more than 90% of our time indoors, we do not receive enough natural light.
The future of lighting design is bright
– and human-centric
In Denmark, daylight gradually walks into houses because the region has such long transitions from dark to light and vice versa. There is a tradition of warm and dim light in our homes, which makes a lot of good sense, as it helps us relax and, in the evenings, prepare for sleep. Offices, on the other hand, are very different. Here, during daytime, we are more active, so we tend to utilise cooler and higher intensities of light.
In the future, the planning of light – and darkness – will be taken even more seriously than today. A recent project at Dansk Metal offers a good example. We involved the building design and the architecture, and used new LED technology combined with our existing architectural knowledge and visions. The contractor at Dansk Metal focused on making the most of circadian light, not only focusing on short-term energy solutions, but also on health. We will see more of this type of holistic work in the future, as lighting is one of the most important aspects of a building design, and should be incorporated from the start of the process. The industry is moving in the direction of human-centric lighting.
As Poul Henningsen said, “It is possible to live in great indifference in bad lighting. One does not miss anything, because the light is accepted the way it is. But once you have experienced real lighting, life is filled with new values.”
Architect Carlo Volf, MAA Ph.D., stresses the importance of both light and darkness to our wellbeing – and anticipates a future where architecture and light design take even more cues from human needs and nature’s transitions. Carlo Volf is an architect who specializes in working with daylight and artificial lighting.
Design to Shape Light
Louis Poulsen has always sought, not only to design lamps, but also to shape light and create an atmosphere that makes people feel good, both in- and outdoors. The shape of light creates space and our products should live harmoniously within the space they define - indirect, soft and inviting.