We humans spend 87% of our time indoors.
Light has a major impact on how we feel, how we work and how we live.
Just imagine, you’re standing outside with the warmth of the sun on your face. How do you feel? And how do you feel after a long day’s work in a poorly lit office? There’s a real difference. When the light is right, we synchronise our natural biorhythms and so boost our health. Studies prove that the right light is a key contributor to our feeling of wellbeing. And this is precisely why companies, architects, lighting designers, property developers and investors are paying more and more attention to the phenomenon. The experts all agree: lighting conditions for humans need to be improved. And we are developing a solution. Wellumic is a system that creates a perfect combination between daylight and artificial lighting, uses an intelligent control to adapt to the needs of human beings and makes it easy to plan and handle light. We’ll show you how that’s done and explain the Wellumic concept in detail on the pages that follow.
WAREMA and TRILUX, the specialists for daylight and artificial lighting, have joined forces to improve lighting conditions for people. The result is Wellumic. One lighting control system that achieves an ideal combination between daylight and artificial lighting. A unique association that elevates energy efficiency and lighting quality to a new level.
Why are daylight and artificial lighting used in combination?
In addition to a high incidence of daylight, which has positive emotional and physical effects on us as humans, we often need indoors an additional light source, which balances out the irregularities in natural light sources. This is where artificial lighting comes in. So instead of pure daylight or pure artificial lighting, Wellumic uses a combination of the two light sources. The daylight-optimised system is based on natural light from outside and is augmented with artificial lighting in the room as and when necessary. Thanks to the intelligent sensor-based control, the process is completely automatic. A combination that allows ideal lighting conditions, based on the outdoor environment, in interior spaces around the clock.
An interview with Arne Hülsmann, lighting designer at Andres Lichtplanung.
How aware, would you say, are customers of professional lighting solutions?
We are seeing a growing level of awareness in this area. Property agents also know that interiors with a good supply of daylight are easier to market. No surprise there, because the biological effect of light has significant effects on our sleep patterns, our concentration and our health.
What for you is the perfect combination between daylight and artificial lighting?
A good combination is, notably, when the two resources are handled sensibly and carefully. However, the aim is always the well-being of the users who, thanks to intelligent planning, ideally do not even notice the role that light plays.
Could you tell us a little more about the physical and emotional effect of light?
Investors and property developers want to sell easily marketable, economically attractive construction projects. That’s where daylight often slips between the wheels of energy efficiency. But let’s take a look at what happens in city centres on winter days when the weather is calm and sunny: people sit outside, despite the cold temperature, and relax with the sun on their face. You can literally feel people breathing a sigh of relief.