FBCC member Light Cognitive has received a patent for its LED technology, which allows the luminaire to seamlessly reproduce the colour and spectral changes familiar from nature.
Nature can now be experienced indoors more holistically than ever before. The programmable, natural, light-imitating panel is capable of reproducing an infinite number of colours. The biophilic innovation is available to customers in the UK through various distributors.
Image source: Light Cognitive. Looking at the horizon. Light Cognitive light wall at the spa of Hotel St.George Helsinki
Light Cognitive’s unique lighting technology differs significantly from anything else available internationally and has attracted worldwide interest. The lighting technology developed in dark Finland has enchanted customers even in the sunniest corners of the world.
In the words of CEO Ate Korkalainen: “We have orders for interior design projects from as far away as Barcelona and Kuwait. An international luxury brand in a Kuwaiti shopping centre wanted a light element resembling an authentic skylight and chose our company’s large round light panel, designed to mimic natural light.”
The LED technology and lighting programs developed by Light Cognitive make it possible to bring natural-seeming light into the interior of any building. The light’s seamlessly continuous colour and spectral changes are created by combining several different LEDs behind a diffuser, which is a light-transmitting surface. The different wavelengths combine seamlessly on the surface, creating a beautiful and smooth spectral transition like the light changes normally seen in nature. The innovation was developed by Sami Salomaa, the founder of Light Cognitive, M.Sc., and was patented in Finland this spring.
Light for wellbeing, inspired by nature
The glare-free, soft light surface contributes towards satisfying the lighting requirements features of the WELL Building Standard for the real estate industry. The goal of the WELL standard is to produce facilities that have been demonstrated to promote human health and well-being. The innovation helps us take advantage of different properties of light: the right kind of light at the right time promotes recovery and supports the natural sleep rhythm. The physics-based daylight program automatically implements the day’s light cycle, allowing you to wake up to a refreshing sunrise every morning, even in the darkest months of the year. The lighting technology enables even more authentic virtual nature spaces for the indoor environment.
According to CEO Ate Korkalainen: “Our patented lighting innovation creates also many opportunities to add value and use to properties with virtual window elements. Dark, windowless rooms can be transformed into cozy and bright penthouse-like spaces. For example, L’Oréal Academy was able to utilize their basement space in the heart of Helsinki for educational purposes with the help of our large light panel.”
Not just a luxury
Light is not just a luxury element, although watching the clear sky or horizon created by these biophilic lights is a magnificent experience. Daylight-imitating light design is also suitable for holistic support in a medical context. Light Cognitive’s welfare-promoting technology has been utilized in hospital care facilities.
CEO Korkalainen explains: “A Swiss hospital installed our lights in its underground radiotherapy facilities. Upon arrival for treatment, there is a soothing dusk-like light. After the treatment, the light landscape gradually becomes more refreshing.”
Thanks to the three-dimensional light surface, the space feels larger than it actually is. The light panel creates a sense of openness in even the most enclosed space.
According to Korkalainen: “As the nature and well-being trend intensifies, we have noticed that there is a demand for lighting that mimics nature in a holistic way. We are the leader in innovation, and the first company to receive a patent for the productisation of a dynamic digital sky, which allows us to bring an authentic natural light experience to any interior.”
Light Cognitive lighting can be experienced in London by visiting various resellers (see www.lightcognitive.com) or by going to The Wellbeing Experience at the Building Centre.
The team FBCC congratulates Light Cognitive on the patent for its LED technology!