It doesn’t matter as much anymore if it’s coming down in buckets outside. Well, it matters a little if you’re forced to cross an expansive open parking lot to reach your car, but not so much if you’re indoors. The growing number of designers looking into smart lighting solutions that mimic daylight mean that we have increasing access to illumination that looks and feels like natural sunlight, even when its dismally dreary outdoors.
And the appeal for such sun reproducers isn’t just in regions plagued by darkness for much of the year. As more people start to place importance on embracing natural rhythms and safeguarding their mental and physical wellbeing, it’s likely we’ll see more of these sorts of products even in South African homes. It’s why we’ve named simulated daylight a trend for 2016.
There are a number of examples of this concept, including the Philips Wake-Up Light, which mimics sunrise through changing hues to wake you, and the Day&Night Light by Éléonore Delisse, which was named ‘Life Enhancer of the Year’ at the 2015 Wallpaper Design Awards. The latter displays a changing array of colours throughout a 24-hour period that align with what happens in nature and help to regulate the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.
Then there’s the one-of-a-kind CoeLux skylight. Developed by scientists in Italy, this astonishing fixture uses LED panels and nanotechnology to model the appearance of the sun in the sky. It essentially convinces your brain that you are in a room bathed with natural light with azure heavens overhead, and you can even choose different lighting qualities to reflect Mediterranean, Northern European or tropical climates.
The potential applications of this invention and other similar creations are endless – for one, we could now even live underground while still enjoying ‘natural’ light while inside.
If this is a topic that intrigues you, watch the video below. It discusses the appeals and uses of CoeLux’s fascinating brainchild.