Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Stuttgart, Germany, have created a dynamic lighting solution for offices that simulates an open sky effect. The luminous ceiling recreates subtle changes in natural lighting conditions, including passing clouds, to enhance work conditions for office employees.
The innovative 20-inch by 20-inch tiles are comprised of a board with 288 LEDs and a diffuser film. The LEDs are a combination of red, blue, green and white, which can produce the full light spectrum and generate more than 16 million hues. The head of the department, Dr. Matthias Bues, said:
The LEDs allow us to simulate these dynamic changes in lighting in a way that is not directly obvious to the naked eye. Otherwise the lighting might distract people from their work. But it does need to fluctuate enough to promote concentration and heighten alertness.
PSFK is asking readers to show us great examples of naturally-inspired design to improve the workplace.
How is your office bringing the outside in? Do you and your co-workers take turns watering a potted plant, living wall or rooftop vegetable garden?Do you work by fluorescent light or sun light?
We want to know what helps keeps you thriving in the workplace and we’re giving away an Urbio Modular Vertical Garden to the reader with the best submission. Tweet us your ideas to @psfk using #FoW #OutsideIn so we know who to credit.
Over the next 4-8 weeks we want to start a conversation around what you see is possible in the Future of Work. Feel free to follow the conversation here and participate in the ongoing competitions. Find the previous Week 1 challenges here: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.