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Eagle and Fagerhult set for take-up in human-centric lighting

Fagerhult's Combilume Direct/Indirect luminaire uses side emitting LED technology for a glare-free light, with tunable white (2700-6500 K) output

Fagerhult is predicting a growing interest in human-centric lighting in Australia, as research into the effects of lighting on the body’s circadian rhythms and biodynamics becomes more widespread.

“The indoor lighting market in the Nordic countries, such as office and schools, is fond of pendant luminaires, which have an indirect element which can be advantageous in terms of health and well-being and its effect on circadian rhythms via tunable fittings,” Daniel Unoson, product and application manager at Fagerhult and key account manager for Australia, told Lux.

While Fagerhult Group company Eagle Lighting Australia is still selling more recessed luminaires than pendants in indoor markets at present, Unoson (pictured) says there are signs that things are moving in the same direction as the Nordic countries. “Human-centric lighting works well with the indirect element, but if the market sticks with recessed fittings, we can supply products for that as well. There are still low volumes in tunable white light coming to Australia, but it will come.”

Unoson sees healthcare as another area where biodynamic lighting has benefits. “There are proven effects where patients are staying in recovery for quite some time.”

The Group is also moving into streetlighting, with its first range of luminaires now coming on to the market. “We are discussing bringing those products to Australia,” says Unoson. “The standards for streetlights slightly differ in Sweden and Australia, meaning we have to put in some more product development, but we will get there.” The Group is also developing controls technology and partnering with controls manufacturers as it moves away from being a luminaire supplier to “a solutions provider.”

Eagle Lighting Australia was bought by the Fagerhult Group in 2007. It celebrated 40 years of existence in 2012.