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Four human centric projects you NEED to know

The Rogers Stirk Harbour offices in the Leadenhall Building in Central London. Photograph by Paul Raftery.
The Rogers Stirk Harbour offices in the Leadenhall Building  in Central London. Photograph by Paul Raftery.

In preperation for Lux’s Lighting Fixture Design conference next week, which will consider the best ways to translate human-centric and circadian science into marketable products, we list four projects which have taken the capabilties of human centric and deployed them.

1) Rogers Stirk Harbour – Leadenhall Building – The City of London – United Kingdom 

The impressive Rogers Stirk Harbour offices feature a human-centric lighting system that changes colour and intensity in accordance with what is going on outside the window. The office features an innovative tuneable lighting design, which utilises Iris by Spectral.

Speirs + Major acted as lighting consultant on the project, who wanted the general lighting system to change colour  and temperature as the day advanced and the environment altered outside.

The lighting responds to the intensity of daylight via sensors around the perimeter of the floorplate. the lighting also mimics the body’s natural Circadian cycle.



The Public High School in Bavaria – Germany.

2) Public High School – Miesbach – Germany

Osram installed a biologically effective lighting scheme in a high school in Miesbach, Germany. The project was based on supplementing natural daylight and simulating this with artificial daylight. Large, bright wall and ceiling surfaces were also created to emit light similar to the natural sky.

The scheme is carried out by using a specifically coordinated DALI-/e:cue control system from, which can be programmed according to requirements so that various light scenes and light sequences can be set and called.

A circadian light sequence was also developed that runs throughout the school day, this ensures that people are not sluggish during the morning and retain concentration during the afternoon. Motion sensors were also installed to register whether a room is unoccupied in order to monitor energy usage.


Patients using the Center for Interdisciplinary Pain Therapy in Munich.

3) Center for Interdisciplinary Pain Therapy – Munich – Germany 

The effect of highly metered light is being tested at the pain treatment center of the Rechts der Isar hospital in Munich. 

Large, bright surfaces have been created in the therapy rooms, which emit light – similar to the natural sky. Following successful therapy treatment, patients are exposed to warm white, calming lighting, inj order to enhance relaxation, preparing patients for their rest.

While indoor rooms normally have between 300 and 800 lux on the horizontal level, lighting intensities up to 4,000 lux the physiotherapy and group rooms and also in the reception and waiting areas, equating to 1,000 to 2,000 lux, which recreates the feel of a completely cloudy daylight sky. 



4) Memory Center – St. Augustinus Clinic – Neuss – Germany

The St. Augustinus Clinics in Neuss treats people with dementia. Light is very important in the  daily life of the people who use

The St. Augustinus Clinic  in Neuss  – Germany

the facility. Light is key when it come s to patient’s perceptions, but also to the maintenance of their internal body clock, which has a major effect on mental wellbeing.

Modern light management systems such as LIGHTIFY and e:cue with LED Tunable White luminaires were installed in order to create a light quality comparable to natural day light. In addition the luminaires can be controlled individually or by tablet on order to create pre-programmed light scenes, so the light quality can be adapted to suit a particular activity.

During busy periods of the day light has a higher blue percentage, in order to support concentration and activity, whereas red wavelength lighting helps patients to relax and calm down.

  • The LED revolution has concluded, prices are falling and the industry’s attention is turning to the digital world, to the internet of things and smart cities. Lux’s curated and  timely Lighting Fixture Design Conference will help lighting industry  professionals to map out a strategy for the new digital lighting world and help them to take advantage of the changing scene. The event will take place in London on the 21 – 22 of February 2017 at the Cavendish Centre . You can find out more about the event here and you can register to attend by clicking here.