National Geographic presents a documentary about the society-wide implications of sleep deprivation. This 90-minute feature touches on the biological aspects of sleep, and is worth watching for anyone concerned with individual and public health.
Recently, we changed our name from dLUX Lighting Lab to dLUX Light Lab. What’s the big deal, lighting vs. light? Why the switch? Normally, lighting refers to the equipment used to supply light, the use of light for a certain purpose, or a particular quality of light. We see light as all of this, but way more. When used well, light can contribute to good health, guide the way to safety, and help evoke our strongest emotions. We’re fascinated with all aspects of light, from the minute technical details to its broad impacts on society, and everything in between. We seek to better understand how natural and artificial light can coexist harmoniously, how light can entertain us both emotionally and psychologically, and how light can guide the way without disturbing our own and others’ health and well-being. Thus, the dLUX Light Lab.
Since its first commercial success over 100 years ago, the electric light has quite literally changed the world, perhaps more than any other innovation. It paved the way for many of the things we take for granted today: fast transportation, reliable electricity grids, and safe cities, to name a few. During those 100 years, improvements have focused on increasing efficiency, quality, and visual acuity while decreasing cost – all very worthwhile goals. At the same time, the simplicity and reliability of electric lighting has enabled us to extend day into night, wreaking havoc on our bodies’ internal clocks, which have worked so well for millennia.
It’s time to change that. Using the latest in semiconductor-based lighting technology and internet-connected control systems, the dLUX Lighting Lab is finding out what makes light not only energy efficient, high quality, and affordable, but also ideal for our health. We envision a future of light that is adaptable, personalizable, and intuitive, optimized for individual and collective well-being. We’re pushing toward that future by dialing in many characteristics of light, most of which have been overlooked. Our diverse team of researchers and partners know that the journey won’t be easy or straightforward, but we are convinced the cause is worth the effort (and occasional lack of sleep). Whether you are eight or eighty years old, in perfect health or afflicted with a disorder, we believe high-quality light is essential for everyone.
The dLUX team has been working extremely hard to help change the future of light, and it’s time to share what we’re doing with the world. Watch the space for lots of updates!