Focal Point Educates About Human Centric Lighting and Light Quality

With the growing trend toward more human-centric designs in the commercial marketplace, Focal Point has provided the architecture and design community a tool to understand how technology allows the quality of light to be tailored to human preference.

The AIA accredited course, Advancing Light Quality for Human Preference and Well-Being, is worth 1.5 Learning Units for Health Safety and Welfare in architecture (LU/HSW). It explores the evolution of light sources and how, over time, gains in light source efficacy have not necessarily translated into gains in light quality. The course also reviews studies as they relate to human preference lighting and metrics used to assess the quality of light sources, including a technical memorandum released by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), TM-30-18.

“The technology available to us today means we can expand beyond the norm for commercial space lighting. For many years, most of the attention has been directed at delivering more lumens per watt,” says Matthew Blakeley, vice president, product and business development at Focal Point LLC.

“When it comes to designing interior spaces,” continues Blakeley, “we should be addressing the quality of light as it relates to human preference factors. As the efficacy of LEDs reaches a plateau, the latest research on color preference and new test methods are converging, providing a scientific foundation and the tools to assess light quality, making it an increasingly relevant and timely topic.”

Building certifications, such as the WELL Building Standard, are also contributing to an increased awareness of the importance of balancing human health and well-being with a holistic formula that leads to improvements in employee productivity, engagement, and retention.

The accredited course is available through The Continuing Architect (TCA) website or it can be found on the Focal Point website in the Resources section under Continuing Education. 

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