Human-centric lighting (HCL) systems just got even more “illuminating” with the new Circadian Lighting Control for CP Electronics’ RAPID System.
CP Electronics, a Legrand brand, has recently launched Circadian Lighting Control as part of their RAPID lighting control system, as reported by LEDs Magazine. Utilizing DALI protocols to control the color temperature of light fixtures, RAPID comes preset with static scenes, flowing changes, and repeating day-night cycles, while also offering customizability as users navigate the systems and their preferences.
Light is one of the biggest influences on our natural circadian rhythm, impacting performance, health, and wellbeing. Throughout the day, natural lighting changes from cool, bright blues (telling us to stay awake and alert) to warm, dim reds and oranges (instructing us to relax and recharge). Artificial lighting, however commonly falls into that blue color temperature, ultimately throwing that delicate dance out of whack.
Circadian Lighting Control (and human-centric lighting in general) aims to take control of artificial lighting to address the needs of the user and the functions of buildings. Assisted living facilities might tap into warmer, more relaxing tones for patients, while labs and production facilities operating on a 24-hour production schedule could use cooler, brighter lights for productivity and alertness. There are even options for zone control to adjust the lighting of specific areas in buildings.
While color temperature and mood are determined by the event scheduler, a simple override facility can be used to interrupt the system for maintenance or personal preference. As an example, the system can communicate with local area sensor to turn off lights when no one is present in the building, providing human and eco-friendly lighting.
The central control for RAPID’s systems ultimately allow for a fast response in accordance to user preference, owing its usability to having most adjustment options embedded in the front-end software. As the nature of human-centric lighting is still a complex and developing idea, the ability to have a customizable control system for people learning their set rhythms is crucial. A fast response to the needs of the occupants is the greatest asset any human-centric lighting system can have.