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Transit Architecture Time for a Drastic Change

Transit Architecture Time for a Drastic Change

GLOBAL Immersive Light

GLOBAL Immersive Light Experiences The connection between light and human physiology marks the pivot on which a Canada based firm is going beyond technological restrictions to digitalised luminous surfaces. Picture courtesy - A.K. Yadav 52 Architecture Update February 2018

Studies have shown that people today spend up to 90% of their lives indoors, yet for most of our history we lived under the wide open skies. Nature has not only shaped how we see the world but also human physiology and our emotional responses to the lighting in our environment. In 1952, Richard Kelly considered the founder of modern lighting design defined his “three elemental kinds of light effect” or layers of light one of which he labelled “ambient luminescence”. Ambient luminescence refers to the comfortable background lighting of life. In its ideal form ambient luminescence from architectural lighting produces “shadowless illumination” and a sense of space in the same way nature’s luminous surface provides, in his words, “the uninterrupted light of a snowy morning in the open country”. Until now, technology restrictions limited the use of luminous surfaces to create ambient luminescence in architectural design to very specialised applications. Cooledge removes those restrictions with technologies and products that enable large scale, digitally controlled luminous surfaces to become part of the architecture, replacing the points and lines of light that are typically added as an afterthought. For the first time it is possible to create luminous surfaces on a scale that truly provides ambient luminescence and are at the same time fully controllable, whether the desire is to complement daylight systems, replicate natural rhythms, or simply change with the seasons. LEDs as a light source have delivered on the promise of energy efficiency and long life. Cooledge develops technologies that enable the next step in the evolution of lighting to fully integrated, digitally controlled surfaces that are part of architecture, not added to it. Immersive illumination is a subjective feeling of being surrounded by light in a way that feels comfortable and natural, like being outside. Immersive illumination is surprising, as it delivers high levels of illumination but “feels like less” because we are used to experiencing localised higher levels of illumination created by traditional points and lines of light as inherently bright and in many cases somewhat uncomfortable. Much as a diffuse sky delivers high levels of light by virtue of scale, the immersive illumination that is experienced under a luminous ceiling similarly does not require a large number of lumens per area, unlike troffers and linear pendants that supply much of the general illumination in public spaces today. Headquartered in Vancouver, Cooledge is the global leader in luminous surface offerings and provides a portfolio of proprietary lighting technologies that can be seamlessly integrated into all forms and scale of the built environment enabling large architectural surfaces instead of light points for illumination. William J. Sims, recently appointed CEO, Cooledge, says,“Having led and advised companies in this sector for over 15 years, I can say with confidence that we stand-out both in terms of the luminous surfaces we make possible today and the opportunity we have to make them ubiquitous – blurring the lines between lighting and architecture.” According to him there is an unmet demand for fully-integrated luminous ceilings and walls, which exploit the advantages of LEDs far beyond mere replacement bulbs and fixtures. The new technologies presented today can change the very way illumination is delivered, controlled and experienced. Picture Courtesy - Cooledge Lighting Architecture Update February 2018 53

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