Industrial workplaces require numerous solutions for different locations with specialized layouts. The environment needs to provide correct lighting in order for personnel to focus on their task and retain energy, despite potentially unsociable hours of work. Dynamic lighting systems can be adapted to the special requirements of the industrial sector, providing correct lighting conditions and safe environments. With our BioCentric Lighting system solution, we can improve staff well-being and increse employer appeal.
Prevent human errors
Many shift workers experience excessive sleepiness or insomnia, and drowsiness at work leads to human errors. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster and space shuttle Challenger accident are both thought to have been caused by poor judgement as a result of extended shift work and loss of vigilance¹. BioCentric Lighting dynamically changes during the day to mimic daylight, providing synchronization with the bodily rhythms which promotes sleep.
In an experiment with 21 individuals, 1 hour exposure to 40 lx blue light (470 nm) was found to be as effective as 240 mg caffeine in a reaction test and the blue light outperformed caffeine when distractions were presented². The alerting effect of short-wavelength light has led to the suggestion that light can be used as a non-pharmacological countermeasure for sleepiness and to improve reaction times among employees.
Industrial premises are often windowless; consequentially employees rely on their workplace for getting the light they need for entrainment to the solar day. Workers are in need of appropriate lighting to focus on specialized work tasks and to ensure high levels of precision. The BioCentric Lighting system is easily adaptable and can be used as a tool in the workplace.
1. Beaven CM, Ekström J A comparison of blue light and caffeine effects on cognitive function and alert- ness in humans PLoS One (2013) Oct 7;8(10):e76707