Biophilia and Lighting Design: integrating nature into artificial light

Rossana CinquantaCULTURA, DESIGN, ILLUMINAZIONE, ITALIAN TIME, LED DESIGN, LED LIGHTING, LIGHT, LIGHTING, LUCE E DESIGN, SOSTENIBILITÀ, TECHNOLOGY

The Power of Natural Light

Biophilia, the innate human affinity for nature, can be applied to various fields of design and architecture, including the lighting industry. Integrating biophilic principles into artificial lighting not only enhances individuals’ physical and psychological well-being but also contributes to creating more welcoming and harmonious spaces.

Natural light has a significant impact on human health and well-being. It regulates the circadian rhythm, influences mood and productivity, and promotes vitamin D production. However, in modern cities and workplaces, natural light is often scarce, making it essential to use artificial lighting that can replicate the benefits of natural light.

Principles of Biophilic Lighting

Biophilic lighting aims to emulate the qualities of natural light through advanced technologies and strategic design.

Some key principles include variability of light that simulating the natural variations of light throughout the day, such as the brightness and tone of the sun in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

This can be achieved through dynamic lighting systems that automatically adjust the intensity and color of the light. Direct and indirect light combining sources to create a bright environment that reduces glare and harsh shadows, promoting a more natural and comfortable atmosphere.
Using lights with variable color temperatures can transition from cooler tones (similar to daylight) to warmer tones (similar to sunset light), supporting human biological rhythms.

Advent of technological advancements

Applications of Biophilic Lighting

Conclusion

How can we contribute to support lighting projects aligned with biophilia?