Effects of biological lighting

Elderly in Albertslund are participating in a clinical & anthropological research project on the effects of Smart lighting in an assisted living facility.

The project

A new housing facility for assisted living in Albertslund, Denmark, is the testing ground for measuring the effects on elderly and people suffering from dementia, from intelligent lighting solutions.

Background

In 2016 Albertslund inaugurated its ambitious new health center with medical practitioners, rehabilitation facilities and housing for different groups of care recipients. Lightel plans to install LED lights with sensors and an advanced intelligent management system. It allows citizens to be ‘prescribed’ a light that supports well-being and health in the form of circadian rhythm and sleep. The light can also prevent depressions and ‘winter mood’. The evaluation of the proposed lighting design will be based on a “holistic” approach involving anthropological (mood & behaviour), sensor-based (actigraphy) and medical factors. Light and management systems will accordingly be offered through the municipal home-care unit to citizens in their own home.

What the project aims to solve

With a growing proportion of elderly citizens, not just in the Danish population, but throughout Europe, the potential is enormous for obtaining societal benefits in terms of energy savings and in the form of improved health and safety.

Location

Sundhedshuset, city of Albertslund, by Vognporten.

Schedule

Clinical & anthropological trials during Winter of ’18.

Current status

Development of smart lighting fixtures and management systems.

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Elderly in Albertslund’s new housing for assisted living, Sundhedshuset, are getting the latest in Smart lighting technology installed in their appartments, and hopefully reap the biological effects from it.

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