Denmark has DOLL, Europe’s largest test and demonstration area for smart outdoor lighting. Sweden is now planning to launch SILL; the equivalent for indoor lighting, in Lund. Together they will strengthen Greater Copenhagen as a leading region for innovative lighting development.
That light influences us is undisputed. With the rapid technological development we have in and around lighting today, we can now also control how the indoor lighting affect us, which is important because, after all, this is where we spend most of our time. The gaim with the new ligthing lab initiative is to demonstrate where we stand today with regard to lighting and to inspire future initiatives, and the best way to do this is to create SILL – Swedish Indoor Lighting Lab. Behind SILL stand the project Lighting Metropolis – Green Economy, LTH and Lund University .
The geographical area (the Öresund region – Greater Copenhagen), as a economic growth region, is now investing to become a world leader in lighting, and area in increasing need of research and education. Therefore, the lab’s placement at LTH is a natural meeting point between research, a wider science community and a strong startup environment.
– The region is currently in a very exciting development, both in terms of inter-regional cooperation and technology, and perhaps more so in lighting – therefore the timing feels absolutely right for a launch of an indoor lab, to test and demonstrate innovative light solutions, says Fredrik Malmberg, innovation leader, Lighting Metropolis – Green Economy.
The centre has the potential to function as a consultant and advisor in lighting environment issues, carry out certain types of research assignments as well as external training. The opportunities for contacts and collaborations with companies in the region in a number of different areas are considered good.
The centre will be built up gradually, and initially consist of three different parts up at LTH where one uses both existing premises / equipment where it goes as well as to create complementary structures. The three premises are:
- Sun room – A room where you today have solar lamps for testing materials, and how they are affected by sunlight in different shapes etc.
- Daylight room – Today, this is a lab with an independent building where the focus is on daylight
- Indoor light – A showroom around designed lighting to show what different forms of lighting are and to show how we can control the light in different ways. It is generally known that light affects us, and now we want to show how we can influence the light. The location will most likely be one of the new premises that Vattenhallen is working with, and which will then be included in their permanent exhibition.
The plan is that this will be launched in 2020, and then continuously developed during the course of the project and to hopefully become a natural meeting point for indoor lighting – where scientific queries and answers meet, with the potential to inspire an enlightened existence in several ways.
For more information please contact Fredrik Malmberg, Innovation Manager, Lighting Metropolis – Green Economy