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lumenomics Brings More Natural Light Into Designed Spaces Through Solatube

Imagine technology to capture daylight and deliver that free, plentiful, and full-spectrum natural light to the interior of a building, permitting artificial light to be reserved for where and when natural light is unavailable. Besides reducing the expense of electricity for artificial light, the health and habit benefits of maximizing the use of natural light include improved concentration, better mood, and increased productivity. That technology exists today.

With a mission to maximize natural light in designed spaces, lumenomics expands its product portfolio with Solatube - an international daylighting leader inventing the most advanced Tubular Daylighting Devices (CSI #08625).

Access to Natural Light is a Human Right

When it comes to lighting, lumenomics believes that access to natural daylight is a human right.

After over 25 years in the window treatment and lighting control industry, Marti Hoffer, founder and CEO of lumenomics, noticed a problem: customers purchase window treatments to increase the use of electric light, not decrease it.

To solve this problem, Marti founded lumenomics in 2009 with a clear, singular vision: to optimize the use of natural light, therefore, decreasing reliance on the electric light in the built environment.

Since 2009, lumenomics has been growing and expanding its services and offerings to maximize natural light in designed spaces. From human-centric lighting design service to control of side lighting through roller shades, lumenomics services its clients with a focus to best manage the free, plentiful, and full spectrum natural light to increase the wellbeing and performance of occupants, to decrease the reliance on artificial lighting, and to sustain the living environment of all beings.

Solatube Tubular Daylighting Device (TDD)

The partnership between lumenomics and Solatube International, Inc. (Solatube) brings the opportunity for lumenomics to further bring natural light to interior spaces that were previously unreachable through top lighting. lumenomics services commercial and retail clients nationwide with human-centric illumination needs, additionally, lumenomics is now the sole provider of Solatube products in Western Washington and Oregon.

As the company that pioneered the development of tubular daylighting devices (TDDs) and introduced them to the market, Solatube has spent more than 25 years developing breakthrough optical technologies that allow Solatube Daylighting Systems to deliver the highest quality full spectrum light with the best color rendition to any space, regardless of building orientation.

Advanced optical domes capture daylight using proprietary rooftop technologies that harvest low-angle morning, afternoon, and winter daylight to increase light output. Proprietary Spectralight Infinity Tubing transfers maximum daylight from rooftop to ceiling with minimal light loss and perfect color rendition. Built-in Cool Tube Technology features spectral filtering properties to provide maximum specular reflectance of visible light while preventing infrared light from entering the building interior. Specially designed optical lenses evenly disperse daylight throughout the area to reduce glare and provide visual comfort, with powerful options let users control light output.

As a global industry leader, Solatube TDD products and daylighting systems can be found all around the globe in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Solatube TDD at the Beijing Science &Technology University Gymnasium in Beijing, China
The Beijing Science &Technology University Gymnasium in Beijing, China was the venue for the Judo and Taekwondo events of the 2008 Olympics. Tubular Daylighting Devices were installed directly above the athletes' performance area.

The Benefits of Natural Light

Studies have shown that people exposed to natural light are more productive and achieve a better sense of well-being.

Besides health benefits natural light brings to occupants, higher productivity and satisfaction are also likely to result from the better visual quality that is provided by good daylighting design. In 2002, Lockheed Martin reports that after daylighting its facility in Sunnyvale, CA, the company achieved 15% higher worker productivity. Additionally, the company won a $1.5 billion defense contract based on increased productivity, profits which paid for the entire building. As a bonus, the company saved $300,000 to $400,000 a year on energy bills.

For schools, classroom lighting plays a particularly critical role in studies. Appropriate lighting improves test scores, reduces off-task behavior, and plays a significant role in students’ achievement. A study of three school systems in Washington, Colorado, and California found that students in rooms with the most diffuse and glare-free daylight improved their performance on standardized tests by up to 26%.

Maximize Natural Light in Your Designed Spaces

lumenomics specializes in lighting design plans that include full-spectrum natural light as a layer to your photometric reports. lumenomics collaborates with design, construction, facility managers, and occupants to select the best lighting system - top lighting, side lighting, user interface controls with master scenes, and electric light fixtures when natural lighting is not available. lumenomics lighting design team includes lighting certified (LC) accredited professionals and experienced skilled trade contractors to help its clients make the best illumination choices from performance and code compliance to aesthetic appeal, operation, and long-term maintenance and ownership.

As a single point of contact for human-centric illumination for commercial and retail projects, lumenomics assists with drawings and specifications at every stage of the design process - budget and pre-design, schematic design, working drawings, construction drawings, and contract administration.

Are you maximizing natural light in your clients' designed spaces? Contact lumenomics today.

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