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World play – and brilliant bumble bees

Whenever I hear a phrase, I always wonder what the opposite would be….

Human-centred lighting v. ‘Inhuman’-centred lighting?

After all, buildings don’t need light. As Houser and Esposito point out (Human-Centric Lighting: Foundational Considerations and a Five-Step Design Process ) you evolved to thrive in

  1. the electromagnetic field of the sun
  2. dynamic patterns of bright days 
  3. dark nights 
  4. across the seasons

The closer we get to that, the more human-centred the lights will be. 

Inclusive v. Exclusive design?

Sarah Chellappa makes a compelling case for personal control over our diet of light – Individual differences in light sensitivity affect sleep and circadian rhythms. You may be surprised to learn that, there is a 50-fold difference in the impact of light at night on melatonin suppression, even among health adults. She also explains how much timing matters –  morning light affects sensitivity later in the day. 

It’s tempting to think you have to choose between people and planet when it comes to lighting – but this study suggests simple changes to the default settings and giving personal control over light levels in the  office lighting can save up to 17.8% in energy use and improve satisfaction and perceived productivity – without investing in any new hardware or software at all! – Impact of occupant autonomy on satisfaction and building energy efficiency

Join me and panelists to discuss ‘inclusive’ design at the Flokk showroom as part of Clerkenwell Design Week – places are limited so send me an email and I’ll forward the link. 


Social media v. Antisocial media? 

Zoom, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram have transformed my life.  But there’s nothing like a conversation with analogue human being – especially for kids.

That’s because the image you see is a fraction of the resolution of the ‘real thing’. You only see a small section of their body and surroundings, and they only see a small section of yours.

Celebrate world Bee day!

Five cool facts about bee vision

1.  Bees have two types of eyes – three on the top of the head for contrast and orientation, two compound eyes on the side of the head for vision – World Bee Day – 20 May 2023

2.  Worker bees have 6,900 facets in each compound eye – drones have 8,600 –  How bees distinguish colors

3.  Their eyes are sensitive to UV wavelengths which means they see flowers very differently  – How bees see and why it matters

4.  weeds are often more successful than other plants because they’re more attractive in the eye of the ‘beeholder’ – so they’re more likely to be pollinated  – How bees see and why it matters

5.  Finally, bees contribute more to the UK economy than the Royal Family from Tourism! – How bees see and why it matters

Check out this blog about what a bee sees and give them a helping hand and leave at least a patch of your garden to grow wild through no-mow May. 

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