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Preparing the syllabus for the course, made me realized that the topics have drastically been changed last few years. I only discuss LED as the light source. Due to the LED's high efficacy, the energy efficiency became a smaller topic. The biggest topic this semester is "Investigating how light, daylighting and artificial lighting, can be used to promote health and wellbeing" We are finally paying attention to the human well being in lighting.

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Ocean 44

Ocean 44, Mastro brother's latest restaurant, is our first human well being in lighting application. A fully automated lighting control system with solar shade replicates the natural light cycle with the LED tunable white technology. The restaurant is not only offering fine dining, but also offering overall human health (circadian rhythm).

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During my 30+ years of career, I worked in the number of architectural projects, but my heart has been in the “Human Factors” in lighting. Due to the energy codes and regulations, the lighting technologies rapidly advanced, especially in the efficiency and maintenance. Unfortunately, they are only for the environmental benefits. How about “Human Well Being”? Are the occupants healthy and happy in the spaces? In conjunction with Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Arizona State University, and Akali Lighting Design has started exploring the Human Well Being in...

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