AWA NEWSFLASH: AWA Launches New Vertical – The Healthy Lighting Studio

Healthy Lighting Announcement

The new Healthy Lighting Studio focuses on improving health and well-being with lighting. The Healthy Lighting Studio is located at AWA’s New York location, and is led by AWA’s Design Principal Abhay Wadhwa. The new vertical is an addition to the existing verticals at the AWA studios.

Why?
Over the past 14 years, AWA has completed several healthcare projects, and the endeavor has always been to utilize the uplifting nuances of light to create evocative and healing spaces. We have focused intently on using light and lighting to improve the health and well-being of people, especially in healthcare and recuperative environments.

Because of our several ongoing projects and our personal interest in this topic, we have started a new design and research vertical at our studio, where we will continue to develop mainstream design applications for the greater public good. The intent is to provide a holistic response for the visual environment, providing services such as lighting design, color therapy design, visual graphics & way-finding design, lighting technology retrofit upgrades, and EMF/RFI analysis.

Project Types:

  • Special Needs
  • Assisted Living
  • Hospital Patient Rooms
  • Recuperation Centers
  • Wellness Spas

If you would like more information on our services please contact us at newyork@awalightingdesigners.com or by calling Abhay directly.

View from Entrance Lobby at Medicity Medanta - AWA uses backlighting for stone wall and indirect lighting for circulation

View from Entrance Lobby at Medicity Medanta – AWA uses backlighting for stone wall and indirect lighting for circulation

 

 

A 24-hour lighting for improving life for Older Adults, undertaken by the Lighting Research Center

A 24-hour lighting for improving life for Older Adults, undertaken by the Lighting Research Center

Healthy Lighting: Spotlight on Assisted Living

  1. Understanding of Circadian Lighting
    • Circadian light differs from the generally conceived definition of visual light in that it refers to the affect of lighting on the human circadian system, as opposed to light as a stimulus for the human visual systems.
    • Optimal functioning of the circadian timing system is imperative for good health and can be assisted with proper lighting systems. For appropriate designing of lighting and the associated SPD’s, we depend upon the Circadian Stimuli (CS) that each light offers. Simply defined, the light output or the light levels are not as important in this situation, as the CS factor of each light.
    • Humans have developed an endogenous timing system that optimally synchronizes physiology and behavior (e.g. rest/activity cycles)
    • The timing of our daily biological functions are organized and orchestrated by the master circadian clock. This is hosted by the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) in the hypothalamus
    • The SCN orchestrates circadian rhythms in behavior and physiology via endocrine and neural pathways.
    • The Circadian System (“circa”, around; “dies”, day) has two fundamental characteristics:
      • Endogenous rhythmicity with a period of approximately 24 hours that persists independently of oscillations in external factors such as the light/dark cycle
      • The ability to have its timing shifted by external factors such as light and nutrient intake
    • The importance of the circadian system is exemplified by the observation that circadian disruption leads to an array of disorders (eg; sleep disorders, impaired glucose regulation & obesity) and decreased life expectancy
    • Specifying of dynamic white LED lighting that can be adjusted for higher Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) in the morning and lower CCT in the evening time that can assist in reinforcing the circadian rhythm.

 

  1. Architectural Lighting
    • By understanding how lighting can compensate for common changes that happen to the aging eye, designers can improve the quality of life of older adults in assisted living facilities. Some of those factors where lighting can be used to improve the quality of life:
      • Development of light levels to meet the IESNA recommended levels
      • All lighting to be provided with minimal source brightness. Glare control accessories to be provided where required.
      • The use of dynamic white LED lighting can allow the lighting to respond to the changes in the inhabitant’s environment.
      • Lighting to be provided with sustainable light sources such as LED and CFL to maximize energy efficiency and provide cost savings.
      • The selection of material finishes can increase the ability of the lighting to blend in with its architectural environment.
  1. The Portals of Light

This is a proprietary AWA design solution developed especially for Assisted Living spaces, but this solution also remains pertinent for Special Needs patients (Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism etc.)

  • Provides quality lighting design solutions for both circadian and architectural lighting in transition locations (vestibules, foyers, lobbies, etc.). This helps in reducing the jarring impact that change in light levels brings to the residents in Assisted Living spaces. This system comes with a plug-n-play modularity that can be moved easily. It can be used to retrofit existing locations, or used for new construction.
  • By improving the lighting in these transitional spaces, we can provide improved healthcare for all inhabitants, especially those who are not as mobile.

 

Sources:

  1. 2013 Fall; 7(1):60-78. Senior living environments: evidence-based lighting design strategies.
  2. RP-28-07. Lighting for the Visual Environment for Senior Living (ANSI Approved)
  3. Mariana G. Figueiro. 2001. Lighting the way: a key to independence. Lighting Research Center.
  4. M ariana G. Figueiro. 2013. A 24 Hour Lighting Scheme for Older Adults. Lighting Research Center.

Image Credit: Lighting Research Center (A 24 Hour Lighting Scheme for Older Adults)

Healthy Lighting: Spotlight on Patient Rooms

  1. Lighting Design Approach
    • The lighting must be developed as part of a holistic approach to the design of the patient’s room. The lighting design strategy, hardware, and controls must work with all of the other systems to optimize the level of care and the comfort of the patient.
    • Developing this lighting design approach becomes akin to building a kit of parts which can be developed across a hospital or healthcare facility as a whole, thereby reducing maintenance needs and providing a consistent light quality.
  1. Lighting Response to Specific Types of Patient Rooms
    • Typical Patient Room
      • Indirect ambient lighting with low glare light fixtures.
      • Focused reading lights located behind the patient’s head.
      • Low illuminance nightlight to illuminate path to bathroom.
      • Low illumination observation lighting to be provided on either side of the patient bed where electronic recorded keeping takes place.
      • Wet rated, non-conductive, vandal resistant shower lighting to be provided.
    • Examination Rooms
      • Fully adjustable recessed lighting should be provided to be able to examine a full range of patient needs. Fully recessed wipe-down lights are recommended for reducing the spread of bacteria and germs.
      • Provide recessed downlighting:
        • Prevents the light source being seen from normal lines of sight (cutoff angle between 40° and 50° from horizontal).
        • Greatly reduces the possibility of hazards.
        • Makes maintenance and cleaning of fixture easier.
        • Has a high value because it provides high efficiency at a lower cost.
      • Lighting must be provided with a level of redundancy in case of problems or emergency.
    • Clean Rooms
      • Surfaces of light fixtures should be fully recessed with minimal protrusion into room.
      • Light fixtures must be provided with anti microbial finishes.
      • Lighting fixtures must be rated for a clean room environment.
  1. Lighting Technology Needs
    • Provide a fully resilient design that it prepared for extreme events.
    • Lighting to be provided with sustainable light sources such as LED and CFL to maximize energy efficiency and provide cost savings.
    • Provide lighting solutions that increase the user’s connection with nature. Therefore improving the end users mental health; reduce stress and overall improvement of their well-being.
    • High Color Rendering Index (CRI) to be provided to ensure the healthcare physician can accurately evaluate the patient.
    • All lighting to be provided with minimal source brightness. Glare control accessories to be provided where required.
  1. Lighting Control Needs
    • All Lighting to be provided with dimming control that can smoothly dim the lighting to permit low light levels at night to minimize eye adaptation.
    • Patient to be provided with illuminated switches to control certain lighting:
      • Ambient lighting with a recommended lighting level of 10 footcandles (fc)
      • Reading lights with a recommended lighting level of 50 fc
      • Shower lighting with a recommended lighting level of 30-50 fc
    • Doctors/Nurses to control certain lighting
      • Examination lighting with a recommended lighting level of 100-300 fc
      • Nightlight to be on switch or photocell with a recommended lighting level of 3 fc
      • Observation lighting to be provided with dim red amber light switched at the door.

 

Sources:

RP-29-06. Lighting for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities (ANSI Approved)

 

AWA Newsflash: AWA Wins 2016 IES North America Award of Merit for FIFC Mumbai

IESNAAWA wins 2016 IES North America (IESNA) Award of Merit for the lighting design of First International Financial Center (FIFC) in Mumbai.

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view from across main road


PROJECT TEAM:

Client:     Earnest Tower Pvt. Ltd., The Chatterjee Group (TCG)

Architect:    Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) NY

Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers

Local Architect:    Gherzi EasternSomaya & Kalappa Consultants Pvt. Ltd.

Facade Consultant:    Axis Facades
Location:    Mumbai

 

AWA Lighting Designers is pleased to share exciting project news about First International Financial Center (FIFC). The International Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) has presented AWA with a 2016 Award of Merit for our lighting design of the FIFC project. AWA is honored to receive this recognition of meritorious contribution to lighting design.

To see more images and read more about the project, please Click Here

AWA-FIFC-IESNA 2016 Award of Merit

view of ground floor entrance lobby

view of ground floor entrance lobby

Recent Awards

We are also pleased to share that two AWA Projects have won recognition from the
International Property Awards.
Click here to view all 2015 award winners. 

  • Best Commercial High-Rise Architecture India
    Floreal Towers
    ACPL Design Ltd. 
  • Architecture Multiple Residence India
    One Bangalore West
    Palladium Constructions Private Limited (A Phoenix Mills Group Co.

Recent Press

AWA Lighting Designers is pleased to share exciting project news about our Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn NY. ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architectural web site, has named Bushwick Inlet Park one of the Top 100 US projects ever. The project is among a diverse and exciting mix of projects nationwide, one of just six in New York City.

Congratulations to the entire team lead by Kiss + Cathcart Architects.

Please click the link below to watch the Bushwick Inlet Park film on AWA’s Light In Context Channel: on Vimeo and YouTube


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AWA Newsflash: Abhay Wadhwa Honored by NOMA

AWA Design Principal Abhay Wadhwa is Honored as a Distinguished Member by the
National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

Distinguished Members 2016

In an event hosted by NOMA this month in New York City, Abhay was humbled to join an accomplished group of 12 professionals nominated for “Distinguished Members for 2016.”

To read the featured article on Abhay released earlier this year, please Click Here


The NOMA honor comes shortly after Abhay was named as a special Honoree at the gala dinner by the Society of Indo-American Engineers & Architects (SIAEA) in November 2014.

 

WE ARE HIRING

We are seeking bright stars to join our New Delhi studio. If you are a creative, intelligent, and sincere lighting design professional with an architectural, interior design, electrical or theater background, we will like to hear from you.

Please email your resume and portfolio of sample work to newdelhi@awalightingdesigners.com. Please make sure you have the required skills & disposition for this job before you send in your resume

Color Shift

COLOR SHIFT

  • Aging UV exposure may cause plastics to change color
  • Operating conditions and contaminants in the atmosphere may cause color changes

MACADAM ELLIPSE

  • Defines the color point specification of lamps
  • Guidelines for how a person can distinguish between similar colors
  • 2 step ellipse: 2 times the just noticeable difference in color

BINING

  • Measure the output of the LEDs AND sort them into various ranges, or bins, before sale, based on color and flux
  • Size and range of colors of the bins is critical to determine how close a match the LEDs will have to each other and the color variation between units
  • All supplied LEDs must fall within a 2 step macadam ellipse [lm-79 and lm-80 of IESNA]

COLOR RENDERING INDEX

  • Measure of color fidelity
  • Does not account for object color shifts that increase color saturation which can enhance visual preferences, color discrimination ability and visual clarity

COLOR QUALITY SCALE

  • Being developed by the national institute of standards and technology to be considered for the TC 1-69
  • Ability to account for the direction of object color shifts
  • Represents the overall color quality of products for all types of light sources

The Meaning of Colors

RED

  • 700nm
  • 2nd most visible color
  • Red areas perceived as moving forward
  • Lymph system and skeletal system
  • Love and aggression

ORANGE

  • 650nm
  • Pride, ambition
  • Reproductive system
  • Stimulates activity, appetite and socialization

YELLOW

  • 600nm
  • Luminous and most visible color
  • Power center- above navel
  • Mentally stimulating, activates memory, encourages communication

GREEN

  • 550nm
  • Nature, prosperity, healing, fertility
  • Heart chakra
  • Soothing, alleviates depression and anxiety, renewal and harmony

BLUE

  • 500nm
  • Sharply refracted by the eyes
  • Pushing the image back to appear receding
  • Appetite suppressant
  • Calming, aids intuition

INDIGO

  • 450nm
  • Inner self, spiritual
  • Eyes, ears, nose brain

VIOLET

  • 400nm
  • Most powerful wavelength
  • Crown chakra: head, brain, nervous system
  • Uplifting, calming, encourages creativity, meditation

WHITE

  • Purity, cleanliness
  • Aids mental clarity
  • Purification of thoughts and actions
  • Fresh beginnings

BLACK

  • Authoritative, powerful
  • Inconspicuous, mysterious evoking potential and possibility
  • Restful emptiness

BROWN

  • Stable, reliable, approachable
  • Wholesomeness
  • Connection to Earth
  • Orderliness
Blue Frog: AWA Lighting Designers project

Blue Frog: AWA Lighting Designers project

WE ARE HIRING

We are seeking bright stars to join our Mumbai studio. If you are a creative, intelligent, and sincere lighting design professional with an architectural, interior design, electrical or theater background, we will like to hear from you.

Please email your resume and portfolio of sample work to mumbai@awalightingdesigners.com. Please make sure you have the required skills & disposition for this job before you send in your resume.

Defining Shadows and Darkness

“It is necessary to return to the point where the interplay of light and dark reveals forms, and in this way to bring richness back into architectural space. Yet, the richness and depth of darkness has disappeared from our consciousness, and the subtle nuances that light and darkness engender, their spatial resonance – these are almost forgotten. Today, when all is cast in homogenous light, I am committed to pursuing the interrelationship of light and darkness . Light, whose beauty within darkness is as of jewels that one might cup in one’s hands; light that, hollowing out darkness and piercing our bodies, blows life into ‘place’.”

– Tadao Ando (1990)

AWA Lighting Designers project: Cyber Hub

AWA Lighting Designers project: Cyber Hub