“There are several areas where our lighting systems can act as pillars of the overall healthy building value proposition,” explains Harsh. “Having light that is perfect for a particular task, being able to adjust and personalize it to the individual, or mimic daylight, not only improves occupant comfort, but also drives productivity.
“The second dimension is light that is connected. Such lighting forms a dense grid within a building. When you add sensor capabilities, you can better manage many environmental elements – such as air quality - and feed that data back into the building management system.”
And with employees beginning to return to the office around the world, a healthy and safe workspace is more important than ever. UV-C disinfection lighting is a proven and effective way to inactivate viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-191. In a laboratory test, Signify’s Philips UV-C disinfection upper air wall mounted luminaires inactivated 99.99% of SARS-COV-2 in the air of a room within 10 minutes. At 20 minutes, the virus was below detectable levels.2 Today’s offices are being transformed to address the challenges of the new normal and also offer the best possible employee experience, with aspects like real time workplace monitoring and integration with automated services, and an increased recognition of the importance of improved air quality.
“We are all acutely sensitive to the need to make workspaces safer. We have been in the UV-C disinfection space for over three decades and recently launched new products for disinfecting air, surfaces and objects. Plus, with lights acting as sensors, you can count people and this helps with social distancing within the office, as you know where crowding is happening and can initiate action. There are so many different dimensions that light can contribute to.”