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The lighting is strangely ‘unseen’ in Microsoft Teams Rooms!

Can Circadian Rhythms be used positively in hybrid meeting and teaching spaces?

The lighting is strangely ‘unseen’ in Microsoft Teams Rooms!

Circadian Rhythms refer to the quotidian (day to day) human response to the way that daylight changes through its daily and seasonal cycles.

It’s partly about how bright the natural light is. Did you know we can read newspaper headlines from around 0.2 lux in bright moonlight and yet also have to be able to see under direct sunlight which can be over 100,000 lux? So our eyes have to operate in a dynamic range > 1,000,000 to 1.

It’s also about the colour of light, which we measure in Kelvin (yes, that’s right, Glasgow!!) or K. Confusingly, it’s based on the light that a theoretical black body emits, but we won’t go there, other than to say low numbers, say 2,000 to 3,000K are at the red (‘warm, relating to dawn and dusk’) end of the scale and 5,000 to 6,000K is at the blue (‘cold’, relating to mid day) end.

Think of lighting as delivering quantity and quality, therefore.

Armed with this knowledge, do we design room lighting systems to empathetically track what’s going on outside - or to give a mid-afternoon boost when we’re having that afternoon slowdown?

And how do we fit this with optimising the lighting so the VC camera delivers perfect video signal to your remote meeting participants?

Download my White Paper ‘MTRs - The Bigger Picture’ you’ll see how it fits into the overall room design disciplines and standards that we use.


Posted: 1st November 2023

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