Lighting systems are essential, as they provide the right amount and type of illumination where it’s needed, whether used for commercial, industrial or residential spaces. The light industry has continued to experience growth since its early days.

Researchers and scientists are working to develop new light technologies for practical use. Modern systems are capable of more than just illuminating a given area. Some double as alarms, are remote-controlled or change colors depending on user preferences.

Many new illumination products are tailored to meet evolving consumer needs. Here are six modern innovations in the industry.

1. Human-Centric LED Lighting
In the mid-2000s, light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs became highly popular among consumers. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), an LED turns on when an electrical current passes through a microchip and illuminates tiny light sources known as diodes. The diodes produce heat, which is absorbed by a heat sink.

LEDs are ideal for consumers looking for energy-efficient lightbulbs because they use 75% less energy than incandescents. A growing trend in the industry is LED-based human-centric illumination (HCL). HCL lights mimics daylight and works with the circadian rhythm, which enhances well-being and comfort.

HCL systems can even influence occupants’ physical and emotional states. They offer a broad and smooth color spectrum, improving the quality of light emitted. Various buildings use LED light systems, including schools, hospitals, planes and offices. Research shows that an LED bulb lasts around 20 times longer than an incandescent version, making them a worthwhile investment.

Read more: Bright ideas: Six recent innovations in lighting technology

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