The University of Amsterdam tested LUCTRA® light

Biologically effective light supports concentrated work / Students of the University of Amsterdam tested LUCTRA® light in a study

The right light at the right time improves wellbeing, provides greater powers of concentration and better quality of life overall. Students are one main group of people who need to be able to work focussed on their projects or studies. This has been the reason for a dedicated experiment at the library of the University of Amsterdam.

LUCTRA® has given the students the opportunity to test a desk lamp at a separate desk in the library, which is situated away from windows and thus away from natural light. The main advantage of the LUCTRA® desk lamp is that the natural light can be simulated. Additionally, the students could adapt the light intensity and light color to their personal requirements.

The idea is that students appreciate the fact that they have controllable light at their disposal. Overall, the light has a positive effect, because it supports concentration by more cold blue light and rest periods by warm red light. This should lead to better results and wellbeing. The question is whether the students experience this as well.

The results

During one month in the spring of 2019, 110 students have tested the lamp, while studying at the library. 87% of the students were happy with the functionality of the lamp. They were able to give their feedback via three buttons, which were placed directly next to the lamp (green button for “meets my needs”, orange button for “no meaning”, red button for “doesn’t meet my needs”).

Going further into detail, the students appreciated the extra light at the desk and the fact that it helps to work more concentrated. The university of Amsterdam considers to install about 30 LUCTRA® lamps definitively during the next study year. That would offer the students the possibility to further gain positive effects of this lighting solution.

How does an effective lighting system effect your wellbeing?

Each person has an individual biological rhythm. The better this inner rhythm is synchronised with our daily routines, the better we feel and the more efficiently we are able to work. The importance of good workplace lighting for the well-being and productivity of employees has already been proven in other studies. Providing the right lighting for employees has always been important and now modern LED lighting is providing new benefits. With its proven bio- logical effectiveness, LUCTRA® redefines the quality of lighting in the workplace – it is a visible, long-term investment in employees (or students) and the quality of their work.

LUCTRA® is equipped with four high-performance LEDs that have a very low power consumption and generates illuminance of up to 1000 lux. Light intensity of 500 to 750 lux is recommended for workplaces and LUCTRA® exceeds this by a considerable margin. Two LEDs generate cold white (bluish) light while the other two create a warm white (reddish) light. All of these settings are individually adjustable via the touch panel on the lamp.

About LUCTRA®:

LUCTRA® is the brand for good light in the office or at home. For this purpose, the table, floor and mobile lamps included in the range provide light which not only illuminates, but also makes people happy, more efficient and simultaneously less tired. This works, because it transmits the right impulses for every situation.

To accomplish this, the professional, biologically effective LED lamp system takes advantage of the latest scientific findings on the effect of light on human beings. It follows the principle of Human Centric Lighting, for short HCL, by focusing on human beings with their personal lighting needs for healthier and more efficient working and living. LUCTRA® light can almost perfectly simulate natural daylight and thus supports the user’s personal inner clock.

LUCTRA® has already received numerous renowned design prizes such as the German Design Award and was brought to market in 2015 by the long-established company DURABLE Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG. This company has been dedicated to professional work for almost a century: to its organisation, its processes and its equipment. DURABLE currently employs 700 workers worldwide and has its Head Office in Iserlohn/Germany. All LUCTRA® lamps are assembled manually by expert staff at the LUCTRA® production plant in Kamen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany).