08 Jan 2021 Loading: A look ahead into the future – January 2021 Newsletter
The BHA School of Lighting team wish you all, students and subscribers, a safe and successful 2021.
We all survived the unusual and difficult year that 2020 was.
I appreciated that for some it may have been more difficult than for others. Some may even have found themselves unemployed and struggling financially. The pandemic affected evryone in some way.
It is now much more important to focus on the 2021 and the future no matter any of the uncertainties.
I strongly recommend that each one of you devote time to plan for the year ahead. I recommend that you break the year into manageable bites. Currently, whilst it is essential to plan and budget for the year if you have not already done so, it is very important to create focus areas withion your business in each bite where you can have major influence for a sucessful outcome. You need to be agile in your business or work environment to be able to adapt quickly to any changes such as the possibility of revised or adjusted states of disaster.
So what can the students look forward to this year?
1. All twenty nine of the modules, yes every module, will be revised and brought right up to date. This will include the latest revisions and new directives from the CIE (International Commission on Illumination).
2. New video and documentary resources will be added to provide students with even a more exciting and stimulating online learning experience.
3. The brand new manuals and exercise for RELUX Desktop will be launched in the first quarter of 2021. This will incorporate all of the latest standards and CIE requirements making it a unique feature of the BHA School of Lighting Advanced Diploma course curriculum.
4. Individual private lessons will continue to be offered.
5. Group tutoring sessions will be expanded.
6. A NEW webinar series will commence in February 2021.
7. A NEW range of short courses on specific subjects will be launched in February 2021.
Our commitment to our students is as resolute as ever and we will continue to raise the bar in terms of content and excellence.
We hope that you and your families will have a peaceful, happy, healthy and successful 2021.
Above all, may we all lead by example and follow the protocols to stay safe!
We would like to welcome the following new students to BHA School of Lighting
Sicelo Zitha, Johannesburg – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
Fernando Wildschut, Eerste River, Cape Town – BHASL003C19: Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course
Happy Birthday to the following students celebrating in January! We hope you all have a memorable day!
Mbongiseni Mike Welcome – 11 January
Andrea Montero Salazar, Costa Rica – 29 January
Aadil Vahed, Park Rhynie, Kwazulu Natal – 31 January
Our first students who received BHA bursaries after matriculating in 2018 have graduated from the Advanced Diploma in Illumination Engineering Course. We are thrilled and extremely proud of their achievements, both graduating with distinction.
Dean Boyce, Grassy Park, Cape Town
Erin Jones, Grassy Park, Cape Town
Both young gentlmen will be great assets to any prospective employer.
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CIRCADIAN LIGHTING MAKES CARE HOME “MORE PEACEFUL”
At the end of 2018, Skovvang Nursing Centre had full dynamic lighting installed from Danish specialist Lightcare in one of two sections that houses older people living with dementia. The results appear ‘positive’.
A circadian controlled light at a nursing home in Denmark has cut nocturnal ‘unrest’ and led to a ‘happier and more peaceful’ environment, say centre managers.
It appears that the new lighting is, anecdotally, leading to better sleep and less unrest at night, as well as happier and more participating residents during the day. The centre’s dementia expert, Maja Nykjær Kristensen, believes the project has been a big success.
At the end of 2018, Skovvang Nursing Centre had full dynamic installed from Danish specialist Lightcare in one of two sections that houses older people living with dementia.
A total of eight homes as well as the large kitchen and living room have been replaced with the fully automatic controlled system.
It appears that the new system is, anecdotally, leading to better sleep and less unrest at night, as well as happier and more participating residents during the day.
The centre’s dementia expert, Maja Nykjær Kristensen, believes the project has been a big success.
‘We wanted to implement circadian rhythm controlled light, with the overall purpose of increasing the well-being of both residents and staff.
‘More specifically, we had experienced some unrest at night on the section and we wanted to put that to life because we saw the unrest disturbing most of the residents’ night’s sleep, which had a negative effect on the residents’ activity level and their mood the day after.
‘We found that the residents often seemed tired and irritable during the day, which affected the mood and mood of both residents and staff.
‘We therefore wanted to create more peace at night, thereby increasing the quality of the residents’ night’s sleep. At the same time, our hope was that a better night’s sleep would give residents more energy and improve their mood during the day.
‘According to our internal documentation, we can conclude that there is now much more peace at night.
‘This has meant that residents are awake in a different way than before and that there is more activity during the day.
‘There are now more residents joining our activities because they have more energy and profits, and we also find that the residents stay longer and are more involved in the activities.
‘In addition to the increased quiet at night as well as increased activity during the day, we also experience far fewer episodes during the day where our residents exhibit aggressive behaviour and are frustrated. They have become calmer and more happy’.
Kristensen also believe the lighting is a major benefit to the staff too.
‘I am very positive about how well the staff has received the system and how good they are at using it in everyday life.
For example, staff use the opportunity to create soothing light in connection with a daily fixed session, where residents sit together in the living room and rest and listen to relaxing music or take a nap in comfortable armchairs with blankets.
‘The fact that the system automatically simulates daylight and thus follows the natural rhythm of the day makes the residents easier to register and sense the day’s rhythm, which makes it easier for the staff to get the residents into a more structured rhythm.’
OFFICE WITH CIRCADIAN LIGHTING BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY
Mitie employees work at these desks in the Living Lab for four weeks at a time, answering daily surveys about their comfort, satisfaction, and emotional response.
Top: The Living Lab has bamboo screens that wrap onto the ceiling above. The floor, desks, and task lights are also formed from different shades and textures of bamboo. Middle: Task lights mimic the colour-tuning of the office lights. Bottom: The ‘Regeneration Pods provide a space for meditation and reflection.
The Living Lab – part of the headquarters of energy services consultancy and outsourcing giant Mitie – is an experimental workplace which provides short-term rest and meditation functions for company employees.
A STUNNING ‘biophiliac’ office on the twelfth floor of London’s Shard skyscraper boosts productivity by up to 20 per cent, according to a University College London study.
The space features colour- and intensity-tuning circadian lighting which aims to match the occupants’ sleep-wake cycles.
Designed by DaeWha Kang Design it’s designed to boost worker wellness and productivity. This project comprises two spaces, an immersive work environment with natural materials and two ‘Regeneration Pods; that provide a space for meditation and reflection.
The Living Lab has bamboo screens that wrap onto the ceiling above. The floor, desks, and task lights are also formed from different shades and textures of bamboo.
The lighting in the room is linked to an astronomical clock—cool blue in the morning, brilliant white in the afternoon, and super warm as the day winds down.
Mitie employees work at these desks for four weeks at a time, answering daily surveys about their comfort, satisfaction, and emotional response.
They then spend four weeks working in a control area on the same floor with similar environmental conditions but without biophilic design, and their responses will be compared between the two spaces.
The office is part of Mitie’s ‘Connected Workspace’ initiative that incorporates sensor technology, big data, and machine learning to revolutionise the way that their portfolio of buildings are managed and maintained.
The Living Lab, which was unveiled in November, was commissioned as part of the health, wellness, and user-experience aspect of Connected Workspace.
Dr. Marcella Ucci, head of the MSc in Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings at the University College of London, says her pilot study to measure the impact on employees in a detailed post-occupancy study shows that productivity was boosted by up to 20 per cent. Additionally, employees were 38 per cent calmer, and 10 per cent more focused than their colleagues in the rest of the office.
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