Learn from the lighting experts: podcast series shines a light

A podcast series from Signify tackles every topic in lighting from the history of lighting design to the intricacies of how your lights stay connected

Lighting has been a hot topic in the workplace for a number of years, with investment in workplace lighting being driven by an increased awareness of the impact of design on employee wellbeing and sustainability targets.

But a newfound focus on wellbeing is only one trend in the history of the lighting industry and understanding how we got into a position where our lighting could negatively impact our health and our environment is the first step in disentangling ourselves from poor design and working towards building healthier environments.

In this podcast series, Signify lays bare some of the secret of the lighting industry. Touching on history, technology and climate action, their podcasts address some of the most pressing issues in workspace design and provide a learning platform for organisations looking to upgrade their lighting game.

Here is a summary of what their podcasts have to offer:

The six ages of light

The ‘six ages of light’ refer to the development of different lighting modes throughout history – from the age of fire to gas and electricity and beyond.  Each age hinges on a specific technological or scientific development which has allowed for a shift in thinking about how we light up the world. Assessing what has come before helps us ascertain what might come next in the development of lighting design. In this podcast, Signify experts Mike Simpson and Jonathan Weinert look to the past in order to reflect upon the future.

A brief history of electric light: how we got here  

The development of electric lighting is probably the biggest step-change in the history of lighting but it’s not as straightforward a story as you might expect. In this podcast Greg Nelson chats to Jonathan Weinert about how we got from the Edison bulb to LEDs, all the way through to Internet of Things (IOT) enabled lighting.

What makes connected lighting connected?

Truly connected lighting is the ideal scenario for most workplaces, with smart technologies connecting sensors, identifying movement through a building and connecting your phone or laptop to relevant screens for presentations and meetings. But getting to this stage requires bringing lighting, sensors and data together to provide deeper insight into how a space operates and what impact its lighting has on the people occupying an environment. This podcast with Jonathan Weinert addresses how we can achieve greater connection with our lighting and, as a result, create healthier, happier and more sustainable workplace.

Lighting and climate action

What does lighting have to do with climate change? As it turns out, quite a lot. In this discussion, Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs at Signify, talks all things sustainability, addressing how the new era of connected LED lighting can form a major part of the route to net zero.

Lighting for health and wellbeing

It’s not just planetary health that better lighting systems can support. Not all of the effects of lighting on our health and wellbeing are obvious, but delving into how lighting can affect us all on a biological level can help support the creation of lighting systems that allow us to feel better, sleep more deeply and be more productive as a consequence. Join Jonathan Weinart and Peter Duine, Global Business Director Systems & Services at Signify, for the discussion here.

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