In conversation with a LYS user: It’s about insight first

21 Jun 2019

Do you think there is a difference between doing something that you know improves your well-being as opposed to doing something that positively impacting you without your realisation? This is the precise question LYS Technologies has been asking itself since the beginning.

Because here’s the thing, many of the things that make our lives better are in fact automatically integrated into our day-to-day without our conscious grasping of their mechanism and how they impact us. This is indeed good when it comes to, let’s say, air conditioning or smoke detectors, but when we’re talking about circadian rhythm lighting, complete automation that demands absolutely nothing from us, could perhaps not be giving us the full benefits of this technology.

Continuing the In conversation with a LYS users series, we spoke to one of our avid users Miroslav to understand a little more about how he uses the technology and how the insight he has gained from the app and the Light Diet report has helped shape his light habits for the better.

Miroslav told LYS that what drew him to using our technology was the “device’s simple solution for collecting everyday lighting metrics data in order to investigate light influence on human well-being and learn how to improve it.” Adding that LYS  was particularly interesting as he is already engaged with “Human Centric Lighting technologies implementation in our lighting fittings suitable to use in hospital wards based on IP knowledge of Bartenbach Lichtlabor Company from Aldrans, Austria.”

What makes Miroslav’s experience of using LYS so unique – and fascinating for us – is that his goal in using the device was to get insights into human-centric lighting solutions that he is already engaging with, yet had no way of understanding exactly how they are impacting him and those around him. When asked what him experience has been like with LYS, Miroslav told us that it has been “very positive to discover how important exposure to daylight is in everyday life”, and that LYS has helped him understand his light habits. “LYS helps me find out about the importance of light influence on my body and what I need to change in my daily routine.”

Despite having already been familiar with human-centric lighting (or circadian rhythm lighting), Miroslav had very little information about how the light was impacting his body and what changes he actively needed to do in order to make the best of his day. LYS was not only able to show him exactly how the smart lighting solutions were affecting his well-being, but also accurately indicate what was missing from his daily light habits. “I found that I need a minimum of two hours of outdoor activities,” he told us, in order to meet his goals.

As we move toward more human-centric solutions in everything around us – and particularly the environments we inhabit – it’s important that we always ask ourselves what the best way of implementation is. Sure complete automation is great for some aspects in our lives, but when it comes to our well-being, and our circadian rhythm health, insight is key; it allows us to become conscious consumers and adapt actionable feedback in order to gain true benefits of the technology.

In this light (no pun intended), Miroslav’s example is but a drop in the ocean of how important insight is to developing truly effective human-centric lighting. So the next time the lights in your environment change colours, try asking yourself why and how does this impact your well-being.