"Thanks to Morstar, we have created a cost-saving, positive, and comfortable working environment for my employees, users, and partners."

Amanda | Senior Partner

The office is no longer just a place to work. Modern offices also may include meeting areas, waiting areas, break areas, and so on. The necessity to maintain flexibility in utilizing available space has brought about new requirements for both the contemporary office layout and the lighting solutions needed within it.

Optimal lighting is a crucial aspect of establishing a omfortable and productive office environment for mployees. Human-centric lighting represents the ideal approach to creating a healthy environment, by ncorporating suitable hues and adjusting to natural and ambient light. Studies have demonstrated that human-centric lighting can increase productivity by as much as 12%.

This is particularly important as the average office employee spends about 90% of their day indoors. The human body relies on the circadian rhythm, which is
based on natural light cues to regulate sleep and wakefulness. Continuous exposure to artificial lighting can disrupt this rhythm, leading to long-term adverse effects.

To help mitigate this issue, many office lighting systems have adopted smart lighting technology. Smart lighting not only promotes productivity but also creates a functional and welcoming atmosphere for employees, enhancing their overall well-being in the workplace.

Smart lighting offers a plethora of design possibilities to enhance the aesthetic appeal of any workspace, while also reducing costs. It encompasses a wide range of design features that can be programmed to execute various tasks and scenarios as required. For instance, during a conference room meeting, the lights can be dimmed to minimize glare on the screen, ensuring the comfort of attendees, or a break room area that dims lighting when not occupied.

Amanda is a senior partner in a firm located in a major metropolitan area. Her firm experienced a surge in business, leading to a need for staff to work longer hours. Like many managers, she faced several challenges:

  • Unused areas were fully lit.
  • Overuse of lighting after normal business hours.
  • Inability to adjust lighting appropriately for changing work conditions/needs.
  • Prolonged use of bright indoor lighting even when natural lighting was ample.

"Thanks to Morstar, we have created a cost-saving, positive, and comfortable working environment for my employees, users, and partners." she said in our return interview.

The best energy savings are achieved by combining daylight harvesting with presence control. Typically, energy savings in such a setup range between 40% and 60%. To implement this function, it is necessary to combine it with Morstar's adjustable color temperature luminaires. Morstar's sensors provide information on presence and lux levels, allowing for the implementation of this functionality without incurring additional costs. Amanda was impressed with her smart office lighting system, which utilized a daylight harvesting sensor to reduce energy consumption and provide her employees with a comfortable work environment.
Various usage scenarios in a room may necessitate different lighting settings to achieve specific effects or ambiance. For instance, in a meeting room, all lights may need to be fully illuminated during a typical meeting, whereas during a presentation, lights near the screen should be dimmed, or even switched off. Amanda can easily configure multiple scenes by adjusting the brightness and color of each lamp or group of lamps in a room through the custom scene mode feature. Once defined, these scenes can be manually controlled using any of Morstar's apps or automatically recalled through scheduling or by the use of sensors.
Since Amanda is not able to physically be everywhere at once, she needs a way to monitor how each room or area is being utilized. Using Morstar’s advanced software, she can create a light map and the current light distribution of each space can be monitored in realtime. This facilitates energy conservation and cost savings. Her control system generates robust data showing her which spaces are currently in use and historical data of which spaces are most and least utilized. It can also provide effective data support for Amanda's future space deployment by historical occupancy and luminaire use data.