Luminous SkyCeilings

April 11, 2010
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Backlit sky image ceiling system

Sky Factory Luminous SkyCeilings are “authentic illusions” of real sky intended to promote comfort and vitality in viewers by transforming the experience of enclosed interior space. Hundreds of proprietary high resolution photographs and energy-efficient daylight-balanced lighting combine in to deliver a compelling experience of nature within windowless rooms. Luminous SkyCeilings are modular and mount to existing or custom hung-ceiling grid systems. They can be configured in virtually any rectilinear configuration, as well as circular, elliptical and custom shapes, and scaled to any size.

Research attests to the value of real and simulated nature in healthcare settings as contributing to alleviation of pain, reduction in use of medications, increased patient comfort and decreased time of hospital stays. In MRI suites, Luminous SkyCeilings have been noted as helping to ameliorate claustrophobic reactions. By virtue of triggering the relaxation response, Luminous SkyCeilings have shown to increase productivity and satisfaction in the workplace.

Sky Factory Programmable Luminous SkyCeilings incorporate illumination designed to change over time to produce naturalistic simulations of the changing light of the day—from dawn to midday to dusk. Being able to individually address each of the lamps in the bi-color arrangement of “warm” and “cool” lights via the digitally addressable lighting interface (DALI) allows for finely graduated intensity changes as well as the sophisticated mixing between “warm” and “cool” lights to change the perceived color of the sky image over time.

Contact: The Sky Factory, Fairfield, IA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment

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