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Life needs light
On the first real day of spring, when you feel the sun’s rays caress your skin, you immediately feel reborn. And it’s no wonder – daylight has a huge influence on your mood and vitality. Dutch start-up Vitaallicht is bringing the power of the sun indoors with a biodynamic lighting concept in the form of a floor lamp. “Daylight is like sport in that it is good for your health and improves productivity by 4.5%”, says Founder Maarten Voorhuis. He is inviting Hannover Messe attendees to come and enjoy a “daylight experience” at the joint stand of Holland Innovative and the High Tech Campus Eindhoven (Hall 4, Stand C52). After all, “you have to experience the power of light for yourself”.
Vitaallicht looks like an elegant designer lamp, but when you switch it on the difference between the light that it produces and conventional lighting quickly becomes clear. As the world’s first mobile, biodynamic LED light it can be easily integrated into existing room set-ups via plug & play. But why should you bring daylight into your home when light already comes in through your windows? “Even daylight that comes through windows is filtered and has a heavily reduced lux number. Also, we spend most of the day inside buildings. Due to a lack of contact with natural light, our body clocks get out of sync. We feel weak, tired and gloomy”, says Voorhuis. This is where Vitaallicht comes in by providing the necessary natural daylight.
Voorhuis and his company are very at home in Eindhoven, since it is known as the Netherlands’ city of light. Prior to setting the company up in 2011, he worked for many years for Philips Lighting and continuously noticed how innovative lighting concepts failed to meet the different requirements of architects, installers and end consumers. The positive effect of biodynamic light has been scientifically proven, but hardly any biodynamic ceiling lights get used because they are too costly and complex. However, Voorhuis refused to resign himself to that fact and has therefore come up with a mobile alternative in the form of floor lamps: “Together with Eindhoven University of Technology, Fontys University of Applied Sciences and the organisation Innovate Dementia, we are continuing to conduct research into the effect of our lighting system and how we can further develop it.”
Improved health and productivity
It has been scientifically proven that the use of biodynamic lighting in the workplace leads to fewer reported illnesses and an increase in employee productivity of 4.5%. Daylight even has a demonstrably positive effect in the healthcare sector, for example in care for the elderly: patients suffer less from sleeping disorders and depression, and the effects of dementia are slowed down. This can also make life easier for nursing staff. The Vitaallicht LED light concept also uses little energy which means that it quickly pays for itself.
“The positive feedback that we get from end users motivates us to take the next steps”, says Voorhuis with a smile. The next generation of Vitaallicht lamps should be less expensive and even higher quality. Now that all the certifications are in the bag, it is now being launched in Germany and Northern Europe, which should ensure further growth. Potential purchasers can borrow a Vitaallicht for a few weeks for free. “After all, allowing people to test it for themselves is the best way of demonstrating the light’s positive effects.”
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High Tech Campus 10/ Postbus 8026
5601KA Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Contact person: Maarten Voorhuis
Tel.: +31 040 8516433
Halle 4, Niederländische Gemeinschaftstand