The lighting industry needs research knowledge to support decision-making

Valoa Design has designed lighting for familiar surroundings in Tampere (Photo: Juhana Konttinen)

Valoa Design has designed lighting for familiar surroundings in Tampere (Photo: Juhana Konttinen)

Lighting surrounds us and our everyday lives. About 11% of the world’s energy consumption is used for creating artificial light, and up to half of this amount could be saved. However, these savings cannot be made because at present the field is depending on partially outdated technology. There is a need for further objective research knowledge on new solutions.

“The electrical engineering programme at TAMK offers a good basic education on lighting. Tampere3 could complete the package with academic research knowledge,” Jarno Hellman, Business Development Manager of Greenled Ltd., envisions.

Professionals in the lighting business are already seeking extension studies at TAMK. More knowledge and know-how is needed, for example, on lighting control as a part of building automation and on the significance of light in architecture.

Multidisciplinary research could take over the whole business

The research possibilities in the lighting field are almost limitless. The research combines construction and electrical and software engineering with behavioural sciences.

All of the research knowledge could be transferred straight into teaching. Facilities planners and architects are currently not getting enough education on lighting. In addition, purchasers and decision-makers in construction projects need training and independent and reliable information with which to support their decisions.

“So far, the European standardisation of the field is insufficient. Naturally, this makes it difficult to compare the different solutions,” Hellman says.

Enhanced well-being with lighting during the polar nights

A medical perspective can also be taken into account in regard to lighting.

”The starting point of lighting design should be the person who uses the lit space,” says Roope Siiroinen who is the CEO of Valoa Design Ltd. “It is especially interesting how lighting can affect our well-being during, for example, the long and dark season in the North.”

Siiroinen has participated in creating a European network of educational institutions that offer studies in the field of lighting. “Tampere3 would make an excellent addition to the network,” Siironen says. “We already have all the necessary know-how.”

Led lighting:

  • The first led light was manufactured in 1962.
  • Shuji Nakamura (winner of the Millennium Technology Prize in 2006 and the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014) developed a led that produces white light.
  • Led lights provide the possibility of saving 50-80 percent compared to the current energy consumption on lighting.

Greenled Ltd.

  • Supplies lighting solutions that support sustainable development to businesses and the public sector
  • Operates in Kempele, Tampere and Vantaa
  • Established in 2009

Valoa Design Ltd.

  • A lighting design agency producing lighting designs for, among others, facades, stores, offices, shopping centres, hotels, parks and other urban spaces.
  • Operates in Tampere
  • Established in 2007