Gallery: LED Virtual Sky Promises to Make Office Spaces More Pleasant


Stacking people into windowless offices may be a cheap way to run a business, but it certainly takes a bite out of productivity. As most of us can testify, we would prefer the soothing luminescence of diffused sunlight over a static fluorescent din. Fortunately, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO has developed a solution for dreary interior environments – a series of LED panels that mimic the sky indoors. The panels are set into a grid on the ceiling to mimic just about any type of overcast sky, and they can be configured to display a variety of weather conditions. The new lighting system could actually provide an economic boost, as tests show that daylighting improves productivity upwards of 15% (according to the USGBC and UC Davis).

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