For the first time, the independent VDE Testing and Certification Institute certifies that a company has qualitatively fulfilled all existing requirements, norms and standards for an HCL system. LEDVANCE receives the HCL certificate with the best possible quality award (3/3 stars) for its new and advanced BIOLUX® HCL system. The system positively supports the human biological day-night-rhythm, increases well-being and performance during the day and improves the quality of sleep at night.
The VDE mark is synonymous with safety and quality in electrical devices, components and systems. The independent test engineers carry out product, quality and safety tests on more than 100,000 devices per year before the VDE Institute awards the test mark. The VDE Institute has now developed a new standardised catalogue of test-criteria to evaluate HCL systems with regard to quality, safety, performance and usabil-ity. Compliance with these criteria is confirmed by a three-stage certificate. The BIO-LUX® HCL system from LEDVANCE achieved outstanding results in the tests and is the first HCL system ever to receive the new VDE HCL certificate with the best possible award of 3/3 stars. The evaluation was based on various criteria regarding light quality, correct simulation of the course of daylight, energy and cost efficiency, safety, ease of installation and commissioning, usability and compliance with national, EU and global norms and standards.
“Until now, there has been no qualitative testing of HCL systems by an independent authority”, explains LEDVANCE Head of R&D and Strategic Portfolio Management Dr. Ulrich Weiss. “We therefore very much welcome VDE's initiative to establish standard-ised HCL test-criteria based on norms and standards and incorporating measurement techniques. This is unique worldwide. We are very proud that our BIOLUX® HCL sys-tem has received the best possible quality award from VDE and fulfils all requirements to positively support the human biological rhythm, showing activity and performance during the day, supporting good sleep at night and increase well-being.”
“The collaboration with the technical experts from LEDVANCE has been excellent”, says Dragana Zdravkovic-Stojanovic, technical expert for luminaires at VDE Institute. “Our criteria for being awarded with 3 stars were by no means easy to implement.” She mentions the outstanding quality of light, the course of day sequences adapted to the situation, and the easy installation as particularly outstanding to her. “I am looking for-ward very much to further joint projects”, says the VDE expert.
Five light modes with positive effects on the human biorhythm
The LEDVANCE BIOLUX® HCL system consists of wirelessly connected components. The intelligent BIOLUX® control unit ensures - as the heart of the system - that the cor-responding BIOLUX® LED luminaires simulate the natural course of daylight in terms of light colour and intensity. Unique to the BIOLUX® HCL system is the possibility of man-ually adjusting light to different situations using five predefined light modes. While the NATURAL mode simulates the natural course of daylight, the BOOST and FOCUS modes support concentration and productivity. RELAX provides relaxing light during breaks and with CREATE brainstorming sessions are encouraged. The built-in safety mechanism has been particularly positively evaluated by the VDE Institute: The five dif-ferent light modes always follow the curve of natural daylight and thus ensure that the effects on the biorhythm are positive at all times. This makes the BIOLUX® HCL system particularly suitable for offices, meeting rooms, hospitals, doctors’ surgeries as well as elder care and nursing homes.
One HCL system for everyone: easy installation and commissioning in five to ten minutes
After connection to the power grid, the LEDVANCE BIOLUX® HCL system can be in-stalled and commissioned in five to ten minutes in an uncomplicated, fast and wireless manner using a smartphone app. The system automatically determines the time of sun rise and sunset based on the geographical location and autonomously configures all settings based on the course of daylight. As the system works independently and con-figures itself, no complicated programming or integration into existing lighting manage-ment systems is necessary. This keeps costs low and contributes to a particularly eco-nomical use. A total of up to 20 luminaires can communicate with the intelligent control unit, which can be added to the system simply by scanning the QR code. The complete communication of control unit and luminaires is securely encrypted and no user data is transferred. The user can set the five lighting modes in no time at all via the control unit.