Lighting is responsible for approximately 40-50% of total electricity consumption in major buildings. Many office buildings are lit up at night without any legitimate reason. Many office workers rarely feel the rays of the sun during the winter months as they spend all their time inside in offices during the hours of daylight.
Parans’ mission is to bring daylight into buildings to reduce the energy needs for lighting. Their business concept is based on the ideas of architect and inventor Bengt Stenby who saw the function of lighting as part of an indoor context and thus redesigned the concept of illuminated indoor environments.
Fibre optic cables made from plastic convey natural sunlight from collectors on the roof or walls. Sensors detect the lighting needs of a room and regulate the need for complimentary lights during cloudy days and dark winter afternoons.
The fibre optic panel provides a pleasant design detail and makes premises feel welcoming since natural light often improves people’s moods. Parans also reports that sick leave decreases and productivity increases by between 6-16% due to the positive effects of more daylight.
The product is said to be most suitable for public service facilities, schools and hospitals.