Searching for the Sun  The Golpe lamp The Golpe lamp

The new gople lamp created in by the Bjarke Ingels Group in collaboration with Artemide is specifically designed to nourish and increase growth in houseplants. This got us at Hone Industrial design here in Melbourne thinking, could there be more benefits to changing our regular lights for grow lights that simulate sunlight? Let’s have a look at what we found.  Lushly planted interior Lushly planted interior

Unsurprisingly, the biggest advantage of aesthetic lights that are better for growing plants is that they do what they say on the packet, grow plants faster. Indoor plants have numerous health benefits removing carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and other harmful chemicals such as benzene from the air. Of course, the plants also convert carbon dioxide into sweet, sweet oxygen and humidify the air as they do so.

There are some that claim “full-spectrum” lighting will do anything from increasing awareness and productivity to reducing incidences of dental decay. The majority of these claims, unfortunately, have no hard evidence to support them. Although most benefits are unsubstantiated, people that suffer from vitamin D deficiency during winter when there is not enough sunlight can see improvements when they start getting the necessary UVB rays from full spectrum lighting or UV treatment lamps.  Coelux skylight Coelux skylight

Making beautiful lights that mimic the sun just without the UV rays was the goal of the Coelux designers. The skylights they’ve produced look stunning, bringing a beautiful clear and seemingly natural sunlight to rooms hidden away from the sun. The “skylight” does more than just look good, the producers of Coelux hope that it will be used to fight seasonal affective disorder (also known as SAD). Doctors recommend using daylight imitating lamps in the morning as a treatment for SAD. SAD is estimated to affect 1 in 15 people in the UK.  

Although having light that imitates more natural light has its benefits. Pale people like myself probably need to be aware of the potential drawbacks. UV wavelengths that benefit the body by allowing us to produce vitamin D also come with wavelengths that cause irreparable damage to the tissue on the extremities of our body.

Will there be another jump in lighting technology as we move towards more adaptable smart lights?  If you’re interested in emerging lighting or developing your own lighting product, contact us at Hone Industrial design Melbourne on 9939 8880 or email us at