Soraa Inc of Fremont, CA, USA, which develops solid-state lighting technology fabricated on ‘GaN on GaN’ (gallium nitride on gallium nitride) substrates, says that its consumer-focused Soraa Sky bulb has won an Innovation Award at the LightFair International 2017 event in Philadelphia (9-11 May).
Soraa Sky, formerly named Helia, dynamically adjusts color and spectral content to promote positive effects on the body’s natural circadian rhythm. By starting with a full-spectrum LED source, it precisely tunes in and out the blue-light content throughout the day — just like the sun — while always providing white light.
“Soraa Sky is environmentally aware and automatically syncs to sunrise and sunset times, as well as your sleep and wake times to provide optimized lighting for your circadian health and sleep cycles,” notes CEO Jeff Parker.
Using BlueFree LED technology, Soraa Sky’s lighting system recognizes that blue light is helpful in the morning, just like the sunrise. During the day, it emits museum-quality light with moderate blue light. In the evening, Sky bulbs have the unique ability to completely remove blue emissions, but still provide soft white light (violet replaces blue light), aiding subsequent sleep.
Customized preferences can be set through the Soraa Sky app on iOS and Android smartphones. The firm’s bulbs communicate with each other over existing electrical wires with industry-standard HomePlug GreenPHY technology, giving the bulbs a robust, dedicated and secure connection through-out the entire home (without needing a router).
The modular Soraa Sky Smart SNAP system providees a secure path to add or upgrade Sky lighting capabilities over its lifetime without replacing bulbs, yielding both financial and environmental savings.
The initial Sky Dynamic White + Sky Smart SNAP controls the bulbs, ensuring precisely synchronized, healthy white light 24 hours a day. The Smart SNAP module also has integrated customizable sensors that automatically turn lights on or off based on whether or not people are in the room, in addition to adjusting light levels based on ambient light from outdoors. In addition to the energy savings from LED lighting, Soraa smart sensors can save an additional 30-50% energy usage, it is estimated.