We are pleased to announce that our state-of-the-art WalaLight System was selected as the first place finisher during this year’s Innovation Competition at the Lincoln Healthcare LINK Long-Term Care and Senior Living Conference, an event that took place in Chicago on July 13th – July 15th. We are very proud of the fact that the WalaLight System was selected from over 50 companies, including many well-established premier providers of products and services in the elder care industry.
The neo-natural WalaLight System is the innovation of USaveLED, LLC. The revolutionary technology of the WalaLight System incorporates smart Kelvin-changing LED lighting and controls that make it easy to vary the temperature of light, changing the color along the spectrum from bright sunlight to warm calming light, as well as allowing the user to adjust the dimness of the light. This is particularly significant because recent brain research has identified a linkage between exposure to natural sunlight and the secretion of hormones in the body that are responsible for controlling key body functions.
Since most individuals living in elder care or long-term care facilities do not get adequate exposure to naturally-changing light throughout the day (including both natural sunlight and darkness) due to the fact that all or most of their day is spent indoors, the lack of exposure can significantly affect health and behaviors. However, by utilizing WalaLight’s adaptive LED lighting abilities, residents of these facilities can be provided with the appropriate color of light to coincide with various times of the day, as if they were exposed to the natural outdoor light. For example, lights can be programmed to gradually brighten at the start of the day to ease residents into a more wakeful state and can be adjusted in brightness during the day to keep natural circadian rhythms in check.
In addition to helping to control circadian rhythms, the more natural cycle of light exposure can affect heart rate, pulse rate and blood pressure, as well as a number of other key brain and body functions. Additionally, the light is especially useful for older individuals, such as those who live in elder care facilities, since only about 25% of light is transmitted through the lens of the eye as a person ages, as compared to the lens of a younger eye. WalaLight is the first and only LED ambient lighting system to provide the type of neo-natural light that is needed in order to promote normal brain and body functioning.
On top of health benefits that are backed up by brain research, the WalaLight System offers significant cost savings for healthcare and long-term care facilities. The LED technology of the lights results in significantly lower electricity usage as compared to traditional types of lighting. Additionally, with a lifespan of over 50,000 hours, the adaptive LED lights dramatically cut down on the cost of maintenance and replacement.
The Lincoln Healthcare LINK Long-Term Care and Senior Living Conference is designed to bring together leading product and service providers within the elder care industry, as well as companies that own and operate elder care and long-term care facilities throughout the nation. The Innovation Award won by USaveLED for its revolutionary WalaLight System was determined by an independent panel of five judges, all of whom are experts in the elder care industry.
For more information about our WalaLight adaptive LED lighting system, or to schedule an appointment with one of our LED lighting specialists for a free lighting evaluation and consultation, call 855-672-7020.