Fremont, California-based Soraa reported that the company’s consumer-focused Sky bulb won the LIGHTFAIR International 2017 Innovation Award. The Sky LED Bulb, formerly named HeliaTM, dynamically adjusts spectral content and color.
The goal of the dynamic adjustment is to promote positive effects on the body’s natural circadian rhythm. The Sky system uses a full-spectrum LED source, and the bulb precisely tunes in and out the blue-light content throughout the day like the sun. The entire time, the Sky LED bulb delivers Soraa’s white light.
“Our SORAA Sky Dynamic White bulb provides the healthiest and most beautiful LED light available,” said Jeff Parker, Chief Executive Officer of Soraa. “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. We are proud that our team’s innovation has won LIGHTFAIR International’s coveted Innovation Award.”
SORAA BlueFree LED™ Technology
The Sky system employs the company’s unique BlueFree LED™ Technology, and like a sunrise, a bluish addition to white light suppresses the release of melatonin, triggering an awakening and energizing effect. For this reason, SORAA recognizes that that blue light is helpful in the morning to make users feel rejuvenated. Also, during the day, museum-quality light with a moderate mix of blue light enlivens the surroundings.
However, in the evening, the Sky bulbs feature can entirely remove the potentially harmful and sleep-disrupting blue emissions but still provide soft white light. Soraa Sky LED bulb features LEDs in which violet emission replaces blue emission for a more restful night’s sleep.
Simple Configuration and Control
The SORAA Sky app on iOS and Android smartphones can set customized preferences. Soraa’s Sky bulbs communicate with each other over existing electrical wires. This communication over existing electrical wires employs the industry-standard HomePlug® GreenPHY protocol, giving the bulbs what the company describes as a robust, dedicated and secure connection throughout the home without needing a router.
Upgrades are Simple with Smart SNAP System
Soraa claims that its modular SORAA Sky Smart SNAP system makes adding or upgrading the Sky LED bulb’s capabilities easy and secure, without having to replace the bulb. Smart SNAP controls the SORAA Sky Dynamic White + Sky to ensure synchronized, healthy white light 24 hours per day.
The Smart SNAP module also features integrated customizable sensors that can automatically turn lights on or off based on whether or not people are in the room. They sensors can change light levels based on ambient light from outdoors. Soraa contends its smart sensors can help consumers save an estimated 30% to 50% more than using conventional (non-dynamic) LED bulbs.