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power of light

Lumen means “the power of light” and LUMENHAUS allows the homeowner to optimally harness the power of both natural and electric light.

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solar energy

Solar energy means using light from the sun to make electricity – what could be more powerful than that? A vast array of solar (or photovoltaic or PV) panels covers the roof of LUMENAHUS, allowing it to be completely powered by the sun. There will be a meter that records the influx and usage of energy throughout the day. If the house produces more energy through the photovoltaic panels than it uses, there will be a net energy gain. This will give the homeowner an opportunity to earn a net income from energy sold back to the power company. Excess energy could also be used to power an electric car. This system is known as net metering. The panels automatically adjust to best capture the sun’s energy in all seasons and all weathers. In the cold months, the Eclipsis System will open up to allow sunlight to passively heat the concrete slab floor, decreasing the amount of energy needed to heat the house.

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natural daylight

There will be no need for electric light from sunrise to sunset because the pavilion design and north and south sliding glass walls allow vast amounts of natural daylight to penetrate the home. LUMENHAUS breathes with variations in natural light that no electric light can mimic. Filtered through different combinations of the Eclipsis System, at different times of day and during different weather conditions, the light varies from subtle dancing shadows created by the circular tabs in the Shading Shutter to full sun exposure when the screens and glass doors are completely open.

By maximizing exposure to natural daylight, LUMENHAUS helps improve the homeowners’ health and well-being. Research demonstrates that daylight is one of the greatest natural healing remedies. For example, sunlight can stimulate your appetite and improve your digestion and metabolism. Sunlight increases the production of endorphins and serotonin, which boost your mood, leaving you with a renewed sense of well-being. Exposure to natural light during the day can even increase your melatonin output at night, helping you sleep better. Sunlight improves the function of your liver and helps it to break down toxins and wastes that could lead to cancer and other diseases.

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indoor lighting system

The energy collected during the day will be symbolically radiated back out at night through a low-energy, long-lasting Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting system. Built right into the insulating panels of the Eclipsis System and throughout the house in strategic spots, the interior and exterior spaces will be amply lit. LED lights are extremely energy efficient light fixtures that emit a very high quality white light. They produce more lumens per watt than traditional incandescent bulbs. They also have extremely long lives and are very durable, being resistant to heat, cold and shock.

The color temperature of the white lights inside can be controlled by the homeowner to optimize mood. For example, a warmer (lower color temperature) could be used to promote relaxation while a cooler (higher color temperature) could be used to increase concentration.