21st Century spaces need modern solutions
Introducing PMC Lighting’s new line of noise reducing luminaires: akūstik
Open environments mean an increase in ambient noise levels
In these days of hustle and bustle, it seems that almost every environment we find ourselves in is noisy, and the world is getting louder. Even the office environment is not immune to this. With open office plans and hard surfaces, today’s office environments are filled with reflective surfaces that not only reflect sound but create harsh echoes and compound ambient noise levels.
Comprising over 70% of new modern office spaces, the open office phenomenon is here to stay, and along with it, higher levels of ambient noise. Studies have shown that increased levels of noise causes stress in our bodies. Noise can trigger elevated blood pressure and heart rates and in some, is a cause of chronic headaches.
These open-concept spaces can extend to hotel lobbies, educational facilities, and restaurants – all locations where excess noise levels can cause stress or distraction to visitors. Coming up with creative ways to reduce ambient sounds has become a priority for owners and managers.
How does akūstik reduce noise in open spaces?
PMC Lighting Inc.’s akūstik Series of lighting fixtures not only provide highly tailorable high quality LED lighting, but also provide noise mitigation in the installed environment. Wrapped in sound deadening material, akūstik fixtures can help reduce ambient noise by absorbing sound instead of reflecting it. With a rating of .45-.90 NRC, the material used to wrap the luminaire has been proven by the manufacturer to reduce overall noise in the environment.
That, in turn, can reduce the negative effects of a noisy environment. PMC’s akūstik family of products bring luminaires with Direct, Indirect and Direct/Indirect outputs of up to 2200lm/ft to the workplace environment. With the addition of matching Lightless Panels, the workplace can be fitted with sound deadening fixtures that make a real difference in the office noise levels.
With PMC’s Build-2-Spec capabilities, not only do we provide standard luminaires in 3 different cross-sectional sizes from 3.5” wide x 10” tall to 3.5” wide to 16” tall, but we can custom-tailor a sound deadening solution to your specific needs.