Solving the problem of internal acoustics - Pt.1

 

We have been getting a few inquiries on

why we focus on the noise reducing aspect of our pendant lights.

In this series of blog posts, we will discuss the problems noise create and how our lights work to reduce that issue.


Blog No. 006 | Author: Tyrone Cleary | Date: 12/02/2019


 
 
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There is no denying that the world we are living in is becoming a lot louder

Evolutionary speaking, sound has been a great benefit to us to detect danger, avoid predation, communicate and navigate. Fast forward to today, and one could easily argue that we are burdened with excess noise for the majority of our day. Technological advancements have meant that we all seem to have multiple appliances and devices constantly generating a mass of noise in our home and work lives. There is no denying that the world we are living in is becoming a lot louder.

 It doesn’t help that interior design trends exacerbate acoustic issues. Our offices and living areas are becoming more open plan which reduces acoustic privacy and increase the range that noise can reach . The materials we are using for flooring, wall and ceiling linings, furniture and decor all tend to be very solid and dense. (As we will expand on in future posts, the harder and denser a material, the less it can absorb or reduce noise)

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Why does acoustics matter?

In the graph to the left, produced by the University of Sydney in 2013, we can see that noise levels and acoustic privacy are a couple of the highest issues people complain about working in office environments around Australia.

When it comes to our home environments,a recent YourHome article points out that a lack of noise control interferes with the quintessential qualities of our home.

  • Sleep

  • Rest

  • Conversation

It should come at no surprise that excessive noise is harming your health and decreasing your ability to perform the most basic of human functions .

A study by the Australian Academy of Science highlights a wide range of noise-related health problems that are caused by excessive noise in both work and home environments:

  •  Stress

  •  Poor Concentration

  • Productivity Loss

  • Communication Difficulties

  • Fatigue

  • Extreme examples: Cardiovascular disease cognitive impairment, tinnitus and hearing loss

 

In the rest of this series we will be tackling the following issues:

  • What is noise?

  • Why is noise harming ?

  • What can be done to reduce or eliminate it in our daily lives?

 

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