S.C. Herman & Assoc.

Making Light the Focal Point

S.C. Herman & Assoc.


S.C. Herman & Assoc


Commercial Office, Showroom


Washington D.C.

The Challenge

Real estate developer S.C. Herman & Associates recently oversaw a $34M renovation of their commercial office space at 1141 L Street in Washington, DC. While they added all new floor-to-ceiling glass facades on the North and South facing sides of the 12-story building, they realized there would be minimal natural light penetration in some suites due to adjacent high-rises. Lighting and controls integrator, Computerized Controls Company (C3), turned to Healthe® for the next best thing to sunlight – circadian luminaires.

The Installation

AzulTM troffers and architectural linear luminaires were installed in two model suites designed to show prospective tenants the layout and potential fit-out improvements. The Azul luminaires feature Healthe’s GoodDay® engineered spectrum, providing blue-enhanced illumination scientifically shown to boost alertness and focus. The 5000K light sources are a natural match to daylight and provide the supplemental benefits to occupants’ health and wellness by helping to regulate the sleep/wake cycle.

The Findings

The response of prospective tenants viewing suites both with and without the Azul circadian luminaires has been overwhelmingly in favor of the spaces with circadian lighting. The spaces not only appear brighter and more energized, but the added benefit of providing a workplace focused on the health of occupants has been a key selling factor.