Hunter Douglas Aura’s Illuminating Design Simulates Sunlight With the Shades Closed
Many of us do everything to welcome as much light into our homes during the day, especially with the increasingly shorter span of daylight during late autumn through winter. Even so, as evening arrives, the lights come on and the window shades come down. But what if you could accomplish both needs with a single solution? Hunter Douglas Aura Illuminated Shades are an innovative window treatment solution serving those two needs, capable of simulating the comforting presence of natural light while also retaining the sense of privacy the evening promotes.
Initial impressions of the Aura Illuminated Shades are similar to any other Hunter Douglas automated window shade. And that’s intentional, as the best window treatment should be handsomely innocuous rather than an attention grabbing presence. The Aura’s design offers the same convenience as the brand’s other PowerView Gen 3 Automation powered products.
But Aura hides a novel integrated feature that makes it stand out from any other window shade solution: a parabolic reflector and a reflective liner engineered to evenly disperse light from an LED array. Shining from the top down, the result is a window shade capable of simulating the presence of sunlight while closed.
Hunter Douglas’s system allows users to adjust the brightness anywhere between 0% to 100% and the color temperature of light from 2200K to 6500K, all adjustable from the brand’s PowerView app.
So what does one do with shades equipped with integrated lighting beyond the cool party trick of living the “shades down, lights up” lifestyle? Like other Hunter Douglas automated solutions, the Aura Illuminated can be programmed to follow specific routines and a user determined schedule to open, close, light up, and turn off. An obvious application is scheduling the Aura as a silent and luminescent alarm, using lights rather than a nerve-rattling alarm tone to gently awaken the senses by simulating the increasing radiance of a sunrise.
Even when the day’s forecast doesn’t call for a particularly bright morning, the Aura can be customized to introduce just the right amount of light, rather than the soul-draining 110% brightness typically associated with office lighting. An additional bonus is that Aura’s even illumination should prove beneficial for those required to jump onto regular Zoom calls.
Aura is available in a variety of Hunter Douglas shade styles – including Vignette Stacking Roman Shades, Sonnette Cellular Shades, and Designer Roller Shades – with the addition of a variety of fabric options to further complement nearly any room. For more information, check out HunterDouglas.com.