Since the invention of Ketra, natural light in the darkest corners of your cavernous office is no longer a pipe dream. 

This post is the second of a three-part series on workplace innovations. 

With its high-tech, dynamic LED technology, Ketra brings natural light into the built environment – not only that, it lets you control it with a flexible, fully integrated lighting and controls solution.

What makes it so different from some of its biggest contenders? It uses LED bulbs not only to emit light but also to receive it. This means an ever-changing, fluid lighting scheme that varies according to the time, your mood or the task at hand.

Ketra light inside RGA headquarters
Digital agency R/GA's 200,000-square-foot office in New York uses over 8,000 smart Ketra bulbs. By Foster And Partners

Founded in 2009 and led by Nav Sooch, lighting startup Ketra is focused on large-scale business installations and high-end offices are getting more and more curious about the promise of natural light. The list includes advertising giant R/GA, MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Tiffany's in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Squarespace...

Squarespace New York office
Website builder Squarespace's New York office features Ketra lighting

The smart LED bulbs have begun to reshape modern offices and although they come at a price (each individual bulb costs as much as $100), they offer a solution to a problem that is all-to-common in the workplace: lack of natural lighting. Add the ability to control colour and intensity from a single application, and you've got yourself an office filled with potential.

Ketra lighting inside the Chicago art institute
The Art Institute of Chicago's first all-LED gallery uses Ketra bulbs

Made in Bulgaria, raised in Morocco, "matured" in the UK, Elissaveta is our Editor-in-Chief. Her career started in the field of architecture and design where she developed a talent for creative thinking and an eye for aesthetics. In 2014, she found her calling in design journalism and now has over three years’ experience in writing about design & architecture.