Sun Model A7
Virtual Sun is an artificial skylight that realistically mimics the look and feel of a real skylight, including the visual appearance of a distant sun in the sky that cast sun beams onto the floor. Virtual Sun uses LEDs and electricity to generate all of it’s light so it doesn’t require access to the outside and it works 24/7 regardless of the outside weather conditions. By blending hundreds of LEDs together, Virtual Sun can produce a wide range of CCTs and brightness levels at a high CRI. Virtual Sun is typically installed in a ceiling or a wall during new construction or during a remodelling project.
Innerscene distributes it’s products through a network or resellers throughout the world. Each distributor may have a different price based on import duties and taxes into a particular country. Some distributors may carry inventory locally in stock, in which case quoted pricing will include freight shipping cost. Freight shipping cost can vary greatly depending on the quantity of units and the delivery timeframe. Please contact us with the following information:
Our manufacturing lead time is currently 12 weeks if ordering 4 units or less, 14 weeks for 8 units or less. Contact us leads time for orders larger than 8 units. Manufacturing lead time does not include shipping time, see Shipping cost & time chart below for estimated shipping time.
We can arrange shipping for you (DDP shipping terms) or you may arrange your own freight shipping pickup directly from our factory (ExWorks shipping terms). Virtual Sun Model A7 ships on an integrated palette that is 110x90x70cm and shipping weight is 53kgs.
The factory address is :
2 Eastbrook Road,
If you would like us to source a shipping quote for you, please contact us with your address and the number of units required for a shipping cost. Freight shipping cost will vary weekly.
Below are examples of shipping cost from our factory to a few cities around the world. This includes shipping + insurance only, it does not include the cost of the product, import duties, or any VAT/sales taxes that may be due.
New York, USA
San Francisco, USA
A good place to get an estimate of freight cost to your location is https://freightos.com
When shipping from the UK to other countries, import duties vary by country. The Virtual Sun A7 has an HS CODE of 94051050 and the following table gives approximate import duties for countries selected below as of 4/13/2021.
Import Duties & VAT
No import duties
No import duties
No import duties
For other countries, you can use this online calculator with the HS CODE of 94051050 (Chandeliers, electric, ceiling).
All units are manufactured and shipped from our factory in Gloucester, UK.
Innerscene is actively connecting with resellers in different countries. In exchange for significant product discounts and sales and marketing resources, you would agree to install a publicly accessible showroom where potential customers can visit to see Innerscene in person. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with more information about your interest.
A few locations you can visit us, include:
Virtual Sun emits only visible light with no UV. UV light can damage eyes, skin, and non-organic material. Because of this real windows and skylights typically have films that reflect the majority UV light before it enters your home/office.
If you want to promote Vitamin D production, you will still need to go outside. Some doctors recommend getting 10-30 minutes of sun exposure a few times per week to help our bodies produce Vitamin D, however care should be taken as too much UV can burn our skin, damage our eyes, and lead to skin cancer.
Virtual Sun combines the light from hundreds of LEDs to produce high CRI light out (90+) across a wide range of CCTs. Learn more about CRI and why this is important here.
Many people who sit under Virtual Sun tell us they feel the heat of the sun radiating on their skin, however according to our instruments this feeling is purely psychological.
Like all electric lights, Virtual Sun produces some heat as a byproduct of its operation, however this heat is diffuse and not directed in a beam like real sunshine. In work environments, sitting under direct sunlight can quickly become uncomfortable because of the heat it produces and the UV light which burns our skin.
Since No UVB rays are emitted, there is no possibility of developing sunburn.
Virtual Sun Model A7 is classified as Risk Group 1 (RG 1). This means we do not have to attach a warning label to the device and is perfectly safe to view under all circumstances.
Each unit weighs 37 kg (82 lbs). Virtual Sun ships on an integrated palette and the shipping weight is 70 kg (154 lbs).
Many people are familiar with Virtual Reality headsets which work by placing a lens between your eye and an LCD screen. When you see the LCD screen through the lens, the image appears to be very far away.
Innerscene invented & patented a new technology that allows us to combine a large number of small images into a single large display that can be viewed without wearing something on your face. This is different from 3d TV technologies such as shutter/polarizing glasses that show different images to your left and right.
Whether a plant will grow and thrive under Virtual Sun depends on a number of factors, including the type of plant, the number of Virtual Sun units you have installed, the distance of the plant from the light source, and the light cycle you use. Low-light and office plants should grow relatively well under one Virtual Sun at a distance of 5-6 feet or less if placed directly in the sunbeam. To see a time-lapse video of some bean plants growing from seed to full maturity, check out this video:
Light tubes allow you to capture light from a roof and tunnel it to an interior room.
The advantage of a light tube is low installation cost and no electricity consumed. Comparison of the two technologies:
Visible blue sky?
No, only diffuse white spot
Visible sun in the sky?
No, only diffuse white spot
Cast sunbeams into the room?
No, emits 180° diffuse light
3d dimensional appearance?
No direct control
Works on cloudy days?
Works during non-daylight hours?
Requires regular cleaning?
Ability to dim/brighten?
Can be installed anywhere?
No, requires access to roof
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Virtual Sun Model A7 uses 200 watts at maximum power. Typical power consumption varies from 100 to 200 watts during the day depending on the current CCT and brightness and drops down to 10 watts for night mode. If operated 12 hours a day for 365 days a year, the annual cost per unit would be less than $100/year based on the world average electricity cost of $0.139 per kWh.
Virtual Sun requires a minimum of 10inches / 254mm to be installed flushed with the ceiling. We also recommend at least one foot of clearance from a person’s head to the bottom surface of Virtual Sun A7. If you have extra ceiling space available, we recommend creating a recessed light well area so Virtual Sun’s bottom surface is higher than the bottom of the ceiling. For unfinished ceilings, a section of the ceiling can be dropped as shown below:
If you are working in an space with limited ceiling space above, two possible options to consider include:
Virtual Sun can be installed by any qualified electrician. Consult our Installation Manual for more information.
We have not conducted medical studies on Virtual Sun A7 for the treatment of SAD, however a number of people, including doctors, have used Virtual Sun for this purpose and have reported that it is effective in helping them feel normal through dark winter months where normally they would feel depressed and irritated.
No, not when installed in a ceiling. Lighting Designers recommend that you either use large diffuse light fixtures or shielded directional light fixtures to eliminate glare issues.
Virtual Sun emits two light components:
Innerscene Virtual Sun Model A7 is self-certified as rated to IP54. View our Self Declaration document here.
Virtual Sun is not rated for insulation contact and needs to remain clear of insulation materials to ensure that it does not overheat.
At maximum intensity, Virtual Sun uses 200W of energy which is turned into heat either through light absorption in the room or through heat emissions from LED and power supply losses. The lifetime of LEDs is determined largely by how cool they remain during operation.
Virtual Sun has internal temperature sensors that check for over temperature conditions and will automatically dim to ensure longevity. Because this temperature based dining occurs very slowly, typically it would not be noticeable or visible to inhabitants in the room. Depending on your construction with multiple Virtual Sun units, heating unevenly due to some units being exposed to open air and some being encapsulated in structure. If Virtual Sun units are connected to each other via an ethernet switch, all units on the same network will dim to the same level as the hottest unit to ensure consistent brightness across the array.
To ensure the longest lifetime for your LEDs and that the maximum brightness can be achieved, Innerscene recommends creating a small void near the top of the units of 1-2 inches where air flow can occur. This void can be partially obstructed to accommodate structural support members. For arrays of 4 or more units, it is also recommended you ensure adequate ventilation or cooling of the plenum space such that it stays under the published maximum operating temperature specified in our datasheet.
Rooms that have Virtual Sun installed will experience additional heat and may require climate control during the warmer months of the year.
Virtual Sun Model A7 uses LEDs to emit all of it’s light. LEDs age with use and slowly lose brightness over time. Virtual Sun Model A7 uses LEDs that have an expected LM70 of over 50,000 hours assuming adequate temperature controls are in place, meaning after 50,000 hours the LEDs are expected to emit at least 70% of the light from the day you first start using them. With 24/7 usage this would be close to 6 years, with typically usage this number is expected to be around 15 years.
Innerscene Virtual Sun Model A7 has a 5 year warranty.
Purchase Terms & Conditions can be found here:
Innerscene’s products are tested under UL for US, Canada, and Mexico and CE for UK and Europe.