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Shades used to have one job: keep the light out. The Aura Illuminated Shades do that, helping keep your home energy efficient, but they also create light of their own. The tech embraces “human-centric lighting,” which Scott Stephenson, senior director of product for global motorization at Hunter Douglas explains “is a wellness trend based on circadian rhythm.” Thanks to a separate liner of controllable LEDs in the shades, in the winter months you can wake up to what feels like natural daylight, which gets brighter over the course of 30 minutes. Or, if you’re up late and need some energy, just extend the “daylight” by lowering the shades.

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