Home lighting may well affect our well-being more than you realise.
Adapting & controlling your lighting at home will certainly help to improve how you feel. You may see this as a bold claim from a Lighting retailer but with incontrovertible evidence supported by the experts, there’s good reason to look at home lighting in a new light.
On bright days, we humans seem to be happier, and when dark days descend, they can bring the opposite effect. Fear is a far less common feeling in the light, but we are all more likely to be fretful in the dark; why is this? Is it purely anecdotal? No, we are programmed that way, genetically. We respond to light, wake for light and sleep when it’s dark. Our circadian rhythm (body clock) is simply amazing. It’s so important that each and every cell in our bodies has its own circadian rhythm. Shift workers and those who travel lots, regularly experience adverse effects. If you’ve ever had jet lag, you’ll know that feeling! Sleeping, activity, entertainment and waking at the right level of light all helps to re-set our body clock. When the hour changes in the UK for daylight savings time, it can play havoc with us all. Wouldn’t it be good if we could turn on a sunrise at the touch of a button, or even program this to happen when we want? Or switch the light in the room so that it’s more conducive to entertaining, mimic a sunset lighting scheme before bed?
Well, you can! Lighting can be programmed for well-being.
Our overall positivity can be affected by light, in Winter months, it is well researched and documented that some people have a severe reaction to the lack of light, commonly known as SAD (Seasonal Adjustment Disorder). Winter is naturally depressing and for people suffering from the effects of SAD, light treatments are used to boost their sense of well-being. Whilst watching a breakfast magazine show this morning I listened to experts saying that if you are injured in the daytime you recover sooner than when compared to the same type of injury acquired in the evening. Who knew?! You may well be like me; a cynic, “yes well more doctors are on hand in the daytime”, but the findings explained even human skin cells in a petri dish recovered sooner in lit conditions which they stated was a result of the circadian rhythm.
Ask any real estate agent and they’ll tell you homes sell faster when viewers find a light bright home. Lighting has a more profound effect on our feeling of well-being than can be explained. Most of the science is beyond me however the ‘enlightened’ (by that I mean scientists, doctors behaviourists (not in the holy, holistic or hippy sense!)) will be able to explain this better than I can.
What I do know is light affects us all. Our customers tell us how good they feel with great new lights. Science tells us the effect of light on humans. Our circadian rhythm, or body clock tells us. We just know, don’t we? We’re so much more alert when we have light during the day, use duller light in the evening to relax and dark to sleep.
It makes perfect sense to light our homes with humans in mind. Let’s look at the quick wins:
Making your lighting as variable as possible.
Can you control the amount of light you have?
The majority of the changes recommended will benefit and enhance your well-being by putting light levels more under your control. Aesthetically there are advantages too!