How Lighting and Health work together...
Lighting can have a significant impact on our health, both physically and mentally.
Just some of the ways in which lighting affects our health is that it affects our Circadian Rhythm. Our body has a natural 24-hour cycle called the circadian rhythm, which is responsible for regulating our sleep-wake cycle. Exposure to bright light in the morning can help reset our circadian rhythm and improve our sleep quality.
Lighting also affects our Mood and Productivity as bright light can increase serotonin levels in the brain, which can help improve mood and energy levels. In contrast, dim lighting can have a calming effect and help reduce stress levels. Proper lighting can also increase productivity and reduce errors in tasks in the work environment.
Poor lighting can also affect our Eye Health as poorly planned lighting can strain the eyes, leading to headaches, eye fatigue, and other eye-related issues.
One that you might not expect is that poor lighting can also affect one's Skin Health As exposure to UV light can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. However, exposure to a specific type of light called red light therapy has been found to have therapeutic benefits for the skin, including reducing inflammation and improving healing.
Overall, lighting plays a significant role in our health and well-being. It is essential to consider the type and amount of lighting in our environment and to make necessary adjustments to ensure we are getting the appropriate exposure for optimal health.
Lighting that can Heal
Utilizing the potential of light to establish an environment that promotes better healing is becoming quite the trend these days. Light has a crucial role to play beyond just enabling vision, as it caters to our physical and emotional requirements. We can use this knowledge and Litehouse products to create lighting solutions that are centered around people, which can enhance their vision, performance, and overall well-being.
In health and senior care settings, light can be used to improve the health and well-being of patients and residents. For instance, by synchronizing patient or resident room lighting with our natural circadian rhythm, we can help them achieve better sleep, faster recovery, and improved mood.
What is SAD and how can LED lighting help?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that can bring about notable mood and behavioral changes during seasonal transitions. Due to the diminished exposure to light in winter, the circadian rhythm can become disrupted, resulting in overproduction of melatonin and underproduction of serotonin in the brain. This chemical imbalance can lead to feelings of low mood and fatigue. Those with SAD may also experience difficulties with concentration, working memory, and overeating.
Luckily, those suffering from SAD find solace in light therapy, which consists of sitting near a light therapy box that shines bright white light, similar to natural sunlight, for a total of 30 minutes per day. Here, LED lights are made use of. These bulbs produce a bright white light in a certain color temperature and that can stimulate a range of natural light.
Though tri-spectrum LED bulbs are not intended for use as light therapy, they can serve as a therapeutic complement by enhancing the home with simulated natural light. As an added bonus, LEDs are more economical and more durable than traditional bulbs.
How can we help?
Lucky for you…Litehouse prides ourselves in LED lighting. Our LED Fairy lights are a great option for your home décor or for hosting parties. Our LED solar powered Bulb String lights are perfect for your garden, home and patio décor needs (and there are even some cool options such as the colorful range!). Some more for our hostesses out there are our awesome LED Copper Wire Fairy Lights garden décor that is also Solar Powered. So not only will you be the most stylish house in your estate but you are also saving our planet. We even have Rechargeable LED Lanterns for your camping trips or when Loadshedding hits and you need to get some work done.
These are only just a few friendly lighting solutions that Litehouse can help you with to assist in your environment development, sleep pattern, task/ work completion during load shedding or even just your general mood.