It’s a cliché, really, but health is wealth no matter how you look at it. We are given one body and one mind in this lifetime, and it is up to us to take care of it.
Lighting can play a huge part in how we feel and how we perform- not just at work but in our busy home lives and even when we’re out socialising, particularly in the uncertain days that we’re all currently living through.
It can have a significant impact on our concentration and productivity, especially those of office workers. And now according to recent studies, it seems that lighting has a deeper impact on our lives than we had ever known.
In fact, according to a recent study, there is a significant link between light and circadian rhythms known as "built-in clocks” which is what determines our sleep cycle, relaxation, and stimulation. Lighting has also been said to decrease depression as well as improve one’s energy, mood, alertness, and productivity.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) was first reported in 1984 and has something to do with cricadain rythams in our bodies being thrown off by short, dark days.
You only need to sit by a light box for around 30 minutes to an hour each morning for this to help implement a better mood. It’s thought the light may improve mental wellbeing and SAD (seasonal affective disorder) by encouraging your brain to reduce the production of melatonin (a hormone that makes you sleepy) and increase the production of serotonin (a hormone that affects your mood).
Lighting in the workplace and the importance of the correct lighting design
A study by the American Society of Interior Design shows that 68% of employees complain about the lighting situation in their offices. Because of poor lighting, people get headaches due to the strain it puts on their eyes.
That’s why office lighting should be one of the very first things to consider during the office design phase.
Proper lighting can not only be good for a person’s health, provides positive attitude and productivity, but it also helps the company save up on money as employers can monitor the well-being of their employees.
With more light options at workplaces, employees experience a greater sense of comfort and control over their surroundings. And when employees work in a much more pleasant environment, their quality of work will evidently increase as well.
Lighting and its importance in improving mood quality at home
The most significant impact of lighting at home is that it affects our circadian rhythms. Here, lighting has a two-sides-of-the-same-coin kind of effect as it could encourage you to sleep or also keep you awake all night.
Natural light is what is best for mornings and daytimes whereas dim or artificial lighting is best for evenings. If you get these lightings mixed up, it could make it difficult for you to sleep or find energy throughout the day.
Chantelle Lighting are proud to have worked with some of the best lighting designers in the industry. We have a wealth of knowledge in this area and many UK manufactured products to suit your projects and promote wellness at home or at work.
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