Most households wake up with a routine to prepare themselves for a productive day. We often look to a balanced breakfast and coffee. Some of us take it a step further and exercise or meditate. Morning routines are important, but most of us aren’t even aware of what is potentially the best source of energy and productivity. Natural, sunlight.
Millions of years of evolution went into establishing our Circadian Rhythms and that sync with sunlight. Our bodies and brains still haven’t been able to adjust to changes in lifestyle that the invention of the light bulb has given us. Luckily, we don’t need to adjust anymore, we can adjust our lights to be more like the sun.
Are You Meeting Your Daily Daylight Requirements?
The golden rays from the sun provide humans with much-needed blue spectrum light. Blue light waves trigger key biological processes regulating alertness, energy, and wakefulness. Basically, the rays switch us on. According to nature’s blueprint, humans should be ‘on’ for a certain period each day.
The problem is, incandescent bulbs generate insufficient quantities of blue spectrum light. Therefore, if these bulbs light your environment, you’re under-energized. A major drawback for those of us stranded indoors during the day. Which, considering the multitude of homes, schools, and workplaces, is most of us. Essentially, we’re coming up short in the places demanding the most productivity.
Blue-light deprivation can also impact much more than productivity levels. Blue shortages also have been linked with various physical and emotional conditions. These include the prolonged depression of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), as well as certain diseases.
Fear not, you can replace incandescent bulbs with biologically correct LED lamps. LEDs, like our AWAKE & ALERT®, generate an enhanced blue spectrum – enough to satisfy the sun-cravings of your biological system. These should be added to the rooms you start your day in, like kitchens, bathrooms, and offices.
As previously mentioned, human bio-systems need a certain number of blue-spectrum hours – but only during the daytime. Anything over the limit starts to harm our ability to sleep. That’s because circadian rhythms, our natural timekeepers, are programmed to keep us awake whenever stimulated by blue spectrum daylight. Thus, it’s the last thing we need at night.
You see, when the sun sets, our bodies stop registering blue light, and the serotonin secretion in our brains gives way to melatonin secretion, allowing us to relax. Again, incandescent bulbs clash with nature. While they don’t emit ideal blue light during the day, the amount they emit is too much for our evening needs. As a result, our bodies feel tired, but our brains aren’t biologically prepared to sleep. The result is we don’t sleep well and we wake up feeling sluggish.
Fortunately, biologically correct LED bulbs, like our Good Night®, offer a balanced approach to indoor lighting. They deliver warm, sleep-promoting tones at nighttime, thereby aligning with the natural timetable of our circadian rhythms. These bulbs should be placed in our bedrooms and living rooms, where we unwind and go to sleep.
Lighting the Home of the Future
Homes are beginning to transform into automated, smart homes. As time goes on, we expect all light in our homes to use an automated, dynamic spectrum that emits ideal amounts of blue light in the morning and shifts to warmer light that phases out the blue spectrum.
Schools are already beginning to implement interactive, natural lighting systems. While mostly automated, they also allow teachers to activate light that is more appropriate for specific tasks. This includes a brighter, enhanced blue spectrum when more focus is needed, such as during a test. The light intensity can also be decreased during story time or naptime.
This future is coming faster than you might think. At Lighting Science, we created a dynamic spectrum lamp, the Genesis, which combines our blue light enhanced light for the morning with a more appropriate spectrum at night!
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