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September 15, 2021
Ever notice how lighting can affect the mood or even energy levels? Is it a get-together with friends, where low and warm lighting facilitate comfortable, fun conversations and dancing, or is it an artificially bright and cold-lit atmosphere such as in a typical straight-to-business office setting?
If you wake up before the sun rises, or work in a poorly-lit office, full-spectrum lighting and light therapy can be great ways to boost moods and even productivity. Giving new definition to the well-known phrase: let there be light!
We've previously mentioned before that lighting contributes to how one feels in a space, using full-spectrum light-bulbs can provide a more natural (sun)light setting for indoor spaces with positive effects. As the name suggests, full-spectrum labeled light-bulbs come in array of sizes, shapes, qualities, and even colors; but the most important aspect to know is that they mimic the sunlight or daylight conditions indoors, especially when spaces lack this kind of light-source. Bringing natural light into dimly-lit, windowless spaces, or when seasonally the daylight hours are shorter, is continually being utilized for its beneficial effects.
Not to get too technical here, but full-spectrum light bulbs are based according to the color temperature, i.e., cooler or warmer tones, which is measured in kelvins (K) for light sources. To understand this better, we like to refer to how sunlight (and also moonlight) is emanated, which can be brighter or duller depending on weather conditions, clouds, seasonal rhythms, geo-location, etc. The higher the range of kelvins, the more close to natural lighting the bulb (around 6,000 K).
Daylight or full-spectrum light-bulbs also consider these adjustments towards color temperature with brightness or dimness in mind to reflect the full color spectrum that sunlight emanates. Thus, warm lighting is associated with yellow light, where as bluish-white tones are known to be cooler, brighter lighting.
As well, light therapy has been used to improve the ill-effects of S.A.D. or seasonal affective disorder, often experienced in winter and probably also linked to Vitamin D absorption (aka lack of sun exposure). Referred to as "happy lights," these light therapy lamps mimic natural spectrum daylight to promote energy and alertness by using UVB white lights. However, it does not replace the ability of the sun to help one absorb and produce Vitamin D in the body.
Full-spectrum light-bulbs and light therapy are great ways to to boost energy and productivity, especially during the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Add a full-spectrum light-bulb to any of our lamps to help add some warmth and lightness to your work space and home, and let us know if you 'see' the difference!
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