Few people actually think about the lighting in their workplaces. If a light bulb goes out, it gets replaced and that is about the extent of it for many business owners and management teams. But did you know that certain types of light can elevate your mood and make your more efficient and energised? Physiologists and psychologists have known that different types of light can affect a person’s circadian rhythm causing various health and emotional issues including SAD, seasonal effective disorder. They also know that LED lights are shown to remedy the effects of SAD and “reset” the body’s circadian clock.
Health and Lighting
Research shows us that certain blue light wavelengths can increase the body’s production of melatonin making us relaxed, and tired. Not something we want to experience at work. We want less melatonin so we can feel more alert and focused on our work. During the day, the natural sunlight provides us with a type of blue light wavelength that keeps us awake and alert and this same effect can be reproduced by LED lighting.
Just as LED lighting in the home, workplace or industrial environments can help keep us awake and alert, softer light such as incandescent or CEL bulbs, will make us drowsy and should be avoided in productive settings. This type of lighting is useful in the evening hours when we are preparing for rest or going to bed soon as they will help us fall asleep faster. This is a result of the increased melatonin production this type of lighting causes. There are specially tuned LED lights available that provide soft light that is more yellow looking.
The Health Benefits of LED Lighting
Besides helping us to remain productive in the workplace, LED lighting also offers a wide range of health benefits. In studies conducted by health care providers throughout the UK, a new concept has been introduced called HCL, or human centric lighting. This focuses on creating different wavelengths of light at different times of day to alter the moods of their patients. Health care professionals are looking at HCL theories for the treatment of individuals suffering from depression or anxiety disorders.
Modern LED lighting is being created with a focus on controlling the “flicker” that is associated with some LED products. This flicker effect has been known to cause headaches and reduce productivity.
More Light, Less Energy
Another benefit of switching to LED lighting in the workplace is that LED lights generate more light that an incandescent bulb while using 50% less energy. This means that power generation facilities can work less reducing the amount of emissions resulting in cleaner, healthier air. Cleaner air means less allergies and a reduced risk of catching a cold.
LED lighting can make us more alert, more productive and healthier while it can still be used to help us relax, reduce anxiety and work to improve our mental health. Switching to LED lighting in your workplace is easy and affordable when you choose Root3 Lighting.