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How lighting systems can relate to photoperiodism in humans

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Sep 9, 2014 1:05:00 PM

The human body is a complex and wonderful thing that is completely in tune with the environment that surrounds us, even though we sometimes try to block it out. In some buildings, lighting systems and the flow of natural light simply doesn't attain the adequate amount we need.

Being shunned away from light is a relatively new phenomenon in human history. In a modern society that is constantly exposing individuals to more and more to artificial light - especially fixtures like fluorescent lighting and incandescent bulbs - it's no wonder that conditions like seasonal affective disorder and vitamin D deficiency have become a normal part of the lexicon.

There have been countless studies showing the effects that poor lighting - or the lack of it altogether - can have, but there are ways that architects and lighting designers can change that. Most people understand the balance of lighting and circadian rhythm, but few understand the process of photoperiodism, natural light and its important role in human health.

 

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Topics: LED Lighting, dimming, lighting and health, Chronotherapy, Photoperiodism

Set the tone on your creativity through lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 7, 2014 5:18:00 AM

 

The muses may have looked more like a light switch rather than beautiful ancient Greek goddesses.

Although dimmable LED indoor lighting doesn't posess any supernatural powers, a recent set of studies showed that it does have the capacity to inspire creativity. According to Medical Daily, German researchers found that dimming the lights is one way to prime the brain with darkness for creativity at work, in an art studio or at your home writing desk.

 

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Topics: productivity, dimming, inspiration, Chronotherapy, lighting and education

How LED lighting design can affect Circadian rhythm

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 4, 2014 6:52:00 AM

 

Like so many other things - TV listings, flights, trains and appointments - your body operates on a clock. Experiencing that sluggish feeling after jet lag and Daylight Savings Time happens for a reason, and it all has to do with our circadian rhythm.

 

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Topics: lighting and health, Chronotherapy, circadian, tunable white, library lighting

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