Excess lighting linked to bad moods

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Sep 2, 2014 7:27:00 AM


Specification of low profile lighting is about more than seamless integration into a building's architecture and energy efficiency, as new research shows cutting down on direct lighting is also linked to making occupants less grumpy.


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Topics: lighting quality, mood, dimming, lighting and health

Cutting down the lighting lumens to shave off the pounds

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 22, 2014 12:16:00 PM


Dimming the lights during a romantic meal does more than set the mood.

Lower lumen outputs may also help you lose weight. In addition to sweating off a few pounds at the gym or lowering your intake of sweets, turning the lights down low may help you reduce your calorie intake. According to a 2012 study originally published in Psychological Reports, dimmable commercial lighting design in conjunction with milder music can be used to get people to avoid wolfing down their meals, Reuters reported.


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Topics: mood, lighting and health, architectural lighting

Dimming is the new chill pill in architectural lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 23, 2014 2:55:00 PM

Clark University, Goddard Library, Worcester, MA | Architecture: Perry Dean Rogers | Image: Peter Vanderwarker | Lighting: Vode Box Baffle 

Dimmable commercial lighting design may the answer to creating a less-hostile work environment.

The Atlantic reported that a study by researchers from the University of Toronto and Northwestern University found that bright light is linked to more intense emotional responses, both good and bad. Whether one employee is in a good mood after finding $20 or another employee is upset about the lack of coffee creamer in the break room, the lighting has the potential to affect the extent to which those emotions are felt.


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Topics: LED Lighting, productivity, mood, dimming, lighting and health, Lighting Design

Designing the work space internationally: LED lighting and offices

Posted by Rob Gemmell on May 21, 2014 3:58:00 PM


While Monday mornings are a bummer for most people around the world, the right lighting can make a dull morning downright refreshing wherever you might be.

Middle East Interiors reported that lighting in office spaces is often not suited to the tasks workers are engaged in, causing decreased productivity and discouraging a positive mood. LED lighting more easily creates a dynamic lighting experience that can be adjusted through dimming controls, and now tunable white light, to fit all tasks and improve employee mood, which in turn bolsters productivity. Furthermore, George Bou Mitri, general manager for GE Lighting's Africa, Middle East and Turkey divisions, told Middle East Interiors that commercial LED lighting is the most suitable solution for these spaces because they are sustainable and also have linear dimming.


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Topics: lighting quality, LED Lighting, productivity, mood