How can Colour Temperature improve our health?
How does Lighting affect us?
Want a new way to get more energy during the day, and get better sleep at night? Have you ever stepped into a room and felt uncomfortable, as if the room's ambiance is not matching up with your own mood? It turns out that a room's lighting is a factor in how you feel.
Just like how we get Vitamin D from sunlight, our bodily functions are also affected by light, both natural and artificial. Specifically the colour of light. The effect of light on us can can alter our body chemistry. It can help us relax before sleep. It can perk our bodies up for work.
A mismatch in the lighting in comparison to our own mood can also cause discomfort, like when we groggily walk into the bathroom and turn on the light out of habit. It's not just the brightness of the light that affects us, the colour does as well.
What is Human Centric Lighting?
Human Centric Lighting (HCL) is a concept that comes from what we know about lighting and how its colours affect us. For over a decade, scientists at the University of South Hagen, Germany, have invested a lot of time and effort in this study to further development of lighting.
Chances are, you probably already use some technology that come from the study of HCL. Like night modes on computers and mobile phones and blue light filters on glasses.
Night modes on our devices slowly adjust the colour temperature of light emitted from the screen. Devices would adjust the displayed colour temperature from a bright blue light earlier in the day, to a warmer, more orange, light as night time approaches. Through the study of HCL, scientists have found that warmer light help us release melatonin, which has a calming effect on our bodies, thus helping us go to sleep, and have better quality sleep overall.
On the other hand, cooler, blue light, has an effect on our eyes that causes our body to release serotonin. Serotonin has a stimulating effect on our nerve cells. This is helpful at the start of the day, or while we work, but not good if we want to have quality sleep. And definitely not good over a long period of time.
People that wear glasses and work a lot with computer screens often get "blue light filters" with their lenses. As we said before, blue light releases serotonin which stimulates us. Constantly stimulating our bodies to release serotonin can cause adverse effects in our bodies. Blue light filters reduces these effects.
Bemotion Series - Set the Mood
As you can see we already have lots of tools to control the type of light our eyes can see, and harness the effects to benefit us. What if we take it one step further? With our Bemotion Series you can control the light temperature and brightness of the room to achieve the result we want.
Need to be perked up in the morning? Choose cooler light to produce serotonin to stimulate your body while getting ready for work. Relaxing in the living room or want to set a romantic mood? Choose a warmer light. The Bemotion series allows you to quickly and easily set the mood.
Powered with LEDs, their brightness, and colour temperature change quickly and accurately based on your input. They are also highly efficient. All of our Bemotion lights have a memory function. Their brightness and colour temperature settings are saved between uses so you won't be jolted by another setting unexpectedly. There are many different models that are appropriate for any room in your home.