Good lighting can support your health whilst working from home

By Ajay Vasdev, Founding Director of Asco Lights – Lighting consultant/designer

During our normal everyday lives, we spend up to 90% of our time indoors which can have detrimental effects on our health. Whilst the majority of the world are isolating during the global pandemic, this figure will increase to closer to 100%. There are many negative effects on the body which are seen when we stay indoors including lower attention spans, higher irritability, and disrupted sleep. The reason for this is because all humans are closely linked with the sun and the daily pattern of day and night. Exposure to natural light stabilises our internal processes (called our circadian rhythm) and helps us to perform. Being indoors prevents us from getting this exposure and results in us fighting against our natural circadian rhythm. This feeling has been described as social jet lag; essentially feeling tired and misaligned both mentally and physically.

LED lighting can replicate natural daylight whilst indoors

Modern lighting solutions are packed with advanced technology to provide healthy light whilst indoors. For example, LUCTRA’s state-of-the-art LED’s can replicate the colour spectrum of sunlight (between 2,700 and 6,500 Kelvin), which has the same biological effect on the body as being outside. Such lighting is called human centric lighting.

Clinicians in Berlin were able to prove the effect of human centric lighting on the production of the sleep and wellbeing hormones melatonin and serotonin. The effect was the same as if the subject had been exposed to sunlight.

So, if you’re stuck working from home (or even when you get back to the office), human centric lights can support your physical and mental wellbeing. You will also get a productivity boost from human centric lights.

Struggling with stress?
Whilst some people are enjoying the slower pace of life offered by lockdown, others are finding the experience increasingly stressful. Concerns over staying healthy, providing for families and feeling the effects of ‘cabin fever’ are all stress-inducing factors right now. Changes to our environment can help us to de-stress and interestingly, lighting can have a significant effect.

Lamps from human centric lighting manufacturers such as LUCTRA are completely flexible and can be personalised to your daily routine, which means you get exactly the right light for you during the day. The VITACORE app allows you to control the lamp from your phone and by answering 5 simple questions the app can calculate your personalised daily lighting curve, which essentially means the lamp will change colour temperature and give you healthy light without you needing to lift a finger.

LUCTRA lights can also be brightened and dimmed to your personal preference, producing up to 1000 lux at their brightest. To put this into context, the average office is around 500 lux, but many studies have shown that workers generally prefer higher levels over their workspaces.

Summary: How human centric lighting can support your health whilst working from home

  • Automatically give you healthy light whilst indoors
  • Provide you with personalised light
  • Increase productivity
  • Help you to de-stress
  • Reduce eye strain
  • Improve concentration and alertness

The science behind natural light
When we speak of light, we normally mean daylight. Natural sunlight is always present in varying colours and intensities, behind thunderclouds, in fog, in the stimulating morning light and in the soothing, warm colours of sunsets.

Although we may not realise it, light has a significant influence on many processes inside our bodies. The reason is that it regulates the production of various hormones including the sleep hormone melatonin, which ensures that we relax in the evening and encourages us to fall into a refreshing sleep.

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