In autumn, we have less and less natural light during the day. Indeed, we are getting closer to the shortest day of the year, December 21st. After a sunny summer, this drastic drop in light can affect both our physical and mental health.
What are the effects of lack of light?
We know that the sun is a source of life. It has a direct influence on all that lives: plants, animals and also human beings!
The hours of sunshine regulate our circadian rhythm. These are biological cycles that come back every 24 hours such as body temperature, hormones (cortisol, melatonin), mood or wakefulness and sleep. So, you will probably find it more difficult to get up in the morning when it is dark outside.
In fact, many experts say that lack of light is one of the main causes of seasonal depression.
Discover our solutions to minimize the impact of the drop in natural light.
We do not all have the opportunity to fully enjoy the few hours of sunshine every day. That’s for this reason that interior lighting have an important role during the long winter months.
- Opt for LED lights. In addition to having a significant economic benefit, LED light is durable and of better quality. Moreover, it emits no or very few harmful UV rays for the eyes. In constant evolution, LED technology is the best that can recreate a natural environment.
- Choose different sources of light depending on the exposure of your space. If your room has floor-to-ceiling windows and is well exposed then it will not have the same lighting needs as a basement for example. Feel free to add as many light sources as needed. There is a multitude of LED lighting that you can arrange for a perfectly matched light output.
- Choose well the color of your light. Cold white or warm white? The answer again depends on your space. The cold white draws on the blue, it brings bright lighting and makes the colors stand out. The warm white pulls on the yellow, it is soft and warm. Exposure to the blue light of your LED light, and also screens, can lead to disturbances in your sleep. We therefore recommend that you prefer warm white in your bedroom because it is the one that most resembles natural light. For your kitchen for example, a cold white light will be quite suitable.
Choose the right products.
At LSAV / Borealux, our representatives are also light experts. They are able to visit your home to assess with you in detail your lighting project with the specificities of your space. They will be able to give you recommendations on the installation as well as the type of adapted products.