Have you ever thought about how different light levels make you feel? For instance, you tend to feel upbeat and more energetic on bright sunny days and sleepy and less motivated on cloudy and rainy days. That is because our bodies respond to the psychological effects of lighting, and it often changes our moods.
How we feel and respond to light extends beyond natural sunlight. The light bulbs used in your home or work environment also affect our moods, creativity, and productivity. What type of lighting is best? Let’s look at how different types of lighting affects us, first. Then you can decide what light bulbs are best for the rooms in your home or office.
Bulbs that emit blue light allow our brains to process information easier and help increase our focus. People tend to be more productive when exposed to blue lighting, compared to other types of artificial light. Blue light is great for the work environment or at home when you want to complete tasks more quickly and accurately.
Natural Simulated Lighting
Light bulbs that simulate natural light are great to use on cloudy days or those long overcast winter months. They help prevent seasonal depression disorders and keep us more energized. In addition, research has found people exposed to natural light tend to feel happier, get more sleep at night, and are less likely to feel depressed.
Our emotional responses and resulting moods are more intense when we are exposed to bright light levels for a long period of time. Research suggests people associate the brighter, more intense light levels with heat. Heat often increases the intensity level of emotional responses. For example, on hot summer days, you may have a shorter tolerance level and are quicker to make snap decisions just so you can get out of the heat and indoors where it is cool.
Lower light levels help us relax and unwind. Lower light levels are also great when you want to create a romantic setting and spend some quality time with your loved one. Additionally, reducing the ambient level of light about an hour or so before bedtime can help us fall to sleep faster.
TIP: You should get into the habit of discontinuing the use of electronic devices that emit bright or blue lighting. If you are using a tablet or smartphone to read an e-book before bedtime, turn down the brightness setting.
However, a side-effect of dimmed lighting is it also affects our decision-making processes when it comes to meal times. There is a reason why restaurants typically reduce light levels at dinner time. This is because it helps people relax, eat slower, and not overly analyze the types of food they order, but, instead, make food choices based on what will bring them pleasure and enjoyment.
As you can see, different types of lighting and light levels do play a role in the types of emotional response we experience and the moods we feel. To create the right lighting in your home or office, remember to stop by your nearest Brinkmann’s Hardware location or contact us at 631-812-7149 today!