We all strive to create a comfortable, happy, and relaxing home. From finding the right paint colors to choosing the best furniture, we spend hours carefully crafting our perfect living space to ensure our health and well-being are satisfied. However, an often-overlooked factor for our health and wellness is our home lighting.
Did you know home lighting can have a direct impact on your body? Our biological system needs contrast between exposure to light and dark. Without proper contrast in home lighting, our body’s natural circadian rhythm can be disturbed. This is important because our circadian rhythm plays an important role in keeping us happy and healthy by controlling important processes like sleep, body temperature, immune response, and cognitive performance. When our circadian rhythm is interrupted from poor lighting, it can cause eye strain, headaches, and even fatigue.
Whether you’re decorating your home for the first time or looking to spruce up your existing space, it’s important to incorporate healthy home lighting to improve your health and well-being. Not only can healthy lighting improve your circadian rhythm, it can also help reduce stress, improve your energy, and boost your overall wellness. Here are our top five tips for incorporating healthy lighting in your home!
- Use Bright Lighting
Adding bright light into your home is a great way to help keep you focused. Having bright lighting can also keep you energized and alert, without tiring your eyes. Plus, it stimulates your brain and increases your serotonin levels, which helps with your concentration. Make sure your home lighting is bright enough to keep you energized and ready to conquer your day!
PRO TIP: Choose a light fixture that has glass to brighten up your space. When light reflects through glass, it gives the illusion of more light, creating a brighter space. We love this six-light chandelier made with metal finishes and free-flowing glass!
- Incorporate Task Lighting
When you’re working from home, getting ready for the day, or planning your week, you want to make sure the area you’re working in is well-lit. This will help reduce eye-strain and even increase productivity. Incorporating light in areas specific to the task you are trying to accomplish will enhance your performance and ensure you are getting things done. Adding a lamp to your space is a great way to incorporate task lighting, while also reflecting your design style.
PRO TIP: Add a lamp next to a chair in your living room to provide light for someone who wants to read or work while keeping the room dark for someone who wants to watch TV. Check out our one light floor lamp in aged brass by Hudson Valley shown above!
- Evenly Distribute Light
Your eyes take time to adjust to light. It can be difficult going back and forth between rooms with different types of lighting. That’s why it’s so important to ensure there’s a relatively even distribution of light throughout the various rooms of your home. Your eyes will thank you for it! Use larger light fixtures to light up the ceiling and create even distribution across multiple areas. For rooms, that don’t have a lot of windows, play around with different wall lights to mimic natural light.
PRO TIP: Don’t forget about hallways and smaller spaces in your home. They need light, too! Especially when you are trying to create even light distribution. Depending on the size of your space, try adding ceiling fixtures every eight to ten feet to ensure plenty of light.
- Switch to Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Not only do energy-efficient lights reduce the amount of energy you are using, but they also shine brighter and last longer. If you haven’t switched your light bulbs, we recommend using LED light bulbs or energy-efficient bulbs. LED light bulbs have a more consistent color, which reduces eye strain. Plus, LED lights mimic the effects of natural light, which can help decrease levels of anxiety and stress.
PRO TIP: Switching to LED light bulbs can not only improve your quality of light and well-being, it could also help save you about $1,000 over a 10-year period! Shop our light bulbs here.
- Utilize Dimmer Functions
After a full night’s sleep, have you ever woken up feeling tired and not well-rested? We’ve been there! When it’s dark out, your brain’s penial gland releases serotonin to promote sleep and regulate your body’s sleep cycle. When you spend time at night with bright lights, it can disturb your body’s natural cycle and interrupt your sleep. Try installing dimmer switches to control the amount of light you receive at night. This will help your brain and body adjust to lower lighting and wind-down in the evening.
PRO TIP: Stop using electronic devices 30 minutes before bed. The blue light emitted from your phone screen restrains the production of melatonin – the hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycle. Instead, utilize a bedside lamp to catch up on some reading.
Ready to transform your living spaces with healthy home lighting? We’re here to help you explore all your options! From energy-efficient light bulbs and LED options to dimmer switches and table lamps, we will work with you to find the best healthy, home lighting options for you. Send us a message to connect with one of our lighting experts today!