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How Lighting Affects Your Emotional, Psychological and Physical Well-Being

Story time!

Amy was a victim of constant exhaustion, while still battling to fall asleep at night. She would spend hours hopelessly looking at her phone. These habits and feelings were beginning to affect her work negatively. She felt a significant decrease in productivity. She looked forward to going on runs or going out with friends, but aside from those blips of bliss, she was lethargic, restless, anxious, and fought to fall asleep and get out of bed in the morning.

As lighting specialists, we’ve observed cases like Amy’s and unfortunately, they’re becoming more and more common across America. Previously, our model was based on customer input, we provided what they asked for. But in today’s rapidly changing world, that alone does not suffice.

“We see ourselves asking our clients more and more about their problems, on their daily routines, how they feel, their physical activities, their ups and downs of the day.” - J. Gabbert, Co-Founder CodeLumen

Truthfully, we have an inside joke of referring to ourselves as “lighting shrinks.” Now, rather than waiting to observe and react to the psychological effects of our lighting, we reverse engineer it. We do this by first identifying our clients’ lifestyles so that we have a product that satisfies their daily routine. But beyond our lifestyles, how can lighting affect our emotional and physical well-being. Well, through countless first-hand experiences and some research, we’ve found some answers. The good news is that they’re easy solutions. The bad news? It’s hard to detect these problems, since they lie beneath our subconscious. Let’s identify and observe five key characteristics of lighting and how it influences your quality of life.

#1 - Lumen (Power of Light)

As our research is progressing, we’re discovering that lighting deeply impacts our lives. Studies are finding that lighting has numerous biological, mental, and emotional factors, and it can directly contribute to our mood and productivity.

Studies have gone further to show that lighting can affect appetite. Participants were found to eat at a slower pace and eat lighter meals in rooms with bright lights. Conversely, they overate in darker spaces with low lumen output lighting.

Research has also helped to determine what type of lighting should be used in offices in order to develop happier, more productive work environments. Studies are finding that poor lighting can be detrimental to productivity at work, especially with low lumen output lighting. However, lighting can be too bright at work, as research found that excessively bright fluorescent lights can trigger headaches and migraines, and employees have been shown to be dissatisfied in these conditions. Appropriate lumen output is vitally significant for your wellness and productivity. Having the freedom to adjust your lighting throughout your day is the best way to support your natural rhythm and increase happiness at home and at work.

#2 - Color Temperature Control (from yellow white to blue white)