Human requirements for light exposure are much more complex than bright in the day, dark at night.
Differing levels of illumination within different environments can influence our wellbeing in overlooked ways. Here, we discuss how you can support your wellbeing through changing light exposure.
According to a study by the University of Manchester, ocular light exposure influences many aspects of human physiology and behaviour. This includes circadian rhythms, sleep, and alertness. In turn, these aspects effect how we perform, learn and even our general mood.
The study consulted experts in lighting, sleep, and circadian research. It found that differing lighting recommendations optimised general wellbeing according to the time of day. Biodynamic lighting is a solution that sees an artificial light source replicate the dynamic variations of daylight through a specified management system.
1. Daytime recommendations for indoor environments
Experts recommended that daylight should be first used to get as close to these levels as possible. For additional LED lighting, the light should be cold (blue) throughout most of the day when sunlight is at its prolonged peak.
2. Evening recommendations for indoor environments
Towards the end of the day (at least three hours before bedtime) the recommended lighting setting is one that’s both darker and warmer.
3.Night-time recommendations for the sleep environment
As you would expect, the environment for sleep should be as dark as possible. If the environment is going to occupy activities besides sleeping, then it should be very much similar to the evening settings – if not darker and warmer.