Working in a poorly-lit room doesn’t just make it difficult to read; it can also have a tangible negative effect on our mood and energy levels. By choosing the right lighting for your workspace, you can improve productivity and feel more energized throughout the day.
Lighting is closely tied to the circadian rhythms which govern our daily sleep schedules. The human body is sensitive to different light wavelengths that tell us what time of day it is. When we’re exposed to red wavelengths, for example, our bodies assume that the sun is setting and it’s time for us to wind down for the evening. Blue light, on the other hand, tells our bodies that the sun is high in the sky and it’s time to wake up.
So how can we put this knowledge to work in the office?
By installing lights that mimic natural sunlight! Recently, a study conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that people perform better at completing important cognitive tasks after they’ve been exposed to blue wavelengths of light. Exposure to blue light led to increased brain activity in the prefrontal cortex, which corresponds with improved alertness and reaction times. The researchers even found that the beneficial effects of exposure to blue light could outlast the exposure period “by over 40 minutes.”
Many modern LED lights emit blue light wavelengths that are similar to those of natural sunlight. Older incandescent bulbs have a reddish tint that can leave people to feel sluggish and lethargic. By switching to newer, bluer LED bulbs, you can improve your mood and increase your energy level during the workday. This is one of the easiest, most inexpensive investments you can make in your office. If you’re used to working under old fluorescent or red-tinted bulbs, you might be shocked at what a difference it makes. Plus, LED bulbs have extremely long lifespans so you won’t have to change them again for several years.
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