The Importance of Living by Circadian Lighting
Lift Your Spirits & Feel Better with Tunable Smart Lighting
After daylight savings in fall, it’s easy to feel a bit gloomy as the days are cut short. When it’s dark before dinner time, it seems like the hours pass by too quickly, bringing us into eternal nighttime.
And when you’re spending more time indoors under artificial light, that can negatively affect your wellbeing. You’ve likely heard that looking at the blue light on computer screens and TVs isn’t good for our sleep and mental health. Well, the same applies to the light bulbs inside your house!
If you’re living with lights that are too cool and bright at night, but too warm and dim during the day, you could be unintentionally souring your mood, tampering with sleep, and even causing headaches.
But what is one to do? You can’t replace your lightbulbs twice a day. Luckily, as technology moves forward, we’re now able to light our homes more properly. Circadian lighting, also referred to as tunable lighting and human-centric lighting, can help you feel your best at home and work in Casper, WY.
The Circadian Rhythm
Before we had electricity, humans followed a routine structured around the sun. And today, our internal clock still takes cues from the sky and sunshine, telling us when to feel alert, when to be tired, and even when to feel hungry.
But when we’re indoors, our circadian rhythm can be disturbed by inadequate artificial light. For example, lighting that’s too warm or low in the morning will make us feel groggy and unpleasant, while bright, cool lighting at night can lead to restlessness and anxiety. An off-balanced circadian rhythm not only causes sleep deprivation, but over a long period, can increase the risk of depression, cancer, and diabetes.
Bring Natural Light Indoors
But don’t despair! Smart tunable lighting is here to save the day—and night! Smart lighting systems like Savant, USAI Lighting, and Ketra by Lutron will gradually tune your home’s lights hour to hour. In the morning, smart LED bulbs will look bright and icy white, like a cloud in the blue sky. As the day progresses, lights will soften to a pure white. By late afternoon, lights will take on a warm ‘golden hour’ hue. And before bed, you’ll enjoy the perfect ‘mood lighting’ that’s dim and cozy, like a wood fire.
The Benefits of Tunable Lighting
Ketra’s tunable lighting systems are endlessly adjusting your house’s atmosphere, so you always feel your best for life’s necessary activities. While you’re in the home office during the day, cool-toned lighting will help you feel more alert and inspired. In any rooms or hallways that are usually dark, they’ll feel like a bright day, even when it’s overcast outside.
After sundown, warm lighting will prompt your mind to produce melatonin naturally, so you’ll sleep soundly and wake up rested the next day. Smart lighting systems like Ketra are automated, so you won’t have to do a single thing. Your lights will even turn off for you at the end of the night! If you want to make adjustments or turn a light off, you can do so through the lighting system’s app on your smartphone, tablet, or use a stylish wall keypad.
Could your Wyoming home benefit from a circadian lighting installation? Contact Nordic Sound to learn more about smart lighting and how to get started.