How Does Lighting Affect Your Mood and Health?

We’ve all heard the term “mood lighting” for a reason. Lighting is an integral part of our homes and work spaces. Not only does it allow us to see in the dark, but it creates a feeling, a vibe, and an atmosphere. If you're highly sensitive like me, you're probably aware of how the intensity or colour of light can affect how you feel. Lighting can also affect our physical health by influencing our biological clock and sleep patterns.


Today we’re going to share the 3 kinds of lighting, the importance of layering, optimizing brightness and colour, and how to incorporate them to support your mood and wellness.


 

There are 3 kinds of lighting to consider:


1. AMBIENT LIGHT

This gives off general lighting and can cover an entire space. You can use recessed lighting, flush or semi-flush mount fixtures, chandeliers, and track lighting to achieve this.


2. TASK LIGHT

This provides lighting for specific tasks like reading or working. You can add a table lamp to a desk for work or install a wall sconce for reading in bed.



3. ACCENT LIGHT

This type of lighting intentionally brings the focus to certain design elements in the space, like art displays or architectural features. You can also use track lighting for this purpose.



 

The importance of layering light:

When you layer these kinds of lighting, it provides flexibility to create your ideal mood and achieve optimal functionality. An example of layering can be having recessed lighting (like pot lights) in the ceiling, table lamps on the side tables, and a floor lamp with reading light beside an armchair.



 

Using brightness and colour to your advantage:


You also need to consider the brightness and colour of the light bulbs you use. Brightness is measured in lumens (lm) and colour is measured in kelvins (k).


BRIGHTNESS

The higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb. This can also mean that it’s more stimulating to the nervous system. Dimmable lights are great for having the flexibility to create both bright and soft lighting effects.



COLOUR

The higher the kelvin, the cooler the colour. As you increase kelvins, you’ll see that the light will start to look blue. Colour is important because blue light can feel sterile and feel harsh on the eyes. It can also impact our circadian rhythm and make it harder to get a good night’s rest. Warmer colours are easier on the eyes and are ideal for lounging, relaxing and winding down.



 

How to choose purposeful lighting?

The use of both brightness and colour will depend on the purpose of the room, so when planning your light design ask yourself: What activities will be done in this space? How do I want to feel here?


A bedroom is meant for rest, so would you want a bright blue ambient light as you’re winding down for bed? Probably not. Instead, you’d go for something warm and dimmable so you can create a soft effect that supports coziness and relaxation.



An office is meant for focused work and a gym is meant for movement and exercise. It would be ideal to use bright, white light in these spaces to keep you awake, energized and to help you see the work you need to get done. If you were in a dark space, you probably wouldn’t feel as motivated or productive.



 

Creating a balance of rest and productivity is a recipe for a healthy mind and body. When you let lighting serve you, you can move through life with ease and create environments that positively support your mental and physical health.


If you're looking to update your lighting situation but not sure where to start, email us at info@tulaliving.ca or inqure by clicking here.


xo

Vanessa

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