How different kinds of lighting affects the way we are
Whether they encourage us to leave quickly, linger longer, or move us to produce creative works, the kind of lighting does have an effect on us.
The type of lighting we see in our supermarkets, office blocks, restaurants, or our humble abode, has an effect on the way we work, rest or play. It enables us to relax, eat slowly, or increase our productivity in the office or factory floor.
Lately, the use of blue light has risen in popularity. Besides its use in fluorescent tubes, blue light can be seen in LED lighting, countless flat screen monitors and television sets, and our mobile devices. It has had its fair share of critics due to its wavelength on the electromagnetic spectrum. Blue light falls between visible light and invisible ultraviolet light.
On the other hand, blue light keeps us productive. Its most common uses (fluorescent lighting, LEDs) are also energy efficient. The warm light of an incandescent light bulb is less energy efficient. Incandescent bulbs (or any suitable equivalents with warm light) are good for relaxation. They are best suited for restaurants, working on creative projects, and for relaxing at home.
Bright lighting encourages haste. This is why your local branch of McDonalds (other fast food restaurants are available) or Primark has bright lights. He or she is encouraged to order their Extra Value Meal or cheap clobber, then leave the premises as quick as possible. It also helps the in-store CCTV system.
For happiness and productivity, nothing can compare with natural light. No LED or fluorescent lighting system can hold a candle to sunshine. Natural light also helps you to sleep and aids your Vitamin D storage. Leveraged properly, it can be used to improve energy efficiency by means of solar based heating and electrical systems.
Where natural light isn’t quite abundant, LED lighting is the next best thing in workplaces. Its running costs are inexpensive compared with fluorescent lights, and the long discontinued incandescent light bulbs. They pay for themselves within the first three years. We at Mainer Associates can point you in the right direction.
Mainer Associates, 10 May 2017.