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10 Best Healthy Home Lighting Tips

 

There is no room for quibbles in the matters of the “importance” of healthy lighting at home. To begin with, it prevents eyestrain, keeps a healthy circadian rhythm over the years, and even improves your mood.

Bought a new home and plan to design a healthy light accentuated space? Or stabilize your deteriorating circadian rhythm with renovations and redesign?? You have stumbled into the right blog, we have compiled 10 best healthy home light tips for you.

Adjust to Even Light

In the matter of renovations, going from strong/bad lights to weaker/dim/good lights requires its fair share of time in re-stabilization of the circadian rhythm. One of the good lighting rules is to emphasize “even light distribution” for a healthy home.

Moving from the living room’s extremely bright light to a dimly-lit dining space can have repercussions on eyes – eyes tire easily.

Healthy Lighting rules:

  1. Adjust to a relatively even distribution of light sources across the various rooms in your home.
  2. Opt for LED panels to illuminate wide expanses of the ceiling. It aids in even light distribution in your home.

Dimmer Light, Healthy Home

It goes without saying that, harsh lights have the potential to damage your eyes.  Strong lighting is good at home when you are in-house working or performing tasks that require it. However, minimize the use of strong light sources during the evening to save your eyes from strains and fatigue.

Not to mention, adaptation to Circadian rhythm lighting is the best solution. How to go about it? Easy-peasy! Opt for dimmer lighting sources into your living room and bedroom to invoke a relaxing and calming mood.

Get a healthy dimmer light that is compatible with the room design.

Task Lighting, Improved Productivity

 

For reading, writing, and other brainy activities, desk lamps and other task lighting sources work as saviors. Task lighting vanishes the concept of ‘tiring eyes when it is used over a prolonged period of time. It increases the focus of vision.

Desk lamps, in a smaller shape, with arms or swivels, do wonders for spot illumination. You can direct light to the exact spot you need. The best practice is to place task lamps in the near vicinity of desktops, work spaces, reading areas. In the kitchen, go for under-cabinet lighting.

Stay Safe, Install Safety Lights

Home is a safe haven, install safety lights at stairs and dark hallways. Path-finding lights at different darkened corners are an effective way to thwart accidents. People who are not accustomed to navigating the house at dark, say children or visitors, can easily move around.

Escape Fluorescent Flickers

The science behind fluorescent lights flicker is because it warms up. Once the electricity flow steadies, flickering stops. However, it is not always the case. There is still flickering later, mainly when the bulb voltage flow changes.

The main cause behind eyestrain and headaches, according to research, is the strobe-like effect of flickering fluorescent bulbs. Escape this, once and for all, by choosing high-quality, healthy light bulbs & fixtures.

Glare-Free Healthy Home

Glare: Light reflected off shiny surfaces or other sources of illumination.

Humans become sensitive to sunlight glare as they reach a certain age – it accumulates. How to get a glare-free healthy home?

  1. Paint wall and furniture with a matte finish – glossy paints cherishes glare!
  2. Shop for polarized glass, curtains, or blinds to minimize/reduce the glare.

Welcome Full-Spectrum Lights

Full-spectrum lighting: Light that covers the full/almost-full spectrum of light from infrared to near-ultraviolet.

Welcome full-spectrum lights as it is the healthy artificial light for your circadian rhythm.

The benefits of full-spectrum light are immense. Let’s read without further ado:

  1. It helps in perceiving colors better. Who does it help the most? Artists & designers.
  2. Full-spectrum light simulates the effects of sunlight and its UV rays.
  3. A massive mood enhancer.
  4. A positive impact on energy levels.
  5. Oh and not to mention, it helps to create a more comfortable studying, reading and writing environment.

Paint it ALL, wisely!

Prefer lighter hues while painting your house. Glossy or eggshell finish – reflects light more than a flat, matte finish – helps in making a room appear bigger. Paint it all, but wisely in order to deliver the best coverage, smooth, and stain-resistant finish.

Mirrors, Mirrors & Mirrors!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? We all – men, the MOST! – recognize the mantra of Snow White’s evil stepmother. Male or female, we love to look at mirrors for self-appraisals!

Hang the one that crosses the limit of the over sized mirror in the worlds of the mirror – just saying – in the living room. How does it help in a healthy lighting factor? It reflects natural light and makes the room/area/space feel larger. Oh and never neglect the importance of paint color for the grand scheme of the healthy circadian rhythm.

Layers after Layers of Light

 

As we get older, we yearn for proper healthy lighting because it improves the feel and function of a home – mostly unbeknownst to our conscious. Did you know a 60-year-old needs twice as much light as his 30-year-old self? Not us talking, a research stated that.

We should have three layers of light for healthy home lighting. Let’s delve into the details:

  1. Ambient Light Layer: It helps for overall illumination from a chandelier or other canister light.
  2. Task lighting Layer: Under-cabinet LED strips in the kitchen to make eating/preparing food easier.
  3. Accent lighting Layer: Lights on pictures over a framed painting.

In Conclusion

Healthy home lighting starts the moment you pick the proper bulb.

Do the research and opt for healthy light bulbs features such as color temperature and lumens. Say, opt for Healthy LED bulbs around 2700 Kelvin temperatures – on the color-temperature scale – as they cast a warm yellow light akin to outmoded incandescent bulbs. That would be a fine start to healthy home decisions.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.