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Sunday, August 14, 2011

LEDs & Health

LEDs & Health
How do LEDs have anything to do with health?
An interesting area of study has emerged in the last decade or so that has been studying the relationship that lighting has on the health of the human body.
Many common moods, feelings, and energy levels can be attributed to how much light exposure we receive during the day. S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a common problem many people face during the winter months when there is limited light exposure. People’s circadian rhythm is also disrupted when they travel to different time zones and experience jet lag.
A chemical process takes place in our brains that releases or suppresses important hormones that affect our mental and physical health. The reality is that most Americans are not exposed to enough light during their busy lives to balance out their circadian rhythm cycle. Also, we are exposed to light at odd and unnatural times which also affects are circadian cycle.
So what can be done? We all need more light, and LED lighting can assist in balancing light levels inside your home due to their high light outputs and opportunities for lighting control. In the near future people will be able to dial in their
desired light output and color with LEDs to be able to better mimic their natural lighting environments.
There are many avenues to ex
plore with lighting and health and we encourage anyone interested to research this fascinating area of study.
Check out a few articles that go into detail on Lighting and Health

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