Article at a Glance:
- We’re now living in the “Indoor Era” as people are spending more time indoors than ever before.
- More time at home means more time under artificial light sources and in front of digital devices with LED screens.
- Conventional lighting is unhealthy and can negatively impact your circadian rhythm, energy, mood, focus, and more.
- There is a clear need for healthier lighting that supports the body’s natural circadian rhythms.
- TrueLight® is circadian-friendly light bulbs empower people to make the most of their time at home and live in harmony with modern technology.
The type of lighting you’re exposed to can affect how your body interprets what time of day (or night) it is. It can also directly impact your mental and physical health, as well as performance. As technology continues to push society indoors, and more people begin working from home, it’s more important than ever to find a lighting solution that supports human health and that is conducive to modern lifestyles. That is the premise behind TrueLight® Luna Red® Lighting.
Why Getting the Right Light at Home Matters
All living things have internal clocks that tell the body when to carry out important tasks, such as when to wake up, when to eat, and when to sleep. These clocks largely depend on our exposure to light and darkness. While the evolution of lighting technology has been revolutionary, standard lighting does not have the circadian benefits of natural sunlight — such as promoting alertness, improving cognitive function, and regulating circadian rhythms.
The truth is that conventional LEDs and fluorescents are like the high-fructose corn syrup of lighting because they do not emit the sun’s full spectrum of light. And while not all blue light is bad, these light sources primarily emit hazardous blue wavelengths that have been linked to retinal photodamage and degenerative diseases such as macular degeneration. (1) Overexposure to artificial junk light makes it nearly impossible for the body to know what time of day it is, which can, in turn, inhibit productivity during the daytime and sleep at night.
Light exposure in the evenings, or lack thereof, is important too because the human body requires timely oscillations between light and dark to keep circadian rhythms on track. When the eyes detect darkness, the pineal gland inside of the brain produces melatonin to help induce sleep. But under the glow of today’s artificial lights, the eyes don’t get enough darkness to know when it should prepare to rest. It’s no wonder that many people go to bed feeling “wired and tired”, and then struggle to wake up and perform their best the next day.
Get Your Light Right With TrueLight® Luna Red® Lighting
Unlike conventional light bulbs, TrueLight® Luna Red® Light Bulbs are more effective because they offer day-to-night functionality with adjustable color temperature settings from 1000K to 3000K. In other words, they emit the right amount of healthy, signaling blue light that stimulates circadian responses during the daytime. And at night, they emit red light only to mimic what you would otherwise see while watching a sunset. The warmer, redder wavelengths of light, and the lack of blue light at night, help alert your body that it’s time to wind down and start preparing for bed. TrueLight® Luna Red® Light bulbs are also dimmable for convenience and comfort.
Here are a few quick tips for managing your light exposure at home:
- Stick to a daily routine where you wake up and go to bed at the same times every day.
- Getting a healthy dose of natural sunlight first thing in the morning can help jump-start your circadian rhythm and give you a boost of energy to start your day.
- Avoid windowless areas in your home where you don’t get any natural sunlight, especially while you’re working in front of digital screens for extended periods of time.
- If you need to turn the lights on in your home, TrueLight® Luna Red® Light Bulbs are a great alternative to conventional light bulbs because they help support energy and focus without bombarding you with intense, toxic wavelengths of light.
- Wearing clear or yellow-lensed blue-light-blocking glasses can also help reduce digital eye strain throughout the day.
- Be sure to take regular breaks from staring at the screen, go for short walks outside to get some natural sunlight.
- As it gets later in the evening, you can adjust the color temperature of the TrueLight® Luna Red® Light Bulb to create a suitable environment. At night time, you would turn the temperature down to 1000K to create a soothing sleep sanctuary that promotes melatonin production.