Problem with Artificial Lighting and Sleep?
Sleep. We all need it. Before lightbulbs and artificial lighting were commonplace, humanity relied on the sunlight to decree our sleepy and wakeful times. Light bulbs today help all sorts of people work, play, move, and think at times and in places where the sun isn’t shining so bright. Even so, the sun still carries an effect that our body’s circadian rhythm responds to.
We forget to realize that our body’s internal clock can be negatively offset by artificial light, especially after habitually long periods of exposure before trying to fall asleep. Light affects our body and mind’s energy, sleepiness/wakefulness, and cognitive function.
What you might have not known though is that different light affect us differently.
Blue light resembles daylight, and is often an indicator to our body to be awake and become energetic. Elongated exposure to blue light can also reduce melatonin production, making it harder to fall asleep, even after you switch off your lamp or turn off your screen. This is why the blue light from smartphones, computers, and TV screens can cause restlessness. CFL lights, fluorescent tubes, and some LEDs produce a blueish light and even some incandescent lights can have the same effect.
Warm light, on the other hand, is better suited for the nighttime before rest. Warm light, especially at dimmer levels, is better for melatonin production and is observed in incandescent lights, certain LEDs, and even some fluorescent lights. A reddish coating can sometimes be added to the bulb to reduce the blue color and create a warmer light as well.
Solution for Better Sleep, Using LEDs!
While being conscientious of the lights you use in respect to time of day is an option, strides in lighting innovation are making things more body clock-friendly for light bulb users. This creative move is manifested in new and upcoming LED light bulb designs.
The “Silk” light by Saffron, for example, tackles this problem head on. The Silk bulb is an LED light that sinks your body clock with the sun’s shifting spectrum of light. It does this by using Wi-Fi to detect your geographical location and then shines the correct lighting in accordance with the sun’s current placement. The morning sun has more of a blue-white light while the evening sun has more of a red-warm light – The Silk light emulates this shifting effect to resemble a natural, organic lighting experience.
Not a fan of the winter blues? This LED Silk light, by works of the Silk Light app, can be customized to fit the shifting sun spectrum of locations other than your own. For example, if you are in the cloudy winter Portland, you can set the Silk light to fit the shifting sun patterns of Honolulu.
Another light by Saffron called the “Drift” light, also seeks to improve sleep – this time, by emulating a sunset. Upon the user’s flip of a switch, the LED Drift light starts a 37-minute dimming period, closely resembling the 37 minutes it takes for the sun to set. This helps people fall asleep by the natural body clock reaction to what appears to be a sunset’s light fading away into the night.
The awesome power of LEDs make this all possible!
The Aura, by Withings, is a large LED light that uses the same blue-to-warm lighting shift with the added functionality of a custom alarm clock and a mattress sensor.
The CoeLux LED goes a step further by emulating the Rayleigh scattering, the visual phenomenon of blue sky created by the sun and air particles.
Pacific Lamp’s Warm Dimming Bulb!
Pacific Lamp Wholesale now has the newest generation of “Warm Dim” LED lights. These bulbs behave like traditional incandescent light bulbs that go to warmer and softer when dimmed – Our LEDs emulate the same effect and put up a great, comforting display that defines a “warm welcome” to keep you and guests feeling cozy, while saving power and reducing cost.
Come see our warm dim LED lights on display at our showroom, open to the public!
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Purchase these warm dimming bulbs today to create an extraordinary ambiance for all occasions.
LEDs Innovation Continues
As you can see, LED lights are finding a suit in simple lighting application as well as more advanced lighting options to aid both our health and well-being. LEDs truly are the leading light bulbs for technological innovation that continue to reveal a bright future.
As a wholesaler of LEDs, Pacific Lamp is especially excited for what the future holds!