What Is Circadian Lighting?
How This Innovative Lighting Solution Affects Your Mood and Enhances Your Home
Have you ever walked into someone’s home and the lighting was “off?” Too bright in the evenings or too dim in the middle of the day? Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence in many homes – the lighting is wrong!
Luckily, there’s a solution you can add to your Bentonville-area home, so none of your guests ever walk in and think the same thing about your home. You can incorporate circadian lighting to feel cozy, relaxed, or encourage productivity throughout your day. By adjusting the color temperature of lighting, you support your natural circadian rhythm, which is also known as your internal biological clock.
Keep reading the blog below to learn how an innovative smart home solution like circadian lighting changes the way you experience your Arkansas home!
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What Is A Circadian Rhythm?
Humankind’s natural cycle of sleeping and waking during 24 hours is referred to as a circadian rhythm. The sun and artificial lighting send signals to the brain to feel energized or slow down and relax. Thousands of years ago, before harnessing the power of electricity, humans woke with the sunrise and went to bed as the sun went down. Now, in the modern age, we are surrounded by copious amounts of artificial light, and it is wreaking havoc on our circadian rhythms!
What Is Circadian Lighting?
By mimicking the color temperature of natural sunlight, circadian lighting supports your natural circadian rhythm and can improve your daily lifestyle. When the sun rises outside, your bedroom lights turn on at a warm amber tone. As the day progresses, your home lighting brightens gradually while shifting color temperature to a blue-white color, similar to the sun at high-noon. You feel energized and alert, ready to tackle any tasks you encounter. Gradually, the reverse effect happens, and lighting dims and becomes warmer, signaling your brain that it’s time to wind down for the evening and go to sleep soon.
You may have heard of blue light before. If you have an iPhone, you’re likely aware of the Night Shift feature that removes blue light. When blue light tones are removed in the evening, it sends signals to your brain to produce melatonin, which makes you sleepy!
How Can I Use Circadian Lighting in My Home?
The right lighting is imperative for every task we complete at home. Without it, we can’t safely see our hands as we chop vegetables in the kitchen, or we squint while trying to read a book; with too much light, homes feel industrial or like a hospital, making us feel uneasy and unwelcome. With a Lutron lighting control system or Savant home automation, you can bring the power of lighting – or any smart device – under the management of one intuitive control system.
Our dedicated team can program circadian lighting to shift automatically to reflect the rise and fall of the sun. With the tap of a button, you can override this preset schedule to better illuminate the task at hand, whatever it may be. You can even adjust settings using a smartphone app! Say you’re staying up late to read a chapter in the latest bestseller. Before you dive too deep into the plot, pull out your smartphone to brighten the lights so you can see the pages more clearly but without the blue light. You’ll be able to ease into relaxation – and maybe even fall asleep – easier than ever before.
For all of your smart lighting and home automation needs, contact Coast Technology Group today! You can chat with us at the bottom of the screen to start a conversation!
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