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Lighting For Wellbeing: How LED Upgrades Can Enhance Employee Health And Comfort

The type of light we are exposed to can impact our health and this is something incredibly important to business managers to take into account.

Having the right lighting system in your workplace will not only improve the health of your employees but, as a result of this, their productivity and performance. It’s a win for both you and your team.

The Proven Health Benefits Of LED Lighting

When we think about light, our mind usually drifts to how well it illuminates a space and of course, that is important. But the advantages of light go much deeper than just how well-lit an area is and the right (or wrong) type of lighting can indeed have a significant impact on our health.

LED lighting is much closer to natural light and has benefits such as no glare or flickering. These traits mean that it’s much better for your overall health and wellbeing, therefore improving comfort for those in the workplace.

Reduces Headaches

Light sensitivity is one of the leading causes of migraines and headaches. Using incorrect lighting for specific tasks or having to work in dull or flickering light can increase the chances of a headache developing.

In the workspace, the addition of LED lighting means that employees won’t be as exposed to this risk, especially for those who are susceptible to headaches.

It is even possible to purchase lighting that caters to the needs of a specific individual. All migraine sufferers have different triggers and this can even include varying sensitivity to certain strengths of light or colour temperatures.

Improve Circadian Rhythm

The circadian rhythm is a 24-hour cycle experienced by humans (and other animals) that impacts our hormone production, sleep-wake cycle and even our body temperature.

Having a perfectly functioning circadian rhythm means that a person will be more productive and energetic at the right times of day (office hours). When people’s exposure to natural light is reduced, this can induce the production of melatonin; a hormone that makes us sleepy.

Naturally, this isn’t the response that we want in a workplace environment as this is going to decrease productivity. On a health level, the release of this hormone can make people feel fatigued which may affect their mood when trying to perform a task.

By using LED lighting, we are better able to mimic natural light which causes the body to respond in a much more positive manner.

Not only this but there is evidence that proves low exposure to natural light can have a serious impact on sleep quality, sleep duration and the chances of sleep disorders. Where employees are experiencing a lower quality of sleep, this can also affect their focus and mental health.

Decreases Stress

Work can be stressful and demanding enough at the best of times without throwing in additional problems like poor-quality lighting.

Studies have shown that there is a significant correlation between a lack of natural light and low mood. But by installing an LED light system, the release of the stress hormone, cortisol, is reduced.

What’s more, further studies have indicated that blue light, in particular, has the ability to accelerate relaxation after a stressful event. Choosing the right colour temperature for your workplace is a vital consideration when upgrading to LED lighting.

Less Heat

Traditional halogen and fluorescent light bulbs produce a significant amount of heat. This might not seem like a lot on a normal day but when you have several bulbs emitting heat on a hot day, this can greatly alter the comfort of a workplace.

On the other hand, LED lighting produces little to no heat and any heat that is produced is reabsorbed by the lightbulb, keeping the workplace much cooler.

Studies have shown that when working in extreme heat, productivity could drop by as much as 76%.

Boosts Focus And Cognitive Function

There is sufficient evidence to suggest that LED lighting not only boosts your mood but can also improve your attention, focus and cognitive function.

It’s been demonstrated that when LED lighting is used in a learning setting, people are more likely to retain information and stay focused.

In an office environment, LED lighting is also beneficial as this increase in focus and cognitive function translates to improved performance and productivity. While this is a plus point for your business, it’s also a great way to help employees meet their goals and this directly boosts their morale. Feeling good about your work has a knock on positive impact on your mental health. Everyone’s a winner!

Light Is Even Used As Therapy For Seasonal Depression

Light is so effective at changing our mood and behaviour that it is even used to treat mental health disorders such as Seasonal Affective Disorder, more commonly known as seasonal depression.

If left untreated, SAD can become a very serious condition. Not only will this affect the health and wellbeing of your employees but time off work to manage the condition will impact your business so it’s vital to keep your team’s mental health in tip-top condition for all involved.

Light therapy is a common treatment for SAD and the idea is that the patient is exposed to a mimicked natural light from a device known as a light box. This alters the production of hormones within the body that affect everything from your sleep patterns to your mood.

Since this type of depression usually occurs in the darker months, it’s very common and light therapy is an excellent alternative to time spent in true natural light.

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