While you probably already know that exceptional lighting is one of the most important elements to consider within and around your home, you most likely didn’t know that choosing eco-friendly lighting options is visceral for your health and well-being. When you surround yourself with efficient lighting you have the ability to dictate the comfort, mood and happiness reverberating throughout your home. In fact, some studies suggest that natural light exposure positively affects your immune system, your circadian rhythms — sleep cycle and hormones — and even possesses the ability to help with conditions such as depression, immune problems, diabetes and cancer. Having a lower energy bill means that you aren’t as stressed about the cost, so, since we all want to live a long, healthy life, here are a few simple ways that you can reduce your energy consumption.
Change around your bulbs
Sometimes something as simple as upgrading your light bulbs has the potential to make a world of impact. CFLs or compact fluorescent lights are high-quality bulbs that offer homeowners a more economical lighting solution. The best part is these lighting upgrades power illumination with a lower amount of energy and heat than it takes for an incandescent bulb to do the same thing. By replacing your 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFL you will likely gain ten times the amount of energy over its lifespan. That being said, LED garden lighting is an even more sustainable option than your typical bulb because they too, use far less energy, produce more light and possess a longer lifespan.
Bring on the LEDs
If you’ve been searching for a more energy-efficient lighting solution, perhaps an upgrade to LED garden lighting or a simple LED bulb swap within your home would put you on the path to a healthier, more economic lifestyle.
While natural lighting is obviously the most environmental and healthy choice, LED lighting exuberates vibrant rays of illumination and is the next best thing in terms of artificial lighting.
How do LEDs impact your health?
Unlike conventional lights, LED lights emit at specific wavelengths that directly affect our health and circadian rhythm. Here are four health benefits of LED lighting.
- LEDs help decrease headaches: Light sensitivity is a common cause of many headaches and migraines. So, for those who suffer, LED lighting can actually help improve comfort levels by changing the lighting within the room.
- LEDs decrease stress and anxiety levels: Humans naturally thrive on the benefits of sunlight, so we can struggle with behavior and mood changes when we’re lacking vitamin D in our diets. That being said, LED bulbs have the ability to mimic the mood effects of natural light and imitate the complex nature of daylight to help improve health and wellness.
- LEDs increase our learning performance: LED lighting technology takes a lot of the stress out of learning and working — there’s no tiredness from overhead fluorescents or any unpleasant flickering. This technology possesses mild thermal conditions, beautiful lighting design and quality that doesn’t impact our moods, our cognitive function or our overall performance.
- LEDS help us sleep better: Especially during long winter months, LED lights help with our production of melatonin — a natural hormone that allows us to relax and sleep. This response, which usually happens naturally through sunlight exposure, has the ability to cause depression, decrease productivity and upset our sleep patterns. Thankfully, LEDs lights have the power to mimic sunlight!
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Alex Wilks is the Social Media & Content Creator for Trek Marketing. Her work has been featured on Global News, Black Press Media, andthe Kwantlen Chronicle