Light therapy has become a standard term in our vocabulary since SAD was officialised.
A seasonal form of mood disorder that mainly strikes in winter when the weather turns cold and the days are shorter. Indeed, together with the typical illnesses caused by the cold, wintertime also brings a sort of depression, a kind of “discontent” that has been officially named Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and which, unfortunately, affects women above all.
Our moods depend on a high number of factors that influence our daily life and naturally, these include LIGHT!
Norman E.Rosenthal, author of Winter Blues and inventor of the acronym SAD, recommends a remedy borrowed from technology: light therapy, a concept that is very popular in Nordic countries.
It is considered to be an effective way of dealing with seasonal sadness. “Research shows that light can relieve the symptoms of those who suffer from SAD, by raising the levels of the hormone serotonin in the brain” thanks to lamps that simulate the sunlight at dawn and dusk. Many of these are smart devices and can be used with a smartphone via an app.
In short,this is the confirmation that light in the form of new sources is increasingly becoming one of the essential factors for improving our quality of life!
There are many light therapy devices on the market from which to choose.
These include lamp-alarm clocks that can be controlled by smartphone: via an app, they can simulate the light of dawn and pre-set the light intervals. Or smaller lamps that can reproduce the music saved on a smartphone and tablet via a Bluetooth connection.
To achieve maximum effectiveness, light therapy must take place no later than an hour after awakening and last for a period of 20-30 minutes. The device must be held at a distance of approximately 50 centimetres from the face and never be pointed directly at the eyes.
A new world of small electrical appliances which reproduce dawns and dusks, enabling you to wake up and fall asleep with simulated natural light. Then there is the Luminette, a light therapy device in the form of glasses that emit white and blue light and can be worn without affecting the sight. Finally, we can also rely on smart lightbulbs, the innovative light sources contained in advanced systems.
After just two weeks of returning to your natural cycles, the levels will return to normal. It is essential to trust our Circadian rhythms, that biological clock inside our organism which regulates the vital functions and is activated by the various conditions of light. This is why so much can be heard about Human Centric Light.
It is also important to choose the right product when furnishing an environment, a home, or an office. We must take into account several important characteristics and know what to do to live comfortably in harmony with natural and artificial light forms.
By placing man at the centre of lighting design, we can improve the quality of the environments in which we live, work and study. A new approach destined to be an important business for European light source and product manufacturers.
In the environments where we spend many hours of our daily life, the lighting used can be designed in line with precise objectives. By using all the new technologies available, appropriate colour temperatures and the latest control and management systems, artificial lighting can follow the cycle of the natural light and improve all approaches to design.
According to a recent report by Lighting Europe, an association of which many European producers are members, some excellent prospects await HCL. In addition to its energy efficiency, by 2020 it could also cover 20% of the high-end European lighting market (7% of the entire market), with a high level of penetration in the office, healthcare and education sectors, by actively involving consumers and improving their lives.
It may be business, but it’s business on a decidedly Human level!
- Posted by Redazione
- On December 9, 2016
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