The fall and winter seasons are a great time to rethink how you utilize your home’s artificial lighting. Without realizing it, lighting can have a significant impact on your mood and health throughout the day. The fixtures, bulbs and devices you use are all factors to consider when illuminating your home for each new season.
The lighting choices you make throughout the day can all be attributed to your routine depending on the day part. For example, if you are working remotely, homeschooling or relaxing at night. Lighting exposure can directly affect your circadian rhythm (your body's way of telling you when you are energized or need to rest). For this reason, it is beneficial to your overall health and schedule to consider the type of lighting you are using at certain times in the day. Ambient lighting is broad and sets a room's lighting foundation while task lighting is made for areas where you need to accomplish work. Test out different layers of lighting during various day parts to discover an entirely new atmosphere.
Light bulb color temperature can also help regulate your circadian rhythm. The best rule of thumb is to follow the same course as the natural light outside — yellow in the morning, blue to white in the afternoon, and red and orange in the evening. In the morning, use lamps with warm, yellow bulbs ranging from 2700K to 3000K on the Kelvin scale. As you transition into working from or around your home, bulbs should offer cooler and whiter light, usually in the 3500K to 5000K range. Finally, as you wind down and relax at the end of the day you can turn on overhead lights and lamps that use bulbs with warmer hues, staying in the 2000K to 3000K range.
With ever changing schedules, smart lighting can make daily tasks a little easier and orchestrate the perfect environment for your home based on your family's routine. Seasonal changes are an excellent time to identify your lighting needs and program your smart lighting and devices to match your activity.