January blues no more: Lighting boosts mood and wellbeing
With Blue Monday just around the corner and January depression well and truly set in, new research has revealed how lighting can have direct impact on mood and wellbeing in the workplace and at home.
A survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by lighting supplier LED Hut, as part of the Brighter Britain report, found that 1 in 3 feel lighting – both natural and artificial – plays a crucial role in how they feel, encouraging feelings of comfort, security, and happiness.
More than 1 in 3 (31%) believe lighting is important when creating a relaxed and calm atmosphere before going to bed in the evening, which assists with their sleep.
38% feel lighting in the bedroom during the morning can also allow them to feel alert and energise, ready for the day ahead.
How light impacts mood and wellbeing doesn’t end at home, an overwhelming 77% feel lighting in the workplace can impact their productivity.
When quizzed on the impact light has in the workplace, 1 in 3 (33%) of those surveyed said they felt access to natural light was important, while a further 1 in 3 (32%) said they would be happy to work under artificial lighting if it is designed to aid productivity.
Paul Garner, ecommerce & marketing director at LED Hut commented: “Considering how important natural light is to generating vitamin D, and even assisting the circadian rhythms which govern our natural sleeping patterns, the potential lighting has to improve our wellbeing in a number of ways is clear.
“While it might be obvious that natural light helps to boost our mood, not everyone knows that artificial light also plays an important role when natural light isn’t an option. There are smart lighting solutions available to help achieve an appropriate blend of natural and artificial light which are adaptable for both the home and in the workplace.”