Circadian Lighting Mimics the daylight that humans rely on
The circadian cycle is a proven, scientific fact about how humans respond to daylight, and how heavily we rely on daylight (and the lack thereof) for our bodies to produce vital chemicals to help keep our bodies moving, sleeping, and digesting correctly. The circadian cycle affects nearly every aspect of human life, despite the fact that very few people are aware of it.
Our bodies work on a 24-hour clock, which is in sync with the sun’s cycles. However, we spend 90% of our time indoors these days, and most of us do not get enough sunlight to keep our cycles in sync with the sun. This causes our circadian rhythm to fall apart. Long-term, this can lead to multiple issues, including cancer, diabetes, and depression, to name a few.
There have been multiple studies and experiments to determine how we can help turn the tide, and get the human circadian cycle back on track. Warmer (more yellow) lighting is excellent in the morning when the brain is still waking up and at night before we go to bed. Cooler light (more white and blue) has been proven to simulate daylight from the brain’s perspective, meaning that by using cooler whites during the day and gradually warming up the color temperature as the night goes on can have excellent effects on human health.
Europe is far ahead of North America in implementation of circadian lighting, and it is one of the goals of Ampere to help North America catch up. Multiple hospitals across Europe (especially in Scandinavia) are already seeing huge benefits of using circadian lighting. The benefits include –
- Healthier and more productive staff, who can carry out all of their duties without turning on blinding white lights that disrupt the circadian rhythm of sleeping patients at night
- Happier and more relaxed patients, whose circadian rhythms are being adjusted to match the sun, which is especially important for patients who can’t get sunlight naturally
Hospitals are perhaps one of the best use cases of circadian lighting, but they are certainly not the only use case. In fact, every building could benefit from circadian lighting systems, including residential buildings. By promoting the human circadian cycle in every building, the world would see a much happier and healthier population as a result of a balanced circadian rhythm.
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