20 01, 2018

comparing the Philips Hue to natural light

2018-01-20T16:34:20+00:00

Philips deserves a lot of credit for their Philips Hue = educating the world that light is about more than on/off/dim.  While the Philips Hue is the leading color-changing ‘smart bulb’, it is optimized for entertainment and not for delivering the benefits of natural light.  The Hue is [...]

comparing the Philips Hue to natural light 2018-01-20T16:34:20+00:00
10 01, 2018

comparing natural light and artificial light

2018-01-10T14:30:05+00:00

To learn more about the differences between natural and artificial light, check out the side-by-side comparisons below!  As a scientist i'm always curious about our natural world.  I carry around a spectrometer which allows me to 'see' the mix of colors and intensities in light (much like a [...]

comparing natural light and artificial light 2018-01-10T14:30:05+00:00
21 10, 2017

Sleep better with natural light

2018-03-11T14:28:51+00:00

Light and sleep are fundamentally tied together.  Exposure to natural light is a critical ingredient for a good night’s sleep.  Sleep is a complex process governed by many factors, but as most of us know we sleep better after a day spent outdoors.  Our daily cycles of awake/alert [...]

Sleep better with natural light 2018-03-11T14:28:51+00:00
3 10, 2017

Our internal clock governs our health and wellness

2017-10-03T14:43:18+00:00

Humans, plants and animals have internal clocks which are synchronized by the daily cycle of light and dark.  In October 2017 the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to three researchers for their work on the underlying mechanisms which govern the internal clock of living organisms.   Sir Paul [...]

Our internal clock governs our health and wellness 2017-10-03T14:43:18+00:00
22 09, 2017

Natural light is fundamentally different than artificial light

2017-09-22T17:20:00+00:00

Natural light is fundamentally different than the artificial light sources which we use in our homes, offices and schools. (1) Natural light is full spectrum, which means it contains all the colors of the rainbow, as well as wavelengths (colors) that we cannot see (infra-red and ultra violet). [...]

Natural light is fundamentally different than artificial light 2017-09-22T17:20:00+00:00
21 07, 2017

how much natural light do we need (for our health)?

2017-07-22T13:51:36+00:00

Our bodies rely on the daily cycle of natural light from bright and blue during the day to soft and warm in the evenings (and then darkness) to synchronize our circadian rhythms, and thereby regulate our health and wellness.   Insufficient light during the day leaves us feeling flat.  [...]

how much natural light do we need (for our health)? 2017-07-22T13:51:36+00:00
2 07, 2017

natural light improves student performance

2017-07-02T15:11:03+00:00

The daily cycles of natural light profoundly impact the health, wellness and academic performance of children.  Exposure to bright blue light during the day to boosts mood, alertness, concentration and energy levels.  Studies show that exposure to natural light improves student test scores, attendance and behavior.  Unfortunately artificial [...]

natural light improves student performance 2017-07-02T15:11:03+00:00