4 11, 2018

top four healthy lighting habits for the winter

2018-11-13T13:39:55+00:00

The end of daylight savings signals the start to the darkest time of year.  With the return of standard time, many of us will be leaving work after sunset and in some cases arriving before sunrise.  And yet, our bodies depend upon exposure to bright natural light during [...]

top four healthy lighting habits for the winter2018-11-13T13:39:55+00:00
5 08, 2018

The right light for sleep!

2018-08-18T20:03:54+00:00

For those of us who struggle with sleep, lying awake at night is one of our darkest times.  My mind races: why can’t I sleep, how will I function tomorrow … making an already miserable experience worse.   Physicians and care providers recommend changing your circumstances when you can’t [...]

The right light for sleep!2018-08-18T20:03:54+00:00
23 06, 2018

Green light eases migraine photophobia

2018-06-23T16:26:23+00:00

The majority of migraine sufferers experience pain and discomfort when exposed to light during an attack, which doctors refer to as migraine photophobia.  Studies show that fluorescent lights, LEDs, computer screens and even sunlight, can increase both the intensity and spread of headache pain.  During a migraine attack, [...]

Green light eases migraine photophobia2018-06-23T16:26:23+00:00
22 04, 2018

Light and Serotonin = happiness

2018-04-22T20:17:44+00:00

It’s no accident that we feel better on a bright sunny day = exposure to sunlight is correlated to our Serotonin levels [Lancet Article]!   Increasing our exposure to sunlight (and/or bright light) during the day is a natural drug-free way to increase our serotonin levels, and improve our [...]

Light and Serotonin = happiness2018-04-22T20:17:44+00:00
22 02, 2018

Is blue light good or bad?

2018-02-23T17:33:20+00:00

Awareness of the health impacts of blue light is growing, but as a quick Google search shows there is still a lot of confusion.  To cut to the chase = exposure to blue light during the day is GOOD while exposure to blue light at night is BAD.  [...]

Is blue light good or bad?2018-02-23T17:33:20+00:00
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 light2018-01-20T16:34:20+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 light2018-01-10T14:30:05+00:00
30 10, 2017

light and the winter blues

2017-11-01T14:59:29+00:00

We need light to feel energized and happy.  Our mood and energy depend upon getting sufficient bright light during the day to signal ‘awake and alert’.  Without this signal, our bodies can’t clearly distinguish between night and day, and don’t provide the energy and hormones we need to [...]

light and the winter blues2017-11-01T14:59:29+00:00
21 10, 2017

Sleep better with natural light – how blue light and sleep are linked!

2018-06-24T14:44:01+00:00

Exposure to natural light is a critical ingredient for a good night’s sleep - but most people don't understand that we need BOTH bright light during the day, AND biological 'darkness' to sleep well at night.  Blue light and sleep are fundamentally tied together - our bodies depend [...]

Sleep better with natural light – how blue light and sleep are linked!2018-06-24T14:44:01+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 wellness2017-10-03T14:43:18+00:00