The Many Moods of Color and Light

Since ancient times the affect of different colors on our mood, heart rate and circadian rhythm has been well documented. The ancient Egyptians used color for cures and ailments while the Chinese book of internal medicine, dating back 2000 years, records color diagnosis.

Back in 2010, Flos set themselves ahead of the game when they introduced ‘Wall Piercing′ an LED lighting system designed by Ron Gilad that can be programmed to display an ever changing color palette. Made of ring-shaped aluminum and polycarbonate units embedded with LEDS, users can choose from a range of light colors and intensities to set the desired mood.

When paired with light, the affect is even stronger. For instance red light is most commonly associated with intensity, love, passion and anger but a 2013 Journal of Neuroscience report found that it is also the least likely to affect our internal clocks making it the perfect evening light.

In contrast, the same study found that blue and white lights are much more disruptive to our sleep patterns due to their wavelength and the brain’s sensitivity to it. As a result, it makes sense that those who use computers, smartphones and tablets at night are likely to experience difficulty in sleeping.

However, in the early part of the day we can benefit from exposure to blue light in order to increase energy levels by reducing sleepiness, elevating body temperatures, increasing attentiveness and helping to improve memory.

The findings of the study underscore the benefits of investing in and paying attention to the light we choose to use in our home and office environments.

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