Can lighting really affect your overall happiness?

Have you ever considered the effect lighting has on our mood and psychological well being? Studies show that prolonged exposure to darkness actually has the power to affect our overall happiness. Luckily, the right interior mood lighting, used during times of the year where our exposure to the sun is limited, can bring summer into the home all year round.

Fortune pendants by Progress Lighting

While natural light is the most effective, in certain areas of the country this can be considered a luxury in the winter months. This is where mood enhancing lights come into play. These lights imitate the sun’s bright rays.

According to FreshHome, “on bright summer days, the sun’s brightness can measure at nearly 100,000 lux. However, indoor lights – which most of us are subjected to during long winters – only clock in around at about 100 lux.” Mood lights can provide you with an intense 10,000 lux boost.

So, what are the benefits of these sun-imitating fixtures? Here are just a few to consider:

  • They counteract seasonal depression
  • They help control intense (and unhealthy) food cravings
  • They aid in productive sleep habits
  • They promote feelings of happiness

If you are interested in learning more about the positive effects mood lighting can have on your life, check out this article on FreshHome.

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