As humans, it can be simple to know what’s good for us: regular exercise, eating an intentional diet, and spending time with those we love. But with the demands of daily life calling for more time indoors or in front of a screen, it’s important to understand how lighting can impact our health.
Battle Blue Light
Blue light and mental health have an interesting correlation. Blue tones are emitted from screens; they can strain eyes and confuse your body’s natural sleep-wake function. Of course, sleepless nights can start a vicious cycle that throws your daytime routine out of whack
If you’re experiencing restlessness or difficulty sleeping, it could be a result of over-exposure to these blue light displays. Luckily, there are a few tricks that can help. Try putting away devices that emit blue light at least two hours before bed, so your body has time to wind down without distraction. Also, try adding sunlight light bulbs to your office space or bedroom. Because these bulbs limit the highest peaks of blue light, they may help support your body’s intended circadian rhythm, resulting in better sleep and your most refreshed self. It’s a simple swap that your body just might thank you for. (Not to mention, these lights give off a warm and delightful glow that mimics natural daylight.)
Use Mercury-Free LEDs
Aside from being energy- and cost-efficient, LEDs offer a safe alternative to traditional bulbs. LED lights are made without the harmful chemical mercury, which you can become exposed to if a traditional bulb in your home breaks.
We recommend replacing as many of these bulbs as possible with LED options. When you’re ready to make the switch, we have a wide range of LED lighting products to choose from. Plus, our LED+ line includes some bonus features, so you can experiment with LED color-changing light bulbs, an LED Bluetooth speaker, and even more options that help further simplify your life. What’s not to like?!
While we’re here, let’s clear up some other questions people have about LED lights. “LED” stands for “light-emitting diode,” which can make these bulbs seem more mysterious than they are. But have no fear: LED lights are definitely safe for regular, everyday use.
Add Natural Light
We can’t overstate the power of fresh air! One of the best ways to help restore your day-to-day vibrance is to increase your natural light exposure whenever possible. From working near a window to taking periodic walks during the day—any time spent enjoying sunshine not only improves your mental health, but serves as a valuable source of vitamin D.
Bonus: Spread the LED Love to your Plants
Humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from LED lighting! Our LED Grow Lights help plants thrive through every life stage. It’s all thanks to a carefully balanced red-light spectrum, which gives budding sprouts and thriving blossoms all the attention they need to grow—and stay—strong. Whether you have a hearty snake plant or a finicky orchid, these bulbs can help create the ideal environment for them.
You can even use LED Grow Lights to garden indoors all year long, to keep a steady crop of fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables coming into your kitchen. A bonus benefit is that having houseplants is a great way to maintain good air quality in your home. It’s what we call a win-win-win!
Remember: the light you soak in can greatly impact your day-to-day life. As with any health-related choice, it’s important to make the best decision for yourself and consult a health professional with any concerns. We always want to help find the right option for you!