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Lighting that makes you feel good

Every now and then, when you walk into a new space, a restaurant, or hotel, or perhaps the foyer of a high rise building, you feel instantly at ease and impressed. There is something intrinsically compelling in the air but you can’t put your finger on exactly what it is. That’s probably because it’s the lighting. Great lighting design is quite often felt rather than seen. But it has the power to make you feel good.

A study was conducted to find out why many residents of Los Angeles were showing higher than average levels of depression. It revealed a large number of citizens live, effectively behind glass. They reside in air conditioned houses. They travel, mostly in air conditioned cars and work in air conditioned offices. Ordinary glass blocks 90% of UV below 300nm, which deprives bodies of Vitamin D which in turn may cause, amongst other things, glumness.

In some countries, especially those that have long winters, the condition is referred to as Season Affective Disorder or SAD.

Airlines are continually experimenting with augmented cabin lighting to help diminish the effects of jet lag. Hospitals are using light to enhance the healing process. Councils are deploying light to rehabilitate urban wastelands and turn them into places that are not only nice to be in, they actually make people happy.

Light, see how good it can make you feel.

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