How are we affected by light?

Light House

To what extent does light affect our daily lives and behavior?
Light House knows the influence of light and knows how it can be used for different purposes.

How light affects us humans

To become good at lighting planning and design, you must start with how light affects us humans. In the light there is a force that can create security or unrest - and in some cases light can even change our behavior. After over 20 years in the industry, we use in Light House this knowledge to create the right type of lighting for everything from shops and malls to homes.

Anchored in our urinary instinct

If we are to understand the influence of light, we must go back to the time when people lived around the campfire as hunters and gatherers. Interpreting light is something we have inherited through generations - it is part of our urinary instinct. 

With relatively poor hearing and vision, hunters depended on daylight to hunt and orient themselves. When darkness began to fall, there was little time to find a safe way home. At night, the roles were reversed. Then the hunters became a prey for the predators. Such situations are latent in us to avoid. Therefore, being afraid of the dark is a natural defense mechanism. A light source in the distance - the campfire in this case - thus served as a strong symbol of home, community and security. 

Our most important tool

The instinct associated with light as a protective navigation point is difficult to change. Apart from the last 100–200 years, there has been almost no development in how humans use light. Today, as one million years ago, light is one of the most important tools we have. Light characterizes everything we surround ourselves with, it shapes how we communicate and control cars and traffic. Light warns of danger when the coffee maker is still on or when it flashes red in an alarm.

Light controls our behavior

Simply put, our behavior follows the light to which we are exposed. The afternoon light affects the production of sleep hormones, and the morning light wakes us up again. Modern research shows that people who are not exposed to light become depressed, and it is common knowledge that sunlight provides excess and increases the body's production of vitamin D.

Other research shows that cool color temperatures provide more efficiency in a work situation, and that a 50-year-old needs twice as much light as a 20-year-old. Warm light sources give associations to the campfire our ancestors gathered at. We are drawn to the light, and with the right competence, light sources can thus be used to direct our behavior towards predetermined actions or to form movement patterns. We have this knowledge in Light House took with us and developed the concept "Selling lights" for shop lighting.

read more about "Selling candles" here.

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