In winter, the daylight hours are shorter and reduce the amount of sunlight we receive daily. This lack of natural lighting has an undesirable effect that triggers seasonal affective disorder (SAD) every winter season. This seasonal depression can take away the joy of winter and make you feel uneasy. If you suffer from SAD, changing the lighting in your home may be helpful. How does it help?
When choosing the color temperature for the light bulbs we use in our homes, it should not be forgotten that the chosen lights affect our mood. The choice of color temperatures in the bulbs becomes even more important in the winter when it is not possible to be exposed to sufficient sunlight. It is a known fact that people who stay indoors during the winter in homes that do not have proper lighting more seasonal depression. In the winter season, choosing the appropriate color temperature for the space can raise your spirits and drive away the gloom in your home. In order to choose the right color, it is necessary to know what the color temperatures used in lighting are.
What is the color temperature?
- Warm Light (2700K-3200K)
Color temperatures between 2700K-3200K are called warm light. Provides a softer and more comfortable atmosphere.
- Natural Light (4000K-5000K)
Color temperatures between 4000K and 5000K are called natural light. It creates an energetic and refreshing effect on people.
- Daylight or Cold Light (5500K-6500K)
Color temperatures between 5500K-6500K are described as cold (daylight) light. It creates an effect that increases working efficiency in humans.
Which one should you choose?
The bulbs that give a color temperature in the range of 5500K to 6500K give a color close to that of the sun in winter. Daylight bulbs illuminate a little brighter than bulbs with warm light.
The purpose of using these bulbs is to bring the light of daylight into the interior and get a light close to the light we would get outside.
If you feel introverted in winter, replace the lighting in your home with daylight (5500K) bulbs. These bulbs can help light your home and lighten your mood by imitating natural sunlight. Spending a few hours each day in daylight can destroy the gloom of winter. In order to avoid seasonal depression, it will be more beneficial to choose high lumen bulbs while choosing daylight bulbs.
If you have to work from home because of Covid-19, use daylight bulbs in your workroom at home to be productive and vibrant.
There is a blue color in the light emitted by daylight bulbs. Blue lights suppresses the production of sleep hormones and make you more active, placing this type of lighting in your study or living room is the best way to be productive.
Warm light bulbs
You may not want to be active all over the house. When there is no sunlight, the body produces melatonin. Melatonin hormone regulates our sleep cycles, causing you to feel comfortable and sleep. In your bedroom, you should prefer light bulbs that give warm color instead of daylight bulbs.
The lighting choices in the bedroom or any room you use to relax are not just dependent on the light color.
When purchasing chandeliers or other lightings for your bedrooms, choose models with lampshades whose lights do not come directly to your eyes.
Models with bare light bulbs are not suitable for bedrooms. If you have such a chandelier, you can add lamp shades on the bulbs. The light level of the chandeliers in bedrooms can be adjusted (dimmable), which will increase your living comfort and sleep quality.
Benefits Of Natural Light
Don’t overlook the unique benefit of natural light coming from your window. Sunlight provides lighting that enhances the home environment. Do not use thick curtains on your windows to take advantage of daylight. If possible, increase the natural lightness in the room by placing a mirror on the opposite wall of your window