The Power of Light for Wellbeing

Light might not be the first thing we consider when walking into a room, but it has a huge influence on how we feel in that space. Stay ahead of the darkness this season with lighting that brings out the best in every micro-moment.

Light is an essential element in creating spaces that enhance our daily life. As the seasons change, adapting our lighting can make all the difference in creating in the warm, relaxed setting at home that we need after a dreary winter day. It’s a fundamental building block of the home and in the age of technology, we have more methods than ever before to create the perfect environment using lighting techniques.

How do humans perceive light?

The ability to see is actually a function of light. Your eyes take in information about your environment in the form of light waves, sending signals to your brain so you can see shapes, colours, texture and movement. Your brain then uses this information to form an understanding of your surroundings – and triggers your body to react accordingly.

That’s why light has such a huge impact on our daily physiological and psychological functions – and how we interact with each other. Although light might not be the first thing we consider when walking into a room, it has a major influence on how we feel and interact with others in a space.

Restaurant lighting sets the mood – and makes you look more attractive

Have you ever noticed how beautiful red wine looks in a well-lit restaurant? The candlelight reflects through the glass, sparkling and accentuating the ruby tones, enhancing the sensory experience of each sip. This has little to do with the price of the bottle, but rather the spell the light is casting.

Hue in red wine

Often restaurant designers such as Craig Stanghetta create spaces with warm, dimmed lighting to create a dreamscape where a patron “feels like the most charming, attractive version of themselves”. The moment you walk through the door – before the host says hello, or you taste the food or hear the music – the level of illumination sends a signal if this is a place that's welcoming us to unwind and indulge.

From there, the conversations we have around the table, how we experience our food and our perceptions of the evening are all directly influenced by the way the restaurant is lit.

You can create the same atmosphere at home by using certain lighting techniques for each moment.

The types of light you have, how they are distributed and your ability to control them all play a role in setting the tone for relaxation, creativity, intimacy and more.

Dimmed lighting help us relax by telling our brain it’s time to wind down from the day. Warm-toned light settings bring us closer together by facilitating conversations and putting us at ease (while cold lighting has the opposite effect). The way lighting is distributed even plays a role in how attractive the room and the people in it appear.

From the time you walk in the door to the moment you drift off to sleep, your brain is receiving and interpreting signals from your lights at home. Controlling your light settings is therefore key in moderating the atmosphere of your space and mastering the effect that the lighting has on you and your loved ones.

Smart Lighting Control

The ability to adjust the brightness and hue based on the time of day and situation at hand gives you the flexibility to set the perfect mood in every instance. However, fiddling with dials and dimmers – or even worse pulling out your smartphone – to change the light settings takes you out of the special moments that really matter.

At Senic, we believe that simple, seamless control over your lights can help you make the most of every moment at home: from creative time to yourself to festive celebrations when everyone comes together – and all the micro-moments in between.

See how Nuimo Click works with Philips Hue to give you seamless control over your light settings, whether you’re getting ready for bed or hosting the holiday party of the year.

We’ll go into more detail about light in future blog posts, but for now, we hope thinking more about lighting brings you closer to creating the perfect atmosphere for your home.

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