Like colors, lights can significantly affect your emotions and moods. Big, bright white lights make you happy; whereas dim lights make you sad. Over here, we discuss in a detailed manner how light affects mood
How light Affects Mood?
Dim lights can make you feel depressed and gloomy. Wondering why? The reason is low light boosts the production of melatonin in your body. Melatonin controls your sleep and high melatonin levels make you feel sleepy. High level of melatonin decreases the levels of serotonin in your body. Serotonin is associated with mood, memory and also affects your happiness. When there is an imbalance between the levels of melatonin and serotonin, you feel depressed and gloomy.
How different colored lights matter?
A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Report in 2013 found that red light improves mood and reduces depression. The study which was conducted on hamsters found that the rodents exposed to red light were less depressed than the one exposed to other lights. They also found that red light doesn’t hamper the natural biological clock of the body or the circadian rhythms and therefore is best for evening lighting.
A 2006 study published in the journal Forsch Komplementmed (Research in Complementary Medicine) found that different colors of light affect your heart rate. The study was conducted on 12 persons. They were exposed to red and green lights followed by darkness. It was found that exposure to red and green lights resulted in better moods.
It was also found that blue lights also suppress the level of melatonin thus, reducing sleepiness. It also elevates the body temperature, keeps the mind alert, increases energy level and also improves memory.
How to use lights to boost mood and productivity?
The choice of light depends on your mood. If you want to create a cheerful and happy environment, then install a blue LED light in your home. Blue light fights depression, anxiety and elevates your mood. On the other hand, if you want to relax, then limit your exposure to blue light during the evenings and nights. Keep away the gadgets and devices that emit blue light such as blue LED lights, smart phones, television etc. Instead, switch to red light as it won’t shift circadian rhythm and can improve your mood by relaxing your mind.
You can install smart LED lights in your home. These can be controlled via smartphone app and also feature mood lighting. This means, with a single tap on your phone, you can select the color that matches your mood. You can program them accordingly. If you are hanging around with friends, you can switch to bright lights. In case you are enjoying a cozy time with your family, you can subdue the colors to create a soothing effect.
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