Reading comprehension and agility are two of the most important factors in our children’s lives. Most standardized tests have an entire section dedicated to this idea, yet one of the simplest solutions to raising test scores, classroom lighting, has been overlooked for years.
Generally, we tend to think that the yellow lighting we are accustomed to is the “warmest” light and one that will simulate sunlight the closest. However, a recent study shows that a color on the other end of the spectrum, blue lighting, helps children stay focused and healthy, especially when exposed during early hours of the school day.
Classroom lighting can be an overlooked factor for children’s success in school. However, studies have shown that lighting quality affects students’ abilities to see clearly, concentrate and perform well in the classroom. Since lighting plays a critical role in our everyday lives, it’s worth our while to understand the quality of light that’s shining down on our children.
In the first part of our Classroom Lighting Matters series we’ll explain how replacing traditional classroom lighting with full-spectrum lighting helps students’ performance in the classroom.
The health benefits that full spectrum light provides has been known for decades to researchers and lighting designers. There is a mountain of evidence that natural light can increase productivity, sharpen visual acuity, raise mental alertness, lower depression, balance the circadian rhythm and lower the risk of certain cancers.
Have you ever noticed that the more time you spend indoors, the more you tend to feel tired, depressed, or both? This is perfectly natural, because the light generated by the fluorescent lighting common to our homes and offices fail to provide the full spectrum of light that the sun provides. This is where full spectrum light bulbs come in, because such bulbs are designed to more closely replicate the intensity and range of colors found in natural daylight.
If you’re anything like about 18 million Americans, you suffer from migraine headaches. A migraine usually includes such symptoms as a pounding headache, nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. It is relatively easy to diagnose migraines, but figuring out what the triggers are for your migraines can be much more difficult.
With lupus month already in full swing, we decided to help raise awareness by creating an infographic of lupus facts. This eye-catching graphic illustrates the current scope of lupus in our nation.
At Make Great Light, we offer two fluorescent light filter products to choose from (more products coming in the future). A question we often get is which fluorescent light filter is best for my situation. In this post, we tackle that question and try to bring clarity between the two options.
This past week marked the anniversary of the passing of Dr. John Nash Ott (1901 – 2000). Dr. Ott was a true pioneer in the discovery of how full spectrum light can benefit the health of plants, animals and humans. Let’s reflect on Dr. Ott’s amazing career.