Oaklands House residents benefitting from the new installation of Circadian lighting- Lighting technology has undergone a major evolution with the advent of LED lighting. It is now possible to easily and cost-effectively use the principles of human-centric lighting in sensitive and care environments.
The principle of bio-adaptive lighting is to provide artificial light controlled in such a way as to match the needs of human biological cycles or circadian rhythms. It provides improved health and wellbeing and supports aspects of human behaviour that benefit from varied and changeable lighting and has long been recognised as having significant benefits to healthcare from bio-adaptive lighting techniques.
A study by The Centre For Health Design in California found that by controlling the body’s circadian system, light impacts outcomes in healthcare settings by reducing depression among patients, decreasing length of stay in hospitals, improving sleep and circadian rhythm, lessening agitation among dementia patients, easing pain, and improving adjustment to nightshift work among staff.
The use of as much natural daylight in care environments as possible is important. However, bio-adaptive lighting should be a key consideration for any care environment where people spend long periods of time indoors under artificial light.
The Power of Colour
It is not just lighting cycles alone that affect our bodies; colour plays an important part too. It can help people to better handle emotional challenges and regulate mood over time.
Benefits include: Improved sleep patterns, less risk of developing certain medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and improved mood.