Home is the center of all activity, from eating, sleeping, relaxing and sometimes even working. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that you’re making the best use out of your artificial lighting. This makes certain that you can carry out all your daily tasks effectively and to best utilize dynamic, stylish and beautiful lighting to adapt to almost any situation (except a blackout, obviously. That I can’t entirely assist with).

Rustic, cowboy chic adds a comfy vibe to this living space
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The light in your bedroom should have different features in the morning as opposed to the evening. One tends to use a bedside lamp at night, and hopefully natural light through windows during the day.

The same goes for the lighting in your kitchen, dining room, living room and other rooms you may have in your home.

For example, having a blue light at the breakfast table is ideal to produce a vitalizing effect, while having a red light during the evening assists in creating a relaxing effect. This is something I’ve never tested before, so let’s explore it a bit further.

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Lighting Tones to Know

Blue Lighting

Just as natural sunshine can impact your wellbeing (Vitamin D is my favorite vitamin, after all), smart use of artificial light can have the same positive effect. Daylight white, often described as a cool, blue light, is the light that comes closest to natural daylight and so it can be particularly beneficial and helpful when waking up in the morning.

Light bulbs with a higher percentage of ‘blue’ result in the secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin. This can bring the mind and body to a slower rhythm. Also, for those of you who find it difficult getting out of bed in winter (or summer, whatever), a blue light can also help to outwit the body by mimicking daylight, making getting up and out of bed much simpler. This is quite exciting news, I must say!

Blue tones create the cool tone of this room
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According to HouseBeautiful.com, a light color of about 6,000 kelvins is perfect to overcome the morning quiet. When light shines from a large-surfaced source from above, the biological impact is most substantial. That’s why LED panels with variable light colors are particularly useful, and also super fancy and stylish.

By the way…

When you’re working or studying, it’s suggested that you use a light source that has a high proportion of blue tones (around 6,000 kelvins), as this assists with attentiveness and can help you focus more on what you’re working on or learning. What an awesome tip!

If you’re reading or looking at photos and pictures, a natural white light (about 4,000 kelvins) should be used, as this will help to shield your eyes against tiredness and will let colors appear in their genuine form. 

The Hudson Floor Lamp casts the perfect glow of natural white light, with the right touch of taste and illumination level to capture the room.

Hudson Bronze Floor Lamp illuminates this modern rooom
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Red Lighting

Red lights, which come off as warm and white give off a feeling of ease that results in ultimate relaxation. The light can also reach our subconscious, giving us a feeling of security.

We all feel warmer and cozier with the light that reminds us of the primal glow of firelight. It signals to us that we are home. The Liam Floor Lamp pictured below casts the perfect amount of warm, white light to this gorgeous living space.

Liam Modern Floor Lamp by Brightech
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According to Gardening Know How, red light is actually responsible for making plants flower and produce fruit, which makes me love it even more. It’s vital to a plant’s early life for seed germination, root growth, and bulb development. While your outdoor plants will receive red and blue light naturally from direct sunlight, your indoor plants could very likely be lacking in it.

Even if your plants have been placed on your windowsill or have access to direct sunlight, it still may not be getting enough of a particular part of the color spectrum.

Indoor plants benefit from red based light
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You can supplement blue light with fluorescent lamps and red light with a broad-spectrum fluorescent bulb. I will update you on how my little plants are doing in the next couple of weeks, with this lovely newfound tip!

Getting Your Beauty Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to waking up feeling renewed and refreshed in the morning. If you’re like me and you love to read before falling asleep, you should use a light bulb with a warm light color for your bedside lamp or reading light. The comforting color of the light will help you to feel relaxed, helping you to fall asleep with (no more than 3,000 kelvins).

Like we mentioned before, a warm white light comprises of low levels of blue, which can positively impact the secretion of melatonin and lead to a peaceful feeling, more quickly.

Sleek toned blue bedroom
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Choose the Right Lighting

Whether you’re in need of some alertness and energy, downtime to read or learn, focus or sleep, you can always find the right lighting that will enhance your space, your body, your mind, and your soul.

Now that you know the right mix of light types you need, head over to Brightech to find your favorite styles for Floor and Table Lamps.