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Tips to bring Natural Light into Your Home or Business

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons. It begins and ends at about the same times every year, starting in late fall or early winter and ending during the lighter sunnier months of the year. The reduced level of sunlight in the fall and winter may cause the onset of SAD and may disrupt your body's internal clock which lead to feelings of depression. At times, being indoors for long periods of time can create these conditions, so finding ways to remedy this ailment in your home can improve things for everyone. Now with the pandemic, everyone is staying home more, it's healthy to reconsider the type of lighting in your home.

Natural light exposure provides the body with Vitamin D, lifts moods, improves circulation, aids sleep, reduces signs of dementia, and improves overall health. But did you know that our bodies rely on the daily cycle of natural light to synchronize our circadian rhythms? So how do we create more light in our homes or workplace? Doctors even prescribe light therapies such as phototherapy to aid with this condition. Lighting can be improved in the home to aid in enhancing overall health and wellness.

Here are five ways you can increase the amount of natural light in your home or business.

1. Change out the window treatments

The type of window treatments you can use are determined by the type of room, type of windows, placement of those windows, and budget. However, choosing ones that allow for natural light to flow in whenever possible is the best choice. For example, the treatments you choose for your living room will differ from what is used in a bedroom. Most living rooms function as a common area so generally sheers or blinds that can open and close easily are best.

Blinds that allow partial light and privacy are beneficial in any common area because they can be controlled based on the needs. Natural light can come streaming in on command and closed off with the pull of a string or turn of a handle. However, in a bedroom, natural daylight is welcome but blocking out the light at night is helpful for a good night rest.

2. Remove screens in wintertime

Removing the screens in windows that will not be opened during the winter months will help increase the levels of light coming through. It also allows for a thorough cleaning prior to storing them for the season.

3. Replace outdated windows

Replacing outdated windows is not only a good idea to regulate light exposure but also for efficiency in heating and cooling, which we will discuss in another blog. Replacing a window gives you the opportunity to select a larger size or use a different type of window that lets in more light and gives you a better view.

4. Replace light bulbs and add natural light fixtures

The innovations in light bulbs in the past few years is amazing. LED bulbs that are designed with circadian technology allows for warmer or cooler spectrums of light. Dimmable is always preferred in all areas of the home. In the bedrooms, use natural light bulbs with a warmer spectrum and less blue light waves allows you to create more melatonin.

5. Get outside!

Nothing can replace getting outside! We are creatures that require the natural world to help us to feel in balance. Find ways to encourage your activities to be out of doors for a period of time each day. And when that's not possible, bring the outside in by having lots of plants and art that depicts nature scenes that trick the brain and relaxes us.

Next weeks blog more on Bringing Nature In...