Shift of Hue…

Posted on October 8, 2014

There is a growing understanding of light on our circadian rhythms.  The very blue light of staring into our screens when working late, or checking e-mails on your phone just before drifting off could be affecting sleep patterns.  An immersive example of the power of light is during a dramatic change, especially in a city. Sunsets, or bright to dull days change behaviors.   There are lots of great design opportunities to make the most of the effects of light. Calming patients during medical procedures, or subtly altering the light quality within the home to fit with the time of year, day, and even the weather.  Man made illumination is often overlooked as simply a tool for visibility, but like any tool, choosing the right one for the job is important. A good question for designers incorporating light into their projects is to consider what behaviors and outcomes the light is supporting and adjust the quality accordingly.