In autumn the days are getting shorter. Sooner or later, the lights turn on. Not every Home Lighting is equally suitable. How many lamps are needed and which lamps are better for our health: what experts advise.
The most important thing is to counter the early night with an increased number of light sources. “While in the summer there are basically only a few lamps and lamps, we should position several small light sources in each room in the autumn and winter,” says Iris Vollmann from Licht.de. In addition to the ceiling light desk, dining table, reading corners and seating groups get their own lights. Ursula Geismann from the Association of the German Furniture Industry adds: “Basically, one can say that every room can tolerate two additional lamps in the dark season.”
But more light is not always good. “Every artificial source of light is too bright for our eyes to look directly at,” says the light biologist Alexander Wunsch from Heidelberg. Therefore, lampshades should always be used or the luminaires should be installed in such a way that you do not have to look directly at them.
Expert Vollmann recommends working with mood Home Lighting, such as small luminaries on the shelf or LED strip, into which light diodes are incorporated. “Because they do not give off heat, they are ideal for attaching to pieces of furniture such as the lower or upper edge of shelves, the sideboard, the wardrobe or the pictures.” Many of these LED strips are available now with remote control, by means of which color changes can be programmed and the light intensity can be adjusted.
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There are already warm white LEDs, but mostly they give bluish light. “This is disadvantageous for the eye, because the quality of vision suffers”, explains Wunsch. Energy saving lamps and LEDs usually only have a color rendering index of 80 to 90. “For real, warm light sources such as a candle this value is almost 100”, explains the light therapist. “This contributes significantly to our well-being.” It therefore advises to really warm light sources such as halogen lights. This is especially true at the dining table, where the true color reproduction is important. In the living room you should also pay attention to atmospheric warm light, advises Geismann “Not only with the small lamps, but also the ceiling lamp, which serves the basic lighting”.
Although halogen lamps provide the most pleasant light, they have a decisive disadvantage compared to light-emitting diodes: the energy consumption is significantly higher. Therefore, LEDs can be easily used in rooms where work is being carried out. “The cool light makes you awake and activates the body,” says Vollmann. Alternatively, Geismann recommends so-called daylight lamps. “They produce light whose characteristics resemble those of daylight and are extremely pleasant,” she says. “The source of light is almost completely absent.”
Artificial light is not healthy in the long run. “Too much and too bright artificial light has a negative effect on the hormonal balance,” Wunsch explains. Therefore, you should not try to illuminate the room evenly bright.
Instead of trying to stop the summer with lots of artificial light, the light biologist advises to adapt to the natural rhythm as best it can. “It is more healthy to forego strong light pulses in the afternoon and evening hours.” And Vollmann recommends: “In the evening hours, only warm light with high red parts should be used, so warm white light with a maximum of 3000 Kelvin.” The unit describes the light color: 2700 to 3000 Kelvin produce cozy light, Home Lighting models with the daylight of similar lighting have 5300 Kelvin or more.