September is just around the calendar corner. Youth from kindergarten to collage are preparing to learn. What does light have to do with learning?
The wrong light can make learning much harder. As a child, I attended a one room school in rural Idaho. We had old style light bulbs and lots of big windows. The old school was drafty, heated by a stove, but the light was good for studying. At home, my reading area was by a window. Then the community built a new school. Four rooms with central heating and the new fluorescent lighting. I started to have migraines. My eyes hurt after a day at school. I loved school because I loved learning. I would take my books outside to read during breaks or sit by the window. At the time, the adults did not know artificial lights could cause health or visual problems. Today, many people turn off office lights because the lighting used makes reading difficult.
We now have lighting that can keep us from sleeping well at night. The blue of LED lights from smart phones and other LED appliances interfere with our sleep cycle. The blue of the old fashion bulbs does not have the same effect. Select a light for reading and studying that does not keep your child awake. Take your cue from Mother Nature. Evening light is softer, bluer with a bit of red, deepening in color as the world prepares for sleep.
Sunlan Lighting, Inc.
3901 Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97227