AWA NEWS: “Lighting For The Elderly” Series – Part 2 of 4
Providing Appropriate Circadian Stimulus
As we continue our research on the aging eye and lighting for the elderly, we are thrilled to read about the advances that have occurred in healing modalities using light and color. We have researched and analyzed the data that exists related to the use of light and color, and we are happy to report that yes, it does make a difference in a substantial manner.
The impact of light on a person will vary depending on their physiological state. All individuals’ body clocks are set differently from one another. It isn’t possible to know the setting of one’s clock without obtaining physiological information; therefore, the right light at the wrong time can have the opposite of its desired effect. Lighting design solutions should address the stimulation of the circadian system, the time of day that is best to be exposed to blue light or to energize inhabitants during the day. Such a system should be implemented architecturally through wall or ceiling panels that correspond to the information that it receives about the user’s sleep schedule, activity patterns, and information about the lights they were exposed to throughout the day.
Having control over a lighting system that can dynamically change light being delivered from circadian effective to non-circadian effective can be helpful in reinforcing circadian rhythms or energizing night shift workers. Faux skylights can also be implemented to bring wavelengths that simulate daylight into a space that has no access to natural daylight, therefore improving their moods and reinforcing circadian rhythms.
In our aging population, alternate methods to treat lifestyle-related ailments without medication or to improve mood and focus should be made easily accessible. Color therapy, or chromotherapy, is the use of color in various forms for the purpose of creating balance and health in the human system. Colors are used to trigger the release of neurochemicals in the brain, balance the autonomic nervous system as well as the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. There are many solutions for such interventions in architectural spaces as well as bespoke solutions for individuals, and we are happy to share them with you. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in receiving more information on this subject matter, or just wish to discuss a related project.
We will be thrilled to hear from you.
Abhay M Wadhwa
Design Principal l CEO
AWA Lighting Designers
Please stay tuned for our next newsletter in the “Lighting For The Elderly” Series of newsletters in additional parts over the next two Tuesdays:
- PART 3 – Understanding The Aging Eye
- PART 4 – Where Are We Going?
Read Part 1 of 4 – “Lighting For The Elderly” Introduction Newsletter HERE.