Light Therapy for Happiness
Bet you never knew that light could change the way you felt about things. It’s a scientifically proven fact; light affects the release of hormones in your body, mainly those that control your sleep-wake cycle, which is why it’s a lot easier to fall asleep with the lights off.
More importantly, light can also have some bearing on your mood. In fact, lack of regular exposure to sunlight has been known to lead to seasonal affective disorder, a condition characterized by depression and mood swings. It is also linked to why many suicides take place in the winter months, when people tend to be cooped up indoors.
Experts have recommended exposure to special kinds of light for individuals suffering from depression and other mood disorders. It’s actually quite convenient; all it takes is for you to sit under a lamp for a certain period of time each day. It’s called light therapy, and it sure beats having to take a multitude of drugs that leave you with unpleasant side effects.
It’s possible to chase away those annoying blues by simply changing your level of exposure to light. Sunlight is always the preferred kind of lighting, but that’s not always a feasible option all year round. This is why special light bulbs are used to mimic the same positive effects that sunlight has in restoring the body’s natural hormonal balance and circadian rhythms. Scientists have identified certain photo receptors in the human eye that allow you to recognize and respond to light.
As you already know, this contributes significantly to one’s mood. The photo receptors trigger the hypothalamus, which nudges the pineal gland to start producing serotonin, which is a hormone that renders you more energetic and alert. Without serotonin, you’d be curled up in the blankets thinking it would be better if you’d just slept the day away in bed, and hypersomnia does not a happy camper make.
Ensure that these light bulbs are exactly the right type, because depression and SAD respond better to a specific wavelength, which you can’t exactly find in an ordinary incandescent light bulb. You can even get a prescription from a doctor, to be absolutely sure. If you don’t have access to sunlight, stay in bright places and think happy thoughts. It may be snowing out, but at least you don’t have to be gloomy on the inside as well.
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Practice What You Pin. As part of this ideology, LampsUSA will be handcrafting DIY lampshades, DIY table lamps, and other DIY lamps.
LampsUSA is a company that is highly active in the Pinterest community. The whole staff loves seeing the innovative and creative lighting ideas/concepts conjured up all over the world.
In a sort of arts and crafts alchemy, Pinterest users have brought to light great repurposing, hacking, and reshaping ideas that have transformed the way the LampsUSA creative team thinks about the company’s products.
The spirit of DIY lamps and DIY lampshades is especially cool.
It’s because of this creative spark that the team has decided to roll up its sleeves and do its best to practice what they pin.
Round One – DIY Lamp Shade Redecoration
LampsUSA offers a colorful array of discount lamp shades for sale. This is not about those shades.
The LampsUSA staff grabbed a handful of economy shades that were simple in both color and shape.
4x6x6 Brown / Parchment Chandelier Clip-On DIY Lampshade
The team used a sharpie and doodled a quick contour map (not to scale) to take advantage of the vintage map paper aesthetics already in place.
5x8x7 Black CLIP ON Empire Hard Back DIY Lampshade
New desk lamp with cloud accents
The team used a crafter's knife to cut out cloud shapes, then used spray paint to paint shade from black to midnight blue. Using a can of spray on adhesive, the team applied some parchment paper to create translucent white clouds.
5x8x7 Empire Linen Edison Clip-On Lamp Shade
Starting with some masking tape, the team created a fun pattern on the shade
For this project, the team created a make-shift paint booth and wore proper protection of course.
Paint issues came up due to lack of expertise, so the team changed gears on the fly and added in some acrylics to cover up the runny spray paint.
So-so results aesthetically speaking – best result was the fun in creating it.
An Insider notebook from the 2016 Dallas Lightovation tradeshow.
The next time you go shopping for a new light fixture, you may be stunned by the innovation in technology and the bold styles you discover. The lighting industry is experiencing explosive change as designers explore new materials and apply new technology to a perhaps mundane market. Here are the most interesting and impactful trends that you will notice in the next few years:
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