Health and wellness is everywhere, and it has quite literally taken over our minds and bodies. Not only do we go for a brisk walk, or a morning run, we now go to niche workout classes, and drink our $20 soy, vegan, hemp seed, protein shake on the way home. There is thrill, and prestige in attending trendy classes such as Hot Yoga and Soul Cycle. Millennials, in particular, spend a large portion of their paycheck on trendy places to sweat it out. Meditation is on the rise, self-care, and therapy session are the new normal.
When it comes to our health & wellness, maybe more important than trendy workout classes is light. Lighting needs to also play a key role in one’s health, and OLED lighting has the power to transform how we experience health and wellness through light.
CITY LIVING & OVERALL HEALTH
To stay relevant, incorporating the health & wellness trend into your overall future business plans is key. One of the big industries taking this seriously is architecture. In a land far far away design was simply for safety. Can a structure bear someone’s weight, will the building stay up, and is the barrier high enough, were all key considerations. According to an article by Design Council “the question has become more complex: no longer simply how design might cause injury, but how design might cause health.”
Let’s talk about city living for a minute, and the impact on one’s mental health. Inherently city living is chaotic. There is overwhelming stimuli, crowds, noises, smells, etc. There is often greater disparities among the rich and the poor, decreased access to nature, physical movement, and social networks. This all leads to poor mental health, and for many the inability to cope with the daily stresses of life.
When designing a city there is a lot you can do within the boundaries of nature to promote better health and wellness. Things such as creating more green space, and promoting physical activity through design, are steps in the right direction, but what about when people are indoors? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, we spend 90% of our time indoors. Living in a city heightens this. As we know, city living is not recognized for offering huge backyards. As high rise after high rise keep being built, should the focus solely be on the outdoor landscape, or should we be thinking of ways for our indoor spaces to mimic nature?
ACCESS TO NATURAL LIGHT & THE POWER OF OLED LIGHTING
Access to natural light is at the forefront of mental health and wellness. However, it is not always possible, so we need to start incorporating healthy artificial lighting, specifically OLED lighting at key points throughout a space, to give the feeling of natural light. Yes, lighting can look and feel good.
OLED light sources have no risk for blue light exposure. Blue light exposure is one of the key lighting issues impacting physical and mental health. It has been linked to stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, eye problems, and other diseases.
OLED light sources are thin, flexible and can even be transparent, allowing for architects and designers to truly incorporate them right into a design plan. Due to this, and no need for a shade, or a bulb, they can be part of the wall, a mirror, a piece of furniture, and other objects in a space.
OLED lights produce very low heat. Even when left on for long periods of time, you can safely touch them. They can also be incorporated into multiple surfaces such as wood and textiles. Lighting is not extra anymore, it is a key part of the new construction and/or renovation of a building.
OLED technology emits a beautiful, soft diffused light. Therefore, there is not an intense, harsh glare from the light. The light actually wraps around objects, and does not cause harsh shadows. The light is uniformly produced from a flat panel, therefore reducing glare and providing a more comfortable light for your eyes. Particularly at night, uniform lighting creates softer shadows which reduces eye fatigue.
Such as the Sun, OLED light is a full spectrum light source covering the electromagnetic spectrum from infrared to near-ultraviolet. This can give the feeling that you are experiencing natural light under an artificial light source.
With continued advancement in OLED light technology, you can bring the feel of the outdoors, indoors. OLED Lighting is a key piece of the puzzle in finding health and happiness in an indoor era.