Throw Some Light On The Subject!

Jamie Willsdon, Group Director at Future Lighting, talks about some of the far-reaching effects quality lighting can have on residents.

We complain about short days through the winter while, in many ways, we are immune to the seasons as we move through our twenty first century, technological lives. But light and day lengths are still as important to our state of mind. The seasonal fluctuations have an impact as the actual wavelengths present and daylight quality varies from one day to another. They also vary depending on latitude, meteorological conditions and the seasons. SAD syndrome is definitely a reality for many people in the depth of winter.

Sunshine Does Lift The Spirits

A day in the sun shine may well cheer us up, but actually that’s just a part of its importance to all life.

Research demonstrates light actually has a fundamental impact on human health. It controls the body’s circadian system and certainly impacts on our moods and perception. We don’t need scientists to tell us that!

Block lighting managers will sense the change in atmosphere when lights are out in corridors- the whole tone in a building changes. It also gives off all kinds of messages about not valuing residents, and this may well prompt them to take less care also.

Different Needs, Different Lighting Systems

Of course, with contemporary lighting solutions we can actually improve the way humans perform visual tasks and function within their environments. The more light that can be thrown on the subject, the better we function. This is especially true with age. Eyesight deteriorates more rapidly after the age of 45. So with an ageing population in the UK who will live far longer, it’s essential that care is taken when designing lighting systems.

Health, Wealth and Light

Consideration regarding who will be using a block, or how they might be using it, should be part of the design spec and conversation before anything is installed. After all it might even save money for health care in general.

How? By increasing light levels, depression is often reduced. This might impact on medicines prescribed and even how long people stay in hospital. Even dementia patients are shown to be less agitated when light levels are controlled effectively. So don’t let your block or care home lighting become a shadow of its former self.

Good Light Promotes Confidence

It also prevents mishaps, trips, falls and other accidents. Mind you, it’s not just about artificial light either. Anyone unlucky enough to work in an office without natural light will know the negative impact that has on mood and overall health. Next time you look out the window or step outside into sunlight, appreciate it. Certainly your body and mind will thank you for it. If artificial light is the only option make sure it’s well-designed, fit for purpose and runs efficiently to suit everyone’s needs.

You can contact the Future Lighting team via their website or by emailing

Article first published in Edition 45 of Flat Living Magazine.