Good lighting can alter your mood and make your tasks easier to complete. When lighting levels are low, too high, or inconsistent (shadowy), our ability to concentrate and focus is compromised. This is because our eyes get tired and/or sore, which can lead to headaches and work mistakes.
Furthermore, bad lighting can make it difficult to see and can impair your judgement to place your footing correctly, particularly if you have rugs, or lose carpet. Using kitchen tools, or equipment can also be hazardous in poor lighting.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed below, it is most probably down to the common side effects associated to poor lighting, these can include:
Neck, back, and shoulder strain (when straining to see items because of poor lighting)
Falling, tripping, slipping
Dropping materials or tools
Depression (in the case of insufficient or gloomy lighting)
Each room should be investigated to find out the causes of bad lighting and if possible, be resolved as quickly as possible. Doing this should help to alleviate the health problems associate with poor lighting.
Lighting levels in a modern home should be fit for purpose and match the tasks to be performed within the room day, or night:
North facing rooms: Natural, even, non-direct sunlight. A favourite with Artists because the light gives a truer colour rendition.
East facing rooms: Bright first thing in the morning followed by long shadows and no sun later in the day. Great for a bedroom (if you are an early riser), a breakfast bar or dining room.
South facing rooms: Warm light all day, great light for the kitchen, main living areas and other rooms you spend a lot of time in.
West facing rooms: Sunlight at the hottest part of the day, which can cause glare. Not an appropriate choice for your TV room.
Lighting can make or break a room. Read our next blog for tips on how Feng Shui can balance your home and maintain your well-being.