WHAT IS BIODYNAMIC LIGHT?
Lighting is for so much more than just seeing
Biodynamic lighting is an artificial light source that replicates the dynamic variations of daylight and sunlight through a light management system.
Up until recent times, it was believed that light was only needed for seeing. However, in 2001, American scientist, Brainard, discovered a circadian photoreceptor in the retina, that receives a specific quality and quantity of light, which sets the biological clock.*
He discovered that light not only provides us with the ability to see, but that light enters the eye via the ‘fourth pathway’, which has a vital non-visual or biological effect on the human body. His studies show that a certain quantity and quality of light stimulates the biological clock, also known as the circadian rhythm, which regulates hormone levels, particularly melatonin and cortisone in the body.
Light and wellbeing
How do you feel when the sun is out? Many people agree that sunlight lifts their spirits, brightening up their home and their lives.
Thanks to biodynamic light, the same biological effects of natural sunlight can be recreated in interior living and working environments. Biodynamic lighting can vary the quality and quantity of artificial light to mimic the rhythm of natural light, offering a people-centred lighting solution that has a positive impact on vision, the biological clock and health and wellbeing.
Light and older people
Older adults and people with dementia, who are not exposed to sufficient amounts of natural daylight, can benefit greatly from biodynamic lighting, their body can be re-synchronised to a natural 24-hour day and night rhythm, which can ultimately enhance a sense of wellbeing and quality of life.
THE BRILLIANCE OF BIODYNAMIC LIGHTING
Promotes biological, physiological and psychological health
Research into light and health has shown that biodynamic lighting, which mimics natural lighting by ‘bringing the natural daylight indoors,’ has a highly beneficial effect on biological, physiological and psychological wellbeing and health.
Biodynamic lighting can also be an extremely cost-effective solution in care homes, hospitals, schools and office buildings.
Resets the biological clock
• By restoring the biological clock, regulating the 24 hour sleep/wake cycle, especially in older adults or people suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s, quality of life is enhanced
• Older people are more alert, active and productive throughout the day and sleep better at night
• People with dementia can enjoy more activity during the day and less restlessness, including night wandering, at night
• Pharmaceutical interventions and sleep inducing drugs can be reduced
• Older people can make the most of life, enjoying more vibrancy and taking part in favourite activities, such as gardening, playing cards, meeting with friends or watching TV
Significant health benefits
• Helps to maintain healthy bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis
• Enhances visual perception – things appear clearer and brighter, whilst health risks associated with reduced vision, such as falling and tripping, is reduced
• Promotes longer, independent and more fulfilling lives
Highly cost effective
Once installed, biodynamic lighting is highly energy efficient, reducing your running costs as well as your carbon footprint. Significant savings can also be achieved because biodynamic lighting can:
• Help reduce the need for extra staffing at night in care homes
• Help reduce the need for pharmaceutical interventions and sleep-inducing drugs
• Help promote a more efficient and productive workforce
A people-centred lighting solution
What other lighting solution can enhance architectural spaces, beautifully, providing the right level of lighting and spectral quality, whilst promoting the health and wellbeing of people?
Biodynamic lighting is a truly brilliant lighting solution for your Health.
*G.C. Brainard, et al., (2001), Action Spectrum for Melatonin Regulation in Humans: Evidence for
a Novel Circadian Photoreceptor, The Journal of Neuroscience, August 15, 21, (16), p. 6405–6412.