The Effects of Bad Lighting in the Home

The Effects of Bad Lighting in the Home
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    Every home should have ample natural and artificial lighting, a twin force that can dispel the darkness and preserve your health.


If you are planning a renovation project, you will want to ensure that the update at least maintains the current lighting level with perhaps additional illumination options considered to help keep your home safe.

1. You can get headaches from eye strain. If your home’s lighting is not sufficient, you may find yourself straining to read a book or a magazine or even to watch television or look at a computer screen. You may find that your vision isn’t quite as good as it used to be the next time you get an eye exam.

You may also discover that bad lighting can result in headaches. Eye strain can cause headaches, even migraines in some people. An easy way to resolve this problem is to install work area lighting by your computer or by upgrading your fixtures to create more light.

2. It can increase bad posture. Yes, if you do not have enough good lighting, you may move your body in such a way to get what lighting you can. You may not notice it at first, but soon you’ll be battling bad posture as you sit incorrectly.

Bad posture can, of course, lead to back problems. Other health problems include neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS can result in numbness in your wrist and fingers while tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause similar grief in your ankles and toes.

3. Your mood changes. Lighting can have a profound effect on your mood and your emotions. A lack of lighting can make you feel tired too. Indeed, when lighting is limited our bodies produce more melatonin. Melatonin helps people fall asleep.

Retailers understand how lighting affects people as well. In the food service industry fast food outlets are typically well lit — all the better for you to buy what you want and leave, clearing the way for the next customer. In pricey restaurants, you’re invited to linger. Hanging around means that you are more likely add to your order, perhaps ordering another round of drinks for your table.

4. You’re more prone to having an accident. When a home is well lit, you can see where you are going and avoid those things that can cause you to trip or fall. A loose rug. Your sleeping cat. An ottoman. You name it.

Improper lighting can make it difficult for you to gauge distances too. limited lighting can cast shadows, obscuring what lies ahead. This is particularly noticeable in older people who have to deal with declining eyesight on top of weaker muscle mass and brittle bones.

Your Lighting Solutions

As you plan your next home improvement project, discuss with your contractor your home lighting options. New sources of natural light include sky lights while track lighting may help shine the light on dark areas that need it. Consider a combination of natural and artificial lighting upgrades to help keep your home safe and your health good.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".