Light serves as a cue in our daily routine. It wakes us gently in the morning, keeps us alert and productive during the day and helps us wind down as night falls. These shifts in lighting do more than influence our perception of what we see; they're deeply connected to our natural rhythms, influencing our overall wellbeing and emotional state.
In the design of our living spaces, the understanding and utilization of light have always been of paramount importance. Le Corbusier, one of the pioneers of modern architecture, emphasized the significance of natural light in his designs, recognizing its power to transform spaces and influence the people within them. We know the value of natural light and that it extends beyond aesthetics; it's vital to our health. It helps our bodies synthesize Vitamin D, regulates our circadian rhythms – the internal clock that guides our sleep and wakefulness – boosts our mood and improves sleep quality.
Yet, as the days grow shorter in the Northern Hemisphere we increasingly rely on artificial lighting. This reliance isn't solely due to seasonal changes, it's also a consequence of our modern lifestyles, which often keep us indoors. Recognizing the importance of artificial light to our overall wellbeing is crucial and it's not merely about design. A well-considered lighting plan can bridge the gap left by natural light's absence, playing a supportive role in our health and synchronizing with our daily routines all year round.