This week, we looked into the effects shorter, cooler days can have on our overall wellbeing; and how Tru-Colour lighting could help to combat the winter blues.

The end of daylight savings in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT this past Sunday ushered in the beginning of the cooler months and shorter days ahead. The decrease in daylight hours and drop in temperature means that most people will be spending more time than usual inside – resulting in less exposure to natural light.

This change from summer to autumn and the behaviours that go with it can shock our bodies, resulting in symptoms similar to jet lag. Often referred to as the “winter blues” or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), many people experience physical and physiological changes during the cooler months that can affect their sleep, mood and overall sense of wellbeing. 

While increased exposure to natural light seems like the obvious answer to combating these changes, unfortunately, taking a tropical getaway in the midst of winter isn’t always an option!

In our most recent white paper, we looked into how light that more closely emulates the colour spectrum and power distribution of the sun could help to combat the effects shorter days have on our disposition.

The research indicates that in addition to lifting moods by creating more visually appealing environments, Tru-Colour LEDs better simulate natural light than other forms of artificial lighting. By representing high levels of R9 (vibrant red), which is a key tone apparent in the natural afternoon sunlight, Tru-Colour LEDs could potentially improve sleep cycles, mood and overall sense of wellbeing during seasons with fewer daylight hours.

Read the white paper.

Learn more about the science behind Tru-Colour.