How Does Lighting Affect Your Mood?

When choosing lighting it’s easy to be swept along with making decisions based on what’s in style, what fits your space, or what you happen to like. These are all things to bear in mind, however, have you considered how the quality of light will affect you in your daily life.

Many studies suggest that the quality and type of light you conduct your daily life in can affect everything from mood and productivity levels to sleep cycles and your general health. So when choosing lighting for your home ask yourself how you plan on using the space and what you want to achieve within it.

For example, is your living room a place for curling up and relaxing, or an area your kids will be doing their homework in? Potentially it’ll be used for both, so there may be the need to use versatile lighting, which can be changed to suit the various activities that occur therein.

Here are just a few points on how lighting affects you…

Increase productivity

When you need to focus and concentrate, bright lights are considered important. However, harsh overhead lighting such as fluorescent strips used in schools and workplaces can be too bright for comfort. In fact, many people find they make them uneasy or stressed.

Psychology Today states: “Compared to workers in offices without windows, those with windows in the workplace received 173 percent more white light exposure during work hours and slept an average of 46 minutes more per night. Workers without windows reported lower scores than their counterparts on quality of life measures related to physical problems and vitality. They also had poorer outcomes in measures of overall sleep quality, sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances and daytime dysfunction.”

Therefore, if you plan on using rooms in your home for home working, studying or something else which requires you to be productive, consider utilising a natural daylight to aid you.


According to research, light has the potential to affect our sleep cycles (circadian rhythms) and while blue light helps us wake up, the colour of lightbulb which affects us the least is red. Therefore if you want to relax in an evening a red glow could be more appropriate than a bright blue glow. It is also worth mentioning that devices such as computers and other devices emit high quantities of blue light, so if you’re looking for a way to sleep more easily, keep these devices out of the bedroom.

For more advice on helping you achieve the optimum lighting for your home, speak to the team at Hannah Barnes Designs.