It’s probably no surprise to learn that light affects a person’s psychological and physical well-being. Color, brightness, and wattage all play a part in how a person can feel at any given time.
For example, this recent study found that simply changing the illuminance level on your lights can make you feel more comfortable.
Knowing this is just one part of the equation. The hard part is implementing optimal lighting systems for your interior lighting design. Due to differences in room layout and use, every home in the Vista area will have unique lighting needs.
Below, we explain what dynamic lighting systems are, and how homeowners can utilize them to enhance their mood.
What Are Dynamic Lighting Systems?
The story of dynamic lighting technology starts way back in the mid-20th century. Remember that manual dimmer switch your grandmother had in her living room? Those were an early form of dynamic lighting.
Now, of course, dynamic lighting systems are controlled by your smartphone from anywhere, even far away from your home. It’s all been made possible by the invention, and subsequent widespread adoption, of LED bulbs.
Basically, dynamic lighting is a system of lights that change for various reasons. It can happen throughout the day, or whenever a user chooses to change them.
Users can control every aspect of lighting, from brightness and temperature to color and traditional on-off options. In some cases, the dynamic lighting functions are pre-set, changing throughout the day or night on a timer.
Home and company owners use dynamic lighting to influence mood, help regulate sleep patterns, improve productivity, encourage purchases, improve dining experiences, and so much more.
Three Types of Dynamic Lighting Controls
Dynamic lighting has come a long way since the days of dimmer switches. Today, there are various dynamic lighting controls, but three primary options are available to your Vista home or office.
Warm Dimming Control
Warm dimming was initially created to mimic the warm light given off by candles or traditional incandescent bulbs. It’s most commonly installed in relaxing spaces like homes, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
While this control functions similarly to standard dimming, it adds another dimension to the dimming capabilities. Instead of just dimming the brightness level of the light, you can also adjust the color temperature (CCT). Temperatures typically range from a warm 1800K to a cool 3000K.
Tunable White Control
Tunable white control is also known in the industry as color-tunable control. It offers users the opportunity to pre-set different light temperatures and brightness in a room to mimic different times of the day.
This type of dynamic lighting is most often used in hospitals, schools, and offices. For example, the lighting system in a window-less patient’s room could be pre-set to mimic the morning, afternoon, and evening lighting, helping regulate the patient’s circadian rhythms in the absence of natural sunlight.
If you’re looking to create a particular mood, this is the dynamic lighting control option you need. Color-changing control incorporates some of the features detailed above with lighting in saturated colors.
For example, a brand might install a brand-color-inspired lighting system in their flagship store. Several studies have found that red light induces sleep, so that you could use this color in a bedroom.
Dynamic Lighting Systems in Vista Homes
Once found mostly in hospitals, offices, and factories, dynamic lighting is increasingly used in homes throughout the country including in the Vista area. Take advantage of lighting design services to craft your perfect home living experience, indoors and out.
Work From Home
In 2021, as many as 1 in 4 Americans are working from home. If you’re among this number, adapting a portion of your home into a workplace can be challenging. You can use dynamic lighting in your home office to improve your concentration, stay alert while you work (even during the dreaded mid-afternoon slump), and help you transition when it’s time to log off for the day.
Outdoor patios are where you can really make the most of different colored exterior lighting.
Use multiple colors to promote a party atmosphere. Program outdoor landscape lighting to turn on as the sun sets to provide lighting to a patio space. Adjust the lights brighter and white over the BBQ and warmer and dimmer over the seating and dining areas or the fire pit.
Homeschooling and Homework
If you homeschool, use dynamic interior lighting to craft a schoolroom that helps your children stay focused. The flexible nature of this lighting style means you can even adapt the room’s mood to fit the task.
For example, low light for free reading and bright light for active computer work or test-taking. Likewise, this can help children who attend public schools better focus on and complete their homework.
Yoga and Meditation
To succeed in yoga and meditation, you need to get into the right headspace. Dynamic lighting can help you achieve this. In a single space, you can have the bright, stimulating light you need for dynamic yoga and the soft, calming light you need for meditative yoga.
This lighting advice applies to workout spaces you use for multiple types of exercises, from boisterous cardio to focused weightlifting.
Art and Craft
Whether you’re into sewing or journaling, keeping focus in a home craft room or art studio can be tricky if you don’t have the proper lighting set up. You often need to concentrate for long periods on small details.
Dynamic lighting offers you the opportunity to focus bright lights exactly where they’re needed, reducing eye strain and keeping your brain active.
Improve Your Mood with Dynamic Lighting in Your Vista Home
Dynamic lighting has undeniable advantages for human health and well-being, both indoors and out.
Maybe you’re building a new home in the Vista area and want to incorporate smart lighting systems from the beginning. Perhaps you’re renovating an older home. All homeowners can enjoy dynamic lighting.
If you’re curious about what a dynamic lighting plan might look like in your house, contact Lighting Distinctions for a free lighting trial today. We’ll walk you through the best lighting options for you and your family.