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Sweet­ness and light

- Deb­o­rah Stone Psychiatry · Mental Health · Health Conditions · Nanoleaf

AF­TER an In­dian sum­mer it’s time to get cosy for au­tumn. Lined cur­tains, thick rugs and lux­u­ri­ous throws are a sim­ple fix but good light­ing will also boost our men­tal health. “For some, the chang­ing sea­sons can harm our emo­tional well­be­ing,” says Michael Meiser, pres­i­dent of LED light­ing spe­cial­ists Lu­milum ( lu­milum. com).

“This is known as Sea­sonal Af­fec­tive Dis­or­der and is most com­mon dur­ing au­tumn and win­ter.”

Meiser sug­gests those suf­fer­ing badly use a light­box, which repli­cates sun­light, but tai­lor­ing lights for work or re­lax­ation will help ev­ery­body.

Choose light bulbs with the cor­rect Kelvin mea­sure­ment for each room: kitchens, bath­rooms and home of­fices need a cooler, blueish, glow – he sug­gests 3,000K to 4,500K bulbs – while bed­rooms and lounges need warmer, yel­low­ish, light – around 2,000K to 3,000K.

“Al­ways avoid brighter, blue, lights in the bed­room,” he says. “These dis­rupt your cir­ca­dian rhythm, as they give off a sim­i­lar bright­ness to day­light, mak­ing you feel awake and alert.”

Mean­while, LED light­ing firm Nanoleaf makes hexagon uni­fied light pan­els that fit to­gether to make a shape of your choice for walls that can change colour to suit your mood.

And light­ing ex­pert Niki Wright has just launched an on­line hub for de­signer light­ing af­ter 15 years de­vel­op­ing best- sell­ers for high street stores.

Wright em­pha­sises the need for lay­er­ing light with floor lamps, ta­ble lamps, hang­ing pen­dants and wall lamps, as well as a cen­tral over­head light, and her four in­au­gu­ral col­lec­tions in­cludes the Ri­dotti range fea­tur­ing raf­fia and brass – a very on- trend nod to the 1970s.

 ??  ?? BOLD AS BRASS: Lights & Lamps’ Ri­dotti raf­fia and bur­nished brass lights, pen­dant ( 140cm x 60cm), £ 72, and floor lamp ( 160cm x 60cm), £ 100 ( light­sand­lamps. com)
BOLD AS BRASS: Lights & Lamps’ Ri­dotti raf­fia and bur­nished brass lights, pen­dant ( 140cm x 60cm), £ 72, and floor lamp ( 160cm x 60cm), £ 100 ( light­sand­lamps. com)
 ??  ?? BHS Saturn swirl base ta­ble lamp with dark grey shade, £ 60 ( 0333 005 0070; bhs. com)
BHS Saturn swirl base ta­ble lamp with dark grey shade, £ 60 ( 0333 005 0070; bhs. com)
 ??  ?? Nanoleaf’s mo­du­lar Hexagon light panel smarter kit,
£ 179.99 ( uk- shop. nanoleaf. me)
Nanoleaf’s mo­du­lar Hexagon light panel smarter kit, £ 179.99 ( uk- shop. nanoleaf. me)

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