Ever felt that you’re just not functioning to your full potential? Then poor lighting may be to blame.

People around the globe are beginning to integrate an intriguing new lighting method into their homes, known as human-centric lighting. The concept was adopted after the scientist Professor Russell Foster made the discovery that our eyes contain light-sensitive gels that help regulate our body clock.

How it works

The theory is that, if we design the lighting in our home so it works in sync with our internal body clock, then it will have a positive impact on both our physical health and emotional wellbeing. For the average UK home, this means altering the type of lighting you use to complement specific living spaces. You can also have lighting that changes colour, depending on the time of day. Human-centric bedroom lighting, for example, would adjust over the course of the day to help you achieve a better sleep/wake cycle; If you wake up to blue-enriched lights in the morning, you’ll feel more alert and ready to start your day. Then, as you begin to move towards bedtime, the lighting can change to a more calming amber setting.

Where else in a home can human-centric lighting be installed?

Human-centric lighting could potentially have a place in any room of your home. It can be fitted in a study or workroom to help boost your productivity. Or using it in a kitchen can help your body recognise when it’s the right time to eat.

What technology does it use?

Most human-centric lighting systems use advanced LED lighting, which can be set to your desired patterns using smart technology. As the trend for human-centric lighting grows, we’re likely to see some exciting new systems being installed in homes in the very near future.