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Dynamic & diffused light with biophilic features for restorative spaces

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Dynamic & diffused light for bedrooms and restorative spaces

Of all of the biophilic features natural light has the most impact on our wellbeing. In nature we seek sunlight with the balance of shade. Bright sunlight provides us with illumination and clarity, as the sun rises and sets it provides us with a golden glow. We need to experience the full spectrum of the day this how our natural selves keep in balance, our rhythms are subtlety aware of the changing light this is how we keep our circadian rhythms in balance.

It is suggested that the best lighting for a bedroom or a restorative space is diffused and indirect lighting like that is emitted by the rising and setting sun, we can illuminate these spaces with warm tones and elements that nature provides us with so beautifully. By identifying the visual characteristics of the natural morning light we can begin to recreate within our interior spaces by using or mimicking natural light.

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As the sun rises it creates a flare of soft diffused light for a few moments bringing with it an awareness of a fresh new day full of possibilities. Through the first morning mists there are soft shadows of bluey greens and warm greys with beams of mellow warm golden tones. Using the principals of indirect and diffused lighting the mood of morning light can be achieved in the following ways.

Using shear light diffusing fabrics to the windows can replicate the softness of first light throughout the day. For a calm restorative space diffused light can be created by the use of lamps with low illuminance and warm colour temperature of 2000 measured by the Kelvin chart.

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Use light sources that filter diffuse and illuminate. Organic shape cutouts on a lamp shade create a cosy restorative corner.

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A warm soft coloured bulb mounted on a wall emulates natural pools of light that we would see in nature.

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Naturalistic silhouettes cast shadows using window film, house plants in the window sill cast interesting shadows dappling light onto the walls, indicative of a restorative space inspiring affection and playfulness.

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Mirrors and surfaces with a sheen will reflect light as a source of indirect and diffused lighting.

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The use of a sunrise lamp aids the circadian rhythm, circadian lighting is designed to mimic the progression of the day realigning our bio rhythms naturally and can be used therapeutically to enhance our sense of wellbeing and mood.

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