Artificial light sources are mimicking the healing properties of natural light for improved health and well-being.

Sometimes the byproducts associated with the pace and rigor of modern life have a relatively simple solution; better lighting. Common conditions like fatigue, jet-lag and insomnia are being re-examined within this context to some surprising results. By taking a critical look at lighting sources as a potential source of healing and renewal, we’ve seen a number of new technologies that are looking at how improved, concentrated lighting can become a remedy in itself. In a trend we are calling Light Therapy, PSFK Labs explores innovations that explore light’s ability to positively impact our overall health. “I think light definitely has a place in both medicinal and psychiatric therapies,” comments Winka Dubbledam, Principal at ArchiTectonics. “With seasonal depression it’s a huge, huge help. It’s proven that people react pretty fast to different light conditions, or even light therapy, and that that can alleviate ‐ maybe not cure ‐ mood swings and other things.”

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