How To Understand the Spectrum of Natural Light

Natural light is so extremely important that we would stop working without it. A lot of people would pay thousands of dollars just to make sure that adequate natural light will pass through their windows at home. Natural light is perfect for both indoor and outdoor activities such as barbecue grilling, camping, playing outdoor sports or simply reading a book. It can be attained through the proper placement of doorways and windows. You can control the amount of natural light that can pass through your doorways and windows by using curtains or blinds.

Natural light not only contributes to the look of your home but to your physical and emotional well-being as well. According to studies, a well-lit room makes people happier and more productive. Office spaces that have adequate sources of natural light coming from the windows are more productive working environments. Positioning the work desk near the window can help the employee reduce eye strain from staying long hours in front of the computer.

Here is the list of natural light sources:

  1. Sun
  2. Moon
  3. Fire
  4. Stars
  5. Meteor or Meteor showers
  6. Nebulae
  7. Foxfire
  8. Airglow
  9. Magma
  10. Aurorae
  11. Accretion disks
  12. Lightning
  13. Plasma
  14. Triboluminescence
  15. Glow worms
  16. Fireflies
  17. Antarctic Krill
  18. Lux Operon (marine bacterium)
  19. Aequorea Victoria (jellyfish)

For you to fully understand what natural light is all about you need to know its history in science. Many years ago, Isaac Newton conducted an experiment using natural light in what has become known as Newton’s Prism Experiment. Isaac Newton used a prism in order to find out if a white light is made up of different colors and he proved as much after a series of tests. In fact, he was the first person to recognize the source of the rainbow.

Exposure to a full wavelength spectrum coming from the sun is believed to help in sustaining good health. The majority of artificial lights such as bulbs and lamps are short of the full balanced spectrum of sunlight. A shortage in daily exposure to the full balanced spectrum of natural light impedes your body’s ability to create and absorb nutrients. It may seriously affect your vision, the growth of your hair, the texture of your skin and other parts of your body. Ninety percent of our life is spent indoors, and most of the time under insufficient lighting conditions. Such a lifestyle can cause a lot of health problems such as depression, hypertension, metabolic problems, insomnia, migraines and more.

Tests were performed in classrooms and office spaces, and a full and balanced spectrum of natural light was proven not only to enhance the working environment but also to enhance the physical and emotional well being of people. Sunlight has large amounts of ultraviolet rays, there is no doubt about it. But moderation is the solution. Basic amounts of sunlight are required to sustain your life and your immune system. Every wavelength of sunlight helps in stimulating the production of Vitamin D, absorption of calcium and other vitamins and minerals. Moreover, it helps in the treatment of acne, anemia, colitis, eczema, gout, herpes and lupus.


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