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Why does LED light often feel synthetic?

You probably already know that too much blue light is not good for us. Spikes of blue light trigger a ‘good morning’ response in our brain, meaning we can never truly switch off. But very few of us realise that concentrated blue light is the baseline in every LED light we use. It’s not just phones and screens – LED has traditionally used blue light as its source, too. Although LEDs are adjusted using an overlay that makes the light appear white or yellow, our brain still ‘sees’ (or perceives) the blue-light source beneath – measuring it not in visual colour, but in nanometers of wavelength. Since our brain connects this level of brightness with morning and being alert, we are placing ourselves in a constant state of over stimulation. Feeling blue is very real, and it’s more literal than most of us realise.

It is only in recent years that we have realised the enormous effect that excessive blue light (over and above nature’s perfectly balanced levels, which we need) has on our health and wellbeing. Until now, there has been no healthier option and we are seeing the impact in multiple ways (perhaps most commonly in the form of insomnia). RAY offers you the first light bulbs and fittings, designed to help you align with the flow of natural sunlight and our bodies’ Circadian rhythms.

RAY’s lighting ranges achieve natural, Full Spectrum lighting options for your home, without the blue peaks. Now we have a choice, there’s no need to sit in synthetic light any more. Bring the sunshine in!

Find out more about the impact of excessive blue light exposure, and why not all blue is bad

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