Lighting is easy to take for granted when our focus on it – if there’s any focus at all – is simply whether there’s enough of it to see. But, good lighting is much more important than that, particularly when it comes to our health.</br></br>Bad lighting takes many forms and can have a very negative impact, mainly by screwing up our sleep cycles and hurting our eyes. The good news is that it only takes a few adjustments to improve home lighting.</br></br><strong>Blue Light (Not So) Special</strong></br></br>Blue light – the kind of light emitted by fluorescent lights <a title="Washington Post" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2014/12/23/we-must-choose-iphones-or-sleep-some-pros-and-cons/" target="_blank">and many kinds of digital screens</a> – is great for boosting alertness and keeping us up longer than we should be, which is probably not surprising news.</br></br>What may be surprising, though, is that blue light can throw off our circadian rhythms, the internal clocks that tell us when it’s time to go to bed.</br></br>And, that’s not good. It means the long-term effects can be even worse than we realize, because it’s not just the one night we stayed up too late – those lights are dazzling us into staying up later and later, even though we have to get up at the same time the next morning.</br></br><strong>Modern Cave Dwellers</strong></br></br>Shady weather aside, modern life has made it very hard to get healthy amounts of natural light. We work indoors, we relax indoors and we’re told over and over again that the sun is bad.</br></br>Well, of course that’s not true. In moderation, the sun is an important source of vitamin D, and also <a title="U.S. News & World Report" href="http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/heart/articles/2008/06/23/time-in-the-sun-how-much-is-needed-for-vitamin-d" target="_blank">helps alleviate problems with insomnia, depression and overactive immune systems</a>.</br></br>A paltry 15 to 30 minutes a day is all we need to start reaping those benefits, but even that amount is tough for a lot of people. Opening the curtains and letting in more natural light is an easy way to get those healthy rays.</br></br><strong>Healthy Versatility</strong></br></br>Lighting plays a lot into the ambience of our homes, which can range from dark and moody to bright and sunny. There are appropriate times for both extremes and everything in the between, and the key is having the right lighting for every occasion.</br></br><a title="Lamps" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/lamps/" target="_blank">Lamps</a>, <a title="Ceiling Lights" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/ceiling-lights/" target="_blank">overhead lighting</a>, task lighting, dimmers and other options can all work together to give you the right amount of light when you need it, which will keep you healthier and happier throughout the day. For more tips on how you can improve your lighting design, look no further than <a title="Porch.com" href="https://porch.com/" target="_blank">Porch.com</a> for a local professional who can help.