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🪶 What might an informed interior designer say about making your home more circadian-effective?
I hope your day is off to a great start! Last weekend, Energies published a literature review about designing buildings for circadian rhythmicity. This info is meant help architects design for better visual and non-visual light cues. It's amazing and forward-thinking, and will likely be regulated in the future.
Circadian-effective Interior Design
But for the rest of us here and now, what can we glean from these insights? Here are some tips for existing homes and buildings:
Remove exterior elements that block sunlight from the windows.
Move furniture and workstations closer to windows. Face things so eyes naturally point towards (or perpendicular to) windows.
Cover walls with neutral tones and reflective paint to increase indirect light.
Install overhead lights (choose bright ones, like the sun!).
Choose light-colored shading devices that don't block the sky (such as horizontal blinds).
Use night-specific lights with red/amber tones and low lux. They recommend <10 lux for the 3 pre-bedtime …
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