You might not have given much thought before to how your employees’ or service users’ exposure to natural and artificial light affects their physical and mental health. Light’s just… there. But like good quality air, water and food, we need the right kind of light at the right time of day (light nutrition) to stay happy, healthy and productive all year round.

When your employees or service users don’t meet their light nutrition needs, conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Winter Blues, Vitamin D deficiency and circadian (body clock) disruption can negatively impact on their health and their lives in many ways.

Light nutrition for organisations.

How much light we need, the type we need and at what time of day is what we mean by ‘light nutrition’. It’s individual. It presents a challenge for you as an organisation – how do you keep everyone happy? We invite you to empower your employees or service users to ‘live their light ideal’ with some simple strategies.

Some factors that can influence an individual’s light ideal:

Their chronotype

Whether they are an early bird or a night owl, or somewhere in-between

Their environment

The lighting in your building and other environments they spend their time

Their geography

Where in the world they are spending time and its weather patterns

Their seasonality

How sensitive they are to changing seasons

Their demographics

Their gender and age

Did you know…?

  • When we don’t meet our light nutrition needs we can experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Winter Blues – nearly a third of the UK adult population do for up to half of each year – affecting our energy, mood and productivity 
  • We’ve become an indoor generation, spending 90% of our time indoors – contributing to an estimated 20% of adults and 16% of children being Vitamin D deficient which leads to a range of physical and mental health issues
  • Three-quarters of UK adults experience sleep problems
  • Our light nutrition needs can change across the day, week, month and year as well as across our lifetime

Some questions we can answer:

Services for organisations

Lighting consultancy

Terry John is the owner of Lifelight Studios and a valued advisor to Make Light Matter.

Offering independent, detailed lighting surveys, lighting design and lighting consultancy services, Terry offers manufacturer-agnostic lighting surveys and recommendations for clients. Whether you are a building owner or a tenant facing issues with employee absenteeism, poor productivity or dissatisfaction – or simply want to improve your employees’ or service users’ experience of your building – Terry will assess your lighting and give detailed recommendations to save your company money and create an environment that fosters productivity, collaboration and creativity in line with the WELL Standard. Get in touch with Terry.

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