Lighting design for sleep may seem simple enough. Just turn the lights off, right? However, the way you interact with lighting design prior to heading to bed can greatly impact your quality of sleep.
For instance, according to Terry McGowan, director of engineering at the American Lighting Association, the quality of light in your home can impact your ability to fall into a deep slumber when it comes time to retire at night.
"Light does affect human health," McGowan said. "As people get older, it isn't just the amount of light, it's the color of the light, and when it is applied, that becomes important to people, to regulate things such as their circadian rhythm, REM sleep cycles …."
Fortunately, technology like LED lighting and dimmers give you a chance to better control the type of light in your surroundings. LED light bulbs can come in different color temperatures, ranging from warmer to cooler colors. Meanwhile, dimmer switches allow you to change the strength of light in a room as the day goes on.