Natural day light / full spectrum light.  We all need it, we all get some exposure but do we even know why it so important?  Some when questioned might be aware that this form of light is needed for vitamin D synthesis but exposure to natural light is far more important than one might think and does so much for our health and well being.

Natural daylight has a bearing on us physically, nutritionally and mentally.  It’s well documented that reduced exposure to daylight can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder (Winter depression) commonly termed SAD.  This affects people in the winter when our exposure to natural light is at a minimum.  With so many of us stuck in front of a computer screen for many hours of the day this reduces our exposure to daylight especially when there is a shortage of natural light from windows in the room.  This inadequate exposure to daylight results in us being less efficient at work and has many other negative effects too.  It is a shocking statistic but in industrialised countries around the world some people can spending a shocking 23 hours indoors.

I work from home and find that even in the summer due to the long hours that I work I don’t necessarily get as much exposure to natural light as I would like.  I go from the house to the gym or supermarket.  I walk outside briefly when I go on the school run but realistically I should be spending more time in natural daylight as I wear a high factor suncream which will decrease my full spectrum light exposure as do windshields and sunglasses.  If only there were more hours in the day to get out more – I already have Duracell bunny levels of energy that’s for sure so already squeeze in loads.  Artificial light doesn’t contain the full spectrum of light and can affect absorption of nutrients.  In order to absorb calcium and other nutrients we need vitamin D to be synthesised by our bodies during exposure to UV light.

In the summer we are exposed to much more light and as a result feel happier for it although again those in offices and rooms without many windows get far less exposure.

It isn’t just SAD that this product is indicated for there has been a study for example that indicates that it may help act as a preventative to some cancers.  Natural daylight is also great for killing bacteria.  It is advised that once you wake up in the morning you should leave your covers off the bed and keep curtains open to help kill off the bacteria.
 With increased exposure to daylight we find we; sleep better at night, have greater energy levels resulting in us not only being more focused, higher productivity and also an improvement in our mood.
Now I just mentioned that exposure to daylight can help with sleep.  At night our bodies produce the sleep hormone melatonin.  Production of this is suppressed in the morning as the light shines through around the edges of curtains and somehow has a tendency to bounce off objects so it can be directed straight at us (it’s like it wants to wake us up).  As the body stops melatonin production it then begins producing of seratonin (triggered by the blue light in natural light – artificial light does not contain blue light) the mood-boosting neurotransmitter and soon enough we are wide awake / awakish.

Sunlight contains a whole spectrum of colours but when seen by the human eye it appears white.  One of the colours in the spectrum – blue light is very important to us.  As I mentioned blue light stimulates  serotonin production
it also stimulates the production of cortisol for catalysing body functions and make us awake, alert and active.

(Needlite ™ is designed to be your daily source of energy and sends natural blue light
to the correct part of your retina – back of your eye while you work.)

Small Danish start-up company Needlite have identified a gap in the market and have come up with a great product that can help increase exposure to daylight without us having to step out of the front door.  It also enables the user to have adequate lighting whilst working in even poorly lit locations and you can easily increase or decrease the level of illumination.
Well packaged to keep them safe these come in a easy to carry box in case you work from more than one office or want to move hem around the house for photo shoots, plus they are not particularly heavy.
When you set it up the lights you will notice below each light is a convenient cable tidy to keep the cable in place behind the lights.
The lights (they come as a pair one for either side of your computer) have an elegant and stylish aluminium design which looks great in the office environment and gives the user plenty of light whilst at the same time also the full benefit of full spectrum light.  They are simple to use, work simultaneously and can be easily adjusted with a mere touch of the hand to go from low to really bright – something I must try using when taking photographs of products for reviews.  There is also an iphone app which you can use.  This will also give you feedback on the amount of light you have received.  It will even turn the lights off if you leave your desk.  The design of these lights ensures an even exposure of light into the eyes to allow for adequate white light exposure.
These compact lights don’t take up much space and are great for shedding light on computer screens and user (sorry I couldn’t resist) with no screen reflection.  I found that this made it much easier for me to see my screen clearly when working.  The LED’s used in these are energy efficient keeping energy consumption and usage costs minimal.  Even when then lights have been on for a considerable length of time they still feel cool to the touch.  These lights can help reduce eye strain, headaches and improve focus and concentration.
The lights are also useful for photographers, art directors and other professionals working with pictures or graphics on screen and need to control the surrounding light in strength and colour.
You can find out more at https://www.wellworking.co.uk/

There is a try option on their site giving prospective buyers the opportunity to try the light out before committing.  That’s a great idea as at £350 it’s not a cheap product but then it is something that will benefit your health greatly and also improve the lighting in your work space.  If you do decide to buy these it’s also important to note the product comes with 2 years warranty.  Plus they have undergone numerous drop tests to ensure that they can withstand being knocked over onto the table and floor making them pretty child proof although I don’t want to test this out unless I have another set first as I love these.  How fun would it be to let the kids loose with them though!

See the lights in action here:

Do you get enough exposure to white light?

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61 thoughts on “Needlite: A Great Source of White Light All Year Long”

  1. They sound fanatic, and the cable tidy appeals, I hate wired everywhere especially when my children could trip over them, we don’t get enough sun so they would be perfect xxx

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  2. I think I would greatly benefit from a product like this. I often get blood test results of low vit D and due to being heat sensitive I still cover up in sunny warm weather.
    I like that the white light can be used for photography reasons too.

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  3. I think I just learnt more about sleep and the body than I ever did in biology… Haha. And those lights look and sound like exactly what I need. I’m often up later working or gaming, so they could really come in handy!

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  4. I was just having a conversation with my neighbor about something like this. He suffers from SAD not just in the wintertime, but also after many days in a row of cloudy/rainy weather. They’ve been thinking about moving now that they’re retired and his wife can tell you how many sunny days there are in pretty much every major town in the U.S. (I kid you not) I’m going to pass your post along to him. Maybe something like these would help.

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  5. This totally sounds like something that I need. I love that it is multipurpose too. Being from chicago I’m always low on light, this would be great for em.

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  6. I get enough exposure to white light during the summer, but not winter. I suffer from SAD in the winter. I think my kids do too. The needlite looks like something we need to get for the winter months.

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  7. I work from home and have ptsd so I don’t always have the ability to go outside and it’s annoying because I know getting so light with be good for my mental health, these sound perfect and I’ll definitely check them out!

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  8. This is a really cool product! I definitely know what you mean about SAD!!! I work from home as well and since it’s been so nice and warm I try to spend most of my day working out on the patio.

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  9. It sounds like a lovely gift for my photographer friends! It’s definitely perfect for editing pictures on screen! I love that it helps balance the color so much!

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