The varied color spectrum created by lighting fixtures can have a variety of effects on one’s cognitive function, some of these effects may be beneficial while others can be detrimental. The longer wavelengths found in orange lighting can increase your brain activity and alertness while blue and UV wavelengths can cause skin or eye damage, or have even more serious effects.
Your interior lighting may be causing more damage to your eyes than you think. According to a study by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Addressing the Concerns Over Blue Light by Bruce Kinzey, we are exposed to broad spectrum sources containing harmful blue wavelengths every time we turn on a light.
Overexposure to light at night may be contributing to breast cancer rates among women worldwide. This hypothesis is based on the idea that exposure to light at night results in melatonin suppression which could, in turn, increase breast cancer risk. According to the study Breast Cancer and Circadian Disruption from Electric Lighting in the Modern World published by the National Health Institute, “A convergence of research in cells, rodents, and humans suggests that the health consequences of circadian disruption may be substantial. An innovative experimental model has shown that light at night markedly increases the growth of human breast cancer xenografts in rats.”
The Crystallin® Orange Study Light takes the same approach to reduce exposure to harmful blue light by using an innovative liquid crystal-based film developed by Light Polymers called Crystallin. This film is what makes this study-task light the superior choice in desktop lighting for long hours of study or work. The unique orange spectrum is better for your eyes as it reduces eye fatigue.
Light Polymers’ VP of Grow Products, Sandor Schoichet, has been featured in Maximum Yield magazine as a guest contributor, talking about Light Polymers’ GrowBlade product line and lyotropic materials technology. Light Polymers’ GrowBlade is a horticultural lighting product that provides the optimum light spectrum for plant growth.
On October 2, 2017, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to a team studying the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms. The laureates discovered how light synchronizes the biological clock in various species. Due in part to work like this, artificial lighting has been increasingly recognized as a significant factor in our health and lives.
Operated by Peter D’Amato and Damon Collingsworth, California Carnivores is a nursery for carnivorous plants based in Sebastopol, California, north of San Francisco. California Carnivores is the largest carnivorous plant nursery in the world that is open to the public. Founded in 1989, California Carnivores has been promoting conservation through cultivation for almost 30 years.
Light Polymers, nanochemistry startup and lighting innovator, has released the first type of LED-based horticultural grow-light using the Crystallin Grow Technology – the Crystallin Grow Downlight. Crystallin Grow is a LED downlight specifically tuned to optimal plant-growing light spectra, providing plants the light they need with lower power consumption and a lower thermal signature.
A personal food computer is a tabletop-sized, controlled environment agriculture technology platform that uses automated systems to control and monitor climate, energy, and plant growth inside of a specialized growing chamber. This allows the variables of plant growth, from humidity to temperature to CO2 levels to be precisely controlled and monitored.
Light Polymers is a nanochemistry company with deep domain knowledge of lyotropic liquid crystals, which has uses in many applications including LCD and OLED flat panel displays, LED lighting, advanced building materials and biomedical applications. This experience developing groundbreaking lyotropic materials has led to the development of photonic films that drive down both the operational costs and the installation costs of LED lighting.