As the Autumn and Winter months creep up on us I start to get excited about the dark nights, the colder weather and the chance to snuggle up under a blanket with a hot chocolate. But not everyone feels that way and unfortunately, quite a lot of people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) on some level. The depressive illness is caused by the shortened daylight hours and the lack of sunlight. For about 21% of the population in the UK the ‘Winter Blues’ kick in which causes some discomfort and change in mood, although without serious suffering, think those huge mid-afternoon slumps or those dark mornings you can’t think about getting out of bed although a further 8% of people have the condition more seriously.
Thankfully in my fulltime job we have a HUGE amount of natural light coming in during the hours of the day sunlight is about, and there’s plenty of internal lighting but in my flat things are a little different. Yes, I have plenty of light within my living/ dining area but my spare bedroom where my desk resides doesn’t have as much natural light as I’d like.
Whether you suffer from SAD or you just crave a little bit of sunlight it’s so important to have the right lighting in place to make the world feel that little bit brighter which is where Needlite comes in. Their tagline states “The power of daylight at your desk” and I was ready to test this out. Needlite are a Danish company and in these Nordic countries there’s a severe lack of daylight even in the summertime, and the lights were created to keep people stay healthy, happy and motivated to work.
The Needlite lamps come as two tall lamps which can be positioned anyway, although I think they work perfectly either side of your desk/ computer/ workspace and they omit white lighting which is reminiscent to natural light as opposed to the yellow light which usually comes from lamps and indoor lighting. Due to their size they don’t just emit light into one area or direction they light up the room, and with just the touch of my hand, the lights shine brightly.
There are quite a few fancy elements to the Needlite lamps including the fact that they are touch sensitive, meaning you don’t have to fiddle around trying to find the wire or switch you just touch the base of the lamp for them to come on. You can change the intensity of the lights this way by keeping your finger on the base, but also through the mobile app which adds another level to them. The app can provide feedback on light consumption, usage and helps you to alter the intensity. Another great thing about the app is you can set a bedtime meaning you’ll be reminded when it’s late so you won’t suddenly look at the clock and find it’s 2 am, something which I used to be awful at.
I am lucky enough to not suffer from SAD but even so I was still impressed with how the lights seemed to keep me more aware and awake due to their brightness, there was no chance of me having a cheeky nap with them on.
Good lighting can not only improve your mood but it can also improve your photo and video quality which is another added bonus that I found from these lights. Taking images in the winter can be a right pain and finding any form of natural lighting can be a nightmare so these lights work really well in this instance.
If you suffer from the lack of sunlight check out Needlite and see if the investment could help you be healthier and happier.