Introducing SAD Lighting

On this project they have installed SAD lighting in their basement offices. These are specialised lighting which can relieve symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, estimated to effect approximately 20% of the population.

Symptoms of SAD are typically experienced during the winter months when the weather is colder and there is a lack of natural light and can include low mood, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating and a lack of motivation. The workforce in their basement offices could be more susceptible to this all year round due to a lack of natural lighting underground.

SAD lamps simulate sunlight, which helps trigger the brain to release serotonin, often called the feel-good hormone. Using light therapy during periods when daylight hours are short can help adjust circadian rhythm, which is the body’s process for regulating the sleep-wake
cycle.

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Monitor Report. Sir Robert McAlpine. London. June 2021.


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