Lux? That probably doesn't mean anything to you. Lux is the quantity of light. In this blog, I'll explain exactly how it works.
Do you know that feeling when you leave your house in the morning and step into a sunny day? Your eyes squint for a moment and pretty soon it feels like normal. You go from darkness to light. And that's a big transition, because a sunny day easily contains 50,000 lux. Your eyes have to get used to this, because inside your house there is often 1,000 times less light. Huge differences, in other words.
And do you know the feeling of a very cloudy day outside? Drizzling light, instinctively a bit dark, but at the same time that light also has an effect of 'waking up' your body. Then there is about 1,000 lux outside! And that is the minimum requirement of our biological clock.
But - unfortunately - we spend most of our day indoors. And on office the light standard is 500 lux. We actually get half of that (250 lux) on our eyes. A small calculation shows that we actually need four times more light than we are getting now. If we draw the comparison with at homethen it becomes even more minimal. We want ambient light that is soft on your eyes, and that means 10 times less light on average at home.
With all the consequences this entails. A light deficiency does something to your biological clock, including a poorer night's sleep and an effect on your mood. If you experience this in the long term, it can lead to depression, burn-outs and other mental states.
Not good. We need to get at least 1,000 lux on our eyes during the day and our personal mission is to make that happen for everyone. We need to fool our eyes into thinking we're outside - that's great for our health!
If you want to know exactly how this works for you, we have to measure it. You know the pedometer on your phone, you have the same idea for light. A lux meter that measures how much light you are getting during the day, so you can consciously make sure that your daily dose of daylight is enough!