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Light is a Powerful Stimulant But can we get the Productivity Boost Without the Side Effects?

"When we discovered how to make electric light, we dramatically changed the human condition and our productivity," says Fred Maxik, a physicist and founder of Lighting Science Group. "We didn't understand for the next 125 years was that this wonderful invention brought negative biological consequences." Maxik's Rhode Island-based firm, established in the year 2000, produces what he calls "biological" light bulbs that are designed to help your body maintain its 24-hour “body clock,” otherwise known as the circadian rhythm. It was around this time that scientists discovered non-visual photo-receptors in the eye that react to different wavelengths of light to trigger changes in the body, rather than just supporting sight. “There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the brightness and wavelength of workplace lighting are not only essential for enabling sight, but that it can also have strong non-visual biological effects, in regulating the human circadian system, and impacting the biological clock […]

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