Keeping Things Light

Any lighting designer knows that light can affect your mood and your body. Looks like science and technology are catching up to this trick of the trade in a discreet but fun way!

Here in New England, Seasonal Affective Disorder can come on pretty suddenly (especially after winters such as this!). Doctors have prescribed light boxes for years to help combat the symptoms. One company has shrunk down this technology to fit in our ears. That’s right – light shone in your ears can combat SAD and raise your energy levels. Valkee’s Earlight looks just like headphone earbuds, so you can help your SAD symptoms discreetly and on the go. (It claims it will also help with your jetlag!)

It reminds AvLt of how we can focus small but bright spots of light to raise the energy level of a particular part of an exhibit. Nice to see light harnessed in such a practically useful way!

What Time Is It?

Are your circadian rhythms getting you down?

We all know how it feels when a day seems like an eternity and when it seems like it went by in a second.  The idea that time is in the body of the beholder is the basis for the United Visual Artists project Always/Never.  The project is a hypnotic sculpture showing how light, both natural and artificial, affects your everyday being.

Watch: A Hypnotic Sculpture That Depicts Time’s Passing