Lighting’s Effects on Your Health: Lorena Egan Offers Tips for Working at Night

August 2, 2013

11:00 am

Have you ever found yourself sitting in a poorly-lit bedroom, on a cold winter’s night, glaring at pictures of your Beanie Babies collection on a laptop, crying over the fair value depreciation of precious, little, Tabasco? Oh…no? I guess that’s just a single-gay-Millennial-dude-eating-his-Cheetos-and-pretending-to-do-late-night-work-from-his-computer kind of thing.

Various stimuli in our environment can have lasting effects on our mental and emotional states. For Lorena Egan, at iLumi Solutions, the lighting to which we expose ourselves shouldn’t have to be an issue.

iLumi Solutions offers a low-cost, LED lighting system that allows a person to customize a room’s lighting settings using mere Bluetooth technology. The system involves only the company’s own lightbulb and smartphone application – a disruption in an industry rife with expensive and complex control systems.

While Lorena’s husband, Corey, serves as the company’s CEO, Egan plays an influential role as program manager for iLumi Solutions. With a Master’s in public health and certification in public health, she helps make sure that the company remembers the public health benefits of their product.

Whether it’s the light from your laptop or the light from you bedside lamp, lighting can have an effect on your mood. For those of us who find ourselves working in front of our computers late at night, Egan offers some words of wisdom: GET OFF. According to Egan, the light from our laptops and cell phones interrupt our circadian rhythms, resulting in poor sleep and low moods.

Watch Lorena as she fills us in on how lighting can affect us and how we can lessen the negative effects. Here’s the video.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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