George Harrison and the Beatles had it right when they wrote the song “Here Comes the Sun” back in the late 60’s. As much as I love light bulbs, nothing beats our big bright sun. Now that winter is winding down, we can all look forward to having longer and warmer days with a lot more sun!
The sun is arguably Earth’s light bulb. On top of the sun’s impressive lifetime, beautiful CRI, and zero lumen depreciation, it has benefits that no light bulb can come close to. For instance the sun provides us all with the Vitamin D.
Get out your shoes/sandals and head outside for exercise and plenty of Vitamin D! Vitamin D is a nutrient that supports the absorption of calcium and it also supports breast, colon and prostate health, while contributing to the maintenance of a healthy mood. So while you are outside, you will be happier and healthier.
So what happens when the sun goes down? This question was answered best by my man Thomas Edison back in the 1870’s with the invention of the first electric light bulb. It’s been over 140 years since the dawn of light after dark – and A LOT has changed. We have gone from inefficient incandescent bulbs, to highly efficient solid state LED fixtures capable of lighting our sports fields and major roadways. Humans have truly become reliant on these miniature artificial suns that allow us to live comfortably even when dusk has come and gone.
Although our lighting technology can’t give us the vitamin D our bodies need, our new lighting technology has made it possible to enrich our selves in different ways. For instance, without artificial lighting, colleges could not have the ability to teach students in night classes. Cars would not be able to safely drive after sunset. The list goes on!
After the sun has set, anything is possible with the right lighting. If you want to light your tennis court to continue lessons and match play into the evening… No Problem. If you want to keep your buildings parking garage safe for employees leaving after dark… No Problem… If you want to grow fruits and veggies year round in your basement… NO PROBLEM. Lighting for commercial and residential applications has never been so efficient and visually effective.