FAQs: Full spectrum lighting, FAQ 11
What is full-spectrum lighting? Simply put, full-spectrum light is light that covers the electromagnetic spectrum from infrared to near-ultraviolet, or all wavelengths that are useful to plant or animal life. Light bulbs labeled as full-spectrum attempt to replicate the wide frequencies which make up natural sunlight In the modern world, people spend on average about 90% of their lifetime indoors – often away from natural daylight. As a result, many people develop pale skin, poor immune function, lowered concentration ability, increased irritability, disturbed circadian rhythms, and depression.
In a Russian machine factory, employees were divided into two groups. One group worked under standard fluorescent lighting and the other group under full-spectrum fluorescent lighting. After a period of five months, the employees with the full-spectrum lighting including UV radiation not only appeared much healthier, but sick leave days had been reduced by half and the number of leucocytes had substantially increased.
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