New Partnership Helps You Get Your Light Right at Home

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Article at a Glance: 

  • We’re now living in the “Indoor Era” as people are spending more time indoors than ever before. 
  • More time at home means more time under artificial light sources and in front of digital devices with LED screens. 
  • Conventional lighting is unhealthy and can negatively impact your circadian rhythm, energy, mood, focus, and more. 
  • There is a clear need for healthier lighting that supports the body’s natural circadian rhythms.
  • TrueLight and BIOS are now coming with an exclusive product line of circadian lighting products to help people make the most of their time at home and live in harmony with modern technology.

The type of lighting you’re exposed to can affect how your body interprets what time of day (or night) it is.  It can also directly impact your mental and physical health, as well as performance. As technology continues to push society indoors, and more people begin working from home, it’s more important than ever to find a lighting solution that supports human health and that is conducive to modern lifestyles. That’s exactly what TrueLight and BIOS plan to do, together. 

Dining room showing off the lighting fixture with a Truelight circadia bulb
Photo Source: BIOS

Why Getting the Right Light at Home Matters

All living things have internal clocks that tell the body when to carry out important tasks, such as when to wake up, when to eat, and when to sleep.  These clocks largely depend on our exposure to light and darkness. While the evolution of lighting technology has been revolutionary, standard lighting does not have the circadian benefits of natural sunlightsuch as promoting alertness, improving cognitive function and regulating circadian rhythms. 

The truth is that conventional LEDs and fluorescents are like the highfructose corn syrup of lighting because they do not emit the sun’s full spectrum of light.  And while not all blue light is bad, these light sources primarily emit hazardous blue wavelengths that have been linked to retinal photo-damage and degenerative diseases such as macular degeneration.(1) Overexposure to artificial junk light makes it nearly impossible for the body to know that what time of day it is, which can, in turn, inhibit productivity during the daytime and sleep at night. 

Light exposure in the evenings, or lack thereof, is important too because the human body requires timely oscillations between light and dark to keep circadian rhythms on track. When the eyes detect darkness, the pineal gland inside of the brain produces melatonin to help induce sleep. But under the glow of today’s artificial lights, the eyes don’t get enough darkness to know when it should prepare to rest. It’s no wonder that many people go to bed feeling “wired and tired”, and then struggle to wake up and perform their best the next day. 

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How a Passion for Healthy Lighting at Home and Beyond Led to a Powerful Partnership

Here at TrueDark, we are committed to empowering people to take more control of the light in their environment so that they can sleep, feel and live better. While the core of our business focuses on preventing overexposure to harmful light, TrueLightan extension of the TrueDark brand, helps people leverage healthier light for healthier living.  When an opportunity arose to collaborate with former NASA scientists on circadian lighting systems, we simply couldn’t resist! 

Biological Innovation and Optimization Systems (BIOS) is a recognized leader in human-centric lighting.  During their time with NASA, they created technologies that originally lit up the International Space Station and provided astronauts with the natural light that they lacked during space exploration. Today, BIOS continues to be at the forefront of truly circadian lighting that is designed to improve the health and well-being of people, plants, and animals, while reducing energy use and creating a more sustainable planet. 

With a common mission at heart, TrueLight and BIOS are now coming together to improve the quality of light and life for people at home and beyond. In this new exclusive partnership, we will help make your home more comfortable and enjoyable by bringing the health benefits of natural sunlight indoors.

Truelight Circadia spectral distribution graph

How TrueLight and BIOS Plan to Change Lighting at Home for the Better

Research shows that that our circadian response system has peak sensitivity in the sky-blue region near 490.(3)  But most LED lighting technologies have a trough in this wavelength spectrum. As a result, they fail to effectively communicate daytime to our bodies and misalign our circadian rhythms. BIOS Lighting, on the other hand, has developed human-centric lighting that infuses its proprietary SkyBlue® technology.

Skyblue® specifically targets 490nm by pinpointing three key photoreceptors for daytime use: 

  • melanopsin in the eye, which projects to the circadian pacemaker, as well as other regions of the brain for increased cognition and mood 
  • encephalopsin in the skin, which is important in thermal regulation of the skin; and body temperature is a key element of circadian regulation 
  • cytochrome c oxidase in the mitochondria, which increases ATP density and important for intercellular signaling in the body  

In 2019, BIOS received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Verification, confirming that its solutions are designed for circadian health, wellness and productivity. UL Verification is an objective, science-based assessment confirming the accuracy and validity of product claims.(4)  

Having the UL Verification is another layer of security for our partners, enabling them to have confidence our light solutions are truly unmatched by other LED lighting providers. We have always designed with a biology-first approach and having third-party validation fuels our desire to continue creating unique circadian lighting solutions that positively impact mental and biological health -quote by Robert Soler

Given that BIOS has a longstanding reputation for making commercial lighting healthier for workers, they are the perfect partner to help bring truly circadian lighting to homes too.  Our first joint product to launch is the new TrueLight Circadia™ light bulb, which offers full day-to-night functionality with a built-in dimming system. During the daytime, this bulb uses SkyBlue® technology to help boost energy, focus and productivity. When the bulb is dimmed at night, all three of the daytime photoreceptors are removed, sending nighttime signals to your body and getting you ready for sleep, naturally. The good news: now you and your family can live in harmony with technology without compromising your health. We can’t wait for you to feel the difference! 

Read the original press release here, or shop TrueLight x Bios circadian lighting now!

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