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How Does The Lighting In Our Homes And Offices Affect Our Bodies?

We are all spending more time than ever before in our homes and, particularly in the winter months, it can feel as though you have artificial lights on for most of the day even when it’s light outside.

One study conducted in Australia and shared by the Sydney Morning Herald has highlighted the issues we face from having too much artificial light in our properties.

According to the research, the average home in Australia was so bright that it suppressed melatonin production by almost 50 per cent. Why is that important? Well, melatonin is what naturally controls our sleep patterns.

Before the introduction of artificial lighting, our melatonin levels would rise when the sun went down, sending us to sleep, and lower as the sun rose, waking us up. The introduction of artificial light has altered how our bodies produce melatonin, however.

Natural light is, therefore, an important aspect that should be considered in the construction of new homes and offices, as it has such an impact on our bodies and how they function.

As the Irish News explained recently, some architects are looking at housing design differently and, instead of sticking to the idea that houses should have standard sized and equally spaced windows, they are looking at how to maximise the natural daylight that enters a property.

The publication noted that well-designed architectural homes “employ windows and modern, energy-efficient glazing of all shapes and sizes, in locations to either let daylight flood in, capture a view or bring the outside exterior space into the home”.

The use of energy-efficient glazing is essential, because if you have larger and more windows, you need to ensure that your home isn’t going to lose excessive amounts of heat during the colder months of the year, or get too hot when it’s warmer.

Offices, too, have transitioned towards providing people with more natural light and larger windows, but without the correct glazing products there can be a similar issue in terms of heat loss and solar gain.

Fitting a solar reflective glass film, either to your home or business property, can mitigate many of these problems, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of more natural daylight without the potential downsides that come from having larger windows.

As the Irish Times noted, there is yet another benefit to providing sufficient daylight in all of our buildings – it saves energy.

“Effective day lighting means less reliance on electricity to provide artificial lighting while sunlight can contribute towards meeting some of the heating needs through controlled passive solar gain,” the publication stated.

In terms of how our lighting is impacting our bodies, the researchers in Australia have recommended that we darken our homes before we go to bed to improve the quality of our rest. This can be particularly beneficial for anyone who is suffering from sleep problems, they suggested.

We also know that a lack of exposure to daylight in the winter can contribute to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), so creating homes and offices that do a better job of introducing natural light could benefit a significant number of people.

How To Plan Your Home Improvements

The lockdown has had everyone gazing at the same four walls for what feels like an eternity, so the chances are that you’ve got a mental list of home improvements you’d like to achieve to improve your home and living space.

Some people have the advantage of already possessing the necessary DIY skills, while the rest of us frantically searching for YouTube tutorials on how to renovate the kitchen counters. Either way, you’re far from alone in taking on DIY home improvement tasks.

Home improvement website Houzz surveyed 1,000 people that revealed 80 per cent of respondents have thought about making significant changes to their homes.

Whatever your skill level, while it might appear to be the perfect time to launch into a new project, it’s worth considering planing your DIY task, and if you have the budget for it.


Proper Planning

Whether you’re desiring a new kitchen, transform your garden, or paint a room, start by knowing just what you want to accomplish, and then develop a plan of action.

When planning, it’s good to be aware of what jobs you can handle, and which ones fall out of your skillset. It’s also best to figure out what jobs may be easier or better done during the summer months. For example, if you’re wishing to install a new bathroom, paint the exterior of the house, and landscape the garden, it’s easier to start with the garden while the weather is suitable.

It’s maybe an idea to hold off on larger interior jobs for a later date. The bathroom would make a much better winter project, and maybe a professional can paint the house faster and better than you can.

Any jobs that need wiring or plumbing are best left to professional plumbers and electricians, for your own safety, and that of others in your household.


Do Your Research

It’s exciting to plan out a remodelling project, but the difficulty can lie in working out just exactly how to get it done.

If you’re unfamiliar with the task at hand, make sure you watch as many videos on how to attempt it as you can. Watch videos from multiple reputable sources, such as on DIY retailers websites, or places like Apartment Therapy. YouTube has endless hours of DIY tutorials, but some of quite questionable quality.

Set Your Project Budget

Okay, so you know what you want, and you know how to get it done, but do the sums all add up, and can you afford it?

It’s essential to know exactly how much the cost of the project will be so you can figure out your budget and compare that to the expendable income you have. Always add 15 per cent more to the budget, as you never know what might happen, and then you’re covered for any accidents and extra materials.

Installing solar reflective glass film is a simple and straight forward job for any skill set, while also transforming the light that enters a room, so why not start with this easy task?


Most Common DIY Mistakes Revealed

Homeowners and landlords might be tempted to conduct their own property maintenance at the moment, as lockdown has made it harder than usual to get professional help to repair faults.

However, not everyone is handy with tools and many people end up making costly mistakes when they attempt to fit solar reflective glass film or fix tiles on their roof.

Here are just some of the most common DIY mistakes many people end up making that you should try and avoid.


  • Hitting yourself with a hammer

Although this seems like a simple mistake to avoid, it is surprising how many people are guilty of slamming a hammer into their fingers, even experienced handymen and women.

DIY expert and TV presenter Max McMurdo told Ideal Home that this “still happens to me”, adding: “A top tip of mine for avoiding this is to practice on an old piece of wood until you perfect your swing, holding the hammer at the end of the handle away from the head.”


  • Gluing things together

Another mishap that clumsy DIY-ers are prone to is gluing things together, including their fingers. Superglue is incredibly strong and can be difficult – and even painful – to remove. Therefore, it is important people take proper precautions when using it, making sure to be precise when applying the glue and washing hands immediately afterwards.

The article advised: “DIY mistakes are easy to make but can lead to injuries. So always take care when performing home improvements.”


  • Wrong measurements

Something most of us can admit to doing is taking the wrong measurements. We might have cut everything down to size or ordered certain furniture to fit the space only to find the measurements are slightly off. When it comes to DIY, a few millimetres can make all the difference, so it is essential to be precise with measuring and double check the results you take down.

Bianca White, founder of the DIYher Workshop, told Best Life Online: “Measure your space or item twice so you can make sure your finished product will turn out perfect.”


  • Rushing the job

Homeowners might have grand plans for their DIY project, only to want to rush the job once they begin due to it being bigger, more time-consuming or complicated than they anticipated.

However, it is essential they do not rush their project, as this can lead to many mistakes in the long-run. A rushed job is likely to be imperfect at best, and need re-doing entirely at worst, so take care with every step, even if you lose motivation.

Leah Maria of Leah Maria Designs told the publication: “It can be hard to stay motivated when you think your project will take you a day and it turns into a week.”

She suggests having breaks when taking it slowly to avoid frustration, adding: “You can bet the end result will be that much better because it wasn’t rushed.”


  • Cost-cutting on materials

Just like you should not cut corners when it comes to how much time you devote to a project, you should also not scrimp on the cost of materials.

While the most expensive items do not always mean you get the best results, buying the cheapest products could mean you have a lot of maintenance repairs to do in the future.

Ms Maria said: “Having quality materials will make your life so much easier.”

What’s more, it could end up more cost-effective if you do not have to redo the project in the future.