Color can affect your mood. Businesses spend thousands of dollars every year researching which decorating colors will encourage customers to drop the most dough when they walk through the door. You can also use this mental trick to adjust the atmosphere in the room with just the color of your lights.
Cold or warm? Each has its place
Smart lighting is available in a variety of colors, which allows you to change the color of the room to suit your needs. For example, “cooler” lighting makes a person feel more productive and focused and is best suited for the office. This is why many office buildings use strong fluorescent lighting.
On the other hand, “warm” lighting – like candlelight or lighting in a restaurant – promotes a sense of relaxation.
You can change the color of lighting in your home to change your mood, but first, you must understand how color psychology works. After that, it’s easy to change the lights according to your needs.
Color psychology is a broad and complex field, and science is not conclusive. However, if you want to try it, here are some basics to keep in mind:
- Red is associated with strength: This can help stimulate your appetite, which makes it an ideal color for the kitchen or dining room. In terms of lighting, this gives a sense of urgency. In a less intense nuance, this can help relaxation.
- Soothing blue: Even though it gets a bad rap because it interferes with circadian rhythms, soft blue light can help in the office and workplace as a productivity enhancer.
- Purple helps stimulate creativity: If you are an artist, writer, designer, or photographer, or just tackling a difficult problem, soft purple lighting can help.
- Green causes the least amount of eye strain: It would be ideal in the bedroom or living room to make you comfortable while you relax and chase your favorite TV series.
- Orange and yellow are associated with sunrise: Both are ideal for soft lighting in the morning as you get ready to encourage a sense of happiness and satisfaction.
Of course, there is the color temperature of the light too. For example, cold white has a bluish tint that encourages focus and alertness, but can disrupt your sleep cycle. Warm white is the perfect choice for relaxing and relaxing before going to sleep, but is not the best choice for an office environment.
How to Adjust the Ambience of the Room with Smart Lighting
Philips Hue and similar smart lamps make it possible to change the color of light in a room quickly. Certain scene settings allow you to remember the same settings by tapping the button.
We will show you how to do this with Philips Hue lighting, but you can use a smart lighting system that offers configurable colors.
To do this, all you need is the Philips Hue app on your mobile device, Hue Bridge, and at least one Hue lamp with color. Open the Philips Hue application. In our example, there are already three rooms prepared, but your room will look different based on the layout of your home. Select a room.
After you select a room, a color wheel appears.
You can move the pointer around the wheel to choose the color and color you want. Or, if you tap the painter palette icon in the upper right corner, you can choose from a set of predefined scenes. If you have more than one lightbulb in the room, each will reflect a different color as part of the scene.
You can also create your own scenes. To do this, just tap “New Scene” in the upper left corner. On the next screen, type a name for your scene and choose the color you want to include in it.
This tool is very powerful; You can even choose an image and make your scene include its ambient color. There are several preset images, but you can also choose one from your camera roll.
In addition to the basic functions offered by Philips Hue lamps, there are also several experimental features available through Hue Labs. This platform allows Philips Hue owners to choose initial prototype features, such as allowing lights to flicker like a candle.
If you want to see the available options, just tap “Explore” at the bottom of the screen, then tap “Hue Lab.”
Philips Hue provides a powerful adjustment platform where people can adjust the atmosphere in their homes with smart lighting, but that is not the only one. People with LIFX lighting can access many similar functions, as well as those who have Sengled, Tradfri, or GE lighting.