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Shedding light on the impact of light at home

Everyday life is undoubtedly brighter with the introduction of electric light, and the right lighting at the right time can even have a positive impact on our wellbeing. Starting with an upcoming collaboration with designer Sabine Marcelis, IKEA wants to strengthen curiosity and inspiration connected to lighting for a better life at home. We talked to Anna Granath to learn all about it.

Winters in Sweden can feel quite long, dark, and dreary. But when sun rays begin showering everything in light on a more regular basis – announcing the arrival of spring – all is more or less forgiven. Not least for Anna Granath, Range & Product Design Manager at IKEA.

”The spring light has such a great impact on me”, she says. ”You really feel the season. The budding flowers and trees, the light play on the walls in the home. It makes me happy and gives me so much energy for a new time of the year”.

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Anna Granath, Range & Product Design Manager at IKEA.
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Different layers of light make a room interesting and set the tone for both room and home like no other home furnishing product.

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Setting the mood for a movement

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”I’ve learned and learn new things every day about light”, says Anna. ”There are examples of lighting being used in particular settings, like a school dining hall, where it contributes to reducing food waste. It’s partly because it makes the food look more appetising and the room feels more calm and harmonic for children to be at ease and relaxed enough to take their time and eat. It’s super interesting how light can do this. How can we take this knowledge and turn it into something that is for the home and the many people?”

Lighting for the many

Light is vital for people across the globe, but its use and perspective vary across places and regions. Due to the closeness to the North Pole, Northern countries experience wider variations of light and darkness. Aspects like the low angle of the sun and longer twilight and dusk make for colourful skies play a big part. It’s a relationship to light reflected in many homes, where a mix of direct and indirect lighting of warmer temperatures is often distributed according to needs and activities.

Meanwhile, due to the high angle of the sun and thus consistently long days, many homes in Southern countries are designed for simple, cooler, and evenly distributed light. But health and wellbeing needs can benefit from greater knowledge of and access to different kinds of light in both environments.

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Better and smarter light at home

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Anna herself has a nicely lit home, with a mix of smart and regular lighting distributed for both look and feel. When asked what space in her home is best lit to her taste, Anna only takes a brief moment before she answers enthusiastically:

”My bedroom. It has a great composition of several lights, fulfilling both needs and creating an atmosphere. I have a ceiling lamp that gives a very soft and harmonic light that can be changed from cool to warm, and a floor lamp programmed to create a nice wake-up in the morning and warm, soft light during the evening. It’s the perfect relaxing environment – the whole family loves to be there.”

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