The Power of Lighting in Your Study Environment

The image above is of the painting “the Incredulity of Saint Thomas” (1601-1602), by Caravaggio, one of the great masters of Renaissance painting. It’s amazing how this Italian painter works the “dark/light” in his works. See the details of the lighting that he throws on the characters (Thomas putting his finger on the wound of Christ after the Resurrection). Amazing, isn’t it?

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To produce a beautiful piece of art like this certainly Caravaggio studied the behavior of light, because I knew the power that the handling of this element has to charm the look of your audience.

The overwhelming majority of just passing exams ignores this fact, but the way that the light of your study environment is organised can be defining of your more or less study time and lack of pleasure in reading. So, although you don’t have the same knowledge that Caravaggio, is necessary, Yes, worry about your lighting environment, ensuring the appropriate conditions.

In this article you will see some tips that will make your room proper lighting, and likely will increase your reading time and your motivation in study time. See about what we’re going to talk about:

# 1. Something you need to understand about your vision

# 2. What a dimly lit study environment can cause

# 3. The advantages of a good lighting

# 4. How should be the illumination of your study environment

# 5. Two valuable tips

Something you need to understand about your vision

The human eye functions capture the light emitted by objects around us. How does he do it? The explanation of the Brazilian Council of Oftamologia is quite didactic, and makes us understand why tire our views when we are reading a lot or a little enlightened environment:

Inspired by the functioning of the eye, the man made the camera. Therefore, in our eyes the cornea functions as the camera lens, allowing the entry of light into the eye and the formation of image on the retina. Located in the inner part of the eye, the retina would be the photographic film, where the image reproduces. The pupil works like the diaphragm of the machine, by controlling the amount of light that enters the eye, so in environments with a lot of light the pupil closes and in dark places the pupil dilates in order to capture a sufficient amount of light to form the image.

This explanation is worth highlighting the following: “in an environment with lots of light the pupil closes and in dark places the pupil dilates in order to capture a sufficient amount of light to form the image.

This effort “unnatural” of the pupil is a problem – is for environments with a lot of light, whether for little lit environments.

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Dimly lit study environment

I’ve heard a lot of people complain of headache because “studied”. But generally this is the effect of trying to make lengthy readings in dimly lit environments. I said “try” because you can hardly study for too long in an environment with little or too much light.

Other common sensations during reading is the excessive tearing, burning sensation or feeling of sand in the eye. An important tip given by the Institute of Eye Diseases is as follows:

In air-conditioned environments, it is very important to the regular exchange of air filters, as well as the installation of humidifiers in order not to compromise the natural lubrication of the eyes. Therefore, one must be attentive to signs like excessive tearing, burning sensation or feeling of sand in the eye. When these symptoms begin to appear, it’s time to turn off the air conditioning.

Impossible to think of studying of competitive, high quality way, without observing these aspects.

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Advantages of a good lighting

Two pillars of the preparation for a call for tenders are the management of the Time and the Motivation of whoever is preparing. The ambient lighting of study is so important that interferes in these two bases of your preparation.

In a properly illuminated you save effort and not divert your attention. Feel more pleasure in studying, because there’s no interference of the lighting in the reading process. As we will see below, you can even take practical measures so that the light of the work environment in favour of their studies.

Illumination of your study environment

A myth that we need break: according to the sites and articles from experts who’ve studied to produce this text, there is no qualitative difference (for reading) between (white) fluorescent lamps and incandescent (yellow). Both can be appropriate if properly regulated in relation to your lighting capacity.

Ideally, the artificial lighting simulates the natural light of the day, for two reasons: it does not reach the extremes (very light or dark) and does not generate a lot of shadows when we are reading, factor that provides “eyestrain”. By day, take advantage of the window is a great tip.

At night, or indoors, look for the middle ground and notice the comfort sense for their views during the reading. Also, avoid to position itself so that your field of vision is reaching the lamp, causing blurring.

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Two valuable tips!

I love lamps. They give a very dashing style to any Office and are one of the most valuable tools a professional student. But you need to know to use!

The fixtures have great quality leaving the focus of your reading properly lit (the book, textbook, notebook etc), but you have to be careful not to overdo it and lighten much the object of study. Ideally, your lamp is positioned laterally and slightly behind you (avoiding glare).

A template that can be used (although it is much more expensive than the table lamps) is the lamp with foot, which ensures the correct positioning of the light:

Browse to choose the power of the lamp that you will use, avoiding too much or dimly. If possible, choose a lamp with dimmer (dimmer of light). Another important tip is in the shopping guide of Magazine Luiza:

As for the lamps, look for ones that don’t heat up. With hot lamps, you will not be able to read for a long time. In General, the incandescent and halogen lamps that generate the are very hot, while the LEDs and the less heat up fluorescent, and durability and are cheaper. Preferably, therefore, the latter, and choose the yellowish color because they are more comfortable for our vision.

When shopping for, to know what is the color of the lamp, just look on the package information “color temperature”, which is provided in degrees Kelvin (K). Colors range from yellow, neutral, white and blue. The higher the color temperature, colder is the light it emits. Lamps with colour temperature of up to 3,500 K, for example, has warm or light yellowish. Between 3,500 to 5,000 K, the color will be white or neutral. Over 5,000 K, the color will look bluish or cold.

If you have the habit of studying writing, remember: the luminaire must be positioned on the opposite side of the writing hand, preventing shadows. If you’re right-handed, the lamp is your left side. If you are left-handed, she is on the right side.

Believe me … A lamp positioned correctly with the correct light intensity will ensure that you have more attention, focus and concentration in reading. As I said, an indispensable tool for all concurseiro.

Finalizing our tips, check out the who says the disease Eye Institute to ensure the rest of your eyes:

Other guidance relevant to who spends hours non-stop on the books and notebooks is that it is important. Flashing is critical, because it makes the return of the tear film, a tear film that is on the cornea, responsible for maintaining the humidity of the eyes, indispensable for a good view. We recommend a break of at least 10 minutes every hour, so that the person relax and blink normally.

If you know what I mean.

Conclusion

In this text we learned how much ambient lighting is important to study the performance of studies, both for motivation and time. We also saw how we should organize study space lighting and how to use light fixtures to make concentration, attention and focus.

Don’t forget that, in the case of ophthalmologic problems, you should seek the medical specialist.

It is important that you leave your comment below, so that I can know what you liked or not in this article.

Until next time!

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