Mood lighting

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Mood lighting on an airplane

Mood lighting is igniting or illumination, designed to create a temporary state of mind or feeling.

Effects of lighting on humans[edit]

Field studies have shown in office settings that blue-enriched lighting over the course of several weeks can lead to improved alertness, performance, and sleep quality in comparison to lighting with a lower color temperature.[1]

Effects of indoor lighting[edit]

Indoor lighting can have a variety of effects on human subjects living within an artificial indoor environment. A study with ninety-six subjects, ages ranging from 18 to 55, were examined on how a variety of lighting could impact their mood and cognition. Subjects showed higher problem-solving abilities for females in a warm vs. cool white light source. The opposite result was shown for the male subjects.[2]

Types of mood lighting[edit]

Mood lighting can come in several variations ranging from ambient, natural, or artificial lighting.[3]


  1. ^ Smolders, K.C.H.J.; de Kort, Y.A.W.; van den Berg, S.M. (December 2013). "Daytime light exposure and feelings of vitality: Results of a field study during regular weekdays". Journal of Environmental Psychology. 36: 270–279. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.09.004.
  2. ^ Knez, Igor. “Effects of indoor lighting on mood and cognition.” Science Direct, vol. 15, no. 1, Mar. 1995, pp. 39–51., doi:10.1016.
  3. ^ "Health Effects of Artificial Light - European Commission".

Further reading[edit]

  • Kuijsters, Andre, et al. “Lighting to Make You Feel Better: Improving the Mood of Elderly People with Affective Ambiences.” PLoS ONE, vol. 10, no. 7, 2015, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132732.
  • Ohio State University. (2013, August 6). What color is your night light? It may affect your mood. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 8, 2017 from
  • Shin, Yu-Bin, et al. “The effect on emotions and brain activity by the direct/Indirect lighting in the residential environment.” Neuroscience Letters, vol. 584, 1 Jan. 2015, pp. 28–32., doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2014.09.046.