fluorescent lights are making us sick, says space station engineer. here\'s why
NASA scientist Robert Soller
An expert on how the residents of Carlsbad are sunny
Affecting our biology.
He designed lighting systems on the international space station to help astronauts stay healthy in forever dark space.
Today, Soller turned his attention to more ground demand.
He started a startup called Bios Lighting in North County, where they are producing new-
More suitable for age lights that keep people and plants healthy-
Lights that bring real sunshine health benefits to the interior.
What\'s the problem with artificial lights?
Researchers studying our biological clock in San Diego say living indoors can be dangerous.
They said it had a lot to do with our lights.
Since the Edison and Tesla times, the goal of the lighting engineer has been to simply illuminate the room (
And it\'s cheap).
We have done it, especially LED lights, and the price is cheap.
With the development of decades, more and more human beings live under indoor and artificial lights.
In his 1990 s, a study was done in San Diego to measure how much sunshine locals get every day.
Even in one of the most mild climates in the world, the average time spent outside
In the real daylight
Only 58 minutes a day.
If the same research is done now, the chances of this number will be lower.
Until recently, few people have considered the effects of lack of sunlight on our bodies. \"(
Michael Gorman said: \"This is an aspect of our environment, people have been paying attention since life began 3 billion years ago, but people have not considered this aspect of our environmental change too much. University of California, San Diego, researcher on circadian rhythm(
Interesting fact: San Diego is a huge center for the Study of circadian rhythm.
There are 29 laboratories focusing on circadian rhythm studies in UCSD alone).
All life forms, including humans, have internal clocks to tell our bodies when certain tasks are performed.
For example, sleep when the eyes perceive darkness
The Pineal gland releases the induction hormone melatonin.
Our eyes also have a sensor that detects daylight, which signals the body that it is time to be awake and alert.
But in the light of today\'s artificial lights, the eyes do not get enough sun spectrum, the body can not know that today is the day.
In the evening, there is not enough darkness in the eyes to know that this is evening.
\"We are in this constant twilight that is neither day nor night,\" said Soler . \".
This is a problem for our health.
Soler said that the health risks of this \"continuous Twilight\" environment are extensive, and studies have shown links to metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, attention disorders in adolescents, and even autism.
Most of the research on the subject is incomplete, Golman said, but artificial light seems to be related to our growing obesity rate.
There is also convincing evidence that exposure to light at night is related to breast cancer, he said.
But for many of us, the health impact is less, the researchers say.
\"Exposure to light at night can inhibit certain hormones and change our sleep habits and eating behavior, leading to diseases in the Western way of life,\" Golman said . \".
\"There is a drawback to living in a 24-
Electric lights enable us to achieve an hour of society.
\"What if the lights could imitate the Sun better?
Soler\'s company Bios has developed sunlight with different spectra from ordinary lights.
They are the only company in the world.
This is the light that is designed to contain part of the solar spectrum, called the \"Sky Blue frequency \".
\"This light is what Soler calls\" good blue light, \"and the light-sensitive cells in our eyes detect this blue light, telling us that it is daytime.
Interestingly, LED lights and other traditional man-made lights skip most of the spectrum.
This is because artificially adding it will give a blue light in the room and no one really wants to live or work in the room.
Bios designed an LED light that looks like a normal fluorescent lamp-
No strange alien light
The blue frequency of the sky that our biological clock needs.
The Bios, founded in 2014, has won some big customers for its lights, including the University of California, San Diego\'s Department of Geriatric Medicine, the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and the Pittsburgh Pirate baseball team using them in the locker rooms and clubs.
So, are they as effective as real daylight?
It\'s hard to quantify their efficacy, says Soler, but early reports from customers are very positive.
The Bios also sells lights to schools and offices and has launched a family consumption series this spring.
From incandescent Edison bulbs to canned lighting embedded in the ceiling, they will come in a variety of styles.
The company has also optimized a light product for growing plants, and Soler is also an expert in this area.
He designed the first lamp for growing edible plants on the international space station and worked in the NASA team, which is responsible for designing plant habitats for the human colonies on Mars.
Bios plant lights are now being sold to cannabis growers.
Soler said they have enough resources to invest in such lighting systems, which will soon pay off in terms of increasing production.
The company\'s cannabis clients include the Denver Relief Center, the coast-to-coast and the Canadian island garden.
Bios has four employees in San Diego and an office in Florida.
The company is funded by a private wealth management consulting firm and has no plans to raise funds from outside.