Let’s start by saying it’s pretty normal to have a screen in your face most of the day. You’re at work, video chatting, keeping up with your friends’ feeds, looking up new recipes for dinner, watching YouTube tutorials, trying to get through at least one ebook this month, fawning over houses you can’t afford. Most of us do it! There’s no shame in the game we play with screens, but light is a huge factor to consider.
With all this time interacting with blue lights, headlights and office lights, you need to make sure you’re doing what’s best for your long-term sight.
Eye care doesn’t seem like a super exciting topic, but let’s break it down:
Make changes where you can.
You can’t very easily opt-out of your 8-hour workday in front of a computer (that $1.4M mansion you have tabbed isn’t going to buy itself). You can, however, invest in blue-light blocking lenses, or check to see if you can set your personal devices to night mode.
Not only will this put less strain on your eyes, but studies show it can also help you fall asleep faster. Who doesn’t love more sleep?
Opt for softer light.
With products such as makeup ring lights, your eyes are exposed to such direct light. Some LED lenses provide directional lighting which can increase brightness, in exchange you’ll end up exposing your eyes to the undiffused LEDs, increasing your risk for eye strain.
Diffusion is your friend.
The easiest way to explain diffusion is in a studio. You’ve seen BTS footage: All those white boxes, varying heights of stands with the white cloth, and hand-fans photographers carry are to bounce the light in a softer way. Instead of turning on every light in the place, framing the shot involves bouncing light from an indirect source to pick up better angles and scare away any unseemly shadows.
When shopping for your next ring light, determine if a light is diffused by the inability to see the LED diodes themselves, (LED literally stands for light-emitting diodes, it’s talking about each tiny light source itself).
Diffuse, don’t abuse.
At Ilios Lighting, our engineers have you in mind with every step. With over 30 years of collective studio experience, they designed a diffused LED light that mimics true daylight, rated at 98 Color Rating Index (CRI). A light source’s CRI measures the accuracy of color as compared to its natural, sun-exposed color. Ilios gets you as close to the sun’s shine, without the dangers of UVA/B rays. You can thank us later. While a large portion of LED mirrors and halo lights have a frosted cover to “diffuse” the light underneath, this isn’t giving you the natural color Ilios has spent years perfecting. When other products use those frosted covers, they’re really putting you directly in front of blue, green and red tones that didn’t exist before you turned the lights on. This sort of shortcut doesn’t lead to a less-strained eye, let alone a well-blended smokey one.
Okay, we’ve revealed the secret to better sleep, diminished eye pain, and pointed you towards the perfect makeup mirror. What crisis can we diffuse next?