Issue #22
January 2016
Featured Manufacturer: Finelite

Finelite focuses its resources on the design and manufacture of high performance, environmentally sustainable lighting systems for offices and educational facilities. A leader in manufacturing processes and technologies, Finelite utilizes a systematic and lean component inventory approach that allows continuous product improvement while simultaneously eliminating waste.

Learn more about Finelite by visiting their website.
Win an Xbox One Package

This time around, our prize is focused on the kid in all of us. The MH Companies and Finelite are sending one lucky winner home with an Xbox One package valued at $750! The package includes an Xbox One with Kinect, Two Controllers, and a $250 Game Stop gift card to give you a jump start on building your game library. Maybe playing games isn't your thing. That's okay! Our winner can choose to receive a $750 Visa gift card instead of the gaming package. So, what are you waiting for? Enter today, and you could be joining the list of previous monthly giveaway winners! Yes, people really do win! We have photos and videos to prove it!

Entry deadline is January 31, 2016!

Enter to Win!
How Light Affects Humans
Whether awake or asleep, light plays a major role
in our quality of life.
Light_s Effect on Humans
Both intensity and color temperature of light have an effect on humans. Light dictates our sleep/wake cycles, also known as circadian rhythms. It also affects our productivity and alertness, as well as chemical and hormonal responses in our bodies that are essential to long-term health.

When we wake up with the sunrise, light intensity is lower and color temperatures are warmer. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the intensity increases and the color temperature reaches a cool white, achieving 5000-6000K by the middle of the day. These energizing, cool colors encourage the body's production of serotonin, a natural chemical that's responsible for mood balance. As the day wraps up and the sun lowers, intensities decrease and color temperatures warm, signaling the body to begin winding down.

If we lived outside all of the time, our circadian rhythms would be balanced. But, that's not reality. Fortunately, as lighting technology has evolved, creating healthy indoor lighting environments has become much easier. Many of our manufacturers now offer color tunable lighting, including this month's featured manufacturer, Finelite. Through the use of tunable products like theirs, artificially lit environments can now offer many of the same health benefits as natural light. A video which highlights Finelite's tunable products is showcased in this month's giveaway.

If your home or office isn't equipped with color tunable lights yet, there are some practical things that you can do to help maintain healthy circadian rhythms.
  1. Get out in the sunlight for at least 20 minutes per day (particularly in the morning hours). It will help set your body clock.
  2. Stop using devices (computers, phones, tablets) at least one hour before bedtime. These devices deliver color temperatures in excess of 6500 which suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that contributes to healthy sleep. (Some devices have system settings to automatically warm up the screen color from sunset to sunrise. If your device offers that feature, you should activate it.)
  3. Turn off overhead lights at home and use warmer color temperature lights at night.
Following are some articles that offer more insight into light and how it affects humans.
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