Sensory Lighting for Work and Home
In recent years there has been growing recognition of the use of lighting in the treatment of Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders. Similarly, our understanding has grown of the effect lighting conditions can have on a whole range of behavioural conditions. These can include not only autism and sensory processing disorders, but ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
One lighting source, in particular, seems to cause more issues than others; standard fluorescent lights. The combination of brightness, colour, and invisible flicker seems to trigger something in many people’s brains, children in particular.
One method of treatment now often considered is the creation of a sensory room. Calming lights and other sensory elements in a controlled space can help calm, soothe and balance a person’s sensory system.
The Multi-Sensory Room
A multi-sensory room (also known as a “Snoezelen Room“) is a space designed to gently stimulate a full range of senses. The creation of a multi-sensory room for autism and other disorders has been shown to have a beneficial impact on emotional balance.
Interestingly, there has also been a growing trend of adding sensory rooms or spaces to the work environment. These rooms provide a calming environment to get away from the rat race for a few moments and re-centre. They can help to reduce stress and anxiety in the workplace.
Whilst Snoezelen rooms are typically large in scale and normally used for therapeutic treatment, it is possible to create smaller versions at home or office. A room can contain calming sensory lights as well as other visual, audial and textural elements to help a person feel safe and relaxed.
Choosing a Sensory Mood Light
The best choice for a sensory lamp is one that includes elements of (ideally gentle) motion. This movement helps to stimulate eye-tracking and interaction, both positive actions.
For this reason, lava lamps are often considered as possible sensory lights for autism. The only downside is the considerable amount of heat they produce and the potential for burns. This is especially the case for kids who want to touch.
A jellyfish lamp is the perfect choice for adding to a sensory room. The fluid motion of the jellyfish draw you in and are fascinating to watch, perfect for calm sensory stimulation.
The Jinx Luminous Jellyfish Lamp also uses LED lights, meaning that it is cool to the touch. Additionally, this mood light offers six different colour modes plus two colour-changing modes. This makes the jellyfish lamp great as a calming night light, or to choose the colour mode that suits the effect you are after.
Whether you are after a calming lamp for a sensory space or just want a nice mood light for easing stress, the Jinx Luminous Jellyfish lamp is a great option.