winter snowThis week Puxsutawney Phil, perhaps the world’s most famous groundhog, emerged from his burrow only to see his shadow and scurry back inside.

According to German legend, this means we’re in for another 6 long weeks of winter…

Great news for those furry little hibernators, but, for the rest of us the grey and gloomy weather can start to get pretty tiresome this time of year. Harsh winds, bare trees, and cold air bring fatigue and low-energy along with the diminished amount of daylight. It’s enough to make you feel like you’re stuck in an infinite loop.

Michael Craig Miller, M.D., Senior Editor at Harvard Health explains; “Bright light works by stimulating cells in the retina that connect to the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that helps control circadian rhythms. Activating the hypothalamus at a certain time every day can restore a normal circadian rhythm and thus banish seasonal symptoms.”

Light is tremendously important to our functionality as humans! It helps us regulate our metabolism, immune system, sleep cycle, even our emotions. It is only natural that in the coldest, darkest months we seek out sources of light for comfort, from the warmth of a crackling fire to the glow of holiday string lights. While artificial lights can never replace natural sunlight, they can help to brighten a room and brighten the mood even after the holiday season.

Lucky for us, LEDs are here to help to chase away the shadows of winter. The durability and flexibility of LEDs makes them ideal for almost any lighting application, offering the perfect amount of light at just a fraction of the cost. Depending on your preference, Inspired LED offers a range of products to help bring the look of daylight back into your home.

accent headboard lighting

Most people would agree one of the toughest parts about dealing with winter is having to wake up in the dark. In the absence of sunlight, LEDs can provide a radiant alternative. Try adding warm white LED flex strips to your headboard or framing the foot of your bed for a warm morning glow.

White kitchen

Using a simple “plug-and-play” system you can get rid of gloomy winter shadows under cabinets in your kitchen, or on display shelves in the living room. Inspired LED kits make it easy to transform your space with a simple DIY install. Grey office

For a more customized approach, try backlighting your computer or illuminating the shelves of your workspace with a Cut & Connect Series Kit.

Hallway toe kick lighting

Visit inspiredled.com for more creative ideas on how to brighten up your home, or contact our design team at design@inspiredled.com for a lighting solution that is all your own.You’ll be amazed how even the smallest amount of light in the right place can brighten your day and improve your outlook!