Philips Hue Blue Lighting & Sleeping

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  1. Davmeister macrumors 6502

    Davmeister

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    Hello all.

    Without going into cost and benefits/negatives, I've just got a question about Goldee - an app for the hue bulbs that lets you set scenes.

    The 2 falling asleep themes use significant amounts of blue light in their colour palette. Am I missing something? I thought blue light helped wake people up - so is this purely cosmetic? To make it seem like the night sky?

    Cheers

    Tom (don't laugh at the fact that I'm a med student and should probably know this...there is contradicting research) ;)
     
  2. white.noise macrumors member

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    I read that blue actually helps you fall asleep. Although it depends on what kind of blue, normally dark blues hope you fall asleep.
     
  3. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    It really all depends on the wavelength emitted. There are shorter wavelengths close to sunlight that are "blue" (they are actually more of a white, with a little blue) that are used as mood elevators and to wake people up/adjust sleep schedules.

    Then there are longer wavelengths within the visible color spectrum (more likely what Hue is putting out) that are just blue. Whether or not they stimulate sleep is another pop psych issue I won't go into. I am not aware of any studies, but also haven't gone around looking for any.

    In my personal opinion, it is more likely a marketing gimmick to sell a bulb that can change colors, giving it actual utility rather than just being able to change colors for novelty.

    The best color for sleep is BLACK/Darkness. Studies out there have concluded that a single quantum of light can affect sleep.

    If you really want to go to sleep, turn off all the lights, and don't use phones/TVs/tablets that emit any light for 2-3 hours before bedtime.
     
  4. Davmeister thread starter macrumors 6502

    Davmeister

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    You're probably right. But then that would be a HUGE waste of money on these bulbs. I want them on. CONSTANTLY! Haha ;)
     
  5. adamj575 macrumors 6502

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    Is there any f.lux type settings for the hue? im fixing to be buying six bulbs and am just curious
     

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