Sunlight is good for us, physically and mentally. It’s the natural form of light, and we function best in a natural environment. But consider the other effects of sunlight. Solar rays include energy in the ultraviolet spectrum, both UVA and UVB. Ultraviolet radiation is necessary for many processes, including plant growth. But too much ultraviolet absorbed by the skin can be very harmful. Excessive ultraviolet exposure may cause premature skin aging, including wrinkles, loss of elasticity and a tanned-leather appearance. In fact, ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the leading cause of skin diseases.
The demands of a daily schedule, career, home and family put us under artificial light for most of our waking hours. Conventional man-made illumination is less than ideal for many reasons. For one, it emits energy in an unbalanced or incomplete portion of the light spectrum. Ordinary incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs can’t produce the broad, consistent range of wavelengths that the sun provides. They cause glare and eyestrain.
Some full-spectrum lighting fixtures or appliances include (and advertise) UV emission. Because of this they present the risks associated with ultraviolet exposure, and they may be used only for short periods.
No strain, no pain
The KenkoLight II features advanced LED technology. Its light-emitting diodes produce a constant stream of steady, soothing illumination, without flickering. This form of LED light is also naturally softer — without the glare that light bulbs cause. The KenkoLight II is easier on the eyes and gentler on the mind.
With its attractive styling and small footprint, KenkoLight II is perfect for offices, schools, a limited-area workstation or anywhere. The dimmer touch button and USB port add to its versatility. A multi-position lighting arm allows the KenkoLight II to function as a desk or work light with the arm extended. When the arm is closed, the built-in diffuser makes KenkoLight II an ideal mood or night light. KenkoLight II includes a digital clock display with a timer-activated function for waking up in the morning. It begins as a low light and brightens gradually. This sunrise lighting imitates the breaking dawn, and can promote a more natural waking and sleep cycle.
If desired, the sunrise light feature may be augmented by setting the built-in audible alarm, as a backup, to sound at the end of the lighting interval.
In addition to superior lighting characteristics, LEDs are energy efficient. The KenkoLight II consumes less than 30% of the electricity used to operate a single 40-watt incandescent bulb. This type of lamp will also last longer.
The KenkoLight II is more environmentally friendly than other types of lighting not only because it uses less energy, and its long service life means fewer discarded components, but also in that it does not present the toxic waste-disposal problems that are a concern with mercury-containing fluorescent tubes.
Lighting the Way to Health
The KenkoLight II was developed by a process in which a natural effect has been recognized, adapted and applied by Nikken Inc. Visible light is a form of energy, and the KenkoLight II reflects the Nikken understanding of energy as a fundamental principle. Light is one of the forces that are found in the physical universe. These phenomena have been extensively researched and are included in the basic study curriculum in chemistry, physics and biology.
Other forms of energy that can exert an influence on the human body include, for example, magnetism, far-infrared waves and negatively-charged ions. These are incorporated in a range of Nikken products designed to help integrate natural energy in every aspect of your day.
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