Leeds Uni students are the brightest!

To coincide with start of The International Year of Light, there's a new light café opening today at Leeds University Union. This pioneering initiative aims to provide a calm and peaceful space for students to study or simply relax whilst enjoying a burst of light therapy from Arabica, Brightspark or Desklamp. 15 lights will be available to brighten up the light café - which is also offering sessions on meditation and mindfulness - at a time of year when students struggle most with their energy and motivation in the face of looming exams.

Freya Govus, Welfare Officer at Leeds University Union says “At the Student Advice Centre, we have seen an increase in the number of students disclosing issues with depression, mental health and low mood and these problems are particularly acute at this time of year. I am therefore keen to offer sessions that are fun, interactive and easy to access. If the project is successful I would hope to run this each year in the winter months.” 

In addition to the well-known benefits on mood and depression, bright light is proven to boost alertness and combat sleepiness; students nodding off over a particularly dull assignment should head for the nearest Lumie light to feel reinvigorated and ready to crack on!


If you're at the Light Cafe, tweet a selfie of you with your favourite Lumie light to @LeedsUniUnion and @Lumie_Lights. Remember to include #LeedsLightCafe.

We'll pick the three best pictures of students using an Arabica, Brightspark or Desklamp and give away one of each of the lights. You are welcome to send a photo with each light but you can't win more than once!



January 18 2015

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