Lumie lights to shine at the Cambridge University Library ahead of the 2016 e-Luminate Festival
Lumie bright lights are being switched on at the Cambridge University Library today to coincide with the start of the Michaelmas term. This brand new initiative marks early preparations for the 4th e-Luminate Festival taking place in Cambridge 12-17 February next year on the theme of ‘Connecting Lights’.
Cambridge-based Lumie is a light therapy specialist whose products are proven to promote a healthy sleep/wake cycle by regulating the body clock and helping you to feel more energetic and productive throughout the day. Over 40 Lumie Desklamp, which use low energy LEDs, have been placed on study tables mainly on the north and therefore darker side of the Library to help students and researchers stay focused and alert while they study. In addition, a couple of Lumie Brightspark, another bright light from the Lumie product range, have been positioned in the Staff Tea Room to give employees a welcome boost as they relax in their break times. The lights will be in use throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms to cover the darker winter months when our energy and mood tend to be lower.
Lumie has been designing and developing its light therapy products for nearly 25 years and were the first to bring to market a wake-up light in the early 90s. Now the Lumie Bodyclock range of wake-up lights is very popular with those needing help to improve their sleep and/or getting up in the morning, especially in the dark winter months. Lumie’s bright light boxes have long since been an established treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and winter blues sufferers but now more and more people are using them for general well being and for beating energy slumps throughout the day, especially if they work in a poorly lit environment.
“Cambridge University Library is excited to be collaborating on this new initiative with Lumie. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to give our users the chance to experience the benefits of light therapy for themselves.” Marjolein Allen, Head of Reader Services, Cambridge University Library
“Lumie is proud to be part of Cambridge’s prestigious science and technology community and also for the first time the e-Luminate Cambridge festival. Light therapy offers powerful health benefits particularly in the darker winter months so we’re confident that students using the Lumie lights at the Cambridge University Library will really see a difference in their ability to focus and stay alert throughout their study periods.” Jonathan Cridland, CEO, Lumie
“The e-Luminate Cambridge Festival 2016 is delighted to be welcoming Lumie and Cambridge University Library on board for the first time. As a key focus of this year’s theme of Connecting Lights is on the link between light and health, we’re excited to create this opportunity for light therapy to be applied in the prestigious environment of the University of Cambridge. Light crosses so many boundaries, it tells a story, and there is a certain playfulness to it that captures everyone's imagination. Now, with Lumie’s help, light can be healing as well as entertaining and thought-provoking." Alessandra Caggiano , Director, e-Luminate Cambridge Festival