— Dr. John Ott
My name is Ken Ceder. I’m the Executive Director of Science of Light (SOL) and I'd like to share our history. Beginning as "full-spectrum" light pioneers (Ott Light Systems, 1987-1997) and culminating with 501(c)(3) non-profit Science of Light — SOL has been on a mission since 2012 to raise awareness of mal-illumination and the essential need for a ‘balanced spectral diet’ to enhance immunity and reduce the risk of disease.
“We are all light deficient and this deficiency may be the source of our physical & emotional problems.”
— Dr. John Ott, Health and Light
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My life took an amazing turn when I met Dr. Ott, the father of full-spectrum light technology and a fascinating time-lapse photography innovator. Thru the lenses of his cameras, Dr. Ott observed and discovered that sunlight and other types of radiation have a powerful effect on plants, animals, and humans.
Since that time biomedical science has filled in many of the gaps in our knowledge about sunlight. In 2002, researchers discovered retinal cells that detect light but are not involved in vision. These cells link to a center in the brain, the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which is the site of the body’s master circadian pacemaker.
In other words, these neuronal circuits control the body’s ability to sense that it is daytime to turn on serotonin for feel-good alertness and fires-up metabolism, or at nighttime, turn on melatonin to regulate sleep and various other physiological functions.
Being stuck in “biological darkness” due to reduced time in natural light, profoundly affects every body system.
Modern humans, in developed nations, do not spend enough time in natural, ‘full-spectrum’ sunlight that our genes are programmed to respond to. Natural light enhances immunity while too much time indoors under ‘limited-spectrum’ light tends to compromise immunity.
My brother Len and I founded Science of Light with a mission to raise global awareness of mal-illumination. Inspired by new LED (light emitting diode) technology and the extraordinary health benefits associated with 'invisible' near infrared light, our mandate for the last few years has been to develop a simple, leading-edge solution for people when sunlight is not available or who cannot get outdoors.
We worked with engineers to develop a lamp to supply —nutritional light— with the characteristics needed to stimulate the SCN in a manner like that of the natural spectral diet that’s essential for optimum metabolism function.
“We can now say emphatically that the function of our entire metabolism is dependent on light.”
— Dr. Fritz Albert Popp International Institute of Biophysics
As full-spectrum light (FSL) and SAD light therapy pioneers, we helped pioneer the FSL industry as well as raised awareness of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) since 1987. As you may know, SAD is a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs seasonally.
The new technology that we‘ve developed is based on the concept of daily "light hygiene" for disease prevention and not just seasonal therapy.
Unlike common SAD lights and conventional full-spectrum lights, SOL's light systems are powered by — SOLshine Photo Nutrition™ and includes both the ‘fullest’ spectrum visible as well as essential, invisible near infrared light (NIR) and a trace of ultra violet light (UV).
“One-third of the energy your body consumes comes from the food you eat. The vast majority of the energy your body needs to maintain systemic equilibrium comes from environmental infrared light.”
— Dr. Alexander Wunsch, MD, Ph.D., Photobiology Expert
— it's so simple