Frequently Asked Questions


+ How does Ario work?

By adjusting its color and light direction, Ario mimics the natural light dark cycle our bodies evolved to expect. Your eyes contain non-visual photo receptors sensitive to blue light from above that help cue your body’s natural circadian rhythm. By day Ario delivers blue rich light from top and bottom to synchronize circadian rhythm, and help make your mind and body alert. At night Ario delivers warm light with virtually no blue, in a downward direction. This allows you to see well without disturbing your body’s natural production of melatonin.

+ What’s the science behind Ario’s design?

The design of the Ario lamp is based on a large body of scientific research at facilities around the world, including Harvard Medical School, the National Institutes of Health, and NASA. You can read recent health advice about blue light from Harvard Medical School study here and an explanation of some of the science behind Ario here.

+ What is unique about Ario?

Ario is the only lamp that fully supports circadian rhythm. With a unique combination of features, Ario automatically changes direction of light delivery and color over a wide range of controlled blue output. It includes a real-time clock and stored program to always light with the right color and direction of light. Ario is also brighter than consumer smart bulbs. (See also "Can Ario wake me?")

+ Cancer from ordinary lights?

As with all the health concerns we mention, cancer, obesity, diabetes, there is a large amount of research to support them or strongly correlate to higher risk. Here are links to but a few of the many articles that address the topic.

+ Will screens still keep me awake?

Health professionals recommend limiting exposure to blue light from all sources at night including screens. For computers, there is a great free program called F.lux that will automatically change the color of your monitor and some smartphones. We recommend a nighttime setting of 1800K. You can get F.lux here. Consider limiting the use of other screens before bed or using blue blocking glasses.

+ How do I set up Ario?

Ario runs automatically after a simple setup process. You first connect your lamp to a smartphone, tablet, or PC via your WiFi modem to set your location and an optional custom sleep/wake schedule.

+ What if my day does not match local time?

If you work nights or have a non-standard schedule, you can easily match the schedule of the Ario to yours using the Ario web app.

+ Can I use Ario to wake me?

You can set Ario to provide an artificial dawn via the Ario web app. Research shows that use of artificial dawn lamps helps mood and alertness as much as as fixed color therapy lamps. In the morning, sit next to Ario for 20 minutes or more if you do not have an Ario in your bedroom.

+ Can Ario help with jet lag?

You can tell the Ario app where you are traveling, when you plan to leave and return. It will automatically adjust the schedule of the lamp to help get you ready to travel to another time zone and readjust more quickly upon your return.

+ Do I need a smart phone to control Ario?

In a word, no, but you can. Switches on Ario or a wall-switched outlet allow you to turn the lamp on and off. Other buttons are provided to change color and brightness locally. You can make schedule changes or remotely control your lamp from any web-connected computing device including smart phones.

+ Do I need Ario lamps in every room?

While we’d love to see an Ario in every room, even a single lamp can have a significant impact on your health. Ario works well with your normal lights during the day. At night, we recommend using Ario in the room where you spend the most time. It’s best to use dim incandescent bulbs in other rooms during the evening to limit blue light exposure.

+ What about my overhead lighting?

Overhead lighting is totally fine and appropriate during the day. Ario works great side-by-side with lights you already have. At night, you should turn off all overhead lights as your optical receptors that cue melatonin production are sensitive to both direction of light and color.

+ Will a single Ario light a bedroom or a living room?

Ario has an output equivalent to a lamp fitted with a 150W incandescent bulb, and is bright enough to light an average size bedroom or living room. It provides plenty of light for reading and other activities.

+ How will Ario lighting look in my home?

During the day, the room that you put Ario in will look like it is illuminated by noon day sunlight. At night it will appear as if it is lit by firelight either brightly or dim depending on time of the evening and how you set the lamp.

+ Is an Ario bulb available?

We are starting with a lamp. Eventually we would like to offer a range of lighting fixtures and styles, including bulbs.

+ Is Ario available in other finishes?

At this time, Ario is available in brushed silver only.

+ I live in outside the US, can I use Ario?

We are introducing Ario in the United States initially and hope to make it available for other markets in the not too distant future.

+ How long do the lights in Ario last?

Ario has two solid-state light sources built into the lamp, one facing up and one facing down. They are designed to last 20+ years and are not user replaceable.

+ What contributes to the cost of the lamp?

The lamp includes the full fixture, two light sources, processor, real-time clock, and web app which allows you to customize your schedule. Considering it would take two bulbs, we compare favorably to smart bulbs that are 1/3 the brightness and cost $70-100/each. The lamp is also well made to last as long as the light sources.