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Forum HABITATS AND TOYS Purple lights in room effect on mood?

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    • kieran
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        I have had purple string lights on my ceiling (bun free roams the living room) for a few months, and I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the effect of colored lights on bunnies.

        they make the whole room purple, but I can still easily see everything

        as soon as I turn on the purple lights, my bunny is thrilled. she will run around, binky, be much more comfortable around people, more likely to let strangers get close, everything positive. (she still is happy in normal lighting but purple lights basically flip a happy switch on)

        the only relevant info I can find online says bunnies get stressed by cool colors (lights are a cool purple), but she isn’t showing a single sign of stress, and her joy is obvious to even people who don’t know a lot about rabbits.

        I also had orange lights up, those together are good but orange alone doesn’t do anything. purple and pink lights she also likes.

        does anyone know anything about this effect? I wouldn’t take them down since she clearly likes them ( unless its bad long term somehow?) but knowing what makes her like them might help me improve it 🙂

         

         

         


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          Violet light has a short wavelenght, meaning its very intense (“high energy”). It has an even shorter wavelenght than blue light, and we all know that blue light from f ex phones and tablets can affect our ability to sleep at night, and most newer devices come with an optional blue light filter.

          Rabbits respond rather profoundly to even moderate increases in amount of light. Melatonin (sleep hormone) secretion shuts off, serotonin (“happy” hormone) levels rise in the brain, the production of sex hormones is stimulated. The shutting off of melatonin and rise in serotonin occur instantly. This is what causes rabbits to get “March hare syndrome” in early spring, when the light returns after winter. Humans obv react to light too, but rabbits are “simpler” animals in that their behaviours are to a huge extent directly influenced by hormones.

          But this could perhaps have other explanations. Maybe you do sth that the buns like when you turn on the purple lights? (Although since you describe it as flipping a happy switch, it’s reasonable to think that it’s sth to do with the light itself).

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