Full-Spectrum Light (issue 41)

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives. We feature some of the best here.

 

HEALTH

I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
So, this year I am testing out full spectrum light bulbs. They are supposed to provide light rays similar to those of the sun and are (supposedly) the best thing short of medication for treating seasonal depression. It’s like a little ball of sunshine in the corner of my office!

 

33 Tips for Better Sleep
Increase your melatonin. Ideally it is best to increase levels naturally with exposure to bright sunlight in the daytime (along with full spectrum fluorescent bulbs in the winter) and absolute complete darkness at night.

 

Controlling Sundowning/Agitation with Light Sources or Meds
Aim at doubling the “normal” light levels during the day, but use only yellow or amber night lights at bedtime. During the day, halogen or full-spectrum bulbs may be helpful, but the main thing is just the light levels.

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder in Teen Health
Increased exposure to light: Since the symptoms of this disorder are triggered due to lack of sunlight or light, people with mild SAD can be encouraged to spend more time outdoors during the day. Fixing of full spectrum light bulbs in lamps to bring more daylight in the house during winter can also do the trick.

 

WORK BETTER
Stress-busting, natural touches for your office or workspace
Natural light gets a lot of credit for keeping busy workers more productive and in a better mood, while poor or harsh overhead lighting is blamed for everything from headaches and eyestrain to depression. For sunny summer days when it’s too hot to open the blinds, consider changing the bulbs in your desk lamps to those with full-spectrum light.

 

HOME DECORATING
How would YOU renovate this small unit/bedsit to give the impression of more space?
Reflective surfaces, A few large, simple pieces of furniture rather than lots of small cluttered ones, Plain Upholostry, Install lights in cupboards, Use full spectrum light bulbs

 

FISHCARE
Do you want another Freshwater Aquarium fish?
For lighting, you should use a full spectrum light and leave it on from 4 to 8 hours a day, to maintain the color development of your Flowerhorn. Be aware if you have live plants, they will require no less than 8 hours of light a day.

 

MISCELLANEOUS
Good morning sunshine!
Personally, I use a full spectrum light bulb in a standing lamp on the other side of the bedroom. The full spectrum bulb mimics natural light and the lamp and alarm clock are too far away from the bed for me to hit the snooze button, so I don’t interfere with the system doing its job

 

Eastern Comma Butterfly Caterpillars – Aug 7
Of course a female monarch came laying eggs in the afternoon. I took in the leaves with the eggs. Fearing the leaves might not have been under the sun long enough, I kept the leaves under full-spectrum CFL light for hours. All caterpillars successfully became chrysalises as of today, August 23.

 

 

Related posts:

  1. Full-Spectrum Lighting (issue 10)
  2. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 12)
  3. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 18)
  4. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 17)
  5. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 11)

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