Full-Spectrum Light (issue 48)

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
(Health) News: 5 Natural Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
The days are getting shorter. Fall has arrived in all its resplendent beauty. While the changing colors are lovely, insufficient daylight may find you down in the dumps and more tired than usual. The Cleveland Clinic estimates that at least 10 to 20 percent of the population suffers from some sort of seasonal depression brought on by shorter days

 


Depression: Sunshine, Food, Exercise and Supplements Work Better Than Drugs
When the eyes are exposed to natural sunlight or full-spectrum light, the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, pancreas, liver and kidneys all function better, according to the numerous studies presented in these two books. Full-spectrum light includes a balance of wavelengths from all colors of the visible spectrum plus ultraviolet and infrared. On the other hand, cool white fluorescent bulbs, which are now used for the great majority of interior commercial lighting, have strong yellow, but are very deficient in most of the other wavelengths, with no ultraviolet or infrared.

 

Someone Is Sleeping In My Bed
The shorter days are also a bit of a mess.  I get cranky (well, crankier) in the darker months, so I got myself a Varilux work light.  If you’re not familiar with them, they are very high-efficiency fluorescent lights that give the full spectrum. They say the free-standing lights aren’t bright enough to claim to fight seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but I think it helps a little.

 

WORK BETTER
Lighting plays an important role in workplace productivity
Besides the fact that injuries can cost quite a bit in terms of healthcare and disability costs, keeping workers healthy increases productivity in any kind of workplace. Human health is bound up in many factors, not the least of which is psychological. That is why this time of year, health and safety departments need to take into account the effect that lighting and weather have on workforces.

 

PLANTCARE
Indoor Gardening Part I
As someone who is relatively sure they suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) but has never actually been diagnosed, I have gone through many yearly obsessions in the winter at a desperate attempt of keeping my mind off how vitamin D deprived I am.

 

Propagation of a schefflera plant
The upper part of this plant is extremely healthy and constantly produces new buds, stems, etc. The lower part of the plant is starting to look a bit sad, and since the whole thing has begun to curve and loop around sharply, I have it on supports in a large pot under a full-spectrum light.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY
Agua Nueva Agate Designer Cut Cabochon
These photos were taken under full spectrum light, natural sunlight being the best way to view it, but the full spectrum light that I use does replicate that well.

 

BIRDCARE
African Grey Parrot
I brought home a Congo African Grey last month; he/she is now about 4 1/2 months old and seems to be doing very well. Is on a primarily pelleted diet (mix of Harrison’s and Zupreem) and absolutely loves fresh veggies and other foods such as scrambled egg. I have a full spectrum light on for part of the day and the bird has also had a vet visit (I work at an avian vet) and will be going back next week for some blood testing

 

MISCELLANEOUS
How To Look Glowing In Any Light Conditions
Light has another important role in beauty–the beauty that comes from feeling happy and healthy. Research on light has shown that the amount of light most of us experience from day to day is inadequate for keeping us healthy. 

 

 

 

Related posts:

  1. Full-spectrum light (issue 31)
  2. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 42)
  3. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 52)
  4. Full-Spectrum Light (issue 40)
  5. Full-spectrum Light (issue 27)

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