Archive for the ‘snippets’ Category

Seedlings Started Under Lights vs. On A Windowsill

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Source: blog

 

Seedlings Started Under Lights vs. On A Windowsill

“In early February I started some broccoli seeds the way I normally do, under a bank of full spectrum florescent light tubes. At the same time, using the same seeds, the same seed potting mix, and an identical pot (a 6-cell starter tray of 72-sized-cells), I started some broccoli seeds for a friend. She took her seeded pot home and put it immediately on the windowsill of a bright, south-facing window. About a month later, on March 8th, we compared our results. ”

 

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Comments: It’s always good to see the results of experiments that look into the value of full-spectrum lights. Here we can see that in winter conditions, full-spectrum lights make a big difference to the growth rates of seedlings. Have you thought about getting a headstart on your spring garden?

 

 


Italian village builds its own sun

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Source: blog

 

Italian village builds its own sun

“Who could live in a town that never sees a breath of sunlight? Viganella, a remote village of German Buddhists in northern Italy, has long experienced such a plight. Located deep in a valley, the little community resides at such a point that from mid-November to early February each year, the residents never see the sun’s direct glow ”

 

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Comments: All we can say on reviewing this article – if you have regular access to sunlight, you don’t know how lucky you are!

 

 


New SAD Treatment – Shining Light Into The Brain Through The Ears

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Source: Doctor Tipster

 

New SAD Treatment – Shining Light Into The Brain Through The Ears

“The effectiveness and exact mechanism of this light-treatment was not fully understood until now, until researchers from Oulu, Finland, found that the central role was not played by the retina. Instead the light acts on light-sensitive proteins on the brain’s surface. Special earphones were designed that shine a beam of light through the ear canal to a light-sensitive area in the brain, this being an efficient alternative to light therapy.”

 

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Comments: We have looked into the role of light in keeping SAD at bay before. In this article they explore whether it needs to be accessed through the eyes or whether there are other mechanisms that allow it to act.

 

 


Do you know what motivates your staff?

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Source: Ignite

 

Do you know what motivates your staff?

“Most people in the technology industry are generally considered smart, and highly skilled in math, logic and problem solving. However, these highly developed technical skills usually come at the expense of their interpersonal skills. IT managers are not immune to this imbalance and spend little time to improve these under developed skills. Making matters worse, we recognize and promote based on results and reward for performance. The consequence is that managers spend 95% of their time focusing on measurable items and pay little attention to the emotions of their staff. This is not because managers don’t like people or don’t care, but few of them have little idea what employees really want from a boss.

 

…Make the work space look better; get rid of office clutter (cables, computer equipment, books, files, etc.), get some plants, find local schools for art, replace lighting with full spectrum light bulbs and use creative ways to make the environment better.”

 

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Comments: There is a lot to managing and motivating others. We were pleased to see that the light quality of a work environment was taken into consideration when looking into this subject. We recommend that you do the same, when looking at ways to motivate your staff.

 

 


What Can Pose a Greater Cancer Risk than Smoking?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Source: Psychology Today:
 
What Can Pose a Greater Cancer Risk than Smoking?
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (online) raised questions about sleeping pills. The careful work that was done on this study demonstrates a strong link between sleeping pills and mortality (medical lingo for death), particularly from cancer.
 
…Clearly other strategies need to be looked at the provide relief for sleep. The authors say cognitive behavioral therapy is the way to go — it’s what’s called sleep hygiene. One key is getting up at the same time every day until eventually your body forces you to go to sleep earlier. Other strategies include making changes to your sleeping environment, light therapy (getting full-spectrum light early in the morning) and using relaxation strategies before sleep or upon awaking in the middle of the night.
 
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Comments: This article looks in depth at the downside of taking sleeping pills. Given they see a strong negative to taking them, we think it is right of the authors to then focus on what alternatives there are. We recommend reading this for their emphasis on the value of sleep hygiene.
 
 


Snippet: Design Ideas to Brighten Up Your Brownstone

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Source: Daily Heights

 

Design Ideas to Brighten Up Your Brownstone

 

Depending on the angle of your Brownstone (or if you have a corner lot) it can be a bit difficult to brighten up your living space with just natural light. This makes it very important to have adequate lighting in each room. You may consider installing overhead light fixtures and investing in floor lamps. The type of light bulb you use is also important. Full spectrum light bulbs emit natural looking light which can help augment the lack of sun light in your brownstone.

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Comments: For those concerned with how to brighten up a brownstone apartment or any living space, there are a number of ideas in this article. We strongly recommend their advice on the inclusion of full-spectrum lighting in your living spaces’ lighting design.

 

 


Snippet: Herbs for the winter windowsill

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Source: ReminderNews

 

Herbs for the winter windowsill

 

Growing herbs indoors is not difficult, as long as their few cultural requirements are met. The two most important factors for the successful growth of herbs indoors are light and moisture. 

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Comments: For those who are interested in starting a herb garden indoors over the winter months, this article provides some ideas. We feature it because it acknowledges the importance of light in producing healthy plants.

 

 


Snippet: Bookstore bucks recession …

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Source: KSL.com Utah

 

Bookstore bucks recession trend with innovation…and psychics

 

It is also one of the first stores in Utah to install “mood lighting.” Full spectrum lighting is typically used as light therapy for those with seasonal or mood disorders, but in this case, they are used to set a healthful tone in the store, LaSalle said.

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Comments: We were pleased to find this example of a retail store using full-spectrum lights instore. One of the lessor known uses of full-spectrum lighting is in making the most of a retail showroom. With full-spectrum lighting you can be sure that the colour of your wares are being displayed accurately.

 

 


Snippet: How to choose an indoor garden light system

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Source: The Seattle Times

 

How to choose an indoor garden light system

 

The most important condition is light. By understanding how plants use light, and the many lighting options available today, you can put together a lighting system that’s right for the plants you want to grow indoors — or at least sustain — until they are able to venture outside again.

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Comments: Some of us live in conditions that allow for year round growing. Others need to think about how they can sustain plant-life through long winters. This article gives advice for those who need to garden indoors.

 

 


Snippet: Make winter enjoyable by using all five senses

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Source: TulsaWorld

 

Make winter enjoyable by using all five senses

 

Light is the most crucial cure for winter blues. “Open the shades and soak up as much natural light as you can,” says Keller, who is a feng shui consultant and yoga instructor. “Get outside during the day for walks. Moving and even feeling the wind on your face energizes you. That vitamin D you get from sun exposure is so important.”

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Comments: This article gives ideas for those who currently feel trapped in the depths of winter. We like that it acknowledges the power of light in our lives.