Archive for October, 2011

Is it time to revisit “go play outside” with our children?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Many adults will remember the phrase “go play outside” from their childhood. A phrase that always seemed to be uttered at a time when they most wanted to stay inside and watch TV. But time moves on, and now for many of us, it is time to start reminding our children “to go play outside”.

 

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 45)

Friday, October 28th, 2011

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.

 

BIRDCARE
Pigeon Talk – Newbie questions about room light and feeding
Should I leave any light on at night?or Do I need to be sure to turn off the room light when it gets dark outside, or can I leave it on until 10 PM in the evening! I read some threads on full spectrum light and night lights and now I am confused as what is appropriate for an indoor pigeon.
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Getting ready for flu season

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Recent research conducted at the Jikei University School of Medicine in Japan and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrution looked into the relationship between Vitamin D levels and likelihood of contracting influenza.

 

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 44)

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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.

 

RECOMMENDED READING
On Bathroom Lighting
There is hope in the form of the full spectrum light bulb, developed in Finland to cheer people up during the eternal northern winters. Available in garden and wholefood stores, these light bulbs cost about ten times as much as an ordinary 100W bulb but last four times as long. This may seem expensive but when you consider that, in the US, women spend about $6 billion per year on cosmetics and that employers carry the burden of 10 million sick days a year caused by depression, splashing out on a few tasteful light bulbs begins to look like a truly bright idea.
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Read faster!

Monday, October 17th, 2011

We live in what is known as the “knowledge economy”. That means there is an incredible amount of material to read and absorb on a daily basis.

 

Because of this there is a vibrant speed-reading industry where you can pay money to take courses that offer to increase the number of words per minute that you can read.

 

What if there was another, simple answer? The Viva-Lite Finnish partners – AD-Lux – did some simple tests of reading times and found that most of the subjects were reading 20% faster under the full-spectrum bulb than they were under standard bulbs. It’s a simple yet effective change you can make in your work and home environment today.

 

 


Full-Spectrum Light (issue 43)

Friday, October 14th, 2011

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.

 

WORK BETTER
A LED Strip Light Jewelry Display Can Wow Your Customers
Lighting should always be as close to full spectrum, natural light as possible. Studies show that it makes people feel happier and healthier, and these lights are actually used to help people who experience mood problems during the darker months. LED strip light jewelry display cases simply give your consumers a better feeling and a better view

 

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Full-Spectrum light on TV

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Recently Viva-Lite partner – AdLux were interviewed on Finnish TV. We have the video (in Finnish) here and the English translation below. If you’d like to skip ahead to the demonstration of how the colours look under different lights – this starts at 0:50.

 

Lighting designer Ilkka Pekanheimo, Autumn has come and the days become shorter, now would be the right time to buy day light illumination. Why?
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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 42)

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

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
Late blast of summer brings feelgood factor
The full spectrum light improves the immune system and generally makes people feel happier. Even if you don’t suffer from seasonal effective disorder most people go into a kind of psychological hibernation when the days begin to shorten. When the sun shines people have fewer inhibitions, spend more time outside and become more informal.

 

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Vitamin D and pain relief

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Vitamin D is a vitamin that the human body is able to source from both food and sunlight.

 

In this recent overview of the medical research – Vitamin D: A Neglected ‘analgesic’ for chronic musculoskeletal pain – the authors made the following points: