Archive for January, 2012

How to: Have a Happier Winter

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Source: Seaholm Highlander

 

How to: Have a Happier Winter

 

With the holidays over and Spring break months away, the winter may seem like a long unnecessary cycle of overcast skies and frigid temperatures.

 

A combination of shorter days, less sunlight, and cold temperatures may cause heightened feelings of depression and sadness during the winter months. However there are several things you can do to improve your mood and make the winter more bearable.

 

Get Some (fake) Sun: While there may seem to be a shortage of sunny days during Michigan winters, take advantage of them and get outdoors. Sunlight releases neurotransmitters in the brain that improve mood. Enjoy the benefits of sunlight even on overcast days by using full spectrum light bulbs, which have been shown to ‘mimic natural sunlight.’

 

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Comments: For those living in the Northern hemisphere we are starting to see the peak of published material on how to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder. This article (from a secondary school paper) has a good down-to-earth list of solutions for those suffering from SAD this year.

 

 

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How important are light fixtures in schools

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Source: Central States Education Group

 

How important are light fixtures in schools

 

Anecdotal evidence still suggests that “warmer” light (associated with incandescent and fire-light) is easier on the eyes, and full-spectrum products can make black print easier to see on white paper.

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Comments: This article refers to a recent decision by a local school to invest in lighting that while more expensive in the short-term, has long-term energy savings and cost savings. The lights chosen are also rated by teachers as being “warmer” and better for reading. We applaud any organisation that is prepared to look after their people in this manner and trust that more schools start thinking in this manner.

 

 


Stop Flirting & Commit : Rules of Engagement With Colour

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Source: those3chicks

 

Stop Flirting & Commit : Rules of Engagement With Colour

 

Just as with any budding attraction, should you bring it home with you, you might be surprised how it looks like in a different light. Colours which look great on the colour chart under fluorescent lighting in the paint store will look much different at home in a sunny room or lit by incandescent lighting. Tungsten bulbs give a slightly yellow light; halogen gives white light, while some fluorescent bulbs can give flat, cold light. All these lights can all affect how the colour looks. Your best bet is full spectrum lighting, which mimics daylight, to show a colour at its’ best.

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Comments: In this long(ish) post, the authors advise on ways in to include colour in your home design choices. In terms of making your colour decisions, the best piece of advice they give, is to make sure you’re looking at it under the right light.

 

 


Aiming for an employee-friendly office environment

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Source: Business Exchange

 

Aiming for an employee-friendly office environment

 

To begin with try to go for an office with decent windows and light-coloured paint – as being stuck for hours in dark, drab surroundings will lower anyone’s morale. There is also the option of full-spectrum light bulbs, which effectively simulate the feel of natural light – ideal for brightening offices during the dreary winter months.

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Comments: When looking after our health, the time we spend in office work each day is often forgotten time. We applaud the writers of this article for thinking of the role that light plays in looking after workers health and well-being.

 

 


Good heavens, how much light!

Friday, January 20th, 2012

In a treat for Finnish readers of our blog – we’ve got a link today to a recent radio interview given by Viva-Lite partner, Ilkka Pekanheimo of AD-Lux Finland. This link will be valid until the 12th of February 2012.

 

In this interview the point is made that “Halpa lampuilla ei näe hyvin” – or “you cannot see well in the light of cheap lamps”. The Viva-Lite partner is passionate about this relationship between quality of light and price – and that we need to bring quality light into our lives.

 

Other highlights of the interview are the interviewer referring to Viva-Lite lamps as the Rolls Royce of light-bulb options. And then when Ilkka, turns on the Viva-Lite bulb (an E-27) the interviewer exclaims (in Finnish) “good heavens, how much light!”.

 

 


Unhappy Holidays and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Source: American Soul Food

 

Unhappy Holidays and Seasonal Affective Disorder

 

Douse Yourself in Light.
When you wake and want to pull the comforter over your head, flip on the light or throw open the curtains instead. Look into the light. Use the force. Getting light into your eyes. Try a winter light machine or broad spectrum bulbs in your lamps both at work and home to make up for lost UV rays from the sun. Sunlight gets your circadian rhythm on track, helping to manage cortisol (your stress and get-up-and-go hormone) and melatonin (a calm and sleep hormone).

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Comments: For those currently in the grip of an overly long winter, we recommend the 10 tips outlined in this article for ways to beat the winter blues.

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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.