Posts Tagged ‘light’

My New Studio

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Source: Life’s A Sketch

 

My New Studio

 

Whoopie!!!! I’ve just completed moving all my art supplies from our dining room, living room, and spare bed room into my newly renovated basement. The first photo is the finished painted concrete floor. I chose to go this route because having had wall to wall in the past it seemed to be the best choice per reference articles on basement studios. Note the reflective quality which aids in keeping the space bright. I’ve opted instead to lay down smaller area rugs for warmth.

 

The task lighting is using full spectrum light bulbs and the walls are very light grey so as to not cast any colors onto my work.

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Comments: We love reading about people’s lighting design plans. In this case, as an artist, the writer had quite specialised lighting needs. We’re pleased to see that full-spectrum lighting was able to give them what they needed.

 

 

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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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The most artistic house in the world!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Built in Turku, Finland for artist Jan-Erik Andersson’s Doctorate in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, the Life on a Leaf house has been described as unique.

 

“The form of the Leaf House is unique. By day it resembles a strange hat or misshapen boat; by night a Jack O’ Lantern, glowing from within, its windows evoking the abstracted eyes and mouth of some Finnish folklore giant. Though the structure appears quirky and follyesque – modernism goes Moomin – it is far from haphazard.”

 

Viva-Lite partners Ad-Lux were responsible for the full-spectrum lights throughout the house and reported from the opening party that under the Viva Lite lamps the colors of the house are real and beautiful.

 

You can watch a video of the house here.

 


Circadian disruption and breast cancer.

Friday, February 18th, 2011

It’s a wordy title and only part of the full-title of the research paper:  “Artificial lighting in the industrialized world: circadian disruption and breast cancer.”

 

This paper (published in 2006) was one of the early articles that started to explore the relationship between industrialisation – specifically our ability to have light after sundown – and our health.

 

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 17)

Monday, February 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.

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Beating the Winter Blues | Create Our World: Hitchhiking | Hoboing
Full spectrum light bulbs provide similar light as the Light Therapy lamp, yet you can put them in other lamps around your house. These are a cheaper alternative than the Light Therapy lamp and provide a similar experience. … (more…)


Do iPads Cause Insomnia?

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

A recent (Dec 2010) article in the Epoch Times explores the relationship between light hygiene and a good nights sleep.  The article is educational reading for all those interested in how our bodies respond to light.

“Our environment is increasingly impacting our health, separating us from the natural forces that interact with our physiology to keep us well. The most pervasive forces are light and darkness. The lights we use or are exposed to at night cause the greatest disruption. (more…)


Full-Spectrum Light (issue 11)

Friday, December 10th, 2010

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.

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Eliminating Distractions

Full-spectrum lighting is preferred in an autism education facility, but non-fluorescent lighting uses considerably more energy, and an operations budget …
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Full-spectrum lighting (issue 9)

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

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.

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Learn About Seasonal Affective Disorder
Ordinary lGT bulbs only emit a modest spectrum of light, where the sun on the other hand emits a wide spectrum ranging from UV rays to infrared waves. The full spectrum lights developed for lamps that deal with seasonal affective …

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Full-spectrum lighting (issue 8)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

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.

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Tips For Overcoming SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) | Anxiety …
In light therapy, also called phototherapy, you either go outside during bright daylight hours or sit a few feet from a specialized light therapy box or full spectrum plant light, so that you’re exposed to bright light that mimics …
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Who’s talking about full-spectrum lighting?

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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.

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