Full Spectrum Lighting

Posted on October 09, 2013 by Lamp Deal Experts | 0 comments

Full Spectrum lighting emulates the beneficial wavelengths found in sunlight. These vital nutrients are necessary for peak health.

Full Spectrum lighting covers the entire electromagnetic spectrum from infrared through near-ultraviolet, essentially all wavelengths that are useful to plant or animal life. Sunlight is considered full spectrum, although the solar spectrum that actually reaches Earth varies with time of day, latitude, and atmospheric conditions.

Improve Productivity the EASY Way 
Business offices that have switched from ordinary fluorescent lighting to full spectrum lighting report better employee morale, improved productivity, and less errors and absenteeism. Full Spectrum lighting is picked by smart employers looking to maximize workplace efficiency.

Are you Over 50? 
If you have reached 50, congratulations! People over 50 require twice the sunlight as younger counterparts to achieve the same light nutrient benefits.

Sunlight's Healing Power 
The body produces Vitamin D from sunlight (from the UVB band of ultraviolet light), and lack of sunlight can lead to problems. Urbanized cities have higher air pollution, which block healthy sunlight. We should each soak in one hour of unfiltered sunlight each day in order to enjoy its many benefits, which include:

  1. Improved Immunity and Prevention of Disease
  2. Lower Blood Pressure (The further the distance from the equator, the higher the blood pressure levels)
  3. Increased Metabolism & Energy Levels
  4. Mood Enhancement
  5. Improved Sleep
  6. Lower Eye Strain & Fatigue
  7. Improved Cognitive Ability
  8. Help your house Plants grow with full spectrum lighting

Sunlight affects Our Moods 
Nothing regulates the body clock better than sunlight. Full Spectrum lighting replicates beneficial qualities of sunlight. Serotonin, the hormone associated with mood elevation, rises with exposure to bright light, and falls with decreased sun exposure.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a serious form of the "winter blues", is caused by a lack of sunlight. SAD occurrences are more common in locations further from the tropics, and most drug-free treatments involve replicating sunlight by way of special full-spectrum bulbs, which are tuned to the proper wavelengths of light.

History 
Full spectrum light inventor Dr. John Ott discovered that only a full spectrum of natural light (including natural amounts of infra-red and ultra-violet) worked to adequately promote optimum health in plants, animals and humans.

Insider Secret! The lighting industry will phase out energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs and eventually eliminate CFL bulbs. New horizons in light technology-Full Spectrum lighting mimics the beneficial aspects of sunlight for better quality, cleaner and healthier light. Light Therapy treats Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) related to lack of sunlight. Light therapy can also be useful in balancing ones body clock (circadian rhythm). Energy Star rated light fixtures are optimized to use dramatically less energy.

How can I FIGHT SAD and the Winter Blues!

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer; which means winter is right around the corner. With the changes in light, many people can become depressed and suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). As we grow older the hormone in our bodies called Melatonin, (which regulates our body temperature and our sleep),  is increased and if we have too much it throws off our internal body clock leading to depressive symptoms.

If you have had times of depression that clearly begin in the fall or winter followed by the ending of those symptoms in spring and summer you may have SAD.

Symptoms of winter-onset effective disorder include:

Depressed Mood

Anxiety

Irritability

Hopelessness

Loss of Energy

Social Withdrawal

Oversleeping (you feel just like you want to hibernate)

Weight Gain

Loss of interest in activities you enjoy normally

Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates including pasta, rice, bread, and cereal

Difficulty processing information and concentrating

Help is on the way! Many people find relief in the use of light therapy (phototherapy). The type of light used, the distance from the light, and the amount of time you stay in front of the light are very important. Physicians say that the light should be of adequate intensity, 10,000 LUX (lux is a measurement of light intensity). At 10,000 LUX the person is required to be in front of the light 30 minutes.

If the light is 5,000 LUX then you need to use it for 60 minutes. You need to have your eyes open so that the light can reach the back of your eyes. You do not have to look directly at the light. You can perform your normal activities like reading, knitting, etc. The distance you sit from the light will range from 12-18 inches. Make sure to read your instruction manual with your lamp carefully.

Make sure to speak with your health care provider if you think you may have SAD. Typically, light therapy is best done in the morning, as it can cause insomnia late in the day as it tries to help balance your body clock. You can purchase a phototherapy light with a prescription, but we recommend you speak with your provider first. Some insurance companies may cover some of the cost. With properly treating SAD you can enjoy the beauty of winter again.

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