Skepticism about Verilux healthy lighting disappears with the flip of a switch

Nicole of Crazed Mom

“…the light did allow me to see much clearer. It’s soft light, but bright light….everything was sharper and clearer than just using a regular light, and I liked that a lot.” -Nicole

Seeing is definitely believing when it comes to the benefits of Verilux enhanced spectrum light.  People often ask, “How different can a lamp or light bulb be?” until they switch on Verilux healthy lighting for the first time.  Scientifically proven to improve visual acuity, reduce eyestrain, and improve productivity, the benefits are real.

Nicole of Crazed Mom had a similar experience when her skepticism was immediately dashed trying her SmartLight Clip Lamp for the first time.  Now it’s her constant companion for reading at home and on trips.  Read on for more of her story or visit her full post here.

“At first I kinda thought the whole thing was a little hokey, as there are “claims” advertised on the box like, ‘read faster with greater comprehension’ and ‘work smarter with improved productivity and focus’, and ‘study longer without glare, eyestrain and fatigue’. Uhm. Alrighty then. Seriously?

It’s just a lamp, right? Well, yes. And no.

What I will say, is that I think you can see better which is why these claims could hold true. The light is actually nice and bright and did allow me to see much clearer. And with a natural/white light. It’s soft light, but bright light. I am not sure how to explain this, but everything was sharper and clearer than just using a regular light, and I liked that a lot.

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The SmartLight Clip Lamp

I read a LOT of books and magazines and I need a lamp that is adjustable that can kinda travel with me around the house, to hotels, etc. THIS is the case with this lamp. It has a really nice, longer cord, clips onto almost anything and the head is adjustable and you can point the light in any direction without unclipping it.

One easy turn of the head and the light comes on immediately. Everything about the lamp is easy.

I’ve only had the lamp about a week now, but truly I am very intrigued by the natural light. I notice that eyestrain is definitely reduced and overall, I really like the lamp!”

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A HappyLight brings hope to a hockey family during dark, early mornings

If you or anyone in your family plays hockey, you know this story well.  The very early mornings for practice, drives to tournaments, etc. can really do a number on energy levels, circadian rhythms, and, not to mention, moods.  But, there is hope!  Hockey mom Randi from Stix and Pux experienced first hand how HappyLights can be a natural solution for these trying times.  Visit her full post here, or read on for highlights from her informative and amusing article.

"And so, we are grumpy. And snippy. And mean. All day. And it all has to do with the lack of light that is reaching our brains. I’ve got coffee (lots of it) as my hockey happy drug. But what has the kid got?" HappyLights to the rescue!

“And so, we are grumpy. And snippy. And mean. All day. And it all has to do with the lack of light that is reaching our brains. I’ve got coffee (lots of it) as my hockey happy drug. But what has the kid got?” HappyLights to the rescue!

“The alarm is buzzing and when you’re a hockey mom, you can’t hit snooze. You don’t set it early enough for that nonsense. You need every last second of sleep you can get.

It’s your typical hockey mom math problem.

If your kid has to be on the ice at 7am, and he needs 5 minutes to get out of bed, 5 minutes to get dressed, 10 minutes to eat and 20 minutes to get gear on, plus 20 minutes of travel time, what time must you set the alarm in order to get the maximum possible amount of shut-eye?

Suffice to say, it’s early, and it feels even earlier in winter. We’re talking pitch-black early. Shake yourself from your dreams early. Shiver as you leave the sheets early. “MOM, DON’T TURN ON THE LIGHTS!” early.

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One of Randi’s hockey players wakes from a slumber.

When it’s this early, the biggest problem is you can’t really see. Your eyes don’t function right. They can’t adjust to the light because, well, there is no natural light. And the lights in the house are way too harsh for any living, breathing human dumb enough to be up at this hour.

And so, we are grumpy. And snippy. And mean. All day. And it all has to do with the lack of light that is reaching our brains.

I’ve got coffee (lots of it) as my hockey happy drug. But what has the kid got?

HappyLight Liberty 10k Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp

HappyLight Liberty 10k Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp

I’ll tell you what: A HappyLight. Ever heard of light therapy being used for the winter blues? Well, it works.

This miracle light actually brightens our days with its simulated natural light lamp. Instead of turning on the harsh overhead lights, you plug it in near where the kid is getting dressed with his eyes shut, and again near the breakfast table. It helps the body adjust to waking and actually boosts mood on winter’s darkest days.

So how do these “happy” lights work anyway? The Verilux fixtures and bulbs emit spectrally enhanced natural spectrum light that acts like daylight to restore balance, mood and energy. The lights shift circadian rhythms that are off-balance when waking and sleeping patterns are interrupted (welcome to hockey!). Natural spectrum light also helps us see better, reduces eye strain and fatigue, and improves our ability to process information. Set it up near where the kid does his homework at night, and see whether it helps him concentrate. Yep, it’s that good.

Rise & Shine Natural Wake Up Light

Rise & Shine Natural Wake Up Light

It turns out the HappyLight is just one of the products created by the healthy lighting company Verilux. Next, we’d love to try the Rise and Shine Natural Wake-Up Light which is a strategic alarm clock that wakes you up with increasing light and sound. No more shocking anyone out of sleep.”

 

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Full spectrum lighting brightens school, bus stops, and moods in northern Sweden

Umeå in northern Sweden has just a few hours of light a day during December and a high school in the city has become the first in the country to use solar power to give students light therapy during lessons.

Umeå in northern Sweden has just a few hours of light a day during December. A high school in the city has become the first in the country to use solar power to give students light therapy during lessons.

A city in northern Sweden has incorporated full spectrum lighting into their community in some unique ways to help them combat the effects of lack of sunlight in the wintertime.  New lighting is now in their school to help improve children’s moods and concentration and even at their local bus stops.  Read on for more on how full spectrum lights have helped this northern community or visit here and here for the full articles.

“Not far from the Arctic Circle, in this town there is less than an hour of sunlight on an average day in December. Sometimes the sun doesn’t show through the clouds at all.

“Many people in the city feel tired during the winter here in northern Sweden. For students in particular it can be hard to focus,” Stefan Andersson, one of the school’s head teachers, tells The Local.

But he is hoping that pupils’ concentration will improve thanks to 140 brand new light therapy lamps installed in seven classrooms and the school’s canteen at the start of this month.  The lamps offer a brighter light than ordinary bulbs and mimic the sun by offering a full spectrum of light wavelengths. The idea is that while more than two thousand pupils and teachers at the school will rarely see natural daylight during the week between now and February, they will start to feel as though they have spent more time outdoors.

“So far it seems to have been a success, the pupils are happier and have more energy,” argues Andersson.

An energy company also installed full spectrum lights in 30 of the city’s bus stops last week. “We wanted to show we care about the people living here in Umeå at this dark time of the year, people get depressed if they don’t see the light,” Umeå Energi CEO Göran Ernstson told The Local.

An energy company in Umeå, northern Sweden, has installed phototherapy lights in the city’s bus stops to combat the short days, lack of sunlight, and residents’ depression.

An energy company in Umeå, northern Sweden, has installed phototherapy lights in the city’s bus stops to combat the short days, lack of sunlight, and residents’ depression.

Umeå, which lies some 500 kilometres north of Stockholm, is only light for around five hours a day at this time of year. Into December, as the temperature plummets, this figure shrinks by an hour.

The snow has not yet settled, and as a result the city is even darker than usual, something the energy company wants to fight artificially.

“Umeå residents both own us and are our customers and we believe we all need to be re-energized when it gets like this,” Ernstson continued. “Even though it snowed today, the sun had set by 2pm.”

The energy company boasts that the energy used to power the lamps comes from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower.  In addition, the lights filter out harmful UV rays, preventing potential eye and skin damage for those standing beneath them waiting for the bus.”

 

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