New natural spectrum LED desk lamp provides big benefits for school work

Christine at Our Homeschool Reviews “…replaced the desk lamp that [my daughter] was using with the DeXa Natural Spectrum LED Desk Lamp. The picture doesn’t do justice to the amount of light that it puts out. I still can’t believe how much brighter her work area is!” Read on to learn more about their experience with healthy lighting or visit Christine’s full post here.

“Lighting can make a big difference in how your child is performing with their school work. Are they tired when they are at their desk? Are their eyes strained?

"I still can't believe how much brighter her work area is.  And I was surprised in the difference between the artificial light compared to the Natural Spectrum light. It's really made a huge difference!"

“I still can’t believe how much brighter her work area is. And I was surprised in the difference between the artificial light compared to the Natural Spectrum light. It’s really made a huge difference!”

Did you know that research shows natural spectrum lights help us see better, reduce eye strain and fatigue, as well as improve our ability to process information?

People who use Verilux lighting report that they can read and work longer on projects of all kinds and children benefit from using these lights while studying.

We were happy to receive the DeXa Natural Spectrum LED Desk Lamp for review. Funny Bunny’s desk lamp was actually mine when I was younger so it was very old, and barely holding on.

Dexa Natural Spectrum LED Desk Lamp

Dexa Natural Spectrum LED Desk Lamp

Some of the DeXa features include:

  • Dial-in one of ten brightness levels
  • Long-life, energy-efficient LEDs
  • Natural Spectrum light
  • Durable, flexible gooseneck
  • Optix lens which diffuses light to reduce glare

Some of the benefits of using the Dexa are:

  • Read faster with greater comprehension
  • Study longer without glare, eyestrain, and fatigue
  • Work smarter with improved productivity and focus

We replaced the desk lamp that Funny Bunny was using with the DeXa Natural Spectrum LED Desk Lamp. The picture doesn’t do justice to the amount of light that it puts out. I still can’t believe how much brighter her work area is. And I was surprised in the difference between the artificial light compared to the Natural Spectrum light. It’s really made a huge difference!”

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Homeschool expert, author and healthy lighting advocate recommends Verilux

In the book, Home Field Advantage: A Guide to Choosing Teaching Methods for Your Homeschooling Champions, Skyla King-Christison writes about the importance of healthy lighting in learning spaces. “The studies are pretty conclusive that proper lighting makes a measurable difference in academic performance, but still lighting is one of the most overlooked aspects of homeschooling and homework spaces…Schooling under full spectrum bulbs is the next best thing to studying outside.” For more of her article, read on or visit Skyla’s blog here.

“Heather, from Verilux, contacted me a while back asking if I’d like to try their full spectrum lighting for our study space and see if we like it enough to give some lighting away to a lucky reader. I was super excited because I wrote about the importance of natural lighting in your work space in Home Field Advantage, and we have just moved from a super sunny area to an almost windowless rental house in a very overcast region.

"During the daylight hours, our Verilux lighted space feels like an extension of the outdoors."

“During the daylight hours, our Verilux lighted space feels like an extension of the outdoors.”

The studies are pretty conclusive that proper lighting makes a measurable difference in academic performance, but still lighting is one of the most overlooked aspects of homeschooling and homework spaces. Thankfully, the house we are buying has a lot more windows than our rental, but the homeschool space is in an absolutely windowless space right at the center of the house, so I’ll be carefully bringing all of my new Verilux light bulbs to the new house because I’m sold! Schooling under full spectrum bulbs is the next best thing to studying outside.

Research has shown that studying with natural spectrum lighting increases visual acuity in 88% of study participants and reduces eye strain. Schools report that students perform better, have higher achievement, lower stress, and improved attendance when natural spectrum lights are used.

The full spectrum bulbs have a distinctly different color light from the regular compact florescent bulbs that we had been using. Where our regular bulbs cast a somewhat yellow light, these cast more of a greenish light. That might sound strange, but during the daylight hours, our Verilux lighted space feels like an extension of the outdoors. I will confess that it was not my daughter’s favorite lighting for bed time reading. Perhaps it didn’t feel like bed time with such crisp, natural light flooding over her shoulder. I have one of the bulbs in my bedside lamp, and it did take some getting used to because even the lower wattage bulb is a stronger light than I’m used to at bed time, but that end of the day eye strain was noticeably reduced.  So, we love them and plan to keep them as a regular staple in our school space!”

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Feelin’ Crafty with a healthy lighting workspace transformation

The fantastic Seattle-based blogger of Feelin’ Crafty worked with us to transform her crafting space into a healthy lighting haven.  Read on to see what Louise had to say about her experience with healthy lighting.  Also, for her full post and to enter her Healthy Lighting Makeover Giveaway, click here.

"Happy Mail!  Yea!!!"

“Happy Mail! Yea!!!”

“We redid our basement about 6 years ago and I think we might have put in the wrong size can lights, because they warm the upstairs floor. The basement, or what we call the 1st Floor, is where we spend a lot of our time because it’s our room, my son’s play room and it’s our craft room! And the lights that seem to be a problem are the ones in the craft/sewing room. So my husband and I were talking about how to fix it. And I’m not kidding, literally, a couple of days later I get this email from Heather asking if I could try out some of her lights!!! Would I like to revive the lighting in my craft and sewing room??? It was like she heard us talking…. So of course I said yes!

So this is my room before the lighting revision.

Before!

Before

And yes, I have a bunch of stuff. Trying to work on that… Remember my finish along.. We’re just talking lighting here! heheh!

And then after…. Can you see the difference? I didn’t edit my pictures at all, so I’m hoping you can see it. I can totally feel it! And see it! The colors are more real. And I don’t know exactly what it is, but it feels better to me.

After!

After

Originally we tried the LED lights in the work room… Not so much. I have to say though, at first I was in love. the color for everything was right on. I didn’t feel like I got that yellowy color. But after a day or two, we all realized they just weren’t bright enough. My son even asked me to turn up the lights! So then Heather and I started chatting and realized yes, the LED are fantastic, but not what we needed in the craft room.

Have you ever used special lighting to enhance your creative endeavors? When working on a project, it can be a frustrating to find that colors appear differently indoors and outdoors, as well as even under different lamps. Verilux lighting products emit a broader spectrum of wavelengths, so colors appear truer. So much so, museums have used their lighting to better illuminate works of art. Verilux fixtures and bulbs emit spectrally enhanced natural spectrum light, which research shows helps us see better, reduces eye strain and fatigue, as well as improves our ability to process information, which is great for crafting, sewing and for the family work space! The graphic shows the Verilux difference compared to conventional lighting in the eye.

Natural Spectrum vs. Conventional Light

Natural Spectrum vs. Conventional Light

Moreover, just as we feel can feel better on a day full of sunshine, consumers often use Verilux lighting products to increase energy levels and elevate mood. If you’ve ever heard of light therapy for seasonal affective disorder or the “winter blues,” you know that light can make a huge difference for people.

You can see the difference between the fabric colors. The before on top, the fabrics have that yellowy look where in the after picture below, the colors are more real.

Before!

Before

After!

After

And remember about how I was saying the LED lights didn’t work in the craft room? Well check them out in my bathroom!

Here’s the lighting before!

Before!

Before

And after!

After!

After

My bathroom is a very light blueish grey color. Not a taupey yellow…. The after is right on! It’s not as bright as before, but it makes the room the right color! I love it! I remember growing up, my mom had a make-up mirror with the right color bulbs for putting on her ‘face’ as she calls it. Now my whole bathroom is that way!

Verilux Pagelight One more goodie to tell you about before I share the giveway! As a little bonus, I got this fantastic PageLight! I love it! In my house, I usually stay up later than everyone else crafting and blogging and such. But then when I go to bed, yes I do sleep, I like to read a little. I’m tried so many flashlights, etc. I had been using my iphone flashlight, but it was so bright and lit up the whole room almost. This is perfect. The light levels are adjustable and it only lights the book! Did I mention I love it????”

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