Verilux lighting brightens a sewing room “almost like sunshine”

Rachel from Stitched in Color found that the benefits of healthy lighting even go beyond vision and true color. “The other difference is that it actually feels good to have the lights on…I turn on the lights during the day in my sewing room, whether sewing or typing or cutting.  They feel so bright and cheerful, almost just like sunshine.  I didn’t expect to notice or care about that, but I do.” For more about her experience making her beautiful quilts under Verilux lights, read on or visit her full post here.

“Months ago I was contacted by a company who wished for me to test and review their light bulbs in my sewing space. Seriously… light bulbs. Usually these type of offers are not a good fit, so I turn them down. But, while light bulbs are not a terribly exciting topic, they are something we use every day.

Stitched in color bulb pic

This is the part of her email that really got my attention, “Research shows (and our consumers know) that our lighting products reduce eye strain/fatigue, allow colors to appear truer than conventional lighting, as well as elevate mood and energy.” Hmmm?

I responded, “I hate to use artificial lighting of any kind as it certainly does alter color perception. Unfortunately, on cloudy days it’s necessary. It would be wonderful if your lights could help. A few questions:

Is there a large difference between your light technology and light bulbs one buys at hardware stores that are sold as “daylight balanced”? I currently use daylight balanced bulbs by Utilitech in the recessed lighting that is throughout my sewing workroom.”

By the way, when I switched to “daylight balanced” bulbs I had noticed an improvement in the way colors appeared under the lights. I still could tell that my color perception was “off” under artificial lighting and would always wait for sunlight to choose fabrics for a project. Also, I tend to keep lights off during the day. I so much prefer natural light patterns and even shadows.

Heather from Verilux responded in detail to my inquiry. In case you are an information junkie like me, I’ll copy and paste the details. But, the gist of it is that their lights are indeed more “true” than daylight balanced bulbs.

healthy lighting home makeover

This picture highlights the difference in how colors appear under typical incandescent vs. Verilux bulbs. In case you don’t know, one great way to make a choice for lights you want to use for photography is to check out the CRI (color rendering mix). Verilux bulbs have a CRI of 85. Professional photographers who use supplemental light consider anything 90 or higher acceptable, so we are very close to what is used on photo shoots.

I decided to try Verilux flood lights for my sewing room recessed lighting. There were some hiccups with my shipment(s), as a few bulbs kept getting broken in transit. Since it happened twice in a row, we’re thinking my UPS driver may be at fault. Anyhoo, Verilux was happy to replace them, which they would do for any customer. They have a 30 day product guarantee.

So, what do I think? They make a difference. I actually chose fabrics for Tangential at night under my Verilux lighting with total confidence. And, you know that was a pretty important project to me! I can tell that these lights don’t distort color. Here’s an example:

stitched in color verilux light pic stitched in color natural light pic

Neither of these photos have been color corrected in any way. You can see that the colors are virtually identical. The shadows and bright spot reflections created by artificial recessed lights still make them less than ideal for photographs, but the color is a great improvement.

The other difference is that it actually feels good to have the lights on. As I mentioned, I usually prefer to be in dim natural light than fake light. With these bulbs, it’s different. I turn on the lights during the day in my sewing room, whether sewing or typing or cutting. They feel so bright and cheerful, almost just like sunshine. I didn’t expect to notice or care about that, but I do.

Well, if you have any questions, do let me know. Verilux had a lot of lighting products other than bulbs, so if you need a lamp for desk work or task lighting by a chair you may want to take a look. Hope this has been helpful!”

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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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