Healthy lighting saves a 10 year old craft project

Danielle at Royal Legacy Reviews thought her eyes were struggling due to aging, but learned that bad lighting was mostly to blame.  Finally without eyestrain and fatigue, she has begun completion of her 10 year old craft project!

“I would sit, and just get tired of [sewing] after just a little while… I am amazed at the difference with working with the Verilux Natural Spectrum® lighting. I can literally sit and keep sewing all day if I had the time.”

For more about Danielle’s experience, read on or visit her full post here.

"I am amazed at the difference with working with the Verilux Natural Spectrum® lighting. I can literally sit and keep sewing all day if I had the time."

“The lighting brings out all the colors and the definition of the 28-count fabric that I am using.”

“I fell in love with embroidery when I learned it in my home economics course in junior high. It is one of my passions in life. Over the last ten years, I have not been able to sit and sew for long periods of time like I used to. I thought it was just my eyes getting older, but it really was our switch to fluorescent lighting that has been my problem.

Like many people, we tossed out our old light fixtures with those incandescent bulbs years ago and switched to fluorescent lighting as a way to be more green in our household. In reality, there is a big difference in the amount of light, and the nature of the light itself. Fluorescent lighting is on a different spectrum, and when you take pictures with just that lighting, you find that it is not as bright as you think.

Crafting, and in particular embroidery, really became a nuisance to me. I would sit, and just get tired of it after just a little while. The project that you see in the pictures on this post was started over ten years ago. Trying to sew in the fluorescent light just tired my eyes, got tiring in general, and many times, I would wind up with a headache.

Verilux Brookfield Desk Lamp displays an embroidery project's true color.

Verilux Brookfield Desk Lamp displays an embroidery project’s true color.

Embroidery has become a pleasure once more for me. I recently came across a lighting company that offers a different type of fluorescent light – one that is more like natural daylight. This lighting comes from Verilux. Verilux Natural Spectrum® lighting is scientifically tuned to the human eye, and refined to include the best of Natural Spectrum® daylight without the harmful or unnecessary wavelengths. This visually efficient light reduces eyestrain and fatigue enabling people to read, or work on arts and crafts longer and with better concentration.

Verilux kindly sent me their Brookfield Desk Lamp to me so that I can test it out and see if their lighting is as true and comfortable to the eyes as they say it is. I am amazed at the difference with working with the Verilux Natural Spectrum® lighting. I can literally sit and keep sewing all day if I had the time. I don’t feel any eye strain. The lighting brings out all the colors and the definition of the 28-count fabric that I am using. Seeing the fabric so well keeps me from making stupid mistakes.

Natural Spectrum vs. Conventional Light

Natural Spectrum vs. Conventional Light

Not only am I seeing more clearly now with less eye strain, the Brookfield Desk Lamp is an attractive addition to my home. It was fashioned after apothecary lamps that were introduced at the 1904 St. Louis World Exposition. It does come in two finishes: brushed chrome and aged bronze. The aged bronze complements my home so well.

The Verilux Spiral Fluorescent Bulb uses only 18-watts of power, but this energy-efficient lighting system provides the equivalent of 75 watts of incandescent illumination. Have you ever noticed a flickering with a regular fluorescent bulb? Verilux invented and equipped all of their bulbs with Flicker Elimination Technology™ that combined with the filter over the bulb, the Optix® Glare Control, altogether virtually eliminate fatigue and eyestrain.

Made with a solid all metal construction, the Brookfield Desk Lamp is built to last. The handle is meant for one touch positioning, but I find I do need two hands to get it in the position that I desire. The head tilts perfectly to where I want the light to be. The switch at the base is an old-fashioned rotary switch that is easy to turn it on and off.

Actually, I got quite a bit done on my embroidery in the last few weeks that I have had the Brookfield. I would have done more, but had to take a time out due to a bad cold that went through the family. What you see in the picture is only the light from the lamp. I find that I have to turn off any other fluorescent light in the area that I am working, as it hampers the Verilux light. I only need to use this lamp and no other light.

royal legacy blog pic 3The Brookfield Desk Lamp is available at Verilux.com, retails for only $129.95 and comes with Free Shipping. You risk nothing when you buy a Verilux Product! They have a 30-Day Risk Free Return Policy. If for any reason your Verilux product fails to meet your expectation, Verilux will refund 100% of your purchase price. If you are a crafter like me, you deserve a Verilux desk or floor light as they deliver the brightness, contrast and clarity needed for reading, hobbies and detail work.”

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!”

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!”

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!”

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????”