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Let There be Full-Spectrum Light for Our Bodies and Selves

Let There be Full-Spectrum Light for Our Bodies and Selves

Full-spectrum lighting companies almost always promote their products as protecting against seasonal depression.

Since that (happily) isnít a problem of mine, I hadnít looked into the subject of full-spectrum lighting more fully until recently. What an eye opener (so to speak)! Iíve learned enough that I now want to have UV-allowing glasses and windows, and I bought a full-spectrum light for my desk. The inspiration for me was learning that full-spectrum lighting helps support the endocrine system, that all-important regulator of body chemistry.

The change in my behavior with my new light is striking indeed: I am more alert, more centered, more focused, more alive feeling, and, believe it or not, less hungry. If you want to try this (and I recommend that you do), here are the guidelines for what kind of bulb to buy:

Color Rendering Index (CRI)
All full-spectrum bulbs will tell you what their CRI score is.
Sunlight: 100 CRI
Most full-spectrum bulbs: 90 CRI or above
Cool white bulbs (standard): 64 CRI

Kelvin Rating
Kelvin rating defines the color of the light
Spring colors: 2,700-3,200 Kelvin Rating
Most standard blubs are Spring colors.
High noon in July: 5,000 Kelvin
Many full-spectrum bulbs are 5,000 Kelvin.
September light: 5,500-5,700 Kelvin range

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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9:05PM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Interesting

9:05PM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Interesting

9:04PM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Interesting

5:04PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

I like FSL for my lights at home.

12:32PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

very interesting , thanks

5:13PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Great article. Thanks.

5:38PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:07AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Interesting; I'd prefer these to CFL bulbs. I will look for these now.

3:43PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

Interesting.

5:57AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

very interesting thank you

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