Magazine article USA TODAY

Let Your Light Shine on Me

Magazine article USA TODAY

Let Your Light Shine on Me

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According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 35,000,000 Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. The longer nights, especially when we switch from Daylight Saving Time back to Standard, and lack of sunlight affect our circadian rhythms, interrupt our sleep cycles, and cause fatigue and winter depression. There's no need to suffer, however, as research has shown that exposure to full spectrum lights for 30 minutes each day can alleviate these symptoms.

We tried the BlueMax High Definition Dimmable Task Lamp and Light Therapy Unit from Full Spectrum Solutions, Inc., Jackson, Mich. The lamp produces a very bright, clean light that makes it ideal as a desk or task lamp. Ordinary lamps can result in poorer vision because they produce glare and drown out colors. Consequently, people tend to lower them or turn them off. This causes the pupils to grow larger, which results in eye fatigue due to the additional focus required. BlueMax technology combats this problem and stimulates the eyes' photoreceptors. The light is more comfortable to use and it lowers melatonin levels that directly affect energy levels in the body.

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With a high color rendering index of 96, (sunlight has a CRI of 100), you are able to distinguish crisp, clear colors. The rotary dimmer lets you reduce it to as little as 20% power when you don't need quite so much intensity.

The lamp offers quiet, flicker-free operation, and, facilitated by its design, uses 75% less energy. …

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