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Lighting Tips and Your Eyesight

Is your home lighting seeming a bit dim lately? Do the wall colors seem a bit dingy? Are you wondering if you need a stronger optical prescription? Before you make any changes in your wall colors or your eyeglasses, do a lighting survey of your home.

Light reflected from a surface into our eyes (then sorted out by our brain) is what we perceive as color. Without the proper indoor light fixtures and lighting design, color perception is compromised. Here are some tips and links to get you started on your home lighting design plan:

Dr. Susan MacDonald’s Tips for Better Vision at Home

• Increase the wattage or lumens (in the case of fluorescent bulbs) of the light bulbs in task areas as needed.
• Hire a lighting designer expert to assess the lighting design of your home, paying extra attention to task areas and lighting for safety (stairs, etc).
• Get an eye exam every two years with an ophthalmologist to ensure your eyes are healthy.

When Darkness Leads to Depression it’s Time for Light Therapy

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a serious type of depression that happens to some people with the changing of the seasons from Summer to Fall/Winter. Sometimes light therapy using specifically designed light boxes or fixtures will successfully manage this type of depression. The Mayo Clinic website has great information about this disorder.

Save Energy One Bulb at a Time

One energy saving compact fluorescent light bulb can save up to $30 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb. The down side is that these bulbs contain mercury and need to be carefully removed and recycled when they break. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages you to educate yourself about these bulbs. Check out the www.EnergyStar.gov site for details. When you’re ready to trash a bulb with mercury, call your local recycler to learn where to recycle the bulbs. The consumer page of the American Lighting Association website details how to safely remove a broken bulb.

Lighting and Eyesight Sources & Helpful Links:

Dr. Susan MacDonald, www.LaheyClinic.org



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