About two weeks ago I spent a whole bunch of money on buying a daylight lamp. Well I ended up with not only one but two ones. One for me, and one for my son (who obviously also suffer more than usual from the lack of daylight). The darkness has been driving me crazy. Usually I’m up half the night, more recently I’ve been up – all night. The weightiness in my demands has become zero in the mornings when trying to get the kids up to school. And the morning meetings… I try to avoid them as far as possible.
Ordinary incandescent bulbs feature a yellow light. A dayligth lamp give a much bluer/whiter light at the same colour temperature of natural daylight, around 6000 to 6500° K (Kelvin). There are numerous daylight lamps types to choose from. The lamp I bought has a full-spectrum light 10,000 Lux. I belive that’s the highest Lux you can get on a lamp like this.
The lamp I got for Otto is a so called Wake-up Light which you control via an iPhone-app (high tec yes). The gadget, which includes an iPhone/iPod dock, promises “a gradual wake-up routine by increasing the light gradually in your bedroom”. A sunrise (or sunset in the evening). You can also replace the alarm with sounds (like birds in the forest etc.) or tunes supplied by your iPod or iPhone. This lamp has an effect of 300 Lux.
So, does it work, has it made us more alert? Yes I belive so! As for Otto I don’t know yet, but my waking hours at night has become much less. And I believe I have more energy. My lamp works fairly as a photo lamp as well. Sounds like I’m sponsored doesn’t it. I wish.