The headaches, eyestrain, and increased irritability, many people are experiencing today may likely be caused by artificial light. This light comes from common cool-white fluorescents and computer screens. But those are not the only problems these lights may be causing. Most people don’t realize that scientific tests have proven that common cool-white fluorescents affect emotional, physical, and mental well-being. Most office and institutional buildings use these outdated cool-white fluorescent bulbs. The narrow-light spectrum (unnatural light) and the flicker of these older bulbs and ballasts produce, along with the flickering light computer screens generate, play havoc on the eyes and produce negative physiological effects. The result – people tire more easily, experience difficulty concentrating, make more mistakes, and become more irritable.
Many of us manage the water we drink, the air we breathe and now, with the scientific evidence, we can manage the light that enters our bodies. Many people that are sensitive to light know something is wrong but can’t identify the cause. Different qualities of light act as triggers to set off our glands in our endocrine system. This is where the stress and relax hormones are produced. ACTH and cortisol are two stress hormone chemicals that are triggered by the cool-white color temperature found in traditional fluorescent lighting fixtures. The chemicals try to balance out the system but with relentless day in and day out exposure to bad light, and the disturbing symptoms described above appear.
It’s no wonder why kids today under bad light get agitated and are behaving out of character. It’s the same with adults in stressful office situations. Just take a common retail setting how many times have you wanted to get out of a store because you were feeling extreme anxiety? The next time you are in a store that gives you this feeing, try shading your eyes as a common ball cap visor would and see if the anxiety lifts immediately.
A German doctor dedicated over 30 years in research on the effects of light on man and animal, wrote a book with over 450 references from other Doctors on this subject. Most doctors that participate in this burgeoning field agree that much more research is needed. Many tests are in process now because of the acceptance of the light influence in our bodies. Light is even being used as a treatment for many types of illness, including S.A.D., PMS, common and winter depression. Research needs to be conducted to verify logical conclusions to what happens to humans with high levels of cortisol, E.G, Cushing’s disease or gland disorders. These topics should be researched as well:
Office and factory workers, buyers, facility managers, dentists, hygienists, retailers, education, medical field, emergency rooms, dispatch or call centers, architects, editors, engineers, stock brokers, graphic artists, anyone who has an eye-intensive job or stress inducing environment and spends his or her day under standard fluorescent lighting have already discovered the positive effects of full-spectrum replacement light bulbs.