Energy saving light bulbs cause anxiety/depression?Watch
I've got energy saving light bulbs all over the house. The other evening I turns the main light of and put a lamp on and couldn't get over how relaxed I suddenly felt. I put this down to reduced light and thought no more about it.
Without thinking about it I put a lamp in the bedroom this evening, switched it on and turned the main light out and felt instantly relaxed.
Thinking back on it this SAD has been happening since I started using energy saving light bulbs 4 or 5 years ago.
Has anyone noticed this?
I did hear something about flourescent light bulbs doing this?
otherwise you should feel happy that your saving the planet and all of mankind. think how pleasant life will be without us all burning to death.
Photographers understand the phenomenon of white balance. The idea is, all 'white' light sources are a slightly different colour - they can be described by two variables: the 'colour temperature' in Kelvin, and a tint colour.
For instance, tungsten/incandescent bulbs are a 'warm' colour temperature, with an orange tint that depends on the wattage, and fluorescent lights (strip-lights and energy saver bulbs) are 'cooler', with a green tint. Camera flash is somewhere in the middle, with no tint. The colour temperature of sunlight or daylight also varies with where in the sky it is. You won't notice it unless you take comparative photos under each kind of light, because our eyes adjust to it and we don't notice.
But it may well have a psychological effect.
Light boxes that treat SAD are designed to emit light of a particular colour temperature. I have a feeling that they emulate the right kind of daylight, and that tungsten bulbs are much, much closer to this 'right colour' than fluorescent light is.
The most effective wavelengths of blue light are given as ranging between 460 nm and 485 nm by most sources, with some sources specifying peak photopigment sensitivity at 479 nm (in mice).
Have you just considerd that it would be the light being off making you feel relaxed. Not the bulb?
It may also be a colour thing; my lava lamp is reddish light and I also like yellow -orange lights, so maybe see if you can get coloured bulbs, or maybe even paint them (with non-toxic, non-flammable paint!) so your lighting helps make you relaxed.
Also think of music you play - I like classical and metal - the latter always helps if I'm anxious or upset.