Types of Lighting

Have you ever wondered what the difference between different types of light bulbs really is? Well, me neither, until I started doing some research on Feng Shui and the types of lighting that are better for your psychological health. Not only is there a huge difference between natural sunlight and artificial light (light bulbs), there is a difference between types of light bulbs and their influence on your mood and mind. You can actually change the entire feel and look of a home just by changing the light bulbs.

There are three main types of light bulbs you should know about. Incandescent, —— and Halogen.

Incandescent

These lights produce a warm, soft type of lighting. They are the most common type of light bulb used in homes.

Fluorescent

These lights are generally used in workshops and other areas where a lot of detailed work is going to be den. They are very bright and can be straining on the eyes after long periods of time. In general, these lights are inappropriate for use in most homes.

Halogen

These lights use gas instead if wire to create light, and therefore can come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. These bulbs are also very expensive, so in general they are only used in decorative lights that cannot support the traditional light bulb shape.

 

An important aspect of lighting to understand is that there is a difference in the type of light emitted from the bulb depending on the spectrum of light it produces. This becomes very important when you are considering the mood of a room. Traditional light bulbs are partial spectrum, which is why they emit a yel cast on their surroundings. Much research has been done on natural full spectrum light bulbs and their effects on your eyes, your psychological health and the mood/feeling of a room. In general, natural full spectrum lighting has been shown to provide the foling benefits:

  • Improved mood
  • Increased mental awareness
  • Reduced eye strain
  • Better sleep habits
  • Provide accurate color perception and visual clarity
  • Reduce stress
  • Enhance the immune system

Basically, these bulbs mimic natural sunlight, which is good for people. It is also great for your designs as it shows their true color in their home. Your colors become more vibrant and yelness disappears. It can also help with the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

For these reason I have replaced all of the light bulbs in my home with natural full spectrum bulbs and let me tell you, it makes a world of difference. My home feels more alive. The colors feel more vibrant and attractive, and the whites in my home don’t look yel-white anymore. It’s like my whole home has natural sunlight streaming in even at night. Considering this is a very cheap upgrade, you’re looking at approx. $0.50 per bulb, it really is worth the change.

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