Ladies and gentlemen,
You and I are standing on the threshold of a very historic event.
Very shortly, you'll be witness to the actual turning of a page in history. You'll see something you've taken for granted every day of your life, slip slowly into the mist of the past.
I'm talking about the common, run-of-the-mill, everyday light bulb.
Congress passed a bill that will literally outlaw the use of old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs.
Here's a Good Way to Recycle Your Used Fluorescent Bulbs!
As all of us increase our use of compact fluorescent light bulbs, the issue of how to dispose of them properly becomes a serious concern.
Well, according to a recent article from the New York Times, Home Depot has stepped up to the plate by offering to collect all your used compact fluorescent bulbs for proper disposal.
Every one of its stores across the nation will be a collection center for old, burned-out bulbs -- making the recycling of your bulbs simple, easy, and safe.
A news release stated that the new law is part of a massive governmental energy-saving program that will completely phase out the use of those energy-gobbling incandescent light bulbs by the year 2014.
You might be wondering what on earth the government is up to now -- going after a light bulb?
I admit, it does sound pretty radical, but think abut this...
Once the change is in effect, the boost in energy efficiency and savings will be at the very least a whopping 70% overall!
And what does that mean for you?
A 70% decrease in energy use translates into huge savings on your utility bill. Plus, it's very good for the environment overall.
That's a win-win for you -- and the environment.
Are You Getting the Unfiltered Sunlight You Need?
Did You Hear the Latest about Light Bulbs?
A new law is set to ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs, due to concerns about energy costs and greenhouse gases. Yet, light bulb manufacturers admit that typical compact fluorescents are at best a temporary fix, because they contain mercury, emit hazardous EMFs, and few recycling centers accept them.
Replace your incandescent bulbs with Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum lights -- true full spectrum light that brings nature's sunlight indoors to you. Extra-long-lasting bulbs and low energy usage means you save money on energy costs. And they fit into most light fixtures and lamps.
Of course, you probably spend too much of your time indoors, with poor incandescent or fluorescent lighting, sometimes even without windows.
Furthermore, your children and grandchildren spend their days in dully-lit classrooms.
With Mercola.com's exclusive Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum lights, you can now get natural balanced sunlight -- INDOORS!
Since adequate natural sunlight has become a precious commodity these days, I was overjoyed when my team managed to locate a source of hard-to-find, high-quality full spectrum lights from a major bulb manufacturer.
And even better: now we can offer you these full spectrum light bulbs affordably.
By the way -- I have personally used full spectrum lighting for years now.
In fact, I have my entire home lit with these full spectrum light bulbs. Sometimes, during particularly gray days, my home is the only one in the neighborhood that glows with bright, blue-white light -- not the sickeningly drab yellow light that comes from incandescent bulbs ...
So why all this fuss over light bulbs anyway, and what the heck is full spectrum lighting? You'll understand after reading about all the amazing benefits you will get from these one-of-a-kind full spectrum lights.
- Enhanced mental awareness, concentration and productivity ...
- Superior visual clarity and color perception ...
- Reduced eye strain and fatigue with a glare-free and comfortable reading environment ...
Sunlight Starvation Starts in Your Brain
To begin with, when light enters your eyes, it not only goes to your visual centers enabling you to see; it also goes to your brain's hypothalamus.
The hypothalamus is so important to the body's functioning that it is known as the brain's brain. This means that it controls the part of the nervous system regulating automatic and metabolic processes in the body. The hypothalamus controls body temperature, hunger and thirst, water balance and blood pressure. It links the nervous system to the endocrine system.
Additionally, it controls the body's master gland, the pituitary, which secretes many essential hormones. The hypothalamus initiates the body's stress response, affects our emotions and controls immune functions.
Significantly, our "body clock" is also housed in tiny centers located in the hypothalamus. Our body clock-controlled circadian rhythms are the 24 hour cycles of light and darkness.
These light-sensitive rhythms are not an invention of modern society. They are biological constructs imposed upon us by Mother Nature.
Consequently, anything that disrupts these rhythms (like inadequate sunlight) has a far-reaching impact on our body's ability to function.
This explains why, since sunlight has been shown to be the most effective regulator of the body clock, it is also the quickest method of recovering from jet lag.
But it gets even more interesting. In 1998, scientists found that they could reset the body clocks of study subjects by shining bright lights onto the back of their knees. This demonstrates that areas of the skin are significantly affected by light, just like the retinas of our eyes. This led researchers to conclude that the body may have more than one body clock, although the eyes still seem to be the main route by which the circadian system senses light.
So why the anatomy lesson?
Well, the body clock control centers in the hypothalamus are also connected to the pineal gland, which is considered the body's light meter. The pineal gland secretes the important hormone melatonin.
Melatonin, the "hibernation hormone", increases with decreased light, which explains that tired feeling that comes on when it begins to get dark outside -- even if it is only 4 o'clock in the afternoon. And it also explains why decreased melatonin is found in those with insomnia.
Conversely, serotonin, the brain hormone associated with mood elevation, rises with exposure to bright light, and falls with decreased sun exposure.This has been proven by many scientific studies, including one reported in the well-respected medical journal Lancet in 2002. This study measured blood levels of serotonin, finding that production of serotonin by the brain was directly related to the duration of bright sunlight.
What's more, full spectrum lighting has even more benefits...
Improve Your Performance at Work and Home With Full Spectrum Lights
Sadly, antiquated fluorescent lights are still the norm in the average work setting, the place where most Americans spend half their lives. Studies have shown that poor lighting in the workplace triggers headaches, stress, fatigue and strained watery eyes, not to mention inferior work production.
Conversely, companies that have switched to full spectrum lights report improved employee morale, greater productivity, reduced errors and decreased absenteeism.
Naturally, if you own your own business, I would certainly recommend a complete switch to full spectrum lighting throughout the workplace for those reasons noted above. In fact, that's exactly what I have done in my own office. Now all my employees have the benefit of full spectrum lights.
If you don't have the luxury of doing that, your best (and healthiest) option is to replace the bulb or bulbs in your desk lamp or nearest light with Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum light bulbs, which are compact enough to fit most standard light fixtures and lamps.
As a consequence, you will certainly have decreased eye strain and fatigue with less glare while working in front of your computer monitor -- this has been just one of the great benefits that I can personally attest to.
Those who work at home -- as well as those who just want the healthiest home environment possible -- can enjoy all the benefits of natural balanced sunlight indoors by switching to Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum lights.
By the same token, those who enjoy hobbies such as sewing, drawing, or crafts like scrapbooking will notice a decrease in eye strain (and the tight muscles that go with it) ... and find the improvement in color clarity and vibrancy quite obvious while working under natural full spectrum lighting.
Equally important, older individuals generally require more light than those who are younger, just to perform the same tasks comfortably. In fact, one study concluded that workers over age 50 required twice the light level of young adults for comfortable work.
So, it certainly stands to reason that our aging population -- especially baby boomers and retirees -- have eyes which are seriously challenged by poor lighting. Replacing those old-fashioned bulbs with Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum lights can make a remarkably significant difference for those of us in middle age and beyond.
Your Children's Teachers Will Thank You
In a similar fashion, with full spectrum lighting, your children and grandchildren will be able to read, learn, study and do their homework much more effectively at home. In fact, studies of the use of full spectrum lighting in classrooms and schools overwhelmingly demonstrate positive effects on learning performance and achievement.
Pioneer light researcher (and full spectrum light inventor) Dr. John Ott first coined the term "malillumination" to describe sunlight deficiency and the harmful effects of typical cool-white and pink-colored fluorescent light on learning, behavior, health and longevity.
Even back in 1980, scientists reported that cool-white fluorescent lighting produced increased levels of the stress-producing hormones ACTH and cortisol. They noted that their findings explained the agitated mental and physical behavior of children sitting all day under artificial lights, and recommended a change to illumination similar to that of natural light.
Dr. Laurence Martel, President of the National Academy of Integrative Learning, Inc., believes that light, particularly full spectrum light, is a critical element in what he calls the ergonomics of learning. As he puts it, malillumination is to light what malnutrition is to food.
Dr. Martel references a large body of research evidence indicating that the cool-white fluorescent bulbs found in virtually all classrooms cause increased stress, hyperactivity, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, attention problems and poor learning performance.
Because of this, he coined the term "posillumination" to refer to the simulated sunlight found in full spectrum lighting. He states that there is an overwhelming body of research showing its positive impact on human behavior and learning.
According to the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, poor lighting is one of the major environmental dangers at school that our children are subjected to. This journal cited studies showing the positive benefits of "daylighting" or creating classrooms with full spectrum lighting.
And students aren't the only ones noticing benefits in the classrooms. Teachers have reported more energy, elimination of headaches and decreased frustration when classrooms have been fitted with full spectrum lights.
Unfortunately, unless you are a wealthy philanthropist, you may not be able to upgrade your child's school to full spectrum lighting. However, you can upgrade your child's home learning environment to promote the highest level of functioning possible by replacing lights in your home and, especially, your child's study area with full spectrum light bulbs.
Plants Need Full Spectrum Light Too
Similarly, plants also grow better under full spectrum lights. Obviously, plants depend on quality light for their growth -- just like we do. Relying on sunlight coming through windows during part of the day is not adequate. Add to this other factors such as air pollution, cloudy weather, and dirty windows (or no windows) and you can easily see how the addition of full spectrum lighting will make your green thumb even greener.
What Makes A Light Full Spectrum?
I apologize in advance if this gets a bit technical. However, as a consumer, you are owed all the facts so that you can make informed choices, especially with such important issues about your health and well-being -- wouldn't you agree?
First of all, you should consider these key points:
- In order to achieve natural balanced sunlight INDOORS, your light bulbs must contain a full spectrum of color (imagine all the colors of the rainbow).
- Additionally, true full spectrum lighting must contain infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths. (The hazards of UV have been vastly exaggerated -- moderate levels of UV are not only safe, but essential for good health.)
Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum light bulbs contain all these essential ingredients (full color spectrum, IR and UV) to help you receive the complete balanced complement of natural light.
- Third, there is no such thing as an incandescent full spectrum light bulb (despite what some unscrupulous sales people might tell you). Inexpensive neodymium bulbs touted as "full spectrum" lights will not give you the health benefits of true full spectrum, and are consequently no bargain.
- And fourth, fluorescent bulbs are the ONLY type of bulbs that currently produce complete and healthy full spectrum lighting. But, as you will see, not all fluorescent bulbs are the same ...
There is some terminology you need to be aware of to really understand why Mercola Healthy Home bulbs are TRUE full spectrum lights ... and why many bulbs on the market are not.
Two terms you should understand are Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) and Color Retention Index (CRI).
Correlated Color Temperature is a scale used to describe temperature in degrees Kelvin (abbreviated as 'K'). The CCT rating for a lamp is a general indication of the warmth or coolness of its appearance. As CCT increases, that means the appearance of the source light has shifted from reddish-white toward bluish-white; in other words, the higher the color temperature, the cooler the color appearance.
Now, this may seem counter-intuitive -- we want to believe that bluer light sources have a lower or "cooler" color temperature, and that yellow light sources have a higher or "warmer" color temperature. However, the exact opposite is true.
- Lamps with a lower color temperature (3500K or less) have a warm or reddish-yellow to orange-white appearance. Saturated in red and orange wavelengths, the light brings out warmer colors such as red and orange more richly.
- Lamps with a mid-range color temperature (3500K to 4100K) have a neutral or white appearance. The light is more balanced in its color wavelengths.
- Lamps with a higher color temperature (4100K or higher) have a cool or bluish-white appearance.
So don't be confused: summer sunlight at noon on a clear day has a very cool appearance at about 5500K. The light is saturated in green and blue wavelengths, bringing out cooler object colors such as green and blue more richly.
This color temperature of 5500K is exactly the temperature found in Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum light bulbs, making them comparable to mid-day sun.
The other term you should understand, the Color Rendering Index or CRI, describes how a light source makes the color of an object appear to human eyes; how well subtle variations in color shades are revealed. CRI is expressed as a rating from 0 to 100; the higher the CRI rating, the better its color rendering ability.
Imagine two objects, one red and one blue, which are lighted by a cool light source with a low CRI. The red object appears muted while the blue object appears a rich blue. Now take out the low CRI light source and put in a cool light source with a high CRI. The blue object still appears a rich blue, but the red object appears more like its true color.
One common misconception is that color temperature and color rendering both describe the same properties of the lamp. You can see from the above descriptions that this is not the case. Color temperature describes the color appearance of the light source and the light emitted from it. Color rendering describes how well the light demonstrates colors in objects.
'Mercola Healthy Home' Full Spectrum Light Bulbs Simulate Natural Sunshine with an Optimal CCT and CRI
Yet another misconception is that all fluorescent lamps are neutral or cool in color appearance and do not have very good color rendering ability. This is largely due to the fact that the typical "cool white" fluorescent lamp has historically been the industry standard. It has a cool color (4200K) with a poor CRI rating (62).
There are also some "cool white" bulbs on the market with a CRI of 82 and CCT of 3000-4100K that are being falsely promoted as full spectrum lights. Unfortunately, this relatively poor color rendering and harsh yellow color promotes eye strain and fatigue -- and the technology is over 75 years old! While the manufacturer can offer these bulbs more cheaply, the light is far from healthy and will lose its intensity quickly, causing these bulbs to need replacing every year.
This is simply not the case with more technologically sophisticated full spectrum lighting found in the Mercola Healthy Home bulbs.
So, in order to see how close Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum lights are to the natural goodness of sunshine, compare the difference between natural outdoor light, Mercola Healthy Home fluorescent full spectrum light, and ordinary fluorescent light in the spectral distribution charts below:
I'm sure you can see how closely the Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum light bulb simulates the qualities of natural outdoor light.
For even more detailed specifications regarding the Mercola Healthy Home compact fluorescent 20 and 30 watt bulbs, see the chart below:
|Mercola Healthy Home Compact Fluorescent
||Energy Used Watts
|30 Watts Bulbs
||2 3/8" x 5 3/4"
||up to 90 watt
Correspondingly, some other superior features special or unique to Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum light bulbs include:
- Long Bulb Life
These full spectrum light bulbs are rated for 10,000 full hours of light (compare this to the average light bulb in your home!)
- Flicker-free Electronic Ballast
This electronic ballast reduces flicker and noise -- and generates virtually no damaging electromagnetic radiation (EMF). This is yet another reason why these full spectrum lights are better than traditional fluorescents, which have a magnetic ballast that does produce hazardous EMFs.
- Compact Size
This Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum light bulb is so compact in size that it will fit into most household lighting fixtures and lamps.
- Quality Rare Earth Phosphors
The quality of a full spectrum light bulb depends largely on the quality of the full spectrum phosphors used for manufacturing. A team of experts led by Dr. John Ott, one of the inventors of full spectrum lighting, designed and developed a proprietary blend using rare earth phosphors to develop long-lasting and correct full spectrum light bulbs at 5500 Kelvin temperature and 93 CRI.
Years of research went into creating this blend of natural sunlight in a bulb through proper color rendering, full spectrum color temperature and the science of chromaticity. This one-of-a-kind illumination phosphor technique is combined into the Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum light bulbs to help optimize its color ratio and fine tune color perception.
To summarize, although the Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum light bulb may look like the common compact fluorescent, the experience and effect on your health is remarkably different.
Simply, there is no comparison in the quality of Mercola Healthy Home bulbs versus what is standard in the marketplace today.
These Full Spectrum Light Bulbs Pay for Themselves in Energy Savings
Besides being affordable in cost alone, these Mercola Healthy Home full spectrum lights consume 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs for the amount of light they produce -- and last about five times longer. This means that, although they are 30 watt bulbs, they produce as much light as a typical 75 watt to 90 watt light bulb.
So, these full spectrum light bulbs wind up paying for themselves in decreased energy use and a reduction in your electric bill. They're not only good for you, but good for the environment as well.
Don't Miss Out -- These Full Spectrum Lights Sell Out Faster Than We Can Get Them -- Stock Up Today!
These are the highest quality full spectrum bulbs available, at a cost below lesser full spectrum bulbs out there -- the ONLY catch is that they sell out faster than my team can get them, so please order your desired supply while you still can.
Think about everything you've read. You can now enjoy all the benefits that I have personally experienced -- quickly, easily and affordably ...
Right now is the best time to fill your home and office with the healing quality of natural full spectrum lighting.