Lighting Services Forest Lake MN

Light boxes typically emit white light because of its power to suppress melatonin, a hormone that’s secreted when it gets dark and that functions, for some people, as a mood'dampener.

ProTech
(763) 464-1721
19675 County Road 30
Minneapolis, MN
 
Custom Christmas Lighting
(612) 695-5390
P.O. Box 422
Chanhassen, MN
 
ENERSAV
(612) 619-0504
1962 Cardinal Drive
Shakopee, MN
 
Gas Light Conversion Inc
(651) 644-8282
1039 Charles Ave
Saint Paul, MN
 
Bellacor
(651) 294-2500
2425 Enterprise Dr Ste 900
Mendota Heights, MN
 
Energy Efficient Lighting Company
(651) 438-0400
501 Vermillion St
Hastings, MN
 
Fan Man Lighting
(952) 898-2754
14250 Burnhaven Dr.
Burnsville, MN
 
Energy Efficient Lighting Twin Cities
(858) 354-8402
1807 Market BLVD #304
Hastings, MN
 
Structual Integrity
(952) 884-8400
9429 Syndicate Ave
Minneapolis, MN
 
Home Design Studio Unlimited Inc
(507) 775-6130
Byron, MN
 

A Brighter Option for the Winter Blues

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On dark and wintry days, some people are happy to curl up with a good book and a warm drink—while others, with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), feel low until the sun breaks through the clouds. For years, portable light boxes (and trips outdoors) have been used to pull these people out of the winter doldrums. Now, a discovery from Thomas Jefferson University’s (TJU) unique light research program could change the way we approach this therapy.

Light boxes typically emit white light because of its power to suppress melatonin, a hormone that’s secreted when it gets dark and that functions, for some people, as a mood-dampener. But according to the study by George Brainard, a neuroscientist at TJU, blue light is more effective at keeping melatonin in check. This discovery has several important applications, says Brainard’s coauthor, neuroscientist Gena Glickman. It provides even more impetus for SAD sufferers to head outdoors, since natural light tends to be bluer than artificial indoor light. A better light box is around the corner, and according to Glickman, the commercial lighting industry may also come on board. “The industry is just now starting to respond to research in the field,” she says, “so we can expect better products in the next five years.” All sorts of public places, from offices to hospitals, could begin to use fixtures with blue light.Dilbert and his pals will have a field day with this discovery. What to do if the employees get cranky and start demanding more vacation time? Easy: Order new lights.

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