Thursday, 9 November 2017

Tips for getting natural light in the winter months


As much as I love autumn/winter months and wrapping up in warm clothing like the cosy jumpers from LOTD one of thing I do miss is the lighter mornings and evenings and the days not being dark and dull thanks to rain. As a blogger I find taking photos this time of year a bit of a challenge, however I'm hoping to see a lightbox under the tree this Christmas as its something I've been thinking of getting for a while now. 

This time of year is also when a lot of people suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) although its not something I have experience with myself. I do find that sometimes when it's chucking it down with rain out side and is freezing cold that I do feel a bit down in the dumps. Nothing beats a hot chocolate and snuggled up with a book to beat that for me. 

However there are a few things you can do to get natural light into your home. First of all there are day light bulbs which are something I have actually only just found out exist. They are bulbs that mimic the bright sunshine and I can see this would also help when it comes to taking blog photos too as you wouldn't have the yellow hues.

Another way is to make sure you open your blinds/curtains to let natural light flood your room/s.Roof Windows sell a wide range of flat roof windows including electric and solar ones. These are a great way of getting natural light into your home with the sunlight directly above. 

Last of all another item that would be worth investing in is a Lumie bodyclock. The Lumie bodyclock helps to wake you with a natural gradual brightening light helping you to wake feeling more refreshed, alert and energised. The bodyclock also has a sunset feature of 30 minutes to help you to relax ready for sleep as the light slowly fades fades to off. I think this would be ideal for me as I sometimes find it hard to shut off in the evenings and I'm definitely not a morning person. 

13 comments:

  1. I suffer with SAD, I'd love to invest in a Lumie bodyclock or SAD lamp! I have a lightbox for blog photos, it's the best.

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I never thought that day light bulbs exist. I definitely get plenty of sunlight being in Western part of India.

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  3. I find the dark mornings really difficult, and have invested in a few Lumie products over the years. The Bodyclock is helpful, though not a magic bullet. I have the Lumie Zest on my desk at work (I only use the lamp feature, not the alarm) and found that switching it on for 90 minutes a day, beginning in August, has really made a difference this year. I've still been getting very tired, but I've been much less depressed. I also have a Brightspark at home, which I switch on in the morning while I eat my breakfast - it provides enough of a kick to get me dressed and out of the house. It's also great for photography!

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  4. I think Opening blinds/ curtains is the easiest to do. Great tips!

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  5. Yes, I am one who tends to be affected by S.A.D. (such an accurate acronym!) I do sit by a window with morning sunshine pouring through, which helps on that end of the day WHEN it's sunny. On gloomy days, though, not much helps. :-( I had not heard about this Lumie bodyclock, but it sounds intriguing - will have to check it out!

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  6. I've got a lightbox I'm going to have to dig out when I get home from my press trip tomorrow. Winter needs it!

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  7. We have a SAD lamp and it really helps on the darker night.

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  8. I hate the colder darker days of the winter. I always prefer natural daylight to synthetic and white lights are great there. And they are really good for taking photos of products for work.

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  9. The best way that I find to get natural daylight in the winter months is to do a reverse commute. I get up early and walk to town (4 miles) and get to enjoy the fresh air and rising sun before settling down to work at my desk when I get home. For waking in the morning, I set my Philips Hue light in our bedroom to do a natural sunrise so it makes getting up a lot easier.

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  10. I have a form of SAD as well, winter is usually when I feel at my most exhausted and at my most low so it is definitely important to keep in mind what can make us happier like cozy jumpers and hot chocolate. Day light bulbs sound pretty handy!

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  11. Great tips. I also have SAD and use a light box from Lumi to try to boost my natural light levels. I am also vitamin d deficient so I do struggle in the winter!

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  12. I actually bought a lumie alarm clock a few years ago and i cannot begin to tell you how much of a godsend it is on these dark mornings! xxx

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  13. I love my lumie clock as I just find it gets me up so much easier, although I don't mind the darker months as much x

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