School Light Filter Donation

In early September, Make Great Light donated classroom light filters to Ms. Boresma’s 4th grade class. The classroom was located in the interior of the school with no windows or access to natural lighting. The full spectrum light filters, which turn harsh fluorescent light into natural “almost sun” light, went over in a big way for the students and Ms. Boresma. We were delighted to receive a box of thank you cards from the students.

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Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a specific type of depression brought on by seasonal changes. It affects approximately 500,000 people in the U.S. with symptoms such as mood changes, sleep problems, lethargy, anxiety and depression. Fortunately, SAD can be treated in many ways, the most notable methods being medication, psychotherapy, light therapy, lifestyle changes and home remedies. Read about each of these treatments below to help find the best treatment for your unique symptoms.

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Do I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms?

As the name suggests, Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, if you like, is a special type of depression related to seasonal changes. Like many seasonal diseases, SAD begins and ends at a certain time every year. Most people start experiencing SAD symptoms during fall all the way into winter months. Fortunately, this disorder rarely affects people during spring or summer.

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Is Lighting Making You Tired at Work?

If you remember the classic Tom Hanks movie “Joe vs. the Volcano,” you know that one reason the main character set out for a life-changing adventure was those blinking fluorescent lights in his office that he felt were just sucking the life force out of him.

If you’ve spent even one day in a work environment without natural light, then you know how the dreary indoors make your body and mind feel like it’s shutting down.

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Can Changing Classroom Lighting Improve Students Vision?

Classroom lighting can be an overlooked factor for children’s success in school. However, studies have shown that lighting quality affects students’ abilities to see clearly, concentrate and perform well in the classroom. Since lighting plays a critical role in our everyday lives, it’s worth our while to understand the quality of light that’s shining down on our children.

In the first part of our Classroom Lighting Matters series we’ll explain how replacing traditional classroom lighting with full-spectrum lighting helps students’ performance in the classroom.

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