Why We're Swapping Our Light Bulbs for Daylight CFLs

Why We're Swapping Our Light Bulbs for Daylight CFLs

Laura E. Hall
Aug 22, 2011

We love our house, but it has a problem: it gets terrible light. We spend all day at our desks looking out at the sun-drenched yard, but none ever comes inside the room, despite the large windows and open yard. Here's two good reasons why our solution to this problem is to install sunlight bulbs in our lamps.

1. Too-Early Evenings
Right now, our house gets seriously dim inside in the early afternoon, even though the day lasts until well past 7 PM. We've tried using well-balanced artificial lighting to bring harmony to the room, but when it's contrasted with such bright days outside the result is murky, rather than cozy.

2. Summer's Nearly Over
To combat our problem, we've been working on our laptops outside in the backyard -- not always practical, but certainly an enjoyable solution during the nice weather. Unfortunately for us, the perfect Pacific Northwest summer is nearly concluded, and we'll be entering a season of overcast skies and drizzle.

Our city is one of those seriously affected by SADs, and after dealing with one wintery season already, we know that it's time for some brain hacking. While the gloomy afternoons sans daylight bulbs are tolerable while the weather is fine, once it turns it'll be a serious downer.

We got the ALZO 45-Watt Photo CFL Full Spectrum Light Bulb ($9.75). There are pros and cons of these bulbs, just as with any other technology you bring into your home. We've outlined the pros above; the cons are that the bulbs are huge. For most lamps and fixtures that's no problem (the sockets are typically standard sizes), but the size and price means you likely won't keep any spares around, so if you break one, you're out of luck til you can replace it.

A bonus? It's great for taking photos at night, and it's recommended by artists for seeing true color at all hours of the day.

So, what are your thoughts - would you go for daylight bulbs for health or aesthetic reasons? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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