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Why Microsun Light is the Best Light for You

 Watch the History of Light video above to learn more about Microsun light.

 

The World’s Best Reading Lamps

 

Microsun Power 7000 Lumens for 90 watts.  More power than eight (8) 60 watt light bulbs.

SunStyle LEDs produce light 5 times more efficiently than standard bulbs.

Electronic Driver optimizes contrast and color rendition.

Rocker Switches to adjust light sources for three levels of illumination.

Microsun’s patented lamps produce a quality of illumination almost as natural feeling as the sun itself.  Whether you’re sewing, quilting, reading a newspaper or your favorite novel, you can enjoy vibrant and natural light all day long, all year long.

I don’t even use my overhead lights anymore! – Pat M. Brooklyn, NY

The impact of a Microsun lamp will simply transcend any expectation you’ve ever head for lighting quality.  Instead of settling for weak light to save energy, you can now choose an efficient lamp that delivers the vibrant quality of natural light that your eyes crave.

The Microsun light source is an energy efficient, electronically controlled system that generates 7,000 lumens of natural light. By comparison that’s more light than eight (8) 60 watt light bulbs!

It was like sunshine just poured into my house. – Peter W. Welches, OR

When you buy a Microsun lamp, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Select a lamp style that will enhance your work or home environment, save energy, and do what you love for longer…under better, brighter Microsun light!

Microsun has over 100 different lamps styles and variations to fit any decor, all with the brilliant Microsun patented 8x brighter lighting system.

Originally customized for the Library of Congress, our brass and faux leather design is our best selling desk lamp.  Shown in black, the lamp is also available in brown faux leather or aged cherry hardwood.

Check out all of our lamp styles to find the one that best fits your needs!

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How Your Eyes Change With Age – Color Spectrum

Did you know that as we age, we have more difficulty distinguishing all of the colors of the spectrum?

Colors lose their vibrancy, it become harder for us to distinguish between different colors, and slight color nuances become lost to our eyes.

Decreased color vision. Cells in the retina that are responsible for normal color vision decline in sensitivity as we age, causing colors to become less bright and the contrast between different colors to be less noticeable. In particular, blue colors may appear faded or “washed out.”

Source: HOW YOUR EYES CHANGE WITH AGE

 

While this is a natural result the yellowing of the lenses in our aging eyes, we always recommend that the best eye health starts with regular eye exams and doctor visits.  

At Microsun, we’ve engineered our light with the needs of your aging eyes in mind, specifically addressing this issue of color rendition and clarity.

The light from a Microsun is designed to enhance the colors in the blue spectrum, enabling users to once again distinguish the full rainbow of colors with renewed clarity.

 

Color clarity is important to all of us, perhaps even more so to those with intricate hobbies such as model painting, sewing or cross stitching.

Susan from New Mexico is an award-winning cross stitch artist, often working ten or more hours a day to create her incredible projects.  The intricacy involved in cross-stitching often leads to eye strain and difficulty differentiating between the hues of the many thread colors.

Susan had tried many lamps and became discouraged over her need for more light, and then she saw an ad for Microsun, and that made all the difference.

Once Susan tried Microsun, she noted that the difference between Microsun light and those other lamps was “night and day.”

Learn more about Susan HERE

 

Whether you are a hobby enthusiast, a crafter, love to complete jigsaw puzzles or enjoy reading your favorite book, Microsun light can help!  Choose your favorite lamp style and bring Microsun light into your home or office.  You’ll see full spectrum colors with brightness and clarity, and you’ll be able to do what you love for longer under Microsun light!  

We always have a 30-day money-back guarantee and our lamps are under warranty for 2 years, so you can buy with confidence.  Give us a call (937-552-2424) – we love to talk about our light!

 

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Does Reading in Low Light Harm Your Eyes?

Since we were young, our parents have warned us to make sure we have plenty of light when we read.  As a child, I often disregarded that warning, choosing post-bedtime undercover reading by flashlight.  Back then, it wasn’t a strain to read under poor lighting…

Dayton area optometrist Heath Gilbert demonstrates the brightness of Microsun light on reading materials.

However, as we age, it’s time we once again listen to mom and dad who wanted us have the right light when we read.

Do your eyes get tired?  Are you fatigued and finding it hard to focus when you read for extended periods of time?  If so, then you need more light. We always recommend regular eye examinations and proper medical treatment; however, you will often see marked improvement simply by ensuring that you have the light you need.

Microsun lamps are 8x brighter than standard lamps, optimized to help you do what you love for longer, with reduced eye strain and less fatigue.  Read longer, under better light with Microsun.

 

“Your lamps have dramatically improved my ability to read fine print in newspapers. Perfect.”  -James S.

PREVENTING AND TREATING EYESTRAIN  Although eyestrain isn’t permanent, it can be uncomfortable. The first line of defense against eyestrain is to have regular vision screening examinations to ensure that your eyes are healthy and also to monitor for vision changes….Wearing your glasses or contacts as directed and reading under better lighting conditions should resolve most of your eyestrain symptoms.

Source: Reading In Low Light May Harm Your Eyes : Silverstein Eye Centers

If you need more light, Microsun can help.   We have many different lamp styles to choose from, all with brilliant Microsun light.

Originally customized for the Library of Congress, this brass and faux leather design is our best selling desk lamp. Lamp shown in black.  Also available in brown faux leather or aged cherry hardwood.  We also have matching floor lamps.  

The light from a Microsun is a natural feeling as the sun itself, and you will find yourself being able to do what you love for longer, under better, brighter light!

Give us a call (937-552-2424) – We love to talk about our light!

Age Related Vision Issues May Start Earlier Than You Think…

Do you tilt your newspaper or book towards the window when trying to read the small print?  Are your glasses coming off when you attempt to decipher the numbers on your credit card?

You may be one of millions who are experiencing what it means to have aging eyes, and people are feeling these effects as early as their 40’s.   It’s recommended that you have regular vision checks and maintain a healthy lifestyle to stay on top of any problems needing medical treatment.

For many, dealing with the struggles of aging eye can be as simple as making small changes to have a big impact on your quality of life.

Need for more light. As you age, you need more light to see as well as you used to. Brighter lights in your work area or next to your reading chair will help make reading and other close-up tasks easier.

You’ll want to have the best light you can.  This means light optimized for  less glare and more clarity to ease the strain on your eyes.

As we age, the lens of our eyes starts to lose the transparency and become clouded, so you will want to look for lighting that will compensate for these changes in your eyes,and enhance those spectral colors that we tend to have more difficulty seeing as we age.

Choosing proper lighting is one of the easiest and best changes you can make as you live with the aging process and how it affects your vision.  Quality lighting is essential to ease your eye strain and tension headaches, while enabling you to do what you love for longer.

Source: Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age

If you are in the market for better light or have questions about how to best meet your lighting needs, please drop us a note and we’ll be happy to help.  [email protected]

NPR Talks Light Therapy and Effects on Bipolar Depression

At Microsun, we’ve known for a long time that inadequate light impacts not only our ability to read, but can change our attitude. Ever since Edison invented the incandescent bulb, people have been making do with a poor imitation of the best light available- sunlight.

Our lighting system of three bulbs, outshines eight sixty watt bulbs, using only about 90 watts of energy. But, the part that’s most important, is our light is true full spectrum light- and optimized for older eyes.

In today’s NPR story, the main focus was on the treatment of bipolar disorder with light therapy. This is a new area of experimentation, but the effect of full spectrum light on Seasonal Affective Disorder are already well known.

As the months grow colder and darker, many people find themselves somewhat sadder and even depressed.

Bright light is sometimes used to help treat the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Researchers are now testing light therapy to see if it also can help treat depression that’s part of bipolar disorder.

It’s unclear how lack of light might cause the winter blues, although some suggest that the dark days affect the production of serotonin in the skin.

The idea with light therapy for depression is to replace the sunshine lost with a daily dose of bright white artificial light. (Antidepressants, psychotherapy and Vitamin D help, too, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.) The light box is actually more like a screen, the size of your average desktop computer. Some people call it a “happy box.”

To test its usefulness in treating bipolar disorder, researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University enrolled 46 patients who had at least moderate bipolar depression. Half of participants were assigned to receive bright light therapy. The other half received a dim red placebo light. They also kept taking their regular medication.

In an effort to insure lack of bias, the placebo group was instructed not to search for information about light therapy and not to discuss the appearance of their light with anyone else in the study.

All participants were told to place the light box about one foot from their face for a 15-minute session to start. Every week, exposure was increased until it reached a dose of 60 minutes per day. Patients didn’t have to stare at the box, says psychiatrist Dorothy Sit, lead author of the study, published last month in the American Journal of Psychiatry. They simply had to be in front of it. “They could read the paper, a journal, or look at their bills,” she says.

Patients with SAD typically do their light therapy first thing in the morning, when they awake. But earlier research by Sit found that early morning light therapy could switch people with bipolar disorder into a manic phase. So in the new study, she decided to have patients engage in light therapy midday, between noon and 2:30 p.m.

After four to six weeks, Sit found 68 percent of patients using bright white light therapy achieved remission of depression compared to 22 percent of patients who received the placebo light. For the bright-light patients, “they returned to work, they were able to look after things at home, they were functioning back to their normal selves again,” says Sit.

Sit and other researchers say it’s important that people with bipolar disorder not try light therapy on their own.

First, the results in this study are “intriguing, but highly preliminary,” according to Al Lewy, a psychiatrist and professor emeritus at Oregon Health and Science University who was one of the pioneers of light therapy to treat SAD.

And given that light therapy can trigger hypomania, Lewy says that the therapy should be conducted under a doctor’s supervision, preferably a psychiatrist. “If there’s the slightest chance that a patient will switch into a manic episode, then their doctor can be there to treat them.”

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks, according to the National institute of Mental Health. About 3 percent of the U.S. adult population suffer from the disorder.

This study “offers a glimmer into a new pathway for treatment,” says psychiatrist Ken Duckworth, medical director of the patient advocacy group National Alliance on Mental Illness. That’s needed, he says, because “bipolar depression is one of the most difficult types of depression to treat.” Medications such as mood stabilizers and antidepressants that work well to treat the manic phase of bipolar disorder are not effective in treating the depressive phase, Duckworth says. And people with bipolar disorder “spend most of their time on the depressive end of the spectrum.”

Sit says it’s important to see her findings duplicated in future research, which should also investigate how the light affects the body’s circadian rhythms at different times of day, and how that affects bipolar symptoms.

Source: Light Therapy May Help People With Bipolar Depression, Study Finds : Shots – Health News : NPR

The study was on a very small sample group, and shouldn’t be considered as a medical treatment, however, we do know that when it comes to full spectrum lights, there is no brighter, more efficient light available than a Microsun.

 

How to Adjust When Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Savings Time ended earlier this month, and yet for many of us, the effects of the time change linger still.  Many are still experiencing increased levels of tiredness and lethargy as the days seem shorter and evenings longer and darker.

Some ways to assist in alleviation of these symptoms include maintaining a steady schedule, getting regular exercise and increasing light sources, especially during the evening hours.

Dr. Alexandre Abreu from the University of Miami Sleep Medicine program offers the following advice for dealing with the Autumn time change:

Introduce artificial light and a bit of exercise after dinner…Maybe take a walk at a brightly lit mall, visit a fitness center and walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike, or go grocery shopping. If you are home, you might do some light housework with plenty of lights on, or focus on a (brightly lit) hobby or craft project.

Microsun lamps are known as the world’s best reading and crafting lamps because they provide not only more light, but higher quality light than your standard home lamps. If you are looking for ways to improve the lighting in your home to help keep the winter blues at bay, then take a look at Microsun.  We have floor lamps, table lamps and dedicated crafting lamps designed with you in mind.  See the difference at www.microsun.com.

 

Source: How to Adjust When Daylight Saving Time Ends