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Trouble Reading the Fine Print? Microsun Can Help!

What is a Microsun?  And why does it rise?

Our unique light is optimized for older eyes. Combining rare earth metals with smart electronics to drive a quartz arc tube, the Microsun bulb takes almost a minute to “rise” to true full spectrum light. Combined with dual SunStyle LEDs, the 7,000 Lumen output of a Microsun outshines eight 60 Watt bulbs.  A MIcrosun is a mini-sun lighting up your home with better, brighter light!

Read without your readers, read longer, put down the magnifying glass and read without fatigue for hours.

It’s not just for reading. Crafting, scale model building, jewelry making, quilting, needlepoint and sewing…anything that requires visual concentration will be easier to do for longer under your Microsun!


Your light is not a reading light.

When Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb, he was replacing a candle.  Considering that “candlepower” is till used as a measurement, it would seem like he did just fine.

As for inventing a true reading lamp, well…that didn’t come until much later when we invented the Microsun lamp.  Reading under a Microsun is more like reading in daylight under the sun, than reading with your regular lamp and bulb, which was designed to replace a candle.


“Readers” aren’t the answer.

While younger eyes don’t have any trouble reading with standard light bulbs, our older eyes yellow over time and need more light in the blue/green spectrum to make up for this yellowing of the corneas.  Microsun brings back all the colors with our true full-spectrum light, optimized for reading.


A Microsun for every decor.

While our most popular light is our Library of Congress collection, modeled after those lamps designed specifically for the Library of Congress reading rooms, we have a lamp to fit any unique style.  SEE THE LAMPS and choose the one that best fits your home or office.


We make it easy.

with our 30-day return policy, you can try a Microsun at home and decide for yourself is your new Microsun is the answer to your eyestrain.  You can even pay for your lamp in installments – call for details. Microsun lamps are always warranted for 2 years, so you can buy with confidence.


Don’t just take our words for it.

See what satisfied Microsun users say about how Microsun light has made a difference…

“I need more light when I do my projects. That sun-like light casting down on your projects…it made the biggest difference. I can see so much better and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!” – Sherry 

“I didn’t get eyestrain, didn’t get the fatigue, and was able to work as long as I wanted.”  – Nora

“I love my lamp and can’t be without it. I have vision problems and it’s the only lamp I can read under!” -Kathleen

“I received my lamp today…and I can finally see to read. Thank you. I love it!” – Carol


Change your light with Microsun.

Change your life when you change your light to Microsun.  You will see the difference…we guarantee it!  If not, then simply call us to return the lamp for a refund.

We have many lamp styles to choose from, all with the same incredible Microsun light.  Choose from floor or table lamps, swing arms or standing lamps,  Amish hardwood or contemporary…whatever style best fits your home or office.

When you purchase your lamp, use promo code READ519 to SAVE 25%* off any regularly priced lamp.  SHOP NOW

As always, if you have questions or wish to order by phone, call us at 937-552-2424
We love to talk about our light!



*Promo code READ519 valid on regularly priced lamps. No other promos or discounts apply. 







All about rods and cones

All about rods and cones

Rods and cones are part of the cell structure of your retina, and they function as light receptors.

Your eyes have several parts that are involved in helping your brain interpret what they see. Sight, by nature, is dependent on light, so the human eye has special parts to ensure that light you see is received and processed correctly. In addition to your pupil widening and shrinking to adjust to different levels of brightness, your eyes have rod and cone cells:

Scotopic vision
There are more rods than cones in your eye – typically hundreds of millions – and these cells are responsible for helping you see in dark conditions, a state known as scotopic vision. Not only do your eyes have a greater number of rods, but these cells are also more sensitive than cones. However, their adaptation process falls short, as it takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to become completely adjusted to dark conditions. This is why it takes some time to see objects in your bedroom after you’ve shut off your bedside lamps to rest for the night.

The sensitivity of rods also helps you see dim objects out of the corner of your eye, as they account for more of your peripheral vision. Additionally, rods excel with regard to motion and blue wavelength detection.

One disadvantage of scotopic vision, however, is that rods cannot process color, which is why colorful objects appear gray under dim conditions.

Photopic vision
Conversely, cones specialize in processing color and high resolution vision, a state called photopic vision. There are millions of these cells and three types: red cones, green cones and blue cones – named for their sensitivity to red, blue and green wavelengths. Although they fall short in overall sensitivity, cones are much faster at adapting to changing daylight conditions. As a result, you can come inside during a cookout on a sunny day and it takes less than a second for your eyes to adjust.

Cones are located in and around your eye’s fovea centralis. If you’ve ever noticed that your eyes are continually moving, this is because they are shifting to direct light from the object you’re looking at to the cones in this part of your eye.

Mesopic vision
Light levels between scotopic vision and photopic vision are known as mesopic vision. This specifically refers to a range between 0.003 candela per square meter and 3 candela per square meter. Levels beneath this range are scotopic and those above are photopic.

When using mesopic vision, both your rods and cones are at work, though neither group of cells is operating at maximum efficiency.

Central blind spot
Given that cones are located in the center of your eye – an area with a dense concentration of these cells and no rods – you’ll have trouble focusing on small objects with your central vision under low light. Thus, if you look directly at a word on a page under low illumination, you may not be able to see it. However, objects outside of your central field of vision could appear clearer.

Associated problems
Issues can arise with your scotopic vision, and you may develop Irlen syndrome, also known as scotopic vision syndrome, Meares-Irlen syndrome or visual stress. When this condition occurs, your brain has trouble processing visual information. According to the Irlen Institute, there are various side effects of Irlen syndrome: headaches, fatigue, distorted vision, slow or inefficient reading, poor comprehension and other problems.

The main symptom of this condition is light sensitivity. If, for instance, your eyes feel strained by light from your floor reading lamps, glare or sunlight, you may be experiencing visual stress. Additionally, Irlen syndrome can lead to other symptoms, such as dizziness, irritability or mood changes.

Irlen syndrome is treated with colored overlays for reading or special lenses and contacts if problems extend beyond the task of skimming a novel or cookbook.