I am planning to buy some compact fluorescent bulbs to emulate the more full light spectrum of daylight indoors. However, I need some additional sockets to put the bulbs into.
Would anyone know the name of something like a power cord with a plug attached to a bare light socket. Not a lamp per se, but a barebones type of thing. English isn't my first language, so I never learned the name for something like that.
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on June 20, 2013
at 08:11 PM
I use this Ikea light cord, with a super bright CFL bulb, plugged into a timer so that it comes on automatically in the morning. The bulb is a "daylight balanced" ALZO 45W 2800 Lumens (I got mine from Amazon). It's almost three times larger than a normal CFL.
When you're looking for a lightbulb to emulate sunlight, you want to get a color temperature of at least 5500K. True sunlight is closer to 6500K; incandescent bulbs emit at 2700K. Be warned that 5500K looks quite stark and blue in your house, but it's great for feeling alert. I use mine to stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder.
on April 06, 2013
at 02:22 PM
It turns out that the name for such a thing is socket cord kit or lamp cord with plug. There seem to be plenty of them to buy on ebay.
on April 05, 2013
at 05:26 PM
I understand the desire to emulate natural daylight but even natural UV rays are damaging to the retina. Fluorescent lights, while being a pretty balanced spectrum, emit a lot of blue light. Blue light is more damaging to the retina and to respiratory enzymes, as I understand it. I would suggest a light with more red frequency(not infra-red) for better light therapy if that is a goal of yours.
There are many options for light sockets. I personally use a mogul socket connected to a 400 watt ballast. With that socket I can attach HPS(High Pressure Sodium) and MH(Metal Halide) lights which will emit whichever spectrum they are designed for. I use a HPS light that provides a lot of orange and red frequencies. If you buy one of these I would suggest a build-it-yourself ballast kit because they are cheaper.
From personal experience I feel more energized and experience less eye fatigue with my HPS light(even though it's way higher wattage) than with my compact fluorescent ceiling light.