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Compact fluorescent daytime simulation?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 05, 2013 at 4:56 PM

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.

Thanks!

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on August 02, 2013
at 03:50 PM

Just be careful of CF bulbs - if you break them, they release methylmercury, not a fun situation. Dispose of them very carefully when they die.

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on April 05, 2013
at 08:49 PM

Thanks for your detailed answer. However, as I am still looking for a solution without a standalone ballast, I will keep on searching for the answer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

5a36ff2b32fd2711d4bafba535f90df2

on April 05, 2013
at 08:49 PM

Thanks for your detailed answer. However, as I am still looking for a solution without a standalone ballast, I will keep on searching for the answer.

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