Seasonal Affective Disorder Need Not Affect The Environment

Seasonal Affective Disorder is usually treated with light therapy, which can damage the environment by using high wattage bulbs. However, with BLT Direct’s new energy saving daylight lamps, the environmental effects of this debilitating condition can be minimised.
A lack of bright sunlight can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in some people, usually occurring during the winter. However, symptoms can extend into much of the autumn and spring in areas of the world which do not habitually receive plenty of sunlight during those periods. It is estimated that there are three million sufferers in the UK alone.
Many people may be unaware that they are suffering from the condition, which usually develops in adulthood, between the ages of 18 and 30. Indeed, it would take three consecutive years of experiencing the same recurring symptoms in order to positively diagnose SAD. Symptoms can include lethargy, depression, weight gain due to increased sugar and carbohydrate cravings, anxiety and extreme mood swings. This is due to the lack of sunlight which affects the hypothalamus, causing a biochemical imbalance in the sufferer. Without treatment, the quality sufferers’ lives can be greatly diminished.
An average of one to two hours per day are spent exposed to a light box emitting light which is approximately ten times brighter than an ordinary domestic bulb. The user can carry out many other everyday tasks during this time within a few feet of the lightbox.
As many householders are aware, however, electricity bills increase dramatically when using standard incandescent or non-energy-efficient lighting. For sufferers of SAD, this is now luckily a thing of the past thanks to the new energy saving daylight lamps, which are easily available from BLT Direct’s website. These lamps are very bright and are ideal for strategic use within the home. A range of wattages are available to choose from, depending on the level of light required and how much energy the householder is looking to save.
The Daystar fluorescent tubes, also available on BLT Direct’s website, are specifically designed for use within SAD light boxes, so now there is no need to buy a new light box if you have experienced a problem with the tube inside. There are many lengths and wattages to choose between.
For a comprehensive range of energy saving light bulbs in a variety of styles, visit where you can order online and benefit from special offers.
**About BLT Direct
**BLT (Bulbs, Lamps and Tubes) Direct makes light work of buying light bulbs online in the UK and Europe. They specialise in supplying lamps, light bulbs and fluorescent tubes. Brands include Osram, GE, Sylvania, Omicron, Pro lite, Crompton, Ushio and Philips.

Created by Rebecca Appleton on 21st June, 2007


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