Do You Know The Difference Between Full Spectrum and “Daylight Bulbs”?

You may notice that we talk about natural light, or “full-spectrum” bulbs, in a lot of our lamp descriptions. But you may wonder what exactly that means, or how this type of light is different from other bulbs. You may even have heard of something called a “daylight bulbs,” which seems to imply that it also acts as a more natural light source as well.

However, full spectrum bulbs and daylight bulbs are two different types of light sources. And they are not equally effective when it comes to helping you see things more clearly.

Daylight Bulbs

Bulbs are partially categorized by their color temperature. This is not a literal temperature. (Cool lights are not necessarily any more cool to the touch than warm lights.) Color temperature has to do with what side of the color spectrum the light falls on.

Warm lights give off a yellowish light, and cool lights give off a more white-colored light. (Due to it containing the blue light spectrum.) The sun naturally gives off a lot of blue light, so bulbs that lean towards to “cool” light range tend to get labeled “daylight” bulbs. This makes sense when we are comparing warm bulbs to cool bulbs.

However, sunlight doesn’t only contain blue spectrum light; it also contains a lot of red as well. Daylight bulbs don’t give off a lot of the other colors on the spectrum, so they aren’t true representations of sunlight.

This gets confusing when you think about how people are told to take things outside to see colors more accurately. They may think that a daylight bulb would give the same visual acuity as the sun. But that’s not true. The factor that affects acuity is the Color Rendering Index (CRI).

Full Spectrum Bulbs

The bulbs that we label as “natural light” light bulbs on our product pages are actually full spectrum bulbs. Full spectrum bulbs give off both visible and invisible wavelengths of light. Full spectrum lights usually offer a color temperature of 6500K and a CRI of 96%- giving you a brighter, whiter light that also displays colors accurately.

If you have a visual impairment, it is helpful to have light that includes all of the color spectrum. Not only does it help with color identification, but also contrast. This can put less strain on your eyes while reading or doing hobbies or crafts.

A good example of one of our natural light lamps is the Daylight Naturalight Hobby Table Lamp. Whether you are putting together a puzzle or studying for your homework, the Daylight Naturalight Hobby Table Lamp is the perfect choice. It’s great for reading and task work. It has a powerful 27w Full Spectrum Naturalight tube that will light up large surfaces and give you the best color rendering ever. And the flexible neck allows you to direct the light to exactly where you need it.

Some people even speculate that full spectrum bulbs can help combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Special lighting isn’t approved by the FDA as a treatment, but some doctors, including those at the Mayo Clinic, do recommend it as a complementary therapy to depression medications. Of course, you should never try something without speaking to your doctor first. This is just to say full spectrum bulbs are more likely to boost your mood than regular bulbs.

ILA carries high-quality lighting options. Check out our full range of task lighting here.

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Is watching the “Big Game” with your friends a February tradition? It’s not difficult to make sure your party is accessible for everyone. With the addition of a few pieces of adaptive equipment, you can enhance the experience for anyone who has low vision or is hearing impaired.

Where’s The Remote?

If that question sounds familiar, you might want to check out our supply of chunky, large-button remotes. Not only are they harder to lose and easier to operate, but they also make working the TV much simpler for someone who has low vision.

Our TV Partner remote is probably the biggest one available on the market. The unit measures 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ long x 2.5″ high and yet weighs only 12 ounces. The keys are a large .75 inches tall with large, black numbers. And the remote is shaped like a capital “I.” It’s almost impossible to lose this remote. And it won’t slip in between the couch cushions.

The CAN-DO remote is a great option- especially for people who need to feel their buttons for identification. The number-shaped buttons are large and raised, making it easy to see, feel, and push them. And then there’s the standard up and down arrows for both volume and channel. The whole thing is easy to navigate by touch alone.

Or, if you are just tired of searching through tiny buttons on your complicated remote, you can use the Big Button TV Universal remote. It’s ideal for both visually impaired and digitally challenged people. The buttons measure .62 inches each. And it has a lighted keypad.

The Screen Is Too Small!

We can’t all have movie-theater style entertainment systems in our house, but when you’re watching football on a small TV monitor, it can be difficult to tell what’s going on in the game. So how can you get some magnification?

Binoculars can be a good option, even for indoor viewing. Not all binoculars have the right range of magnification. But our 2.5X Sports Spectacles are perfect for TV, movies, or the theater. When you use these sports spectacles, each lens can be individually focused to see the TV. Other features include pupillary and nose bridge adjustments, as well as a protective case. (Which is very important when hosting a party where people are sitting on every available surface.)

Turn It Up!

It can be difficult to hear the game over the noise of people talking. But it is especially difficult to understand what is being said if you have any type of hearing loss. Just turning up the volume doesn’t always solve this problem.

One option for your visitors who are hearing impaired is using a set of their own personal headphones. This not only amplifies sound, but it helps block out background noise that can make the sound more muddled. Our Amplified Bluetooth Digital Headphones have padded ear muffs that can be worn over hearing aids with no interference. And they work up to 32 feet away from the audio device- so it’s easy to get up and grab a snack.

But what if everyone would like a little boost in sound? Or you want to listen to the game while eating or socializing in a different room? That’s just what the TV SoundBox allows you to do! It is designed with a convenient handle for carrying it from place to place. The volume control works independently from your TV speaker, which means you can turn the SoundBox up or down without it changing the volume of your TV.

 

No matter how you decide to party, check out our page for products that can make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.

 

Braille Literacy Month: How Can You Spread Awareness?

It’s Braille Literacy Month, and there are lots of things you can do to help spread awareness. We have some suggestions for ways to get the word out to your community, your local classroom, and on social media.

Community

Within your community, there are a variety of places and opportunities to create awareness events. The local library is one of the best partners because they often participate in library loan programs that help acquire braille materials for local residents.

You can ask the library about making a display of braille literature that can stay up for the month of January. Or, if you want to come in and run an event, you could set a time to talk about the history and usage of braille. Making the conversation kid-focused and including materials for a “show and tell” type of presentation would encourage families to come.

Places of worship are also usually open to special speakers. If they don’t already provide their worship materials in braille, you could talk to them about taking up a specific donation to order braille literature or songbooks. You could also give them information on braille transcription services.

Classroom

Much like the library, schools often enjoy having speakers. Elementary schools are a good place to go because young children love special presentations and are usually enthusiastic about any items you might bring to pass around or demonstrate.

You should call the school ahead of time to see what might work for them. If your visit is approved, you could ask about sending educational materials in advance, so that the students will be prepared.

You could even ask if the classes want to make braille billboard or door displays before your visit. And if you turn it into a contest, that will up the children’s interest by engaging their competitive spirit.

If any of the students read braille, you could invite them to do something as part of the overall presentation. They might enjoy the opportunity to share about braille with their peers.

Social Media

Sharing about Braille Literacy Month on social media is one of the easiest things you can do. And it’s something your friends and family can join in on. One strategy you could use to engage people in a conversation about braille is to make a braille “fact” post each day. A little research might be involved, but you can probably come up with enough small bits of information to cover the whole month.

Another way to do this is to ask questions rather than just post facts. Hopefully, people will respond to your questions, and you will spark some good conversation about braille usage. If you want some graphics to go with those posts, you can search “braille literacy month social media graphics” to find images on Pinterest. Just make sure they are shareable before you use them! Another good shareable piece of information is this post, by Paths to Literacy. It has resources for everyone.

ILA has all kinds of braille products, from jewelry to work supplies. In honor of Braille Literacy Month, our Dot Watch, Perkins Smart Brailler, and Green Slate are all on sale.

New Products for Your New Resolutions: 2019

Do you need a little help keeping your New Year’s resolutions? Most of us have good intentions of changing our habits or taking up a new activity with the start of a new year. But all too often we don’t make it through January before starting to lose momentum.

ILA offers products that can help give you the support you need to continue meeting your goals and living your best life in the coming year.

Try a New Hobby

If you have low vision, crafts and handiwork can be frustrating without proper lighting. Task lamps give you the focused light that you need to be able to put your puzzle pieces together, work on your sewing, or glue together your woodworking pieces. Our task lamps use natural-colored light to enhance your ability to discern between colors and to create less strain on your eyes.

Read a good book lately? Reading is another activity that many people resolve to increase each year. But reading in low light is difficult and can cause eye strain and headaches. A good floor lamp with an adjustable light source will make a significant difference.

Want to be more active in your own home? It helps to get some extra light in those dark corners. Our new product, the NEBO EYE Light, is the perfect battery operated spot light for lighting closets, bathrooms, staircases, pantries, and anywhere you need more illumination. Operation is easy. The easy push button switch gives you three settings of high, low, and off. You can place it anywhere you want, or hang it on the wall. Its magnetic base allows you to turn it in any direction.

Get Out and About

Getting out of the house is good for your physical and mental health. But maybe you find navigating the outside world a bit difficult. Canes, Rollators, and Support and Transfer Aids can help you get around more quickly and easily.

Or if your vision makes it difficult to see environmental text, you can check out our new product, the 10” Portable CCTV. It can help you view things both close up and at a distance. The CCTV is a 10″ portable electronic magnifier that brings you 2X – 18X magnification on the go. It has big, simple buttons, a built-in, fold-out reading stand, and HDMI output for viewing on a TV. The 4-hour battery life keeps this portable device running, whether you are looking at street signs, or doing your errands and searching grocery shelves.

Prioritize Your Health

Maybe you want to prioritize your health. One way to do that is through diet change. Eating healthy foods and cooking at home more often make a big difference. Even just replacing soda and other sweet drinks with water can produce results. ILA has lots of kitchen gadgets to make it easier than ever to prepare meals in your own kitchen and be intentional about what goes into your body.

Not sure if you took your pills today? Now you can confidently take control of your health with our new iRemember weekly Talking Pill Organizer. The iRemember Bluetooth 4.1 enabled talking pill lid comes with seven stacked 3 section compartments for each day of the week. Simply rotate the compartment once pills are taken. The status button on top of the cap will state, when you tap it, when the pill holder was last opened thus confirming when pills were taken. (It can even be integrated with Android phones!)

 

Check out all our new products for 2019 on our New Products page!