Adam@Home by Rob Harrell


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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 2 years ago

    When I lived in the willamette valley, my roommate couldn’t understand why I used not one but TWO 500w halogen lamps to light the place. The dreary endless days of grey got old in a hurry. First year I was there, a fellow at work kept track of days without a sunbreak. 23 days that first january…

  2. Al

    Al GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    My ex-fiancé used to get on the moody side in the winter. The only time she was not was just before and after vacation to Mexico. Having watched at first hand, I understand.

  3. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 2 years ago

    And children will show a total lack of respect for their father… wait … how is this different from the rest of the year?

  4. JusSayin

    JusSayin said, over 2 years ago


    Halogen is not the right frequency for S.A.D. You need a full wave spectrum bulb to truly offset Winter Blues. Any other spectrum’s benefit is largely psychological, and I would have to check the lumen rating.

    I had a box they prescribe for SAD patients. It had 8(eight) four foot, full-wave spectrum fluorescent bulbs, and I paid $40 for each bulb using my Dad’s Electrical Contractor Wholesale Supply. And you have to spend two hours a day, twice a day to get the benefit. Yeah, I went through the full process.

    Halogen bulbs help just a little more than dark, but due to the blue spectrum bias, sometimes with UV shielded, is less effective than about half the conventional bulb. Full-wave spectrum, not daylight bulbs, although daylight bulbs are a little better than standard inexpensive bulbs. Most of the benefit from other than full wave spectrum bulbs is psychological.

    If you don’t want to go to the cost of a full wave spectrum box, use lots of lights everywhere, especially around mirrors, and wear light colors to reflect light back to your retina. Daylight bulbs are an alternative, but you have to use a lot of them. Yes, daylight bulbs are available in the cfl, but you have to check the box, and pay a little more.

    I look forward to info of the light spectrum composition analysis on the new LED bulbs. But, I know usage will vary from lab tests, because electrical voltage in a dwelling or office varies, causing differences in the LED spectrum, unless you have a whole house voltage stabilizing system, to avoid voltage changes, all day and all night.

    Some equipment uses capacities to stabilize voltage level, especially if there is a large motor draw, or an unbalanced electrical load.

    If you have any influence on your worksite, lobby to replace all cheap fluorescents with full wave spectrum fluorescent bulbs. Most places will upgrade to the daylight bulb, but not the full wave spectrum bulb. It’s been a while since I priced, but four foot long plain cool white fluorescents were less than a dollar apiece, daylight were over four dollars apiece, and full wave spectrum bulbs were about forty dollars apiece, wholesale price, if you bought a case.

    Good Luck, I’ve been clinically diagnosed at the best research facility in the world with SAD and DSPS. DSPS is related to SAD, but I’ve rambled enough.

    Oh yeah, a good quality melatonin taken at night also helps SAD patients.

    Sincerely and Respectfully,

  5. Scyphi

    Scyphi said, over 2 years ago


    Not for me, because those full-wave lightbulbs drive me up the wall. Can’t stand them. I’d much rather have an ordinary incandescent than a full-wave light for much of anything.

    And I’m not the only one, it turns out there are other people in the world who can’t stand them either, enough that it’s caught the attention of the professionals…apparently different people react differently to different ranges of bulbs, but it’s not exactly clear why yet.

    Judging from my own personal experience, I think it might just be a vision thing. Some people are more capable of noticing the difference and it just bugs them as a result. But I’m no expert either.

  6. Scyphi

    Scyphi said, over 2 years ago

    So has Katy reached Lucy levels of crabbiness yet? Seems like she’s awfully close to me…

  7. Doctor11

    Doctor11 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I’m with Katy.

  8. JusSayin

    JusSayin said, over 2 years ago


    " Not for me, because those full-wave lightbulbs drive me up the wall. Can’t stand them. I’d much rather have an ordinary incandescent than a full-wave light for much of anything.".

    Thank you for your information. Do full wave spectrum incandescent bulbs also affect you? I ask, because for a while, and perhaps still in wattages less than 95w, GE made a special incandescent bulb that was much more pleasant to me than standard incandescents.

    I generally do not like fluorescents of any type, but can tolerate daylight fluorescents, and have no problems with full wave spectrum. Fluorescents always look like they are flashing to me, and I know they are, and it gets much worse when the ballast or bulb start going bad, and others can see the flickering.

    But thanks for the new information, I’ll look into it.

    Sincerely & Respectfully,


  9. fionagma

    fionagma said, over 2 years ago


    I still live in the Willamette Valley—we’re in a drought this year with lots of sun and dry weather and NO MOISTURE and TERRIBLE GLARE. Bring back our weather!

  10. rekam

    rekam GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I was working in downtown San Francisco and would get sun in the afternoons. Hubby worked at home in the fog belt and would complain about no sun. I’d suggest he hop on the streetcar and come out to where it was sunny. He never did.

  11. Hunter7

    Hunter7 said, over 2 years ago


    You are well versed. Thank you for the info.

    When our office decided to change our storage room to an office space, I was the lucky one to get the tiny, windowless, airless room. But while the rest of the office got the really cheap fluorescents – the company sprung for the full wave spectrum tubes. Without me asking.

  12. Scyphi

    Scyphi said, over 2 years ago


    I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered a full-wave incandescent, so I’m not sure on that. Probably should look into it…

  13. Scyphi

    Scyphi said, over 2 years ago

    I’m fine with natural sunlight, which is why it’s all a little weird, I’ll admit. In theory, full-waves shouldn’t bug me at all, but they do. The light they produce just feels…sterile to me. Like I can tell it’s artificial sunlight and not the real thing.
    Maybe the full-waves aren’t emulating sunlight as perfectly as people seem to think, and some people (like me) can just tell the difference.
    Dunno, it’s one of those things that’ll probably take more science and investigation to solve than I’m capable of providing on my own.

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