What is the Ideal Light to Read in?

Whether you want to enjoy a good book, or you need to study for a big exam, finding the right reading light is more important than you might think. Reading in the wrong light can put an unhealthy strain on your eyes. Read on for simple tricks to help you read in the right light.

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Lighting Options

First, think about the space you are looking to light. Is there natural light coming from a nearby window? Is there already some overhead lighting? Or maybe a more direct source of light is necessary? Answering these questions can help you determine the type of light fixture you need to give you the best source of light.

Reading in dim light can strain your eye muscles, so having enough light can help you reduce this strain and the common short-term issues that come with reading in low light: headaches and tired, dry eyes. When reading, it’s important to focus bright light directly where you need it to be. Options include desk lamps or adjustable lamps that can be moved to where you need to direct the light. If you have your comfortable recliner next to a table, you may need a simple table lamp with a shade directing the light down to where you need it, rather than directing light to the entire room.

Distribution and Brightness

Light distribution and brightness are often overlooked factors when determining the best reading light. It’s actually better for your eyes to have the light evenly distributed throughout the room, rather than having a very bright light in a dark room. Ever wonder why you get so sleepy when reading before bed? It’s because your pupils dilate from the dark whenever your eyes happen to look off the page. This can cause eye fatigue.

Another cause of eye fatigue is reading from a computer screen. This may be a requirement for work, but you should avoid reading from that electronic device as much as possible in your free time. The fatigue comes from the constant shifting of the pixels. There are a couple of options to help combat eye fatigue from computer screens. One option is to dim the lighting on the screen so it’s not so bright. The other option is to reverse the text color scheme. For example, move the white text to a black background.

Our eyes will generally become weaker as we age and more light will be needed. Brightness is measured in lumens, which can be difficult to gage since most of us are used to buying light bulbs in terms of wattage. Here’s a general chart that can help you determine what you might need:

• 40 watts: At least 450 lumens

• 60 watts: At least 800 lumens

• 75 watts: At least 1,100 lumens

• 100 watts: At least 1,600 lumens

It’s best to let your eyes tell you exactly what they need. If the lighting isn’t right for your eyes, you can experience fatigue, burning, itching, redness, headaches and you might find yourself squinting more than normal. Adjust as necessary, by either taking away the glare or focusing the light to where you need it. And remember, the older you get, the more light you are going to need.

Regular Eye Care and LASIK in Orange County

Just like any health checkup, it is important to get your eyes checked regularly. If you are suffering from prolonged eye issues, visit Dr. Ghosheh and his team at Advanced Eye Medical. Don’t let issues with your vision become a more serious health problem. Schedule your consultation today to learn more about maintaining healthy vision as you age and how LASIK in Orange County can benefit you.

What Does Color Tell Us Subconsciously?

Colors evoke emotions, moods, and feelings. Knowing the psychology of color can help you make better decisions whether you are decorating your home, picking an outfit for a job interview or a first date, or designing marketing materials for your business.

Your choice of color can improve comprehension by 73%, learning by 55-68%, and reading by 40%.

It is important to remember that context, culture, and time are important things to consider when thinking about color symbolism.

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Primary Colors


Red encourages strong emotions like passion and love. It also encourages appetite, so if you want your kids to finish their dinner, consider using red plates. Because it creates a sense of urgency, red often is used in marketing to attract impulse shoppers. Red also gives the impression of seriousness and power; for example, it is used as a symbol for the Republican Party in the US, and for Communist and Socialist Parties around the world.


Yellow represents cheerfulness, warmth, optimism, and youthfulness. It is also known to make babies cry, so you may want to rethink that gender-neutral yellow nursery. It encourages communication, so the family room is probably a better place for it. Yellow stimulates the mind and is the first color the human eye notices, making it useful in marketing to grab the attention of window shoppers. Yellow stimulates the nervous system, so much so that it can cause fatigue and strain on the eyes.


Water is known as a “cold” color, and is associated with peace, calmness, and serenity. It reminds us of stability and constancy because of the blueness of the sky and the ocean. Because it increases productivity, it is the most-used color in corporate offices. Blue is the second most powerful color; it stands for contemplativeness, strength, and trust. For these reasons it is the symbol of conservativism worldwide and of the Democratic Party in the US.

Secondary Colors


Orange is bright and inspires enthusiasm and conversation. Since it is a “warm” color you may think it draws people in; in fact, it warns of caution. In marketing, it creates a call it to action (to buy, sell, or subscribe, for instance.) Orange is the national color of the Netherlands and its Royal Family.


Firstly, green symbolizes nature, and by extension, health. It represents new growth and tranquility. Secondarily, it symbolizes money. Surrounding yourself in a green environment can alleviate depression, and workers have been shown to have fewer stomach aches when surrounded by green. Green has long been a symbol of fertility, and believe it or not was the top choice for wedding gown color in the 15th century. It is associated with balance and is the symbol of political environmentalists.


Purple stimulates creativity and intuition. It can be used when trying to get people to develop new insights, so a classroom or a therapist’s office might be appropriate places for this color. Purple is a symbol of high achievement like royalty, wealth, success, and wisdom. It is often used in marketing to promote beauty and anti-aging products for these reasons. In politics, purple was used to symbolize royalty, but it is hardly used in modern politics.

Color Psychology

Color is a form of non-verbal communication, and its meaning is not static or unchanging. For example, a person may wear red on a particular day, and this could mean:

• They are angry

• They are feeling passionate about something they are doing that day

• They are in love

• They are ready to take action in some way

• It is their favorite color

When reading color psychology, it definitely helps to understand color associations. However, you also have to read a person’s energy on a given day and consider any mitigating circumstances. Pay attention to what is going on around you and put the pieces of the puzzle together. Knowing the unconscious meaning that colors send us helps us to understand ourselves, our communities,  and our environment better.

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