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Attention Readers: The Lights You Use to Read Before Bedtime Could be Harmful to your Health

Reading is one of the most relaxing and peaceful activities. 

In fact, adults who read for 30 minutes a week feel 20% more satisfied with their lives according to the latest Quick Reads study.

One study even showed that reading reduces stress by 68 percent, more so than listening to music, having a cup of tea, or taking a walk.

But reading is also visually intensive work that requires light that is bright and focused. That’s why task lighting can always be found in the parts of your home that require sharp light such as kitchen countertops, computer desks, craft tables and by the bed where we read – anywhere that you may need sharp, non-shadowed light. These lights aren't meant to light up the entire room, only your reading station or work surface. 

We've all been there - so captivated by a story that we don't want to put it down despite the poor lighting. But dim lighting without blue light protection can have immediate effects to our vision such as:

  • Eye strain 
  • Tired eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Headaches
  • Diminished Concentration
  • Trouble sleeping
bedtime reading with kids light

Because of the dim light, we are constantly straining our eyes to see properly, causing these immediate effects. And then there's the blue light exposure.

Continued exposure to harmful blue light rays could lead to damaged retinal cells over time which can cause serious vision problems such as age-related macular degeneration and chronic insomnia. Those who use dim lamps that do not filter out harmful blue rays every night are at a higher risk of these effects.

Read Comfortably

Don't let the wrong lighting diminish your reading experience. 

good reading lightcan reduce uncomfortable short-term effects while protecting you from long-term eye problems. Dr. Lite is the only company to offer a blue light safe lamp, recommended by leading eye care doctors. 

Our task lamps are essential to any reading station because they are designed specifically to block out harmful blue light while offering adjustable positions and brightness levels to support any task at hand.

A few other tips for readers to avoid eye strain are:

Follow the 20 by 20 rule: taking breaks from staring at your book every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds. 

Book placement: The ideal reading distance – the space between your eyes and your book – should be about 15 inches and at the ideal reading angle of 60 degrees. 

Read any good books lately? Let us know. We may just release our own 2020 summer round up!

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