Light up your Seattle rainy days

Light up your Seattle rainy days !


I actually know friends who love the rain.¬† Some of them are from California. ūüôā¬† I also know many who don’t know how they can get through Seattle’s rainy season.

If you belong to the second group, there are things that can help you immediately.

I use full-spectrum light (simulated sunlight) on those days when the sun is behind the clouds. ¬†When I have the light on, I literally don’t feel bothered by the darkness outside.¬† ¬†It’s natural that we are drawn to light that comes through the window.¬† ¬†It makes us feel good.¬† ¬†Full-spectrum light intends to simulate natural light.¬† That’s why we feel better when we have full-spectrum light on when it’s cloudy outside.

Now I have a huge light at home.  However, you can get a more portable unit that has at least 10,000 lux.

A company named Verilux makes these lights. ¬†One of them is Happy Light Deluxe.¬† ¬†It’s light and portable.¬† You can even take it with you when you travel.

Another is Happy Light Liberty.  This is a smaller desk lamp that can improve your mood as well as providing bright reading light.

Both of these lights work best if you are within about 12 to 14 inches.

Actually, both are also available on Amazon if that’s where you usually shop.

Verilux Happy Light--Full Spectrum light UV Free

Verilux Happy Light–Full Spectrum light UV Free


The smaller light–Liberty–is wonderful as a reading lamp as well.¬† The 10000 LUX will help with winter blues.

Verilux Liberty--Like reading in natural light

Verilux Liberty–Like reading in natural light

Even though you can use it to help you “start your day”, both of them make good reading lamps as well.


This is a natural way to change your mood on days when you don’t see the sun.


If you prefer to check them out in person, there are retail stores that sell them locally.

Eastwest Bookshop stocks them.   The address is 6407 12th Ave. NE, Seattle.  (206) 523.3726

Zenith Supplies also stocks them.  The address is 6300 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle  (206) 525.7997.


Another possibility is visiting stores that sell indoor gardening products.  Fremont has a store named The Indoor Sun Shoppe


I hope these ideas make your life lighter and brighter. ūüôā





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