So, winter has been dragging along here, and as I’ve been without Passport, leaving for sunnier places hasn’t been an option.
To indulge a sun-deprived tangent…
I think a lot of people think that a UK winter is sunless because it is constantly raining here, but this is untrue! The culprit is latitude.
For example, today, 22 February:
Day length: 10h27m 3s Sunrise/ Set: 7:01, 17:28
New York 40°47′N
Day length: 10h58m41s Sunrise/Set: 6:40, 17:39
Now, I know what all you New Yorkers are thinking… it’s just as dark in NYC!
Today, yes, but what about two months ago?
Let’s look at 21 December, the shortest day of the year:
London: 7h 49m 41s with sunset at 15:53
New York: 9h 15m 04s with sunset at 16:31
Now do you feel a shred of pity?
Lights out before four is rough, especially when it’s colder than rainier than usual.
Enter My Fake Sun, aka Philips goLITE, which I purchased 2 weeks ago, in a desperate moment. I decided it was far less expensive than the holidays I wasn’t taking, and the reviews it received on Amazon were extremely good.
Does it work?
I think it does. I wouldn’t say I feel happier, but getting out of bed in the morning is much less challenging. I noticed a difference within 5 days of use. Whether it works or not, I definitely like sitting near it.
The GoLite/FakeSun also works as an alarm clock, so rather than waking up to the cruel song my Blackberry plays (Calypso, if you wanted to know), I can wake up to the eerie blue glow of My Fake Sun and an audible alert.
I often eat my breakfast with it on, and I’ve found that the twigs I eat for breakfast look even less appealing in blue light. I suppose I can only expect so much.
**Day Length, Sunrise, & Sunset sourced from www.timeanddate.com