Full Spectrum Lighting

Posted by Marcea

Light up your world with OttLite’s full spectrum lighting.  OttLite has developed specially designed lamps that are equipped with OttLite bulbs to provide Natural Daylight Illumination. 

Dr. John Ott, founder and inventor of OttLite, researched alternatives to artificial lighting and the affects that different wavelengths of light have on health.  His pioneering work is the basis for current OttLite lighting – full spectrum lighting specially engineered with a precise balance of contrast and brightness and reduced glare and eyestrain.  It’s like natural daylight indoors so that you can do what you love, longer! 

Here’s a look at Dr. Ott’s amazing work:

Bringing Daylight Indoors 

Dr. Ott observed that we were not meant to live and work indoors under artificial lights.  We were meant thrive outdoors in sunlight – the world’s #1 power source.  

The Walt Disney Company asked Dr. Ott to record the growth of a pumpkin through time-lapse photography. Animators would use this footage to draw the magical carriage from the 1950 classic film Cinderella.  Dr. Ott found that under some lighting conditions, male flowers grew, but the female flowers didn’t. After adjusting the lighting differently, the female flowers grew, but the male flowers didn’t. To grow pumpkins indoors you need to have male and female flowers.  Following several experiments, Dr. Ott discovered that he needed a full spectrum of light wavelengths to successfully grow the pumpkin indoors. 



Full Spectrum Lighting and Education

In a study on the effects of lighting on school age children, Dr. Ott found that using full spectrum fluorescent lighting decreased hyperactive behavior of students. The results of his study found that several extremely hyperactive children with confirmed learning disabilities calmed down and rapidly overcame their learning and reading problems while in the full spectrum lighting environment.

“… behavior and classroom performance, as well as overall academic achievement, improved markedly within one month after the new (full spectrum lighting bulbs) were installed,” according to Light: Medicine of the Future by Dr. Jacob Liberman, O.D., Ph.D.

The Chicken and the Egg

Which came first - the sun or the artificial light?  Obviously the sun is the answer to this riddle.  Did you know that studies revealed that chickens raised under full spectrum lighting bulbs lived twice as long, lay more eggs, are calmer and less aggressive and produce eggs that are approximately 25% lower in cholesterol?

“When we speak about the quality of light and its importance to the well-being of all living organisms, the contributions of Dr. John Ott Stand out above those of other researchers in the field.  His pioneering work on the effects that different light sources have on plants, animals, and humans may prove to contain some of the most important discoveries of the century.” according to Light:  Medicine of the Future, Dr. Jacob Liberman, O.D., Ph.D.


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