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Help! I need safe lighting!

  • By grammayumyum

    I stocked up on incandescent light bulbs a few years ago, and now I need new bulbs. I’ve suddenly become aware that everything has gone halogen, fluorescent, or LED. All of those are HUGE migraine triggers for me. They will trigger a massive migraine within 20 minutes. SOMETIMES I can get away with being in those types of lights for up to an hour if I’m well rested AND the weather is stable AND I’m wearing my Theraspecs. But NO longer than one hour. (I shop online or very quickly in stores!)

    I can’t just sit in the dark every night now, so I’m asking for help. What kind of lighting do you use? Does anyone know if it’s possible to get ahold of incandescent bulbs anywhere? I found one article that talks about heavy duty incandescents that are 150 watts, but my light fixtures say not to put in more than 60 watts….

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  • By Lisa Robin Benson Moderator

    Hi Grammayumyum,
    I’m so sorry you’re having difficulty with lighting. I’m sensitive to light, too, and wear TheraSpecs as well. Actually they have a very helpful article on their site about the different lightbulb choices and I’ve tried the warm LEDs and personally found those to work the best for me.https://www.theraspecs.com/blog/light-bulbs-best-someone-sensitive-light/ I get them from ikea. You might try combing through here and see if it is helpful to you.
    Hope this is a help to you.
    Lisa

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  • By Delaney

    Ditto to the recommendation for Theraspecs and LEDs. Here in Canada we still have incandescent bulbs available by the truckload. Perhaps eBay?

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  • By MaddieG

    Specialty bulbs are still available as incandescent…
    I’m super light sensitive. My mom says my daughter is going to think she’s a mushroom because I keep everything so dim all the time, but if you don’t need it very bright, maybe see about the smaller wattage bulbs or a lamp that uses the candlabra bulbs?

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  • By Delaney

    I’m just wondering why LED’s are a problem for you. Do you think it’s the quality of the light (blue/yellow/white), or the intensity? For me it’s the flickering of fluorescents and I can’t go into London Drugs for more than 2-3 minutes because their ceiling fans pass underneath the light fixtures which is a double whammy strobe effect.

    Anyway, if a migraineur needs light bulbs I could always help out by shipping some here from Canada.

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  • By grammayumyum

    Thanks for all of your replies! I found that a local hardware store carries a few heavy-duty incandescents! And I ordered more from newcandescent.com.
    I am extremely sensitive to flickering light. Fluorescents and halogens are the worst! We had some LEDs, but now I’m wondering if it was the LEDs that were the problem, or the fact that they were on a dimmer switch which probably allowed some high frequency flickering.
    I can’t drive through the rippling shadows of sunlight coming through trees. Watching a football game or an action movie with the blasts of white light are trouble, too.
    I’m able to work on the computer with my desk facing a large window. The natural light seems to modulate any flicker off the computer for my brain. I’m so grateful, because I’m going back to school (online) to become a speech pathologist (at 57)!
    Quarterly botox injections and bupivacaine nerve blocks every 6 weeks have given me some degree of control back over my life again. It’s so good to feel hopeful again!

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  • By Laura G.

    I am so happy to have found this website! I have studied migraine,in general. I have also studied my migraines. I just started getting them a few years ago. Finding this website however makes me feel like I’m not crazy! You people know exactly what I’m going through. Sorry you do. Lighting makes me sick! Thanks for all the advice.

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