Headache? Maybe It’s Because of the Fluorescent Lights

You are in a room lit by bright fluorescent lights, doing your tasks as best as you can. Suddenly, you feel a pulsing pain in your temples. The pain distracts you from doing your tasks and instead of doing your best, you commit mistakes. Or worse, you are unable to continue working and go home and sleep it off, missing a day at work. But what if it happens again and again and those headaches keep hindering you? What if the problem occurs in your house while you are sitting in your fluorescent-lit kitchen, reading the bills? Or what if it happens while you’re just doing some reading in the living room? Maybe it’s time to make adjustments in your workplace and talk to your boss or change the lighting in your home to something that would cause you no such problem as headaches.


Fluorescent lighting has been pointed as the culprit of headaches of many individuals. Workplaces, schools, hospitals, and homes have been switching to fluorescent lights from incandescent ones because they are a lot cheaper and last longer, not knowing the side effects that fluorescent lights might bring to those who have to stay in its glare for hours.

Fluorescent lights start to flicker once they have been in use for a long time, or the ballast has already burnt out. This flickering may trigger headaches for those who have to work under fluorescent lighting. Though imperceptible to most, flickering can cause problems to some who are more sensitive to them.

The brightness brought by fluorescent lights may also cause stress to those who have Irlen Syndrome. Irlen Syndrome is an optical processing disorder. People who have this disorder have increased sensitivity to bright lights. Bright lights make them dizzy and make it hard for them to perform well and focus on tasks such as reading. Fluorescent lights then become something like a torture device to those who have Irlen Syndrome.

Companies, schools, commercial establishments, and hospitals are always on the hunt for energy efficient lighting to save money. They think that having fluorescent lights would save them money because they cost less than incandescent lights. But what they do not know is that they are also reducing the performance level of some of their people because instead of performing as best as they could, some of them may suffer from headaches caused by the flickering of fluorescent lights. These institutions and establishments should look for energy efficient lighting that does not have any adverse side effects such as headaches. It’s time to change for the better by switching to LED lights.

Light-emitting diodes or LED lights do not flicker when they become old, unlike fluorescent lights. LEDs do not need ballasts to function, either. Like fluorescent lights, LEDs make for energy efficient lighting, but they do not cause headaches. LED lights are also more eco-friendly because they don’t contain mercury and other harmful chemicals. What’s more, LED lights last ten times longer than fluorescent bulbs. LED lights only use 10 watts of electricity compared to the 14 watts consumed by fluorescent lights. Another advantage of LED lights is that they emit less heat. They are more durable and have fewer chances of getting broken — unlike fluorescent lights which are fragile and are not suitable for places where there is a lot of motion.

Fluorescent lights spread their glare in no particular direction and is often used to provide lighting in big areas or rooms. However, this may cause the problem to those who need efficient light to read, render, write, and do their work. LED lights are directional, and they bring focus to one direction without causing headaches and making you lose your concentration.

When you look at their prices, fluorescent lights are a lot cheaper than LED lights. But, in the long run, companies, institutions, and homes could save more if they switch to LED lights and ditch fluorescent lights. LED lights consume less electricity that would help cut down on electricity bills. Plus, they last longer than fluorescent lights. Fewer changes are needed when one is using LED lights. There’s no threat for mercury-poisoning too when the bulb gets broken unlike with fluorescent lights. LED lights provide steady lighting — something that most (if not all) people need to be productive.

People are always looking for energy efficient lighting. At first, it was incandescent light bulbs and then fluorescent lighting came along. The latest innovation and most likely to become a staple in homes and commercial establishments are LED lights. They have been in the market for a long time and are now becoming cheaper and more affordable to the public.