What is the Best Lighting for Migraine Sufferers?

If you struggle with chronic migraines, you know all too well that light becomes your worst enemy when you are experiencing migraine symptoms, but have you noticed that certain lighting is more bearable than others? By understanding what lighting is easiest on your migraines, you can find ways to make your indoor lighting less painful and disruptive during the moments when you aren’t feeling well. 


Best Color Temperature for Indoor Lighting

Like music, lighting can set the mood for just about any occasion. It can also make you feel productive and energetic, or calm and serene. Some types of lighting can also trigger migraines, but new research indicates that certain light might also be able to help with migraines.

Sensitivity to light is a common side effect of migraines, affecting over 80 percent of sufferers. However, scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have found that a narrow band of light in the color green may actually help alleviate migraine pain by 20 percent and also significantly reduce light sensitivity.


Best LED Color Temperature for Kitchens and Other Rooms

The findings in the study above don’t exactly mean that you need to run out and buy green light bulbs for every room. Instead, they should just help you to understand that there are certain colors and intensities of light that you can use to help alleviate migraine triggers.

For example, in your kitchen, you can add ambient light for the entire room (which is easier on the eyes) and utilize task lighting on the countertops for when you are preparing meals. You can also add task lighting over your sink so you don’t miss anything when you are cleaning dishes or veggies.

In your living room, you can add an accent lamp to your ambient light scheme. The accent light can focus on a piece of artwork or be placed behind a chair to act as a reading lamp. You can do the same in your bedroom – positioning an accent lamp on each side of the bed for reading with ambient light overhead to illuminate the whole room when needed.

When choosing a color, if you suffer from migraines, you’ll want to keep your lighting warmer. The best choice would be close to the 2700K range on the Kelvin temperature scale. This light tends to be a more yellowish or orange color. Anything near the 5000k range will be toward the blue end of the color spectrum. Blue light was found to trigger and exacerbate migraines in the Boston study, so it’s best to stay away from it.

As for choosing a bulb type, LEDs tend to last longer than CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs) and don’t contain Mercury. They work well for task lighting, and newer LEDs can imitate incandescent bulbs for ambient light.

In addition to buying new light bulbs to ease your migraine symptoms, consider pursuing treatment options to get rid of your migraines indefinitely. Contact the National Headache Institute today to learn more about out treatment options, or visit our website to find the location nearest you. Along with easing your migraine symptoms, we can help you find long-lasting relief.