I recently moved into a new apartment on short notice. One thing I didn't realize when kicking the tires was that there is no natural light in my bedroom during the morning. This tends to make waking up an unpleasant and lengthy event—it's dark, and often I just fall asleep again. I don't want this to happen, and I've noticed that when I sleep in a room with good morning light exposure I wake up earlier and happier.
So: how can I replicate a rising sun in my room? Full spectrum light (like for SAD) hooked up to a dimmer hooked up to a timer? Clever arrangements of mirrors?
posted by Maecenas
on Jul 30, 2013 -
I am designing a house and using the wonderful suncalc.net/
I have been able to view the daily path of the sun throughout the year, for a given set of co-ordinates. I would however like to go one step further and model how different 3D house shapes would fare for sunlight throughout the year at a specific place on the surface of the earth. I am willing to pay for this software if necessary.
posted by therubettes
on Nov 16, 2012 -
Potentially-nonexistent-product-filter: Is there such a thing as a light system that emulates dawn-to-dusk daylight? Something that brightens and dims relatively closely following actual sunlight? [more inside]
posted by erst
on Oct 15, 2012 -
I need a way to block sunlight (UVA/UVB) on the driver's side window of a car while I'm driving. Difficulty: I'm driving. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed
on Mar 15, 2012 -
Can you identify my office plants from the photos, and give me tips for caring for them? [more inside]
posted by germdisco
on Oct 23, 2010 -
Can my very droopy and sad-looking Wollemi Pine be saved? He started out perky, but now he looks like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. Or is this just what a 200-million-year-old gymnosperm looks like? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess
on Jan 28, 2010 -
Is there a way to measure how much sunlight different parts of my yard get over the course of a day? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Aug 23, 2008 -
We've been told for some time at work that we're going to be moved from a second floor, windowless area down to the first floor which is at street level and has floor to ceiling windows looking out at street level. This sounds great!
However, I just saw the plans and it appears that the cubicles which we have the option to choose from all have cube-height (six foot?) walls between our chairs and the windows. Think back to Office Space. [more inside]
posted by ThinkandDrive
on Feb 6, 2008 -
When I'm battling an infection/virus for a few days, my body temperature climbs as the sun goes down. My village elders tell me this is normal. Why do fevers get worse after sundown, but subside in the morning?
posted by Mozai
on Jan 23, 2008 -
Is it true that the skies in the Southern Hemisphere appear brighter and clearer than Northern Hemisphere skies? I have read this several times from various unscientific sources. If so, what is the reason?
posted by vizsla
on Sep 10, 2007 -
What city in the world has the highest number of annual hours of sunshine between temperatures of 15C and 25C (60F and 80F)? (Coz that's where I want to live)
posted by zaebiz
on Jul 19, 2007 -
Where on my new/proposed property is there sunlight throughout the day? [more inside]
posted by rush
on Jul 10, 2007 -
I have a pencil (maybe charcoal?) sketch of Pompeii my mom drew, about 50 years ago. It's gorgeous. It's been tucked away because I'm afraid of light damaging the picture. Are there any specialty picture frames/glass coverings I can use to display her artwork, while minimizing fading or light damage?
posted by raztaj
on May 19, 2007 -
I love sitting in the backyard working on my laptop. The problem is its often not very readable. What is the best way to use a laptop outside? At the moment I am squinting a lot. I'm open to all practical suggestions including devices, positioning, shading etc. (I own a Thinkpad T42 if it's relevant)
posted by zaebiz
on Apr 19, 2007 -
Asking for the girlfriend (if that wasn't clear): My significant other is plagued by oral contraceptive -induced sunlight sensitivity. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck
on May 12, 2006 -
Overcast skies at twlight, looking westward. A bright flash of white light, followed by instant red. Sunset, in the blink of an eye! What is this phenomenon called?
posted by Laugh_track
on Apr 9, 2006 -
Is there a way, possibly using Google maps or some other app, to determine the path of the sun over my property for the coming summer months? Specifically, I am trying to determine if a particular region near some oaks will get enough sunlight for a small vegetable garden.
posted by docpops
on Mar 25, 2006 -
Does the American Pacific Northwest get less daytime in the winter than in the summer, and if so, why? [more inside]
posted by bingo
on Jul 16, 2005 -