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It might seem a little unusual to be reviewing a lightbulb, but this my friends, is no ordinary lightbulb. This is the Ecozone Energy Saving Biobulb which retails on Amazon for a seemingly expensive £9.41 for the 25 watt bayonet cap type that I purchase towards the beginning of December.
I bought it with the sole intention of cheering me up a little on dark winter mornings, and hopefully motivating me to get out of bed that little bit more swiftly than I have done during other winters. I've never been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I would definitely say that the darker, shorter winter days have a significant impact on my ability to motivate myself in the mornings (and stay chirpy throughout the days).
I decided to put this bulb into a bedside lamp, and switch it on when my alarm went off in the mornings. This bulb contains 1600 lumen, which isn't very far behind the 2500 that lower-end SAD lamps contain. With that in mind, this is not up to the job of treating SAD - but it is definitely a contender to cheer up people like me who just get a touch of the winter blues.
I had one immediate problem with this bulb when I installed it, and that is that I had to remove the lamp shade to fit it. Considering I wanted this light to have a good effect though, I don't see that this is a major problem. I want maximum light exposure after all.
When I turn this light on in the mornings, it's bright but somewhat soft white light fills my room almost immediately. It takes only a matter of seconds to warm up and fill the room with light. It gives my bedroom the illusion of being dowsed in early daylight, which is a pretty nifty trick when it's 6am and still pitch black outside. It is considerably different to the yellow and slightly dull bulbs I'm used to.
I've definitely been feeling slightly more motivated in the mornings since using this, and I don't really feel like I've had the winter blues this year. That could be due to any number of factors though. I'm not quite sure why the price needs to be so high for this product, but I guess I can't complain too much considering how pleased I've been with it. It makes a big difference to my morning routine and has made me feel noticeably more motivated on dark winter mornings that I have previously been. That's got to be worth a tenner?