questionsis anyone bothered by flourescent lights?


Naw, but sometimes it seems like my heart skips a beat or two.


Sounds like epilepsy.

My problem is that when I am underneath them for extended periods of time, I get headaches. I can take other less harsh forms of interior lighting, but overhead fluorescent tubes just wreak havoc on my eyes.

I always have to beg my professors to open the blinds and let us use the natural sunlight, but they are convinced that we fall asleep if that happens.

I don't shop for extended periods of time, but I am guessing their industrial strength lighting must be horrible. I know this sounds dumb, but maybe don't look up too much?


I get migraines from them... Our landlord likes to put CFLs in our fixtures and it irritates me SO much.


Fluorescent lights blink at a rate just faster than most of us can process but some people are more sensitive to the flicker. I personally hate working under them because of this. Give me natural light any day of the week!


The one's they used to have in highschool really bugged me sometimes, but cfl's don't bother me at all. I think the technology has just gotten to the right point.


The strobing effect is due to the fact that the bulbs are actually flashing 120 times a second. The ceiling fan makes the flashing more noticable due to the beat frequency (combination of the ceiling fan's blades effectively acting like a camera shutter and the blinking of the bulbs).

The blinking effect generally doesn't bother me, but I really don't like them due to the potential environmental damage they can cause: a small CFL, say a 40 or 60 W replacement bulb, contains enough mercury to poison 6000 gallons of water. Larger bulbs are worse.

Incandescent and LED bulbs are the way to go if you're concerned about the environment and human health. The only advantage to CFLs is that they reduce energy usage (compared with incandescents).


Different people have different sensitivity to different lights.

Most people can deal with 60 Hz or 120 Hz lights. some people are bothered by 60 hz lights, or by stuff running that "slow." I personally cannot stand low frequency fluorescent lights. Modern high efficiency Fluorescent lights cycle between 300 and 600 times a second, instead of the 60 hz electricity comes in at.

If I had to guess, you probably have issues watching a DLP TV and see the color spread rainbows from the refraction mirrors. I get a headache if i watch a DLP TV for more than about 10 minutes before I get hit with extreme eye strain, followed shortly by a headache.


They give me headaches also, and after reading this I now know why.


Flicker vertigo. I can stand the hum of the darned things.


I LOVE fluorescents, especially CFL's or VHO's. I used to work as a coral biologist for an aquaculture (for the aquaria trade) facility.
I love the higher color temps that can be achieved with fluors. as opposed to standard incandescents. Even the "rare earth phosphor magical mystery full spectrum" or "daylight" incandscents almost always (maybe always) spec out under 3000kelvin.
Or even better is playing "under the sea" under a 10,000k, or even 20,000k metal halide.
I love white->blue lights, which require fluor (or MH, or LED). Incandescents are just too yellow for me. Maybe I'm just sick of the dusty yellow Texas days (with real dust), and need something distinctly different.


Some give me headaches, but not all. And compact fluorescent bulbs don't give me any problems.

But strobe anything and I'll get a migraine. Even LED Christmas lights flicker enough to make me start to get a headache.

I just try to avoid shops that have "bad" lights. Don't know of any other solution.

I love the earlier answers that have actually helped me understand why some lights give me headaches and others don't.


I really appreciate all your thoughtful answers. I learned a lot and now know that I am not the only one who suffers. At big stores like Costco I sometimes get a sick feeling even to the point of vertigo. It helps to breathe and even a some wind on my face.