So work moved me to a new part of the building, and the lighting has been dreadful. Multiple kinds of CFL's, from multiple angles. I'll figure it out (and work with HR to get a better seat) but in the meantime it sparked a thought. I was explaining my issue to some people and they were sympathetic but couldn't imagine what I was seeing. Here's why:
In my office we use overhead 'high intensity' CCFL strips. These look like regular fluorescent tubes only much much thinner and the light that comes from them is terribly painful for me.
But here's the real kicker - the room still seems DARK to me.
I pointed at our work area and said to a friend - is our area well lit? And he said yes, it is. But here's the thing - I don't see a well lit room. I see a DARK room with bright light strips. The light from these strips only illuminates a very small area. The room itself seems ... literally DARK.
If I take a picture of the room with my smartphone, and then look at the picture... the room is well lit. I know, intellectually, that there's plenty of light. But it seems dark, and what light there is seems truly painful to me.
Has anyone else experienced this? I have a similar reaction to the LED lighting on the display cases at the supermarket. The items on display seem well lit, because they are reflecting the LED light. But the area around them seems... DARKER than normal.
This can't possibly be healthy. I know I'm in the strict minority (along with everyone else on this forum) but at SOME point regulators/healthcare providers/someone will HAVE to realize that this is an actual phenomenon...