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« on: December 22, 2008 05:18:24 PM »

Well it's too late to do anything this year but every year the lights on my tree hurt my eyes. I'm really sensitive to light especially at night and a lit tree in a dark room is just annoying to me, everything gets so blurred I can't even see the ornaments. Now I love putting up a tree and my daughter loves the lights so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of something else I could use? I've tried different colored lights, the red ones just gave me a headache and blue lights weren't to bad but still annoying. This year my tree is one of the pre lit trees and I'm going to get a new one next year, hopefully white or green with fake snow!
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2008 12:58:40 AM »

I put the small coloured lights in our window in the inside, and have a lace curtain that hangs over it.  It's a very soft light.  Maybe you could do something like that instead of the tree? 

Also, you could try having soft lighting in the room other then the tree, that might soften the whole effect. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2008 05:14:01 AM »

I'm sorry that really sucks. Sad  Would the new LED lights be a bit better for your eyes.

Green lights might blend into the greenery of the tree. If your tree is a different color try the same color lights: Pink Tree- Pink Lights, White Tree-White Lights.

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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2008 05:20:01 AM »

I have a similar problem, and unfortunatly the LEDs are worse.  I'm not sure what to tell you, I just try not to look directly at if for long.  Having the window open to let in some natural light does help a bit.
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2008 05:40:54 AM »

This may help...though it may not.  Get a small desk lamp, the kind with the swivelly neck, and put it on the floor (inconspicuously) by your tree, and point it at the wall behind.  It'll help to more evenly distribute the light that's coming off the tree lights for you, without taking anything away from your daughter's enjoyment.  I get headaches watching TV at night, and lighting the wall behind the TV really helps with that.  That said, green lights on a green tree would probably also be a really big help.
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2008 07:28:15 AM »

thanks for the suggestions i think i may try the green lights next year, i didn't even think of that. i don't want to get rid of the tree or the lights completely because my daughter loves them and loves christmas, but than again what child doesn't Smiley the natural light does help during the day just at night it's hard not to see the tree since my living room is so small. i actually can't drive at night very well in town because the street lights and headlights from other cars make it almost impossible to see.
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