I have suffered from classic migraines (with visual aura) for 23 years now (I'm 40). Light has always been a trigger. When I worked in an office, I had to wear tinted glasses (no prescription) in order to make it through a staff meeting because the flourescent lights just made me ill.
I'm now trying to take some online classes, and have a lot of reading to do. I have a couple older Ott Lamps, which are supposed to be great, but there's a lot of glare, and I get dizzy. I just bought a lamp with the "natural full spectrum" bulb (it has 4 loops to it), and the bright white light immediately made me nauseous and dizzy. I asked a non-migraine friend her opinion, and she said that it was too bright and caused glare on the page.
I am at a loss as to what magic lightbulb will allow me to study. I checked online, and all I could find were articles bashing people, and organizations, who have postulated that the new CFLs may trigger migraine attacks. It is well known, and accepted, theat flourescent bulbs can be triggers, so it's not lthat much of a reach to think that compact versions would do the same.
If anyone has had any luck with finding a good lightbulb, one that just provides light, without any side effects, please let me know. I'm desperate at this point.