HOUSEHOLDERS in John O’Groats will be seeing the lighter side of the darkest day of the year after each home in the village was earmarked to receive an early Christmas present by Scottish Gas.
The utility has given out daylight lightbulbs to help locals see through the depth of the winter.
Thursday is the shortest day of the year when Groats residents will have just six hours of daylight, with sunrise at 9am and sunset at 3pm. That is two hours less than in London.
Earlier this week Scottish Gas HomeCare Engineer Lewis Tyronney delivered three of the bulbs to each household in Groats.
The low-wattage LED, energy-saving bulbs replicate the intensity and range of colours found in natural daylight, thereby helping alleviate the symptoms associated with darker days.
Mr Tyronney said: “I usually visit homes to service and repair boilers.
“However, it’s been great to visit residents in John O’Groats to give them the bulbs, which can enhance their well-being during the dark, winter months.”
John O’Groats postmistress Fiona Harper said she has a stock available to collect from the store.
“I know a number of people in the village have been given bulbs,” she said.
“However a number of customers weren’t aware of the initiative and anyone in the area is welcome to come and collect them.
“I hope they can make a difference to people.”
Independent research commissioned by Scottish Gas highlights that more than half of people in Scotland feel less energetic as the days get darker, and a further quarter say their quality of sleep declines during the winter months.