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Rio Low Energy SAD Light Therapy Lamp

by Rio
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
RRP: £49.99
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  • Uses 72 long life, low energy, high intensity LEDs to provide a full spectrum reading, working or background light source
  • Soft start mode
  • Variable brightness settings for use in most surroundings
  • Up to 60 minute timer with fade in and out function
  • Five year product life

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Product Description

Product Description

The Rio SAD light has been developed to help Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition which can affect all ages, men and women alike. Symptoms vary and are often referred to as the “winter blues”, the lack of natural light at any time of the year may cause SAD.

Symptoms of SAD may include a change in appetite or weight, lack of energy, diminishing sex drive, body aches or pains, low self-esteem, sleep problems, loss of memory, inability to make decisions, depression or mood swings and a lack of concentration and interest.

The conventional treatment of SAD is to deal with the symptoms, such as depression, using antidepressant or mood stabilising medication and/or psychotherapy. Recently, however, exposure to bright light has been widely advocated by health experts as a means of counteracting SAD by addressing the cause. It is now generally accepted that SAD lights are the best and quickest way to tackling the winter blues. SAD lights provide a balanced spectrum light equivalent to standing outdoors on a clear day. Use of a SAD lamp can make up for any light deficiency that you may otherwise be experiencing.

To use the Rio SAD light, simply position the lamp about 50 cm away from you directing the light towards your face, but slightly offset. Adjust the timer and brightness to suit you, then begin. It is acceptable to look into the light every now and then, but do not look into the light continuously.

Typically 15-60 minutes of exposure a day is sufficient for most people, however you may use your light as often as you want. Try to co-ordinate usage with your natural biological clock, namely between 6 am and 8 pm. You can use the Rio SAD light at other times of the day but research has shown that morning use is most beneficial. Use the Rio SAD light on at least five successive days at roughly the same time. You can then repeat the programme as often as required.

Box Contains

  • 1 x Rio SAD light
  • 1 x Power adapter
  • 1 x Full instructions and information guide

  • Product details

    • Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
    • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
    • Item model number: SADL2
    • ASIN: B001PIJF48
    • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Jan 2009
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,421 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    97 of 97 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive isn't everything 17 Nov 2009
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    This is my first SAD lamp. I feel like it helps. Up close, it's extremely bright, even on the dimmest setting. Seems to work well though, even if placed across the room. I chose it because it was cheaper than a lot of the others. I thought I might regret that. Actually, I'm really pleased with the less expensive option.
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    114 of 117 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars No More Gloomy Days 16 Nov 2009
    I'm one of those people who will try anything to beat the winter blues and after seeing this SAD light, brought one ASAP. At the time there wasn't many reviews but really the only thing I need to say is 'it works'. You can adjust the luminence so it's dimmed, or very bright. You can also adjust the amount of time it stays on before switching itself off, or it can be left on permanently until you turn it off again. So, imagine you're on your PC right now, surfing or Facebooking, and this bright light shining at you...what could be easier? Just give it a few days to start working. I have mine on for hours at a time.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Which lamp is everyone actually reviewing? 18 Oct 2013
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    Firstly I will explain the title as I find this pretty misleading. Firstly The lamp is labelled as the RIO SAD lamp, at the time of my purchase the pic is of a black lamp, oval-ish in shape with three buttons on the front and the word/s Bodi-Tek. I assumed this was a branch of RIO or perhaps a logo they use on these lights. The truth is this lamp is nothing to do with RIO from what I can tell on the box...I have not even opened it yet (and may not) because the box does tell you the next complaint I have....however, there is another retailer on amazon selling this lamp with this description and sharing these reviews and the picture is of a white rectangular light which looks like it is a flat box like maybe a dvd case. This is why I ask "Which lamp is everyone actually reviewing?"

    On to my next complaint.... To my knowledge a SAD light needs to be 10,000 lux to be properly effective...on the front of this box in plain view is a red circular patch with 5,000 lux* written in it!

    THEN when you turn the box over there is another smaller set of writing at the bottom that says -

    *Specification 1240 LUX @ 500mm 5000 LUX @ 150mm 10000 LUX @ 10mm

    SO... when the description says "To use the Rio SAD light, simply position the lamp about 50 cm away from you directing the light towards your face, but slightly offset. Adjust the timer and brightness to suit you, then begin. It is acceptable to look into the light every now and then, but do not look into the light continuously." and you follow those directions, you are only getting 1240 lux which from what I've read is virtually useless

    To get 10,000 lux you would have to have this lamp 1cm ....yes ONE CENTIMETRE or less than HALF AN INCH in old money from your face ....
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    59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rio Low Energy Sad Light 2 Mar 2010
    This lamp is fantastic, Its only small but is very bright and it really works. You can alter the brightness which is really good. The lamp is very well priced as others seem to do the same job for alot more. I would recommed it to anyone who suffers from depression or seasonal disorders it has helped me alot. You can just leave it on as a lamp in the room and let it work as you get on with your daily routines.

    The dispatch was really good I ordered the item and received it two days later very well packaged and I would use Amazon again.
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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars It seems to work for me! 22 Dec 2009
    I have no idea whether it is physiological or not!
    As a sufferer of SAD it seems to make a difference so I am enjoying it!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic SAD light 22 Dec 2011
    I have had this SAD light for 3 years now. I was desperate as each winter I would struggle to get out of bed no matter how much sleep I had and I would feel lethargic all day & sit drinking coffee in the office trying to wake myself up. I did't feel depressed or anything, just tired.

    This is just brilliant. I use it in the darker months for 20mins or so a day and it just completely revitalises me. It "feels like summer" all year round. Very, very pleased with product & shocked that it actually does work.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    By Dendo
    Certainly good value for money when compared with other similar SAD Lights. It's a little too early to give a full review regarding how effective the light is for SAD sufferers but so far, so good. It's very easy to use and the controls to increase and decrease the strength of LED lights are nice and straightforward.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars SAD lamp 15 Aug 2010
    By dotty
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    Excellant, small enough to be where ever you are and easy to store. Does just what it says and helps you though the winter. As good as any three times it's size.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Should've splashed out on the more expensive ones
    A bit disappointed with this as it is really small and the lights leave pinprick spots all over your eyes for a while. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Bambinolu
    5.0 out of 5 stars brill buy
    Bought this for a friend who struggles with the winter months and it has been wonderful and worked well xx
    Published 1 month ago by DEBS
    5.0 out of 5 stars Light of my life
    We put the light on while having breakfast so we get our recomended dosage each day. The light we feel is good value for money and gives us the boost as suggested. Gx
    Published 2 months ago by graham murphy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
    Been wanting one of these for years but they are always so expensive. Saw this one for and thought I should finally treat myself because the price isn't TOO bad. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Mark Twain
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for low light level use
    Ok for 2500 lux level of sufferers but useless for anyone that needs 5000 or 10000 lux type of treatment. Is compact and simple to use.
    Published 2 months ago by John Flint
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Lamp - Good Price
    Having owned one of these for several years now, my experience has been a good one.
    I use it to wake up in the morning and become alert and more active quicker, it is also... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Light-Man
    3.0 out of 5 stars ok
    I thought the light was ok but seemed expensive for what it does.have not used it much yet.thank you. its plastic.
    Published 3 months ago by Margaret
    5.0 out of 5 stars This works well
    This SAD lamp works off its own 12v dc adaptor (supplied)
    It provides plenty of good white light to take away the 4pm
    darkness that plagues those of us with SAD
    Even... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Radaboy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase....don't hesitate.
    The best thing about this lamp is that it has variable light settings. It is also compact and ideal for the office enviroment.
    Published 6 months ago by FIONA KELSO
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent efficient product.
    Very efficient product. Easy to use. Good design - doesn't take up much room. A boost of sunshine at the flick of a switch. Great for dull Irish days.
    Published 10 months ago by Mrs V Bell
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