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Cheap and happy introduction to SAD lighting,
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Even if you're not struck down by some of the worst symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), you're probably just like everyone else in getting a bit run down and depressed as the nights draw in and the hours of daylight seem to almost disappear.
There's little more depressing than getting up in the dark and coming home in the dark! SAD lights are nothing new, specially designed high-pressure lights which attempt to replicate the benefits of bright sunlight and hopefully spark up your dark day a little.
Generally however, SAD lights have been so expensive, the effect on your bank balance is likely to undo any good work the light does itself.
This product gets round that problem and offers an affordable and entry level option to try SAD lighting and see if it has a benefit for you - without breaking the bank.
The unit's low cost is evident in its design and construction - this is budget stuff. And it's size also reflects its cheapness. But this is designed really for a quick top up of light, perhaps in the morning before work, or while you work at your computer, rather than being professional light therapy. With little more to do than sit and shine however, it's cheaper design and lack of robustness is going to be of little concern.
It's designed so it can be stood on a desk or shelf, or hand held and comes with an adjustable mode to allow you to only use one side of the unit at a time, or with a different frequency.
Make sure you read the instructions, these lights are not intended for continuous use and users should only expose themselves to the light for controlled periods of time.
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2009 19:52:20 GMT
C. Fitzgerald says:
An excellent, in depth review, thank you :)
Posted on 27 Jul 2010 22:33:42 BDT
Jane Bushby says:
Thank you for the review - it has helped to outline some of the pros and cons of buying cheap. Janehop
Posted on 28 Oct 2010 12:47:37 BDT
thank you for the in depth report. it has helped me a great deal.
Posted on 12 Nov 2010 12:38:09 GMT
L. Fuchs says:
Very thorough and extremely helpful, thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2011 15:00:36 BDT
Yes, but these things are just lights - why on earth are they so expensive?
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2011 14:14:21 BDT
T. Stainer says:
SAD lights use specialist full-spectrum, ultra-bright bulbs, which are more expensive...and of course, because it's seen as being "medicine-like" people tend to be prepared to pay more, therefore the manufacturers can get away with charging more!
Posted on 6 Dec 2012 10:59:29 GMT
When you say the light isn't for continuous use, is there actually any harm in having it switched on throughout the day? I noticed that it's rated at 12W, so it won't use a lot of power. Are the tubes likely to wear out with continuous use?
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2013 13:30:11 GMT
Mark Twain says:
I wanted to know this too, I was hoping to use it most of the day while I'm at my computer.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2013 06:27:36 GMT
Hi Mark, I've been using mine continuously since I got it in December, and had it on most of the day. So far, it's been ok..
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2013 06:29:13 GMT
Mark Twain says:
Ok brill, thanks a lot for getting back! I'm going to get one :)