Lumie Vitamin L - Slim Light Box for Effective SAD Light Therapy
- Lumie Vitamin L is the slim light therapy solution you can take with you to improve mood, energy and focus at home, work or college
- Lumie Vitamin L produces 10,000 lux at 20 cm; 30 minutes treatment for the symptoms of winter blues and SAD
- Portrait or landscape position - generous 20 x 28 cm surface area with warm white LEDs and rippled diffuser for a soft, comfortable light
- Certified Medical Device (Class IIa), energy-efficient and UV-free
- Lumie Vitamin L has a 3-year warranty and is designed by Lumie, the light therapy specialist and inventor of the first wake-up lights
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Lumie Vitamin L is a slim, versatile energy light you can use anywhere. Sunlight is a natural mood-booster, influencing body chemistry (e.g. melatonin and serotonin levels) making us feel awake and positive. If you're indoors, a dose of bright light is the next best thing and is proven to put you in a better mood, boost energy and help you to feel more alert - so it's a great way to improve your well-being at work or at home. It can also be an effective treatment for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Vitamin L is by Lumie, the Cambridge-based light therapy specialist and inventor of the first wake-up lights.
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Lumie Vitamin L
Slim light therapy solution for use at home or in the office.
Using Vitamin L
Bright light is proven to put you in a better mood, boost energy and help you to feel more alert. Slim and lightweight, use Vitamin L at home or take it with you to improve well-being at work or when studying.
Light therapy is easy to fit in while you get on with something else. Vitamin L can be positioned portrait or landscape when you're at the computer, having breakfast, reading, watching TV etc.
Start off with 30 minutes a day and, if you need to, increase exposure until you find a treatment time that works for you. You can get your daily dose of Vitamin L all in one go or have several short sessions for a cumulative effect. You should notice a real difference after just a few days.
- Treats winter blues and SAD
- Simulates sunlight to improve mood, energy and focus
- Rippled diffuser for comfortable light
- Portrait or landscape
- Energy-efficient and UV-free
- Warm white LEDs
- 30 minutes at 20 cm recommended treatment time
- 10,000 lux at 20 cm
- 2,500 lux at 50 cm
How bright light therapy works
- Independently verified lux measurements
- Products backed by scientific research
- Used by the British Swimming team
Lumie has been designing and developing light therapy products in Cambridge, UK for over 25 years. Our lights treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and winter blues, boost mood and energy levels and improve sleep.
Lack of daylight exposure
Strong, regular light signals keep our circadian rhythms, such as metabolism and sleep, on track. However, many people don't get enough bright light during their day, particularly in the winter. The short, dark days can trigger 'winter blues' symptoms like lack of energy, wanting to sleep more and socialise less.
Bring the light inside
Even a well-lit office provides only about 500 lux compared with 100,000 lux in natural daylight. Bright light therapy is a convenient and natural solution. Vitamin L can be used at home, at work or on the go and provides 2,500 lux at a comfortable distance, all year round.
Lights like Vitamin L are proven to boost mood and energy levels and are an established treatment for the winter blues and SAD.
|Simulates sunlight to improve mood and energy||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Medically certified to treat winter blues/SAD||Class IIa Medical Device||Class IIa Medical Device||Class IIa Medical Device||Class IIa Medical Device||Class IIa Medical Device|
|Variable light level||4 light levels with touch-control||Five light levels as a SAD light; extra wake-up light functions|
|Energy-efficient and UV-free||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Positioning||Portrait or landscape||Adjustable neck||Upright or angled|
|Recommended treatment||30 mins at 20 cm||30 mins at 25 cm||30 mins at 50 cm (without diffuser)||20 mins at 50 cm (full brightness)||30 mins at 35 cm|
|Distance for 10,000 lux||20 cm||25 cm||20 cm (without diffuser)||25 cm||35 cm|
|Bulbs||Warm white LEDs||2 x 24 W cool white bulbs||Blue-enriched white LEDs||Blue-enriched white LEDs||3 x 36 w warm white bulbs|
|Size cm / Weight||28 x 20 x 3 / 830 g||38 x 23 x 17 / 1.67 kg||55 x 29 x 20 / 1.78 kg||13 x 15 x 5 / 390 g||50 x 31 x 15 / 2.85 kg|
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My old faithful Lumie Bodyclock alarm clock (sunrise simulation) lives beside my bed, Lumie Brightspark lamp in my home office and the wireless compact and portable Lumie Zip (discontinued from general sale) is ready for whenever I want light therapy away from home.
I was keen to try this to see if I could replace any of the above.
There is no real setup procedure with the Vitamin L lamp, just attach the angled stand to the back then plug it into a normal UK socket.
USING THE LIGHT
The light it emits is daylight temperature, cool, white and diffuse. It's notably softer than the Lumie Brightspark light, so you have to hold it pretty close to your face if you're looking to get the full 10,000lux effect quickly and efficiently.
There is no variable brightness you just switch it on or off using the power button on the back.
I normally use a SAD lamp for 30-60 mins each morning. I also frequently put it on at around 4pm or if the lack of light is making me feel lethargic. Using the Vitamin L I found that I needed to use it for longer as I wasn't keen on holding it at 20cm for 30 mins, but it was fine having it on my desk while working for longer periods.
Since it's compact and lightweight it's very portable, as long as you have a plug nearby. It doesn't come with a carry case but it's pretty durable so you could easily take it out every day if you work in an office or somewhere you can easily sit with it plugged in.
THE DESIGN / LOOK
It's smart and modern, a bit like an iPad with a frosted screen.
The stand is sturdy when used in the vertical position but liable to topple if knocked while in the horizontal position as the stand is placed to one side with nothing to balance the other side. However, being all plastic I don't think it would do any damage if it fell over anyway.
I think this is a good option for people who want to stay under the £100 mark for decent light therapy, as long as you just want 30 minutes of quick strong therapy and are happy to concentrate solely on this (due to needing it at the 20cm distance to work quickly at full 10,000lux brightness).
It won't replace any of my existing lights as I prefer the brightness of the Brightspark - though this does look nicer and is much more lightweight and easy to move around.
As a side note, if you're struggling with SAD it's worth also checking your Vitamin D levels. Mine were pretty low so supplementing this has helped me further :)
I considered buying one of the cheaper non-Lumie brands, but I'm glad that I made the investment and bought a Lumie product, as I'm always impressed with them.
I am very pleased with the lamp - the light is certainly warmer in colour than the brilliant-white of the Lumie Brightspark, or of daylight CFLs - but less yellow than normal tungsten or energy saving bulbs. Lumie reports 10000lux of light at 20cm which is quite good for a box of this size (don't fall for other lamps which say 10000 lux equivalent, I found I had to go to manufacturers site and dig deep to find that reported figures were often inaccurate). The diffuser on the light does a good job of making the light feel less harsh and comfortable on the eyes.
The light is versatile being a desktop lamp which is good for use horizontally and vertically with the use of a clever rotating stand. It weighs 830gram and is 28*20*3cm big (not including power adapter) so is reasonably easy for transporting.
My suggestions to Lumie would be to offer some attachments which would allow hanging and pivoting of the light. Just need to look at modern car mounts and selfie sticks for phones to see that there is a whole world of options for making the light positioning more versatile.
As I'd read research that SAD therapy light is better from above the eye line, similar to how the sun would shine, I modified my lamp a bit by adding hooks (from an old violin rest) on to the stand and then hanging the light from a tall heavy box by my laptop. Though I understand this lamps focus is on size, comfort and portability, compared to larger more expensive lamps which allow for more ideal positioning - i think future models could bring put some more options for positioning the light.
Finally the option of a rechargeable battery pack would be excellent. Currently the position of the light is limited by proximity to a power source.
Overall though, an affordable and excellent option