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Larger than expected, consider if you can use it regularly enough
on 16 March 2017
I tend to be pretty down in the winter months, and believe this to be a consequence of the lack of light, sun and warmth here in the UK. After a recent trip abroad to the Far East where I was much happier and brighter, the return to home after a few months led me to become tired and depressed again. I decided to try a couple of things rather than wallow in my sadness - a Lumie Brightspark Lightbox, and taking Vitamin D regularly.
The great thing about this product is that it comes with a money-back guarantee, so you can trial whether it works for you or not (at least it does on the Lumie site, but Amazon's returns policy means that you can do broadly the same if you buy it here at a slightly lower cost).
It's also very bright - but not in a way that gives you headaches. I was able to sit next to for hours at a time, leaving it on and not suffering at all. Actually as a work/desk lamp, it functions incredibly well.
The downside for me was the size of the product. It feels huge, perhaps even larger than the photo suggests. I did manage to find a space for it on my desk, but not everyone might be so lucky.
Unfortunately, I did end up sending the product back for a refund. I believe that this is the type of light that benefits from being used every day (in fact that is recommended), but with getting up to commute into town for work at least half of the week, it was't always possible to do this, and I didn't want to have to sit next to it in the evenings and have it potentially interfere with getting to sleep.
So, my advice is to check the size of the product, consider if you have room for it, and consider whether you can use it every day. If you tick all of those boxes, this could be a great buy for the winter blues.