Top positive review
Lightweight and portable (as long as you have a plug nearby)
23 October 2017
Struggling with SAD and hurtling through October dreading the inevitable time when the clocks go back I have used many light therapy lamps from Lumie over the years.
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 :)