Never has an acronym been more apt than SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, because this condition means that the sufferer is depressed. This disorder is caused by the effects of winter where the nights are long and the cold leaves people sheltering indoors. Sufferers are often irritable, tired, tend to overeat and are just generally unhappy. The science behind this suggests that sufferers have low serotonin levels which means that it is possible that exposure to extra light such as that from a light box may actually help.
1. Verilux HappyLight Liberty 10k
The ideal suggested light level for therapy purposes is around 10,000 lux within 10-30 inches from you. This light produces the 10k you need at a distance of 10 inches and sits perfectly on a desk without taking up too much space. The HappyLight is also adjustable using a special lens which allows you to get a softer 5,000 lux light.
2. FeelBright SAD Therapy Visor
This portable light box is attached to a visor which directs the light directly to your eyes as if it were normal sunshine. The highest setting for short sessions is 12,000 lux, while a longer session uses an 8,000 lux level. A built in timer limits sessions to 30 minutes which is about the ideal time.
3. Lightphoria 10,000 Lux Energy Lamp
This compact desktop lamp is smaller than the HappyLight so takes up far less space making it a good travel light. It offers three light levels with 5k, 8k and 10k settings allowing you to customize your therapy sessions. You can also set sessions to last 15, 30 or 45 minutes.
4. Alaskan Northern Lights NorthStar 10,000
Alaska has the highest suicide rate in the U.S. and this is because the conditions in this state are extreme when it comes to causing SAD. Therefore if you attach Alaskan to the name of your product it better be good and based on pure size and output coverage this one is very good. You can place this unit 2 feet away from you and still benefit from the full 10,000 lux. This unit is also wall mountable making it a really good solid therapy option.
5. Aurora LightPad
This light box is a nice compact option which resembles a laptop in size but puts out some solid light. Even at 30 inches away this box can hit you with the full 10,000 lux but won’t get in the way of things. You can adjust this model in a number of ways to get the light pointing in the right direction so this is a handy piece of gloom fighting kit.