SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – is a condition where the ‘winter blues’, can cause stress, depression and and considerable disruption to a sufferer’s life. However, the condition is treatable and can be combated in a number of ways. One of the most common is to use a SAD lighting product such as a special lamp or lighting device. SAD lights work by emulating natural light, in order to boost the levels of serotonin in the brain, as it’s when these levels get too low that SAD can really take hold.
Here’s a round-up of the three of the best SAD-beating lights currently on the market.
The Philips GoLite Blu, around £128
This energy lamp emits a subtle, refreshing, ‘skylight’, which helps to regulate the mood and encourage pro-activity. It uses blue LEDs which, based on average use of 30 minutes a day, can last for an impressive 50 years. Its compact size also makes it ideal for travelling. The GoLite Blu is a good, long-term investment, perhaps best suited to those who take their light therapy very seriously and who are looking for reliable results from a trusted brand name.
The Quincom Lightsleeper, around £125
This egg-shaped, futuristic-looking gadget is billed as a sleeping aid, rather than a energy-booster. However, the low, natural glow the light emits could also prove beneficial to stressed-out SAD sufferers who are having trouble switching off at night. It works by projecting light in a circular, controlled manner aimed at boosting relaxation and soothing you to sleep. For a basic sleeping device, it’s a pricey purchase, but the product is practical, mobile and simplistic. It also very discrete, as it can be used without disturbing other people in the room and is programmed to switch off every 30 minutes.
Naturebright PER3 Deluxe 3-in-1 SAD therapy lamp, around £143
This is the perfect option if you’re looking for a multi-functional SAD product. It combines a light therapy lamp, with a body clock, built-in digital alarm and a daylight reading lamp. The device is fully portable and the therapy lamp is fitted with a swivel head. It works by mimicking the gradual light of a natural dawn, which is designed to be less harsh on the eyes. It also comes with glare-free daylight rendered LED bulbs that stay cool and use only a tenth of the power of normal bulbs, yet are ten times brighter. A great all-rounder, with an eco-friendly edge.