Brighten your day and beat the winter blues with this selection of the very best SAD therapy lamps.
BEST FOR VERSATILITYLumie Slim Light BoxSlim design and possibility of switching between portrait and landscape position helps this light work with your lifestyle.£90 from AmazonBEST FOR WAKING UPPhilips Somneo LightUsers find it easier to get up in the morning with the help of the Philips Somneo.£189.99 from AmazonBEST FOR JET LAGTaoTronics Light Therapy LampThis light therapy lamp helps to fight effects of winter blues, jet lag, and seasonal time changes.£27.99 from Amazon BY JOSEPH GREEN12 HOURS AGO
The worst part of the winter isn’t the rain, snow, or bitter temperatures. The worst part is actually the short days and dark nights. This is not up for debate. It sucks.
It’s so draining to go about your day without a single bit of sunlight, and it can be especially tough on office workers who spend every daylight hour stuck inside. It’s a struggle getting out of bed in the morning, let alone actually doing something productive after work.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, because there are devices out there that can help. You don’t need to suffer through six months of darkness when SAD therapy lamps are available from a wide range of brands for every budget. These can help to alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder for those who aren’t getting enough natural light.
Therapy lamps come in a variety of designs, with everything from desk lamps to wall-mounted fixtures available from multiple retailers. These devices produce a very bright light, measured in lux, that can ease symptoms with just 30 minutes of exposure.
We have tracked down eight of the best SAD therapy lamps in the UK, to help you beat the blues this winter.
IMAGE: AMAZONThe GoodLight-guided wind-down breathing helps you relax • Smart touch display • Personalised brightness levels The BadExpensiveThe Bottom LinePhilips Somneo Light makes it easier to get up in the morning and fall asleep at night.
Philips Somneo LightUsers find it easier to get up in the morning with the help of the Philips Somneo.£189.99 from AmazonThe Philips Somneo Light is designed to help you relax and wake up feeling refreshed.
It’s not a medically certified SAD therapy light, but the light-guided breathing and sunset simulation helps you to relax before sleep, which is vital during those long, dark winters.
Light also gradually increases before you wake up, from soft morning red through orange, until your room is filled with bright yellow light. The process is designed to stimulate your body to wake up in a natural way, and by the time light has completely filled the room, your selected sound or radio station turns on, leaving you ready to attack the day.
IMAGE: AMAZONThe GoodEmulates natural sunlight • Energy-efficient LEDs • Adjustable brightness • Memory function • Compact design BadCould do with a stand Bottom LineBunch of clever features help you to beat the winter blues, jet lag, and more.TaoTronics Light Therapy LampThis light therapy lamp helps to fight effects of winter blues, jet lag, and seasonal time changes.£27.99 from AmazonThe TaoTronics Light Therapy Lamp mimics natural sunlight to fight the effects of winter blues, jet lag, and seasonal time changes.
The 33 LEDs deliver full brightness at only 12W, and don’t emit any UV light or other polluting radiation. You can choose between three levels of brightness, depending on your sensitivity to light, the environment you’re in, and your distance to the lamp. The useful memory function will remember your settings when you reactivate the lamp.
The lamp is stylish and compact, so it can be set up in small places and easily stored away.
IMAGE: AMAZONThe GoodSimulates natural daylight • LED panel offers constant illumination and reduced power consumption • 10-stage dimming and four-stage timer • Futuristic designThe BadPriceyThe Bottom LineSimulates natural daylight to fight fatigue, SAD, and even jet lag. Lifemax Portable SAD light with a weight of just 290 grams, the compact Lifemax SAD therapy light can be used anywhere.£66.90 from AmazonThe Lifemax Therapy Light offers treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and makes an attractive addition to your home, with a modern and stylish design.
Weighing just 290 grams, this compact light can be used anywhere that a mains plug is available. It also has a pull-down stand with an adjustable angle, and can even be wall-mounted. This versatility is something that many of the other products on this list can’t offer.
The sliding dimmer switch on the front makes it easy to adjust the brightness, and it’s straightforward to set up.
IMAGE: AMAZONThe GoodSlim design • Switch between portrait and landscape position • LEDs and rippled diffuser • Three-year warranty The BadExpensiveThe Bottom LineImprove your mood, energy, and focus at home, work, or school with this Lumie lightbox. Lumie Slim Light BoxSlim design and possibility of switching between portrait and landscape position helps this light work with your lifestyle.£90 from AmazonThe Lumie Vitamin L LightBox is a slim and versatile light that can be used anywhere.
Take this lightbox with you to work or to school to improve your well-being and mood. It can be positioned portrait or landscape when you’re at the computer, having breakfast, reading, watching TV, or just about anything else you can imagine.
This Lumie device produces 10,000 lux, which mimics the natural light produced by the sun. If something does go wrong, you can always fall back on the Lumie three-year warranty.
IMAGE: AMAZONThe GoodIntelligent sunrise/sunset simulation • Snooze function • 11 brightness levels • Radio channels • Natural soothing sounds BadNot strictly a SAD lamps Bottom LineIt might not be a tested SAD lamp, but the intelligent sunrise/sunset simulation will make you think it’s summer again.FIT FOR Alarm Clock LightSupports radio channel searching and automatically saves radio channels to your playlist.£27.99 from AmazonThe FITFORT Alarm Clock Light gradually brightens from 10% brightness to 100% in 30 minutes before your alarm, and does the same in reverse when you’re falling asleep. Just without the alarm, obviously.
This process helps you to get a restful sleep and develop a good sleep pattern. It also helps you to wake up in the first sunlight of the day with loads of energy.
The snooze function gives you an all-important extra five minutes of sleep after the alarm, and 11-level brightness allows you to adjust the wake-up light to suit your preferences.
You can save radio channels to your playlist, or select from one of six natural sounds to wake up to : piano, tweet, waves, violin, croak, and beep.
IMAGE: AMAZONThe GoodCompact and lightweight • Folding stand • Wall mountable The BadLooks a little boxyThe Bottom LineThe ability to mount this lightbox onto your wall is what sets this device apart from the competition. Duronic SAD Light Therapy BoxIncludes folding stand and is wall mountable, for extra versatility.£64.99 from AmazonThe Duronic SAD Light Therapy Box can help to alleviate the symptoms caused by a lack of sunlight.
Duronic is one of the few manufacturers of SAD lights that are medically certified, which means you can buy with confidence. It can be used standing or mounted on a wall, which is really beneficial if you’re working in a small space.
This light gives out 10,000 lux of light, which is the exact amount recommended by medical professionals. Simply turn it on and off by pressing the easy-to-reach switch on the top of the lamp, and start your therapy.
IMAGE: AMAZONThe GoodSunrise simulation • FM Radio • Dual alarm and snooze function • 20 levels of brightness The BadNot a scientifically tested SAD lamp The Bottom LineNo it’s not strictly a SAD lamp, but the sunrise simulation will trick you into thinking it’s the height of summer.COULAX Wake Up LightSeven wake up sounds to consider, including bird song, ocean waves, wind chimes, and more.£39.99 from AmazonThe COULAX Wake Up Light helps to make those tough mornings a little more bearable.
You may be able to hack your brain into waking up at the right time by changing light levels around you. This light is designed to simulate sunrise to wake you up naturally, rather than with a loud alarm.
This is a tried and tested way to regulate your body clock and help you wake up with more energy.
IMAGE: AMAZONThe GoodNo flicker • Medically certified • Reflective cover • Folding tripod The BadLacks a timer function The Bottom LineStart your light therapy treatment with this easy to use lightbox from Redstone.Redstone SAD Light BoxEmits 10,000 Lux, which is almost identical to real sunlight.£59.92 from AmazonThe Redstone SAD LightBox is medically certified to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, so you should feel confident in the quality of this device.
This light emits 10,000 lux, which is almost identical to real sunlight. This helps you to feel the benefits of summer all year long and is especially useful when you’re sun deprived in the winter.
This device comes with a reflective cover and folding tripod and includes a 12-month guarantee, just in case something goes wrong.