HappyLight Deluxe Full Spectrum Light Therapy System by Verilux
Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression caused by the seasonal change due to the amount of available sunlight we are exposed to each day. As the fall and winter months approach us, our bodies receive less sunlight, which is the cause of this mood disorder.
Seasons change and as the days get shorter upon our approach of the fall and winter months, the amount of available sunlight becomes significantly reduced. This limits the amount of natural light available for our bodies to absorb, which can lead to the development of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
This occurs in nearly 20% of the population and is fairly common in areas that experience significant seasonal transition. The key is exposing our bodies to an alternative source of light in order to combat the affects of SAD. The HappyLight Deluxe Full Spectrum Light Therapy System (HPLD) by Verilux effectively delivers up to 10,000 LUX of Natural Spectrum Daylight, providing your body with the sunshine it needs, activating your natural mood enhancers. This brightens your mood, increasing your energy and raising your overall spirits. The HappyLight Deluxe shines with the maximum light therapy brightness recommended by the National Institute of Health, which allows you to bask in a full days dose of sun in just 30 minutes.
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How the HappyLight Deluxe fits into Your Daily LIfe
Operating just like a standard table lamp, the HPLD simply plugs into a power outlet and turns on with the switch. The Happylight Deluxe will take a few minutes to generate its full spectrum sunlight, as the bulbs require time to warm up, but as soon as it does, you have to do nothing more that position yourself in front, either directly facing the lamp, or at a slight angle - ensuring that your eyes are open, but not staring directly into the light.
Sad Light Therapy is easy to engage in and requires nothing more of you than a 30 minute commitment per day of sitting in front of its warming glow. Light Therapy provides you with time to pursue light tasks that your busy life may otherwise limit you from doing, such as reading, computing, sewing, painting, handicrafts and needlepoint.
Recommended Dosage of Light Therapy
Because everyone responds differently to light therapy, the necessary level of exposure is unique to each individual's physiology. With the HPLD, 30 minutes a day is a sufficient amount of time for your body to absorb its needed sunlight… but the time of day is also an important factor, and is something you should be consistent with. The most ideal time to engage in light therapy is during the morning, within 30-60 minutes after waking.
Sleep phase disorders affect the majority of SAD sufferers making the morning rise difficult, but the use of light therapy upon waking helps in regulating the circadian rhythms and melatonin/serotonin levels associated with seasonal disorders; whereas exposure to bright light and therapy light later in the day and evening increase nighttime sleep difficulties.
Within a few days of exposure to your HappyLight Deluxe, you should begin to see positive results. To maximize the positive effects of light therapy, it is important to maintain a distance and therapy schedule that fits your comfort levels. It is recommended that you commit to a specific time per day, as consistency is key, but you do not need to sit in front of the lamp for one continuous session, you can split the time into several mini sessions… ensuring that you reach the desired levels of full spectrum sunlight per day. Continue to use the Verilux HappyLight until you feel a noticeable improvement to your mood and energy levels.
How Light Therapy Affects You
The full spectrum sunlight emitted by the HappyLight assists in boosts your body's natural mood enhancers - lifting spirits and sharpening concentration. Because the fall and winter months result in limited sunlight being available for our bodies to absorb, the purpose of light therapy is to replace this light that affects much of the population, drastically reducing the severity of SAD symptoms, raising overall mood and productivity. Verilux is a leader in creating products that emulate natural sunlight with their use of full spectrum lighting technology; and the HappyLight Deluxe System basks you with invigorating natural 'sunlight' while addressing the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Winter Blues.
Facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder:
As many as 20% of the worlds population is affected with SAD.
SAD is more prone to areas in which the disparity between summer and winter light are great, typically Northern regions.
The number of female SAD sufferers out number the males by as much as 300%.
Identifiable symptoms of SAD include: loss of, or low energy; depression; listlessness; craving for sweets and carbohydrates are also typical, as is weight gain.
Some more debilitating symptoms include: problems sleeping; change in appetite or weight; loss of memory; lack of concentration; severe depression; confusion and sexual dysfunction.
The Verilux HappyLight Deluxe delivers full 10,000 LUX Full Spectrum Light Therapy, which:
• Activates your natural mood enhancers
• Activates "daylight response" that stimulates thinking and energy.
• Can be wall mounted or placed table/counter/desk top for your morning dose of sunshine;.
Say, Good Bye to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the no-sun blues!
The HappyLight Full Spectrum Light Therapy System features:
- Delivers 10,000 LUX of full spectrum sunlight.
- An electronic ballast and Flicker Elimination Technology™ assures no-buzz operation and instant-on, flicker-free illumination
- Provides even, natural light-unlike LED systems with pinpoints of harsh light.
- On-off switch
- A compact size for lightweight, easy portability
- A table top stand and a wall mount, making it adaptable to any environment
- A maximum output of Sunlight, which allows you to bask in a full dose in as little as 30 minutes a day
- True Seasonal Affective Disorder treatment, at a fraction of the cost of others
- UL listed in United States and Canada
- 1 year limited warranty.
Research Findings: While correct diagnosis of SAD has become more commonplace, the actual treatment of the disorder is an area in which both Doctors and SAD sufferers require more education. Medication can be helpful, but so many physicians are way too quick to prescribe anti-depressants to deal with issues that can ultimately benefit from alternative therapies, by addressing the actual cause of the problem. In the case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, the problem is that the amount of sunlight is significantly reduced, which decreases the amount of light that our body's are able to absorb. Knowing this, doesn't it make more sense to consider light therapy as a probable treatment?
I am a night nurse and have been for 10 years. I have not been happy at times and had no enthusiasm for anything, yet my life is uncomplicated and peaceful compared to others. I don't believe in taking pills unless absolutely necessary and just thought it was something I had to live with. It took about 10 days of using the HappyLight, but one day I just felt like the weight of the world had lifted from my shoulders. Sometimes I feel so happy that tears come to my eyes with gratitude. Thank you so much. I feel like I have my life back. - Kate J, AZ
Our challenged son has been using the HappyLight to lighten the room while reading, doing school work, etc and it really seams to be having a positive effect on him. With his eyes tending to cross he isn't complaining about his eyes being tired and his mood is improved. - Vicki H.
I have fought severe chronic depression for over twenty years and this is the one and only thing I have found that has helped me feel better in the winter or anytime I start to get depressed. I grew up in Ohio/Michigan/Indiana and remember feeling "badly" even at the age of 12, beginning each November and lasting until spring, when the days grew longer and the sun reappeared. I moved to Florida many years ago, but still suffer in the winter, when the weather becomes damp and chilly and overcast for days on end. My therapist suggested I purchase a S.A.D. lamp, and I am so very glad I did! I am grateful I made the decision to purchase this particular lamp because it is large enough to provide light to my head down to my chest, even though the cost was a bit more. My mental well-being is worth any price. As the documentation that came with the lamp stated, I DID begin to feel better in JUST ONE WEEK. Truly amazing. I may not need the lamp in the summer when the weather here is warm and sunny every day, but if I do, I am glad I have it. - Happy, Dunedin, FL
The Verilux HappyLight Deluxe Sunshine Supplement Light System features:
- Up to 10,000 LUX of Natural Spectrum® daylight
- Electronic ballast and Flicker Elimination Technology™ assures no-buzz operation and instant-on, flicker-free illumination
- Table-top stand and space saving wall mount option
- On-off switch
- One year limited warranty
- 30 day money back guarantee
- Dimensions: 19” H x 13.375” W x 3.25” D
- Weight: 6.8 lbs
- UL listed in United States and Canada
HUGE but Effective Review by Fighting SAD in Calgary
I have to admit, I hadn't paid attention to the dimensions of this unit when I purchased it, and the perspective in the online photos did nothing to indicate that this thing takes up the space of a small television set. But its light is quite impressive. I have set it up in my workout room, which previously had awful lighting. Now, by the time I get through a 20-30 minute workout, I feel alive and ready for the day. Not just because of the workout. More important, once I turn the light on, it's much easier to convince myself to actually start the workout. That in itself is great. Usually by February, after four months of getting up in the dark and leaving the office in the dark, my motivation for anything besides eating and sleeping is gone. This light is definitely helping me reclaim my healthy habits. I will also say, after less than a week of use, I have noticed I have an easier time concentrating and feeling "on" in my early morning boardroom meetings, and throughout the entire day, which I have struggled with every winter my entire life. So...the light is thumbs up. But it's not a fashion statement. Just be warned. :-) (Posted on 2/25/13)
Swell product Review by np
I've had the happiest winter in memory. I neither know nor care whether it was because of my Verilux, the placebo effect, or other circumstances in my life; I'm glad to have this lamp and hope to buy a dawn simulator as well. (Posted on 2/24/12)
Helps me Review by jb
I use this light each winter here in the Memphis, TN area. Our winters are very gray. I place it on the vanity while I am getting ready for work or sit it on the breakfast table while I drink my coffee. It definitely lifts my mood for the day. It feels like I have been in the sunshine instead of walking under clouds. (Posted on 10/26/10)