Nature Bright PER3 LED SAD Therapy Lamp with Wakeup

Rating 3/5 ★★★☆☆ 

At long last! I’ve been looking for a SAD therapy lamp that I can use in the UK without needing to bring it back from the States. I prefer it to use LEDs. From our lighting discussion, you understand why–flicker bothers me and I don’t want extraneous UV radiation in my eyes! This lamp is exactly what I wanted!

I have a terrible time getting up in the morning during English winters when the sun doesn’t rise until as late as 08:30. (At one point I was going to move to Inverness in Scotland where winter nights are even longer.) I was resigned to needing to get up and switch on whatever SAD therapy light I bought, but this one doesn’t make me do that. It can be programmed to start itself and gradually ramp up to full light, simulating a dawn effect as my wake-up alarm.

Pros

  • Many SAD therapy lamps use fluorescent or halogen bulbs. I am not keen about UV leakage from those directly into my eyes. LEDs, as in this lamp, are safer.
  • Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston chose this lamp as “best of breed” for SAD light therapy.
  • The wakeup (and twilight dimming) features are a delightful bonus, and easy to program.

Cons

  • A disturbing proportion of these lamps appear to have a manufacturing defect that causes one or at worst two strips of the LEDs to go dark after a very limited time. That makes it important to buy where you can get a good warranty. (It’s the reason I rate it 3 stars, a little below the average rating online.)
  • As with most SAD therapy lamps, you have to stay close to the lamp for a while to get the full therapeutic effect. My brother reads the newspaper with his in the morning, which is about the right exposure. I haven’t set a firm routine yet.

Whenever I find a comparable unit with better manufacturing consistency, I will replace this review. For now, this is as good as it gets!

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