SAD lamps, or light therapy lamps, aim to help those who find the reduced daylight in the darker months of the year particularly difficult.
While winter may conjure thoughts of cosy nights drinking hot chocolate and watching Love Actually, the colder months can be a hard time for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. For those people, the lack of sunlight results in decreased energy levels and low mood, which might explain why many of us feel more depressed during the autumn and winter. SAD lamps aim to replace the missing sunshine, and as a result, provide an uplifting boost.
Seasonal Affective Disorder makes the approach of the colder seasons a daunting prospect for many – so we have put together a list of the best SAD lamps to help brighten your living space.
Our list of the top light therapy lamps include a range of styles and shapes, from the portable and the practical to the more decorative and unique.
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Best SAD lamps 2021
Beurer TL30UK SAD Lamp
If you’re keen to invest in a portable SAD lamp, this is a great option due to its lightweight design and convenient storage bag. You can easily pop it in your bag and take it into the office if you want to brighten up your desk. Thanks to a handy clip, you can stand the lamp both portrait and landscape to suit your needs. SAD lamps can vary dramatically in price so if you’re looking to try out a light therapy lamp but don’t want to spend a fortune the Beurer TL30UK could do just the trick.
12000 Lux Portable Natural Sunlight Lamp
Another affordable option, this SAD lamp delivers up to 12,000 lux, making it one of the brightest on our list. With three different colours to choose from – daylight, natural and warm – and five adjustable brightness settings, this lamp caters to a variety of needs and preferences. You don’t even have to leave your warm bed to change the settings thanks to the handy remote control that works within a 15m range. The simple yet pleasing design makes it suitable for a variety of rooms and colour schemes.
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Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB
The Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB is recommended for those who suffer from SAD and also aims to help regulate sleep patterns. It is thought waking up naturally with the dawn can increase energy levels, allowing you to have a more productive day. You can choose to wake with the gradual sunrise option, along with the appropriate colours for a realistic effect and when you’re ready to sleep at night, the sunset option is there to help you drift off. There are more than 20 alarm sounds to choose from or if you’d prefer to wake up to your favourite breakfast host, that’s fine too as the light doubles as a radio.
There is the option of selecting a low-blue light in the evening which is supposed to help with the negative impact using phones before bed can have on your sleep. Other convenient features include a USB port to charge devices and the ability to connect via Bluetooth. While the majority of SAD lamps are pretty modest and subtle in terms of design, the turmeric Lumie Bodyclock is ideal if you’re looking for a splash of colour.
YEEONE 10,000 Lux Light Therapy Lamp
This UV free light aims to bring some joy to cold and miserable days by simulating natural daylight. You shouldn’t struggle to find a place for it in your home due to its stylish and understated design. The ring effect is quite unusual and a nice touch if you’d prefer not to have a solid block of light. There are three colours to select from, daylight, natural light and warm light, and you can also use the timer setting with the help of the remote control.
As well as a USB charging function, the light therapy lamp has a special memory feature which retains your preferred brightness preference.
Lumie Vitamin L SAD and energy light
Another portable and slim option, this SAD light from Lumie can be used in both portrait and landscape mode. The light promises to improve symptoms associated with SAD including tiredness and lack of motivation. It also claims to help you focus, so this could be a good pick if you want to take it into the office with you or equally, it would look lovely in a living room if you’re working from home. The rippled diffuser gives off a comfortable light so you shouldn’t be faced with a glaring shine.
TheraLite Light Therapy Lamp – 10,000 LUX
TheraLite’s 10,000 lux light has a practical design which allows you to adjust both the height and angle so you can find the perfect position. This is particularly helpful if you’re using it as a reading light. You can also choose to have it horizontally or vertically. The lamp uses energy-saving LED technology and aims to help those who struggle with the lack of sunlight. This wellness lamp is clinically tested and aims to help increase your energy levels.
Northern Light Technologies Luxor Mini 10,000 Lux-Light Therapy Desk Lamp
This fun desk lamp is an appealing purchase due to its unusual and quirky shape. It would look lovely nestled next to your favourite house plants and photo frames. It’s more solid than it appears as it is made of steel and has a solid case. The flicker-free light is UV blocked and just like the majority of our selection, the lamp offers 10,000 lux of light.
Manhattan Bright Light SAD Lamp
If you would like to opt for a SAD lamp which perhaps disguises its functionality and works well as an ordinary table, or floor, lamp for your home, the Manhattan bright light SAD lamp could be the one for you. There is a dimmer attached so you can be specific with the brightness and luckily it is easy to move so you can take it with you if you’re hopping from room to room.
While it is on the more expensive end of the spectrum, you have the choice of two designs – a replica of a skyscraper or a straightforward smooth surface – and it is quite large in size measuring 64 x 29 x 14cm.
It is advised you use the bright light session between the hours of six in the morning and six in the evening.
Theralite Halo Light Therapy Lamp Sunlight Lamp
If you’re after a multi-functional light therapy lamp, this desk lamp from Theralite has a wireless phone charging base. There is also a USB port to charge other devices at the back. There are four brightness levels to choose from and it emits 10,000 lux of light. The light aims to improve wellness and boost energy levels and you can move and twist the head of the lamp to adjust the angle. If portability is not a factor you’re concerned about, this would be a great addition to a home office or bedside table.
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