Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 79597

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SAD, Light Therapy,Choosing a light box...

Posted by Noa on September 25, 2001, at 18:47:50

Last winter, I promised myself I would get a light box for this autumn. Well here autumn is.

Akeller made a great folder on SAD with links to light box info, etc. and I have been perusing there.

What I would like to know is about anyone's personal experiences with light therapy, what they like or dislike about the particular brand of light box they have, including dawn simulators.

I think I would like a dawn simulator to wake up with in addition to the 10,000 lumens light box. Does anyone have one of the "junior" versions--the travel size ones and is it sufficient to get the light needed in a comfortable manner? Should I try one of the desk lamp versions (advantage might be that I wouldn't have to schedule in a new routine of sitting in front of the light box). Has anyone used one of the desk lamps? Have people found any particular companies good or bad to deal with?

Any personal experience input welcome. Thanks.

 

Re: SAD, Light Therapy,Choosing a light box...

Posted by Seamus2 on September 26, 2001, at 22:36:50

In reply to SAD, Light Therapy,Choosing a light box..., posted by Noa on September 25, 2001, at 18:47:50

> What I would like to know is about anyone's personal experiences with light therapy,< <

Bought a 1000 Watt halogen "workshop" light from Costco a few years ago for about 25 bucks and put it over my shoulder and about six feet from my morning newspaper (which reflect the light back in my eyes). Works like a charm. You need to change the bulbs occasionally, though.

 

Re: SAD, Light Therapy,Choosing a light box...

Posted by Noa on September 27, 2001, at 13:43:32

In reply to Re: SAD, Light Therapy,Choosing a light box..., posted by Seamus2 on September 26, 2001, at 22:36:50

> > What I would like to know is about anyone's personal experiences with light therapy,< <
>
> Bought a 1000 Watt halogen "workshop" light from Costco a few years ago for about 25 bucks and put it over my shoulder and about six feet from my morning newspaper (which reflect the light back in my eyes). Works like a charm. You need to change the bulbs occasionally, though.

How many lumens does a 1000 watt halogen produce? From what I understand, the research generally shows one needs at least 10,000 lumens for antidepressant effect.

How long each morning do you sit with the light reflecting into your eyes?

 

Re: SAD, Light Therapy,Choosing a light box...

Posted by Seamus2 on September 27, 2001, at 22:58:58

In reply to Re: SAD, Light Therapy,Choosing a light box..., posted by Noa on September 27, 2001, at 13:43:32


> How many lumens does a 1000 watt halogen produce? From what I understand, the research generally shows one needs at least 10,000 lumens for antidepressant effect.< <

A LOT! Believe me...
>
> How long each morning do you sit with the light reflecting into your eyes?

Half an hour, forty-five minutes. Long enough to read the paper.

 

Re: SAD, Light Therapy_Noa

Posted by Cecilia on September 28, 2001, at 2:41:55

In reply to Re: SAD, Light Therapy,Choosing a light box..., posted by Seamus2 on September 27, 2001, at 22:58:58

In terms of eye safety you`re probably better off going with one of the lights specifically made for SAD. I tied an Apollo brand a few years ago: they let you return it if it doesn`t help, which I did because it didn`t.

 

Re: SAD, Light Therapy_Noa

Posted by Noa on October 4, 2001, at 15:38:03

In reply to Re: SAD, Light Therapy_Noa, posted by Cecilia on September 28, 2001, at 2:41:55

Thanks. I did receive my alaska northern lights lightbox yesterday and used it this mornign for the first time. Man is that box bright!

 

Re: SAD, Light Therapy_Noa

Posted by Cecilia on October 5, 2001, at 4:27:41

In reply to Re: SAD, Light Therapy_Noa, posted by Noa on October 4, 2001, at 15:38:03

> Thanks. I did receive my alaska northern lights lightbox yesterday and used it this mornign for the first time. Man is that box bright!

Yeah, they are incredibly bright-I felt some worrysome eye discomfort when using it, but tried it faithfuly 30 minutes a day for 30 days-didn`t notice any difference in my mood so sent it back. I think my depression is usually worse in the summer not winter (except for Christmas-worst of all) but thought it might be worth a try since summer or winter I spend very little time outdoors.


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