Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp Review: Does the Lux Dial Work?

Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp

In Short

Product Name: Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp
Latest Review Date: 13 November 2019
Price Guideline: $$

The Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp has all of the features a top SAD light could want, including a nice big light area.


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  • 10,000 lux – the recommended intensity level to treat SAD effectively
  • UV Free
  • Lux dial to adjust light intensity
  • Built in timer 
  • Wall mountable
  • Angle adjustable
  • Fluorescent, full spectrum, white light

Product Information

  • Power: Corded
  • Light type: Fluorescent
  • 10,000 lux at 8 inches
  • Minimum Lux intensity – 3,500
  • Dimensions (L x W x H) 2″x 8″ x 14″
  • Weight: 2.2LB
  • Rated voltage:  110-120V
  • Two year warranty

In the Box

  • Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp
  • Screws for wall mounting
  • User Guide

So How Does the Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp Work?

Based in Brooklyn, Aura Medical are a relatively new company, founded in 2013, and their main product line is actually around respiratory devices and nebulizers.

However within a couple of years of the company forming they also set about bringing the perfect light therapy device to the market and set about designing the Aura Daylight.

And the rest, as they say, is history!

The Aura Daylight Therapy is propped up by a fold down stand. There is a large power button in the middle and either side of the power button are + and – symbols.

These symbols control the timer, which can be increased in 10 minute intervals from a minimum of 10 up to a maximum of 60 minutes. The timer has LED lights that go out every 10 minutes so you can see how long your light therapy session you have left.

Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp

On top of that:

There is a lux dial on the right hand side that lets you manually adjust the lux intensity. The minimum setting is 3.500 lux and it goes up to 10,000 lux in total.

The angle of the light surface can also be adjusted from 75 to 85 degrees.


It measures 2 inches by 8 inches by 14 inches and weighs 2.2lbs.

This produces full spectrum white light and uses fluorescent light tubes rated at 8,000 hours. They are also UV free.

The light produces 10,000 lux at 8 inches.

The Good

The Aura Day Light Therapy lamp has a lot going for it and is packed full of features you would want from a SAD Lamp.

Such as…

It has a patented lux dial so you can manually adjust the lux intensity from 3,500 lux (the lowest setting) to anything up to 10,000 lux.

This is great if you are completely new to light therapy as it allows you to ease your body gently into it, alleviating possible side effects.

Simply turn the dial and select how bright you want the light.

It really is that simple.

The Aura Day Light Therapy uses fluorescent, full spectrum, white light. Regardless of the debate as to which form of light is better, fluorescent or LED, the light is very bright and very white.

But it is pleasantly soft and it does feel more like sunlight than artificial lighting so the light quality gets a big thumbs up too.

Even better…

The entire surface emits light – there is no frame or plastic casing that encroaches on the lighting area and at 8 inches by 14 inches the light area is already quite big, so this is an additional bonus.

And it doesn’t stop there:

The built in timer is another plus point. Set your time in ten minute intervals from 60 to 10 minutes and watch as the small lights go off one-by-one as each ten minutes elapses.

The time is really easy to set and also means the light automatically switches off at the end of the allotted time – saving you money on electricity.

The timer can also be turned off completely.

Add to this:

It has an adjustable stand. It allows it to feel nice and stable on any flat surface and folds away into the light itself when you want to pack it away.

The adjustable nature of the stand also means you can angle the light from around 85 degrees to 70 degrees which makes it even easier to ensure the light enters your eyes comfortably.

Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp

And just for good measure…

It can also be wall mounted!

All-in-all though this is really nicely design. It is slim and sleek, and modern looking. 

It has nice smooth edges, and feels durable and substantial, without being heavy.

In fact the size and weight are perfect. As I say it feels durable and built to last but is still light enough to be nice and portable and easy to move from room-to-room.

Also it has a small footprint, but still emits a good amount of light.

On top of everything else:

This is so straightforward to use, the controls are intuitive, buttons large and obvious, the timer is simple to set and the lux dial is easy to use.

And there is plenty of positive feedback on the customer service Aura give – words such as amazing, incredible and efficient continually cropped up when I was doing my research.

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The Bad

This comes with a two-year warranty, which can be extended to a three year warranty, but note that the bulbs are not covered in the warranty and they are fairly expensive to replace. So that is a bit of an annoyance.


As mentioned this does have a screw slot to mount it on the wall. However the cable that comes out from the back means it doesn’t sit flush to the wall, so it kind of defeats the object of it.

And it is worth noting that the plastic casing this comes in does get warm if you have it on for an extended period – and it emits a plastic smell.

But the truth is:

My other complaints are fairly minor. The power button does take a slight amount of force to turn it on and the stand is useful but quite rigid and difficult to move. You are almost scared you are going to force it so much it breaks.

It would also be nice if this had a carry handle and a long cable.

But that list of negatives isn’t too bad, right?

The Beautiful

Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp

It is sleek and stylish design. It has a clean look with smooth edges and no sharp corners. It should fit easily on all but the tiniest of tables and doesn’t resemble a medical device.

And Does It Work?

Yes! There is a reason this has such great reviews and feedback and that is because it is very good indeed.

There are plenty of reports of it helping people getting their sleeping patterns back on track and relieving their seasonal affective disorder. 

It will help you feel less fatigued, less moody and more energetic.

SAD charity SADA have released figures showing that light therapy is effective in up to 85% of diagnosed cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is backed up by study after study that show light therapy makes a difference to those suffering with SAD:

In short – the chances are it will make a difference for you!



  • Great lux dial
  • Bright, full spectrum, light
  • Large light area
  • Timer
  • Adjustable light angle
  • Can we wall mounted
  • Slim and sleek looking
  • Easy to move
  • Small footprint
  • Easy to use
  • Great customer service
  • Warranty doesn’t cover bulbs
  • Bulbs expensive to replace
  • Wall mounting doesn’t really work
  • Casing gets warm
  • Emits plastic smell
  • No carry handle


My Verdict

My Rating - 92%


Great SAD light

The Aura Daylight Therapy Lamp comes close to being the perfect all round light therapy lamp.

Timer - tick. Variable lux - tick. Adjustable stand - tick.

All of these features give it an advantage over other lights.

It also has a nice big light area, but is still easy to move around, and the full spectrum light is very bright without being jarring.

User experience has obviously been at the forefront of the manufacturers mind here and it shows.

A really great SAD light.

User Rating: 4.5 ( 1 votes)

Other Options

This is undoubtedly one of the best SAD lights on the market and if you buy it you won’t be disappointed.

Although for me it just loses out to the Circadian Optics Lampu which is slightly cheaper, gives off less heat, and for me is the best SAD light around.

Also worth a look are the Carex Health Brands Day-Light Sky and the Verilux HappyLight Liberty 10k.

This deserves to be up there with them though!

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