10,000 lux – the recommended intensity level to treat SAD effectively
Lux dial to adjust light intensity
Built in timer
Fluorescent, full spectrum, white light
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″
Rated voltage: 110-120V
Two year warranty
In the Box
Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp
Screws for wall mounting
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.
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 Aura Day Light Therapy lamp has a lot going for it and is packed full of features you would want from a SAD Lamp.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.