It all started back in 2016 when Amber Leong moved to Minnesota to start University. Struggling with the long, cold and dark winters Amber read about light therapy and bought herself a light therapy device.
The SAD Lamp made a difference, but Amber thought she could do a better job of making one – and so, in 2016, she founded Circadian Optics.
And boom! That is where it all began.
In the same mould as the Lampu the Circadian Optics Lumine is a one-touch operation SAD light. Press the button on the front once and it comes on at full power (10,000 lux), press it again and it dims, press it a third time and it dims further, press it a fourth time and the light turns off. Press it again to turn it back on again at full power.
It comes with a stand, which you clip into place on the back of the light to provide a static angle.
Taking a closer look:
It uses LED bulbs and the color temperature is 5,500k – a pure white color design to emulate that of the midday sun. It is UV free.
The body of the lamp is a dark grey color and it has a square symmetrical design and measures 6.6 inches by 6.6 inches by 6.75 inches. The light face covers pretty much the entire front of the lamp.
It weighs 0.88lbs and the lamp and the adaptor are covered by a two-year warranty.
Amber Leong, the founder of Circadian Optics, has openly admitted her desire to make light therapy lamps look good and as they have proved before with the Circadian Optics Lampu they do this very well.
Needless to say…
The Lumine is no different. Designed with straight lines and square angles it has a modern and simple design. Nothing fancy, but it should fit in with any decor and not look out of place.
The frame is plastic but the grey matte look means you could mistake it for metal and the on/off button on the front is big and more like a sensor than a button, just touch it with your finger and the light comes on.
Talking of which:
The light is a lovely, soft, full spectrum light. You get the full 10,000 LUX and yes it is bright, as it should be, but it doesn’t hurt your eyes.
Circadian Optic lights are UV-free and emulate the pure-white color of the sun at midday – with a color temperature of 5,500k. This means it isn’t too harsh, so your eyes won’t struggle with it as much.
On top of that:
This uses LED bulbs, they last 50,000 hours – many times longer than fluorescent bulbs, so they won’t need to be replaced.
Ever looking to improve, Circadian Optics improved the design of many of their models – upgrading the light panels so the light is smoother and dot-free.
This also has three light intensity settings. So if you are new to light therapy you can start on the lowest setting and gradually move up to the top setting.
Changing the light intensity is done by touching the button on the front of the unit. One touch turns it on at full brightness, the second touch turns it to medium brightness, the third touch turns it to the lowest brightness and the fourth touch turns it off. Touch it again to start the cycle afresh.
This is as easy as it could be to use. Simply plug it in, press a button and sit back and bathe in the lovely light! No settings to mess around with.
It is easy to put together as well. Simply snap the face into place on the included stand and you are good to do.
I think this is the perfect size for a SAD light. Small and lightweight enough to be able to move easily from room to room, it is the ideal size for a bedside table or desk.
It still has a nice big light field that takes up the entire face of the device. Not bad for something that weighs less than a pound!
And it manages to feel sturdy too.
Best of all:
It is at a great price point considering the quality and benefits this will bring.
And I have said this before and I will say it again Circadian Optics really care about their customers and their customer service is top notch, responsive and helpful. If only every other company was the same.
But that is a different story!
I am not going to lie…
There really isn’t that much to dislike about the Circadian Optics Lumine.
One thing that does rankle slightly is the fact the on/off switch is on the very front of the device.
Now obviously when you are indulging in light therapy you are not meant to look directly into the light – it should enter your eyes from a slight angle.
However as the on/off switch is slap bang in the middle of the light, you initially might have to look into the light to turn it off or dim it.
In all honesty you will soon get used to finding the on/off button without needing to physically look at it. Also the button is very sensitive so you don’t need to force it when you do find it.
Something else that could be improved:
This is light and portable – but the fact the stand clips into the device means if you want to store it away you have to detach the stand each time.
It would be better if the stand folded up into the body of the Lumine, but it doesn’t.
And whilst we are at it:
This has no timer – that would be a nice addition so you know when your 30 minutes (or however long you choose) of light therapy is up. Also this physically needs to be touched to turn it on – you couldn’t set it up to come on with a timer plug
I did notice a few complaints about the light field being diffused – that is being individual dots of lights rather than one whole solid light.
Those complaints were from older reviews. In 2019 Circadian Optics upgraded their models so all of them emit uniform dot-free light.
A great improvement.
I think you probably know by now I really like the way Circadian Optics design their SAD lamps to look like normal lights rather than medical devices.
The Lumine is clean, simple and fairly plainly designed but maintains a sleek, symmetrical look than means it blends pretty much into any environment.
I really think it looks great.
And Does It Work?
Is the Pope a Catholic!? It works, it works very well.
If you look through any reviews of this you will see lots and lots of positive feedback ranging from people saying it has helped them settle into a regular sleep pattern, given them more energy, alleviated their anxiety and depression, made them feel like a different person and even as far as it changing their life.