Original Review Date: 2 December 2016
Updated Review Date: 1 August 2018
Price Guideline: $$$
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Possibly the best portable SAD lamp on the market, which looks great and can be used wirelessly thanks to its rechargeable battery.
- Editor Rating 88% 88%
In The Box
Circadian Optics Lumos Review
So How Does It Work?
Once it is charged you can of course use it cordlessly. It also has an AC wall plug adapter, so it can be used plugged in to a power source as well.
The Lumos has three light intensities, you must tap the button three times to cycle through the light intensities from lowest to medium to highest, and then a fourth tap will turn it off.
Once it is charged simply place it 12 to 18 inches away from you and use it for 30 to 60 minutes each morning, on the highest setting, for maximum effectiveness.
The lamp rotates in two places and opens in another, meaning you can position the light at pretty much any angle you want
Of course it is so portable due to the fact that it has a lithium battery that you can charge, so you can then use it wirelessly. The fact it can be used without being plugged in is great as when you go away you don’t have to worry about finding a power point as long as you have your charger.
The battery life itself is also really good, a full charge lasts a good 7 or 8 hours, which gives you between a week and two weeks of daily usage depending upon the length of therapy you have.
As mentioned earlier in the review the Circadian Optics Lumos is the only light therapy lamp that can be powered through a USB port. This is really useful as it eliminates the need for an AC adapter and cord and you can plug it into your computer/laptop/tablet to get your light therapy, work on your computer and charge the light all at the same time!
It makes it so easy to set up and get your dose of light therapy wherever you maybe.
The three light intensities is a nice touch. Though only the highest intensity is really appropriate for light therapy, the two lower intensities make for a great task light or reading lamp to add even more versatility to the Lumos.
It is also a good way to help you adjust to light therapy if you are new to it, you can start on the lowest intensity and work your way up to the highest.
Finally, taking all of the above into account, it is very reasonably priced.
One thing that is noticeable is that the light works perfectly when it is plugged into a power source with the supplied adapter. However if you are running it off the battery or it is plugged in with the USB cable there is a difference – it is definitely dimmer.
In comparison to some SAD Lights – such as the Carex Day-Light Sky or Carex Day-Light Classic – the surface area of the light is very small indeed. Now due to the versatility of this device you can still get your dose of light therapy by twisting the light head pretty much any which way you want, but a large area of light would make it easier and more effective.
Finally it could do with the cord being a bit longer if you intend to use it plugged in. The short cord also makes it difficult if you are thinking about mounting it on the wall. However the USB option is a nice alternative.
An alternative, if you are looking for a cordless SAD Light, is the Philips GoLITE BLU Energy Light HF3429.
And Does It Work?
Overall users seem to agree that the Lumos helps them sleep better, feel more awake and alert during the day and regulates their circadian rhythm.
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:
- University of North Carolina study
- University of British Columbia study
- Harvard Health Publication
- Overview of numerous studies
In short – the chances are it will make a difference for you!
It is a shame the surface area of the light is quite small, if it were greater then this would possibly be the best SAD lamp on the market, but then again the whole unit would have to be bigger and not as easy to transport, so it would lose something in that respect.
However for the price it is an excellent investment and a top quality product.
- EDITOR RATING 88% 88%
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About The Reviewer
Product Tester and WriterKelly had to suffer the pain of moving from the West Coast of America to central England when her husband changed job! She won her battle with SAD thanks to an exercise regime and a SAD Light!
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