Original Review Date: Thursday 29 December 2016
Updated Review Date: 8 August 2018
Price Guideline: $$$
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There is no doubt that the Verilux HappyLight Deluxe is a quality SAD light, it has one of the largest surface areas of light of any SAD light, but it is expensive and lacks features, which is why it loses a few marks.
- Editor Rating 81% 81%
In The Box
Verilux HappyLight Deluxe
10,000 Lux Review
So How Does It Work?
Leave it for ten minutes and turn it off if any discomfort is felt. If you feel ok, increase the time and decrease the distance from your face. Essentially ease yourself into it slowly.
As long as you aren’t feeling any ill effects you can start light therapy sessions in earnest. To get the best out of the HappyLight Deluxe you are advised to have it 6 to 18 inches from your face, slightly offset from the centre (again make sure you don’t look directly into it).
It uses two 36 watt fluorescent bulbs that are designed to last 10,000 hours and has a lens diffuser that reduces glare and eye fatigue.
However this means it kicks out maximum light and has a wide shine pattern. You can move around the lamp with a high degree of freedom before losing exposure. This gives it a huge advantage over other smaller lights.
The surface cover the light comes from is intelligently designed – instead of just being flat it is slight rounded. This means the light is released all around the light, not just in a forward direction, so you can walk to the left or right of the light and still get light exposure. This is another useful feature that is quite unusual in SAD lights.
It is incredibly easy to use. Basically buy the light, plug it in, make sure it faces you, turn it on and after 30 to 60 minutes turn it off. The light is strong and doesn’t flicker, it turns on immediately and generates no noise or heat when it is running. It is as simple as that.
The HappyLight Deluxe is well made and sturdy. It has a stand which stores flat against the back, that locks into place with a clicking mechanism, and allows you to adjust the angle of the light.
Due to the quality of the build and its size it is unlikely to be knocked over, even if you live with children and pets!
Despite its size it is easy to move around as it has a carry handle on top of it – so you can move it from room to room depending upon where you want to station yourself.
For the price it doesn’t necessarily have all the features you would expect. There is no timer, no variable light intensity and whilst you can adjust the angle of the light, it doesn’t have the same flexibility as say the Day-Light Classic or Day-Light Sky.
I mentioned in the pros that this is large, which means it is great if you want a wide field of light. However if you are looking for a SAD light you can put on a bedside table or in a small space, then this isn’t for you. You need to have quite a large area to place it in, so be aware of this before you purchase.
It also weighs in at 7lbs which makes this one of the heavier SAD lights on the market.
There aren’t really a huge number of downsides, but the main one is the price and the lack of features for a relatively high price mark.
If you have the money to spend I’d recommend you go for either of the Carex Health Brand models – the Day-Light Classic Plus or Day-Light Sky or the Verilux HappyLight Liberty 10,000 lux, top quality lights at comparable or even cheaper prices.
And Does It Work?
Someone else called it awesome and the general consensus is that it lifts your mood and energy levels, leaving you feeling less moody and with more drive.
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 large and generates lots of light though, which is a good thing, however it lacks the angling options of the Day-Light Sky and Day-Light Classic.
It has been well made, is really easy to use and it is nice that due to its size you can comfortably get your dose of light therapy and not worry about moving out of the field of light.
However if you are looking at getting a Verilux SAD Light I would always recommend the HappyLight Liberty.
- EDITOR RATING 81% 81%
About The Reviewer
Lead Editor, Product Tester & WriterSteve first noticed he might be suffering from SAD in Autumn 2011. After 18 months travelling the world (and following the sun!) he returned to England in March 2011 and was plunged back into grey skies and cloud!
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