Original Review Date: 10 July 2016
Updated Review Date: 19 August 2018
Price Guideline: $$$
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If you want a compact SAD light that gives you upto 10,000 lux of light and is easy to move around, the Verilux HappyLight Liberty 10,000 is one of, if not the best on the market.
- Editor Rating 90%
In The Box
Liberty 10,000 Review
So How Does It Work?
This Verilux comes with a Comfort Lens (this is the lens that is installed) and a High-Energy Lens. Basically the combinations of lens and intensity work as follows:
- Comfort Lens – Low Intensity Setting = 3,500lux
- Comfort Lens – High Intensity Setting = 5,000lux
- High Energy Lens – Low Intensity Setting = 7,500lux
- High Energy Lens – High Intensity Setting = 10,000lux
So as you can see depending upon the combination, you can get between 3,500 and 10,000 lux of light.
If you are new to light therapy the best thing to do would be to start on the Comfort Lens at low intensity and gradually work your way up until you feel comfortable enough to use the 10,000 lux.
As always with SAD lights, the light should be positioned off to the side so you aren’t staring directly at it. It is meant to be no closer than 6 inches and no further way than 24 inches for your face for best effect.
For most people 30 to 60 minutes, in the morning, is a productive light therapy session. But try it out and see how you get on.
All you need to do is plug it in, turn it on and off you go!
The light is white and natural and the four light settings mean it can be used for light therapy in the winter and as a general lamp to read by in the summer.
The HappyLight Liberty is also compact, lightweight and portable. The base is around six inches wide so doesn’t take up a lot of room and won’t overcrowd a desk or bed side table. It is easy to carry from room or to take away with you (as long as there is a power source to plug it into).
Another nice little feature is that it can be wall mounted. It has two slots in the back that you can use to hang the light if you so wish. It can also be tilted backwards or forwards for optimal angle. Again this is a quite unique factor among SAD lights as most other lamps can only be titled away from you.
The optimal position for SAD therapy is slightly above eye level and tilted down, so taking into account the fact the light can be wall mounted and tilted backwards and forwards, it really is easy to get this light set up in a great position to receive your light therapy.
One of the possible side effects of light therapy is headaches and some users have reported suffering them after first using the Verilux HappyLight Liberty 10,000.
If you are anyway unsure about this, the best thing to do is to easy yourself in gently. Start with the Comfort Lens and low intensity setting and the light placed out of your direct eye line around 24 inches away.
Then gradually bring the light closer making sure you are still comfortable with it and, when you are happy, increase the intensity and/or lens.
There is no timer on the light – not a big issue – but many SAD lights do come with timers and it does need power from an outlet as there is no option for batteries.
A really nice looking light whether it be on your desk or wall mounted, it fits in to the setting naturally and inconspicuously.
And Does It Work?
If you do a bit of research on the internet you will find it is not just me who is giving this light the thumbs up. At least nine out of ten reviews do the same.
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!
No product is ever perfect, so as ever there are a couple of little niggles, but these really are minor.
It is very highly recommended by me indeed.
- EDITOR RATING 90%
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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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