SAD light boxes come in a “spectrum” of options. SAD light boxes are designed as floor lamps or as tools for portable light therapy. Some will look more stylish than others, while others will come with more convenient features. You can also find energy-efficient SAD light boxes.
While these wide ranging choices are evaluated in many light therapy reviews, they also tend to confuse consumers like you—especially if you’re a first time buyer.
Demystifying the Information
SAD light box reviews can confuse people because of the volume of information it could contain. You’re likely to read about the light produced (e.g., 10,000 lux), and the light it provides at a certain distance (e.g., 2,500 lux at 30 cm away). You’ll also read about running times, electricity consumption, and other such information. The details are useful but if you read enough of these reviews, you’ll get overwhelmed and wouldn’t know which ones to get.
Moreover, user-based reviews are generally about the reviewer’s treatment of seasonal affective disorder. Your treatment, as prescribed by your doctor, might differ from the reviewer’s treatment.
You might need to spend only 15 minutes every day, at a certain light intensity and distance from the light box. Meanwhile, the reviewer’s treatment calls for 30 minutes every day, at a different light intensity and distance. And so his or her results with a particular brand and model of SAD light box might yield a different one for you.
Some reviews also tend to run comparisons between old light therapy boxes and new therapy boxes. Know that some SAD light boxes come in LEDs that use blue light and others in traditional bulbs that use white light. The bulb type and the type of light will have an impact on your SAD therapy.
What to Do About the Confusion
Make sense of confusing SAD light reviews now and read the ones that assess the specific type of light box your doctor may have prescribed. You will not only focus more on the right features your condition requires, but you will also save a lot of time from excluding unnecessary reviews of light boxes that are not designed for your specific needs.
Another substantial way to shed the light on some reviews is to know more of the features you’re sure to read about. From light quality to light source, learn more about the pros and cons of choosing one over the other. And make sure you are getting your reviews from a reputable source.