Lumiram HappyMood™ Mini Light Therapy Pad

$59.50

Sunlight is an essential ingredient in life, but many of us don't get the amount of bright, health-stimulating light we need - especially around this time of the year. As the days get shorter leading up to winter, we get less time under the bright sun which is necessary to keep our circadian cycles and health in balance.

Much more portable than our flagship light therapy unit, the Aurora™ light therapy system, you won’t have to think twice about getting your daily dose of bright therapeutic light with this practical light pad! You'll be able to bring this one with you everywhere!

Up to 10,000 lux of bright, white light in order to:

⚡️ increase energy and alertness

🌓 reset circadian rhythm and restore sleeping patterns

😊 improve mood

Plugin and use for up to 20-30 minutes a day to start feeling the energizing and balancing effects of bright light therapy anywhere you go!

You don't necessarily need to be suffering from SAD to use light therapy - anyone can use light therapy as an addition to their daily morning ritual! It's an effective way to get a boost of energy and alertness to get the day going!

This light pad provides:

    • Up to 10,000 lux of light

    • Full spectrum UV-free light

    • A choice of 3 light intensity levels to suit your needs and sensitivity

    • A built-in timer (10 min, 20min, 30min) so you can set and forget it

    • Compact size; carry with you anywhere: 9.25“H x 5.5“W x 0.6“D 

To use: Light therapy is best used in the morning. While eating breakfast, getting ready, or sitting at your desk, place your light pad anywhere from 3-12 inches away from you, and to your side. The goal is for light to reach your eyes, without looking directly at the pad - it’s quite bright! Let it reach your open eyes peripherally. It's key that your eyes remain open for the duration of your session for light therapy to take proper effect.

If you wear blue light filtering glasses for screen/computer usage, we recommend taking them off during your light session for maximum benefit.

Try for 10 minutes at first to see how you respond; you should begin to feel a sense of alertness. If you start feeling jittery, that’s an indication to place the pad a little further away and/or to use it for less time. You’ll learn what your body needs over time!

Contraindications

If you have macular degeneration, vision sensitivity, or are particularly sensitive to lighting in general, you'll find fluorescent-based light therapy, such as our medical-grade Aurora® full spectrum light therapy system, to be more comfortable.

Note: We do not make medical claims. Please consult your physician or therapist to see if light therapy is right for you. 

What is bright light therapy?

Full spectrum light therapy uses specialized bright, artificial lighting to treat SAD or to provide a daily dose of sunshine for those who don't spend enough time outside under natural sunlight.

What is light therapy used for?

The most common use of light therapy is to treat SAD, a type of seasonal depression during the fall and winter caused by a lack of sunshine. But you don't need to suffer from a clinical diagnosis of SAD to enjoy the stimulating benefits of bright light therapy: think of bright white light as a vitamin to be taken each day for optimal health and wellness! 

1) Treatment of SAD/winter blues

SAD (seasonal affective disorder), aka the winter blues, is characterized by feelings of depression that begin as soon as daylight hours diminish during the fall and winter.

        Common symptoms of SAD are: 

    • Feeling depressed and hopeless
    • Feeling low in energy, sluggish, and agitated
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Difficulty concentrating

        What causes SAD? 

Without enough of the bright white light exposure needed to stimulate the hypothalamus, a part of the brain linked to our body's internal clock controlling the sleep-wake schedule, our body may increase its production of the sleep hormone melatonin while decreasing the production of serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical that helps regulate mood. Light therapy helps reset the internal clock, offering those suffering some relief from their symptoms. 

2) Light deprivation

As we mentioned above, bright light is a necessary "vitamin" for our body - you don't need to suffer from a clinical diagnosis of SAD to enjoy the stimulating benefits of bright light therapy! 

Just as in its use as therapy for SAD, light therapy can help prevent issues associated with lack of sunlight: without the presence of bright light early each day, our body has a difficult time waking up in the morning, staying alert throughout the day, and falling asleep at night. 

For those who are indoors when the sun is out, you will benefit greatly from supplementing bright light through light therapy every morning that you aren't outside in the sun.

3) Depression

We hope you see the trend here; light therapy helps regulate mood and energy and keeps our bodies running smoothly! 

Since bright light is stimulating and helps regulate our hormones/neurotransmitters, it isn't a surprise that studies suggest light therapy can be helpful for those suffering from bouts of depression - even if not seasonally related. Specifically, as mentioned before, bright light affects the up-regulation of serotonin, the neurotransmitter related to mood/happiness and well-being.  

How does light therapy work? 

So we've spoken about its uses, but how exactly does light therapy work? We've briefly touched on the effects light therapy has on the body, i.e., how it affects mood, hormones, sleep, etc. Now let's learn how it causes these effects. 

It all starts with blue light

What do we mean by blue light? Well, it may be helpful to see a diagram of the full electromagnetic spectrum and the visible light spectrum that lies within. 

diagram of electromagnetic spectrum

To understand how light affects us, it's important to understand that all electromagnetic energy - visible light or other - has a wavelength and corresponding energy. 

As reflected above, as we move up the spectrum, wavelengths get shorter and more energetic. It's precisely the higher part of the visible light spectrum - blue light - that noontime sunlight is comprised mostly of. 

10,000 lux: bright blue light

Blue light on its own may be full of energy, but to trigger a significant biological responses in our body, we need a lot of it; it must be bright enough for our body and eyes to pick up on. 

In terms of brightness: what exactly do we need? You undoubtedly have already seen the answer everywhere: 10,000 lux. Lux, pronounced (lucks), is a unit of illumination. The higher the lux, the brighter the light source. For reference, daylight on an overcast day at around noon is around 1200 lux. 

Our eyes: a window to the soul and our master clock

Our eyes are constantly taking in information from the environment around us. Perhaps surprisingly, not only do eyes allow us to see, but they also reserve a part of their ability for non-visual tasks, such as determining how much light is in our environment! 

Our eyes detect the presence of light through specialized non-visual photopigments called melanopsin (a light-sensitive retinal protein). Melanopsin is most reactive to shortwave blue light, which, if activated by the presence of light, sends off a signal to our brain's hypothalamus. Within the hypothalamus, lies a cluster of cells (called the suprachiasmatic nuclei, or SCN) whose job it is to coordinate our daily cycles of behavior and physiology with our external environment. 

In other words, our circadian rhythm (master clock) runs internally, but responds and adapts to our external world. The circadian rhythm runs in a cycle of approximately 24 hours, and apart from controlling our sleep/wake schedule, controls other biological processes such as the timing of hunger, digestion, body temperature, and the release of hormones to control energy throughout the day. 

Kinds of light therapy

Now that we know more about the workings of light therapy, how does one go about choosing a device to get their daily dose? Here are some criteria to help in your decision.

Lux: As mentioned before, your unit should be able to provide 10,000 lux of light. Most units have gradual brightness settings, with 10,000 lux as the highest level. 

Now, let's decide on the form: 

Light Pads

Available in different sizes, most popular are light therapy "pads" similar in size and appearance to a kindle or iPad, or you might find replaceable light "box" units where you switch out the bulbs.

Light Boxes

No longer as popular due to the availability of LED, Lightboxes may be larger than light pads (most measure 2 feet in diameter), but their practicality lies in their lifespan: one box should last a lifetime - provided that you change out the light bulbs as needed! Also, for those of you who prefer a DIY method, being able to change out the bulbs is great; it allows you to change bulbs as they begin to dim naturally over time, and allows you to choose whether you use an LED or fluorescent light source.

LED vs. Fluorescent Light Therapy

The most common light technology used for light therapy these days is LED. 

The unfortunate thing is many suffering from SAD also have some range of photosensitivity. For many, LED doesn't sit well with their physiology. We wish we could send you on your way with incandescent or halogen light bulbs, but those options aren't "blue" enough to serve as true light therapy. Full spectrum fluorescent light therapy is your best bet. 

Can't I just use full spectrum or daylight light bulbs? 

It won't hurt, but to rely on light bulbs alone will leave you wanting more. A common misconception is that a full spectrum light bulb serves as light therapy on its own. Light therapy uses full spectrum lighting but at a very bright intensity.  We wrote up a whole article that goes more into detail about whether you can use full spectrum light bulbs for SAD. We highly recommend reading it! The same goes for daylight bulbs - which, by the way, say nothing about a light's quality or fullness of spectrum. Daylight bulbs usually only refer to color temperature (about 5000-6500K) That might be the blue white light we need for light therapy, but again, light bulbs on their own won't cut it. 

Of course, Full spectrum bulbs such as Chromalux help so much with well-being and have many other awesome benefits (like nourishing infrared) over standard, general-use light bulbs. Definitely use them in conjunction with your light therapy sessions for maximum benefit!

How to use light therapy

Use your light therapy device in the morning

Light therapy is most effective when used in the morning. (You don't want a bright dose of blue light keeping you wired through the evening)! 

Keep it on the kitchen counter or on your desk at work in the morning.

Place up to 2 feet away from you, to your side

Your light therapy manufacturer can tell you exactly how close you should be to your device to get benefits, but a general guideline is about 2 feet. 

Let the light shine into open eyes, but don't look at it directly!

The most important thing is for light to reach your open eyes. If you work using blue light filtering glasses, you'll want to take those off while using light therapy for the most effective dose. 

Try for 20 minutes at first to see how you respond; you should begin to feel a sense of alertness. If you start feeling jittery, that's an indication to place your unit a little further away or use it for less time. You'll soon learn how your body best responds, and your needs may also change over time!

Closing Thoughts

Well, that, in a nutshell, is bright light therapy. If it's not already part of your wellness toolkit already, we hope you'll consider adding it!

And, if you're a seasoned user, we hope you were able to glean some useful information from this article! 

All the best in light and health!

Will Chromalux® work in ordinary light fixtures? 

Yes. Chromalux® is available in most standard bulb shapes and sizes. Just check the max wattage your fixture can accept and choose your bulb accordingly!

Are Chromalux® bulbs dimmable?

Yes, all incandescent and halogen bulbs are dimmable. Always check product descriptions though, as there are some exceptions. 

What is the difference between clear and frosted light bulbs? 

A clear glass bulb will usually be a few lumens brighter than its frosted counterpart of the same wattage. A good rule of thumb: think frosted glass for general lighting and clear glass for more striking, ambient lighting. If you have eye sensitivities, we recommend frosted glass. 

How do I choose between the Chromalux® collections?

We wrote out some of the key differences between the collections here. Let that be your first guide. From there, just find the bulb type and wattage you need!

Does Chromalux® contain UV?

Chromalux® incandescent contains a minute, negligible amount of UVA, consistent with most incandescent light bulbs. Chromalux® does not contain any UVB - the type of UV that causes skin tanning and damage.

What voltage do your bulbs work on?

110 -120V only at this time. Sorry, but our bulbs aren't rated for use at 240V or other voltages. 

Is Chromalux® a colored bulb?

No; Chromalux® is a pure, naturally balanced light source emitting a clean, white light. The lavender appearance of our bulbs is caused by the the element neodymium, which is compounded into our glass and gives Chromalux® many of its magical color enhancing properties!

Which Chromalux® collection do you recommend for daytime usage? how about at night? 

While all Chromalux® light bulbs could be used at any time (due to an increased soothing red spectrum), we find the incandescent collection to be perfect for night time usage, and the enhanced collection for daytime usage.  

What does Chromalux® full spectrum light look like?

Like a cloudless sky on a crisp and clear summer day! Chromalux® bulbs "de-haze" environments, making your interiors come to life with enhanced color, contrast and textures, all in a pleasant and soothing way.  

What is the difference between Chromalux® incandescent and Chromalux® Enhanced™?

Our Enhanced™ collection uses a halogen burner instead of a traditional incandescent filament. An amplified type of incandescence, the resulting light is 18% more luminous and slightly whiter in color temperature than that of our incandescent bulbs. There is no difference in benefits, just appearance of the light. Learn more about the different Chromalux® collections

I'm concerned about EMF. Which bulb is safest for my home? 

Incandescence is the purest form of artificial light. If EMF is a concern for you, we highly recommend Chromalux® incandescent light bulbs, or Chromalux® Enhanced™ light bulbs (for slightly whiter light). Remember, the higher the wattage, the lower the EMF.

What are the benefits of full spectrum lighting?

Feeling and seeing better! Full spectrum light provides light containing the full visible light spectrum. Plants love full spectrum light, as do people and pets; basically all living creatures need sunlight to thrive, and full spectrum lighting strives to encapsulate that indoors!

Some benefits: improved mood, productivity, and enhanced visual clarity among others.

Are full spectrum bulbs similar to light therapy boxes? Will they benefit someone suffering from SAD?

This is a great question! While full spectrum light bulbs definitely help those suffering from SAD, they are not considered a standalone treatment for seasonal depression. Light therapy boxes provide a much stronger intensity of light and can be used only for about 30 minutes a day, while Chromalux® full spectrum lighting can be used without restrictions (like a normal light bulb). We actually answered this question in more detail. Read the differences between full spectrum light and light therapy.

What is the best or safest light bulb for eyes?

Chromalux® full spectrum incandescent light! Chromalux® uses neodymium glass to filter dull and harsh light, while creating incredible contrast between colors and textures. Not only will you see better, your eyes will feel less fatigued! For these reasons, Chromalux® has been a top recommendation for low vision population since the 1980s, and has been proven to increase visual acuity.

What is the difference between flood lamps and PAR lamps? 

While both are perfect for use in either recessed can or track lighting, the light beam of flood type light bulbs (R style light bulbs) have a less defined edge than a comparable PAR light bulb. Flood bulbs are great for general illumination and covering large areas with light, while PAR bulbs are more like spot lights, with a defined and focused beam of light. 

Do full spectrum lights provide Vitamin D?

UVB is necessary for the production of Vitamin D, and only very specified lighting units can provide the light output necessary for Vit.D production in humans. For birds and reptiles, however, this can be achieved through full spectrum fluorescent lighting, usually containing 10% UVB. Chromalux® bulbs do not contain UVB light, which is necessary for the production of Vitamin D.

Other questions?

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Shipping

We ship to the US + Canada!

Free shipping is applied automatically at checkout to all orders over $75 within the 48 contiguous US states. We ship to Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.  

Note: All bulbs are rated for use at 110-120 Volts only. At this moment, Chromalux® bulbs are not rated for use in Europe or elsewhere using 240V. 

Return Policy

We offer a 30 day return and exchange policy on most items that are unused and in good resalable condition. Please email info@healthlighting.com with your name, order number, and a request for an RGA number. Customers are responsible for the return shipping cost, unless the return is due to our own fulfillment error. Once received, a full refund will be credited to your original form of payment within 5-7 business days. Products must be returned to us unused in their original inner and outer packaging. Light bulbs that have been in use are not eligible for return or exchange. 

Products must be returned and received within the above stated 30 day time frame. Please do not send us packages without an RGA number or prior authorization - your return and refund will not be processed. All products must be carefully packaged before being returned; please wrap all glass bulbs well to ensure their protection during shipment. A restocking charge will be added to items that arrive broken or in poor condition to our facility. If the item is in non-resalable condition (returned to us with torn or missing packaging), we will not be able to issue a refund. We reserve the right to determine the level of condition of items returned after inspection. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer exchanges for international orders at this time. 

All sale items are final sale. 

Damages + Breakage

We're here to help! Please inspect your order carefully upon receipt; no claims for damages, order errors, or shortages will be accepted after 7 days from receipt of order. Please email us a quick photo of the damage or breakage within those 7 days, including your name and order number, and our team will promptly credit or send you a replacement free of charge. Please note that the average life of our light bulbs is not guaranteed life; actual mileage may vary. 

Warranty Policy

Our warranty covers all fixtures, lamps, light therapy units, and LED light bulbs for a period of 1 year from the original date of purchase. Our warranty excludes all filament light bulbs, which are instead covered by a 60-day guarantee. Please refer to our warranty policy for complete terms and info.

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Lumiram/Healthlighting.com
707 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1A
Valley Cottage, NY 10989

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