There’s no denying the sunset lamps look great, but do they actually have any health benefits? People are yearning for a holiday and warmer weather which we often associate with boosting our mood and reducing stress levels. Sunset lamps do have the ability to make us feel a whole lot better on miserable days. The impression of a sunset and warm glow makes us feel happier.
Light therapy lamps, such as a sunset lamp, can bring feel-good lighting into your home, helping our serotonin levels.
Sun lamp uses
A sun lamp is most commonly used to treat SAD, but light therapy is also used to treat other conditions, including:
- sleep disorders
Are sun lamps safe?
Sun lamps don’t give off ultraviolet radiation, so they pose little risk to most people. Ask your doctor if any medication you take makes you more sensitive to light.
Avoid using one if you have:
- Macular degeneration.
- Connective tissue damage.
- Existing skin cancers.
How to use
To get the best results from a sun lamp, the light needs to enter your eyes indirectly. Your eyes should be open, but you should avoid looking directly at the light.
A sun lamp with an intensity of 10,000 lux is recommended for SAD. Here’s how to use a sun lamp for the best results:
- Place the sun lamp on a table or desk 16 to 24 inches away from your face.
- Position the sun lamp 30 degrees overhead.
- Do not look directly at the light.
- Sit in front of the sun lamp for 20 to 30 minutes or the time recommended by the manufacturer or a doctor.
- Try to use the sun lamp at the same time every day.