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#1 Elefan


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Posted 02 September 2006 - 04:56 PM


Has anyone tried light boxes for where there is strong seasonal behaviours, worse in winter? I would be interested to know of anyone's experiences.

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 05:22 PM

I use a natural light bulb in my lounge - it gives a strange bluey tinge, but it helps my mild SAD a bit.


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Posted 03 September 2006 - 03:57 PM

Yes I've got one, 20 minutes on mine is the equivalent to 2 hours spring sunshine. Will be using it 2 or 3 times a week during the winter, in the morning. I also use daylight bulbs in the main areas of the house.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 04:24 PM


I have one of these - have used it for the last two years. I really like it and, you've just reminded me, plan to get another this Autumn. They really brighten a room up and turning it off is like switching off the sun. If I'm honest, I can't say that it's made a huge difference as to whether or not everyone seems less gloomy but I wouldn't be without it now.


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Posted 03 September 2006 - 05:08 PM

Daylight bulbs and SAD boxes are different. Simplistically the problem is the reduction of blue light input in the winter. This can be effectively replaced by daylight bulbs (inefficiently) or SAD boxes. Blue tints (the type of filter is important - not all blues will work) on spectacles may also help for some. An alternative is using the optimeyes lamp or LEDs of specific wavelength.
However, on some people the effects may be the opposite to those expected! (and specialised knowledge is required)

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 05:32 PM

I've heard of this but never used any personally be interesting if anybody has any recent information to post on them.

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