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SAD Lights

Posted by @bhs in Mental Health, Nov 14, 2012

I am considering buying a SAD Light. Has anyone ever used them? Which products are best and how would you rate the one you bought?

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annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 15, 2012

I use a light box. This helps Seasonal Affective Disorder a lot during seasons when there is not much light. I got my light box at my psychiatrist's advice. The address is The SunBox Company, 19217 Orbit Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20879. The phone number is 1-800-548-3968. The e-mail address is sunbox@aol.com. I started using it for 30 minutes everyday and worked it up to 45 minutes per day during the dark months. You may need to experiment with the time that works for you. My Sun Box has a life time guarantee. In 2010 I bought it for $200.00..

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 15, 2012

Ann did you get the SunSaton?

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 15, 2012

Hello BHS, I do not get the SunSalon to the best of my knowledge. What I know for sure is that if you get what my psychiatrist suggested, you will have an adequate light box...A rule of thumb is that you use the lightbox around September or October and not use it when April arrives. The light box is only supposed to be used during the darker months of the year. Good luck. You will feel better. I do.

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 19, 2012

Hi Ann & Teresaann66 , Am going to post a new topic I hope you will weigh in on. I appreciate your input. Am determined to do everything I can to stop this depression that seems to get worse as the years roll on.

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 20, 2012

Hello BHS, You have determination to get out of your depression. You are also doing things that will make it possible. You will be surprised at how well you will feel after a few days with a light box. I have a higher energy level. I also take an anti-depressant that is meant to help SAD. At this time of year I take two anti-depressant Effexor and Bupropian. You may want to mention this to your doctor. Consider.

hanss3

Posted by @hanss3, Nov 26, 2012

Hi

A light box bulb apparently should have 10000 lux of full spectrum light. An ordinary bulb is not sufficient. Any SAD light product should come with the appropriate bulb! Also. I was advised to take Vitamin D supplement in the low sun months. I take 4000I.U from late September to January.

Hers a review of SAD bulbs and what is needed:

http://www.essortment.com/light-bulb-reviews-full-spectrum-light-bulb-effectiveness-12688.html

I am not associated with Amazon but here are a range of products to give you an idea: (if this is considered bad form, I apologize -there are many other sellers)

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-

keywords=SAD+lights

Cheers

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 15, 2012

BHS, You may want to consult your doctor as to whether you should buy a light box or get as much sun as possible outside and from a 150 Watt bulb.

teresaann66

Posted by @teresaann66, Nov 15, 2012

HI. I also have a light box for seasonal depression.I found out if you take the sun in when it's sunny out, sit in it but it's best to go out side and walk also If you have a lamp that could hold a 150 watts that will help too( no lamp shade on it) and sit next to it. Good luck to you.

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 15, 2012

Hi teresaann66, Different things work for different people. I need more than what you said with the sun exposure and a 150 Watt light bulb.

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 15, 2012

Thanks Ann! I will certainly consider these. I saw many advertised and I needed some input on which ones work. My medical Dr. and my physiologist whom I saw for the first time today have both recommended i get one. But on a limited budget that is a lot of money. So might have to wait a month or two.

kramer

Posted by @kramer, Nov 23, 2012

I have one I have to use it everyday or I get so depressed I love mine

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 24, 2012

Thanks! I am anxiously awaiting mine! Will post when I get it and use it about a week. I have read lots of great positive things.

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