There are numerous factors to take into account when choosing your light therapy lamp.
Different types of lamp
The type of lamp you should choose depends on your lifestyle and your intended type of use.
The responses to these questions will help you to decide :
- In the morning, can you easily see yourself staying seated for 30 minutes in the same place? If the answer is yes, then choose a fixed lamp. If the answer is no, then you will prefer the light therapy glasses.
- Should numerous members of your family be able to use the lamp at the same time? If yes, then choose a “panel” style lamp which will allow you to light up numerous people at the same time in good conditions.
- Do you travel regularly? If yes, then you will prefer the compact lamps or the light therapy glasses so that you can bring them with you on your trip.
Is the lamp certified?
It is strongly recommended to use a light therapy lamp which has the CE medical marking. To make sure of this, ensure that the CE symbol is followed by 4 figures inscribed on the box and on the device itself.
Example of the Luminette:
Formerly of little significance, this European marking, which aims to protect consumers, is based more and more on the demands of the American agency of food and drug products (FDA) and this marking is today a true guarantee of a product’s quality. This means that the manufacturer has adopted a rigorous and methodical approach throughout the product’s design, manufacture and delivery to the final client.
It is also recommended to ensure that the manufacturer has assessed its lamp according to the IEC 62471 regulation on the photo biological safety of lamps and that this does not present any risk (“Exempt group”).
Which light therapy lamps should be avoided?
- Lamps which are not very powerful (lamp 10cm from the face)
- Lamps which do not have the European medical marking (CE + 4 figures)
- Lamps which have not been assessed as being “without photo-biological risk” (regulation IEC 62471)