10 Light Therapy Lamps That Will Help You Combat SAD This Winter

Photo by Sasha Nadelyaeva on Unsplash.
Light Therapy
Photo by Sasha Nadelyaeva on Unsplash.

Living in the Great White North means sometimes you have to deal with the Winter blues.

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And sometimes those winter blues are more than just the snow getting you down. Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a mental illness that occurs in the winter when our Vitamin D intake is low. The deficiency results in a chemical imbalance that throws off our circadian rhythm and can cause depression, tiredness, anxiety, and other damaging symptoms.

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During the non-winter months, the sun provides enough Vitamin D to keep us energized and happy, in the winter we have to rely on other sources.

Enter light therapy lamps.

These modern inventions replicate the natural sunlight and helpful UV rays that deliver Vitamin D through our skin.

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Below, we gathered the ten best selling and most reviewed light therapy lamps available on Amazon Canada. Take a look.

1. Verilux HappyLight Lucent 10000 Lux LED Bright White Light Therapy Lamp

(All photos courtesy of Amazon.ca)
Seller: Verilux
Cost: $59.99

Promising Review:
“Many, many friends had to recommend this to me before I finally bought one to try. I did not expect it to work, but now I’m hooked! I wake up earlier every morning just to use it, and since day 1 there has been an immediate definite difference. I am really happy with this product and have been recommending it to everyone I know who also suffers from SAD.”
Isa via Amazon.ca

2. Verilux VT10WW1 HappyLight Liberty Compact Light Therapy Lamp

Seller: Verilux
Cost: $49.99

Promising Review:

“I bought it for my 15-year-old cat. She had been very ill and I added light to her environment along with a 15-minute cuddle every morning before I went to work. She recovered almost 100% – in fact, I think she is on her 2nd of 9 lives … fortunately for me.”
B. Montgomery via Amazon.ca

3. TaoTronics Light Therapy Lamp, 10000 Lux

 

Seller: TaoTronics
Cost: $49.99

Promising Review:

“I was prescribed a light to help with depression. I ordered this lamp based mainly on the positive reviews, and I must agree! It certainly works and the timer and different brightnesses are great! But what I most like is the customer service – I received my lamp very quickly but it sounded like something was broken inside. It worked and I used it but I did contact Customer Service. They responded very quickly and said a new lamp was on its way and told me to just keep the first lamp. The 2nd lamp arrived within 2 days and is fine. Great lamp & great service!”
Janey via Amazon.ca

4. FITFIRST Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp, Daylight Full Spectrum Light Lamp

Seller: FITFIRST
Cost: $69.99

Promising Review:

“I have only had this amazing light for a few days and I have already feel my mood enhancing! Living in Canada our days are long and dreary in the long winters we have. I have hashimoto disease and I feel the effects of low vitamin D. This light is super easy to use and it has a timer so I can’t accidentally leave the light on when I’m done. I can’t wait to see how I feel in February that’s when the depression really kicks in!”
Valerie Docherty via Amazon.ca

5. Circadian Optics Lumine Light Therapy Lamp

Seller: Circadian Optics
Cost: $89.99

Promising Review:

“I bought it to fight the winter blues, I never had any expectation but I wanted to give it a try. I’m seriously surprised how fast it worked on me in only one week (20min daily exposure in the night to prolong the daylight). I have it lightning my face right now and I don’t want to turn it off because of how good I feel. I highly recommend it to anyone living in a northern country!”
Maxime via Amazon.ca

6. Circadian Optics Lumos 2.0 Light Therapy Lamp

Seller: Circadian Optics
Cost: $99.99

Promising Review:

“Works exactly as described. I love the small form factor of this light compared to others. I love that it can sit in different positions with the adjustable base. I like that it has 3 light settings. I have been using it for an hour every morning for a few weeks and already notice a measurable difference in my moods. Highly recommended.”
Tara Sauders via Amazon.ca

7. PureGuardian SPA50CA Light Therapy Lamp

Seller: PureGuardian
Cost: $79.99

Promising Review:

“Did ALL it was intended to do ..Thx ?”
glen forbes via Amazon.ca

8. Verilux HappyLight Liberty Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp

Seller: Verilux
Cost: $104.99

Promising Review:

“Depression has visited me once again. I bought this light hoping it would help me. Using this light for 30 min. after waking while using positive thinking techniques, and trying to release those persistent negative thoughts has been an aid in treating my morning depression. I would recommend this light to anyone with depression, anxiety, or SAD.”
sammy via Amazon.ca

9. Light Therapy Lamp, 10,000 Lux Full Spectrum LED Light Therapy Lamp

Seller: YamaKula
Cost: $47.99

Promising Review:

“It is a great light therapy lamp. I bought it a month ago. I used it when the cloudy or rainy day. It helps me get the light without UV. I can adjust the light.”
DS via Amazon.ca

10. TaoTronics Light Therapy Lamp

Seller: TaoTronics
Cost: $46.99

Promising Review:

“I’ve used this light therapy lamp for a few weeks already and it’s doing a great job at keeping me more refreshed in the morning. The light output is well dispersed and the modes are useful for selecting the brightness.”
kingjoe via Amazon.ca

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