I get gloomy if I'm working in a room without windows, especially in winter. Full-spectrum lightbulbs for the desk lamp is as far as I've gone to remedy that. Enter Philips' latest GoLite device, a miniaturized entry in its range of lamps aimed at seasonal mood problems.
Apart from decent industrial design, Philips pitches "Bluewave technology" as its therapeutic special sauce, claiming results can be felt "within a few days with as little 15 to 20 minutes of use per day."
“The goLITE BLU represents significant improvements in portable blue light therapy,” says Dan Adams, a research manager at Philips Home Healthcare Solutions, in the press release. “Science has shown that to stimulate the body clock we don’t need intense white light. This is because a person’s body clock can respond up to two times greater to blue light than to white light and white light is 50 times more intense."
About such things is always the whiff of placebo; moreover, at $280, it's not a stocking stuffer. But the basic principles are proven, it can't actually harm you, and it is, if nothing else, quite pretty.
Philips introduces new, advanced light therapy device to offer quick relief from winter blues [Philips via Medgadget]
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