Sad Lamps: 6 of the Best Sad Lights that Brighten Your Mood in Winter

For some people, this time of year is particularly difficult. The clocks have just gone back, the days are shorter and the nights are much darker and longer. Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is the low mood triggered by the winter months. Symptoms can vary from not wanting to go out to chronic depression. So why do some of us get this low mood? Experts say it is related to a decreased exposure to sunlight. A lack of sunlight is important for three reasons:

Melatonin – this hormone makes you feel sleepy. People with SAD may produce more in the winter.

Serotonin – the happy hormone is linked to sun exposure. Consequently, you might produce less in the winter.

Circadian rhythm – your body’s natural clock can be disturbed with longer nights and short days.

Years ago, anyone who thought they suffered from SAD would need a doctor’s treatment. But in today’s world, there are over-the-counter SAD Lamps. You can buy a SAD lamp with no diagnosis. So what are the symptoms of SAD?

  • Lack of energy
  • Low mood
  • Loss of pleasure in normal everyday activities
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleeping during the day
  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Craving carbohydrates

If you are thinking of buying a SAD lamp here are the pointers:

  • You need one that emits at least 2,500 lux (lux is the measurement of the intensity of light).
  • LED SAD lamps emit a higher lux.
  • The higher the lux the greater the effect in the shortest time.
  • Depending on the lux, up to an hour is required.
  • The SAD lamp needs to be positioned at the correct distance for it to work.
  • It is better to use it first thing in the day as a light boost early on.

One last point, if you have been diagnosed with SAD by a doctor you do not have to pay VAT on SAD lamps. Contact the supplier who will adjust the price.

Here are our recommendations for the best SAD Lamps:

Lumie Desklamp SAD Light: £120.00

  • Lux: 10,000
  • Treatment time: 30 minutes

Sad LampsThis SAD lamp is perfect for the office or bedside table. It’s adjustable so you can direct the lamp where you want. We love the touch control lighting that offers four different light levels.

SAD Solutions Mini Daylight SAD Light: £37.45

  • Lux: 10,000
  • Treatment time: 30 minutes

Sad LampsYou can pay over £200 for a decent SAD lamp but this one is from SAD UK and is perfect for placing on a desktop while you are working. The only gripe is that the light is very bright and there is no dimmer switch.

Lumie Brightspark SAD Light Box: £138.00

  • Lux: 10,000
  • Treatment time: 45-90 minutes

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Designed to give light relief during the day, this is a versatile SAD lamp that can be positioned anywhere. It is stylish and doesn’t look like a medical lamp which is why we like it.

Philips Intense Blue Energy SAD Light: £133.99

  • Lux: 10,000
  • Treatment time: 20-30 minutes

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The pure blue light that this SAD lamp emits is similar to that of a sunny day. It features diffusers and reflectors to cut glare and you don’t need to look directly into the lamp.

LifeMax Seasonal Affective Disorder Light: £90.00

  • Lux: 10,000
  • Treatment time: 30 minutes (depending on the brightness)

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This SAD lamp has 10 dimming stages so you can set the brightness to your liking. Nice and compact, it also has a timer.

Lumie Vitamin L Slim SAD Light, White: £89.99

  • Lux: 2,500
  • Treatment time: From 30 minutes a day

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Customers love the way you can position this SAD lamp either in landscape or portrait mode. This makes it super convenient to use on multiple surfaces and areas. The soft light is not too bright and obtrusive.



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