No way, I thought.
There’s no way a few of my friends payed more than a hundred dollars for a little blue lamp.
Can a small blue alarm-clock really relieve their seasonal depression like they claim it does? Is it really worth the money?
I couldn’t ignore their excitement anymore and since I go through the “winter blues” episode every year myself, I decided to check it out for myself and write a Philips goLITE BLU review for you guys to benefit from as well.
Philips goLITE BLU Review
The Philips goLITE is a little blue light dispensing clock (Portable & rechargeable) that you’re supposed to place near your face (though not to directly look at) for only 15 minutes every day.
The promised result is an almost immediate mood and energy boost and a dramatic relief in SAD symptoms.
Through my research I’ve found that the blue light a natural, non invasive and painless treatment for SAD symptoms,and my research has confirmed this is indeed scientifically proven.
How Does it Work?
As you probably know, most cases of SAD are caused by exposure to natural light, that’s why it’s more common in the winter.
The Philips goLITE BLU produces a particular kind of pure blue light that occurs naturally on very sunny, clear days. Special receptors in your eyes absorb the blue light and give you the same kind of energy and mood enhancement that you would get from spending time outside on a sunny day.
Does it Work?
I have to say I was skeptical. But I gave it a shot and to my utter surprise, I felt the effects immediately at the end of my first session.
My spirits were lifted, my energy was much higher (compared to the “dark” moody morning I had the day before (Literally) and I found myself whistling a happy tune while brushing my teeth.
I kept using it every day since and now I am convinced that it works. The Philips goLITE is my official new winter-best-friend ever since.
As for you, you’ll never know until you try, right? But you can get a clearer picture by checking out the reviews on Amazon , just make sure the review you’re reading is from am “Amazon Verified Purchase”. Those are the real reviews.
Is The Philips goLITE Safe?
Exposure to blue light is completely safe, and though instructions say that you only need to use for 15 minutes every morning, a longer exposure will have no side effects.
The Philips goLITE emits no UV rays. But you’re not supposed to look directly at it and I suggest you get safety goggles to go with it.
Also, blue light therapy for SAD is not proven safe for people suffering from Bi-Polar disorder, and should not be used if you’ve had Cataract surgery.
Philips goLITE Features
1. The device is very easy to use. You can set the light intensity according to what feels right to you, and it’s portable and rechargeable so you can take it with you everywhere and use it any time you’d like (it comes with a travel case too).
2. You set the timer according to your needs (1-60 min, but 15 minutes were enough for me) by using the touch display and choose the right level of brightness out of the four levels by using the dimmer. Also, set the treatment time alarm to ensure that you don’t miss your session of blue light.
3. The durable LEDs in the goLITE BLU Plus can be used 30 minutes a day for 50 years without losing efficiency.
You can do at least 3-4 sessions before you have to charge the battery. It also comes with a cord and you can use it plugged in the wall too.
4. It has an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning, it’s a little ring that sounds like a harp, and then the light comes on.
5. 2-year warranty and 45 money back guarantee on Amazon (25% discount right now!).
6. You can use it for travel. The included has an electrical input rating of 100/240 volts, which means you can take it with your pretty much all over the world and charge it with a simple travel adapter.
The cord length/adapter is about 18-24″,and after it charges, you can unplug and remove the cord. Easy display tells you when battery needs recharging.
7. The Philips goLITE is bright enough to read with and it has a dual-mode alarm. You can set it for buzzer alone, light alone or both.
Is it More or Less Effective than Full Spectrum Light Boxes?
Blue light therapy for SAD is a newer treatment for SAD. The traditional treatment is bright light therapy full spectrum (10,000) light boxes/lamps.
My research has found that both bright and blue light therapy are effective for SAD. The differences between them are:
1. Most bright light boxes are bigger than the Philips goLITE and take up much more space (though you can get a light therapy lamp, here’s my comparison between the 2 best ones).
Blue light is softer and easier on the eyes than full spectrum light, which is really bright and takes some time to adjust to.
While you are not supposed to look directly at either the bright or blue light, it’s more important to use safety goggles when you use blue light therapy, to be on the safe side when it comes to you eyes.
For more details about bright light vs. blue light for SAD – See this post.
Can The Philips goLITE Be Used for Other Things?
You may be surprised to find that the blue light is the same light that’s used to treat acne. I contacted their support and was told that you can use this device to reduce acne and blemishes.
I love 2-in-1 type of products…don’t you?
Blue light is proven to be able to destroy acne causing bacteria and serves as a natural alternative for antibiotics, since it serves the same purpose – Even more effectively.
See more about how to use blue light therapy for acne HERE.
Blue light therapy can also be helpful for sleep cycle related problems and can help shift workers and anyone who has trouble falling asleep or waking up (with energy) in the morning.
In my experience and through my research, bright light therapy is more effective for sleep problems. You can learn more about it HERE.
The only issue I found with the Philips goLITE is the sensitivity of its touch screen. It is quite sensitive and can be reset easily. But, changing it back is not as easy. You’ll have to be careful to not accidentally set the alarm. Waking up in the middle of the night to a bright blue light is not a pleasant experience.
Wow. 130$ seems quite expensive for an alarm clock with blue light, doesn’t it? But I guess it’s all about priorities. I would rather spend this amount of money on a device that will finally relieve my SAD, instead of buying a another dress or trying another gourmet restaurant.
What about you?
To see Amazon’s today’s special price go HERE. They usually have the best princes (and free shipping) and a reliable return policy.
And by the way, if you don’t care about the alarm clock feature, you can buy the goLITE for a much cheaper price (Under 100& on Amazon).
Who Should & Shouldn’t Use The Philips GoLITE BLU
Anyone who suffers from a nasty mood and constant fatigue (and anger caused by it) should give the Philips goLITE a chance to help like it did me. People suffering from mild depression, even if it’s not season related, would also benefit from it.
Anyone who travels a lot and suffers from jet lag would also find it to be of great help.
People suffering from Bi-Polar disorder, or people with any kind of eye-problems should consult with a doctor before using blue light therapy for SAD.
The Philips goLITE has kept its promise to relieve my winter blues and keeps doing so every day since I got it. I find it easy to use, I take it with me when I travel and use the alarm settings to make it wake me up every morning with the blue light (But I immediately put on my safety goggles to protect my eyes).
In my opinion, though the price is quite high, the long-term benefits make it well worth it. I would pay, one time, about 140$ to relieve my depressing SAD symptoms every winter, when ever I need it. But that’s just my opinion.
How about you? Ready to chase the blues away?
To your health & happiness,
If you have any more questions or opinion on this device, let me know in the comments, o.k.?:)
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