Light Therapy Lamps

Plug Into Positive Energy

It’s the time of year when the days are shorter and sunlight can be scarce. If you’re feeling less perky than usual, you’re not alone. When sunlight is diminished, the winter blues can settle in (formally diagnosed as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, in some people). You might be feeling tired, running low on energy, or having trouble sleeping. If those symptoms sound familiar, you may benefit from a therapeutic light source we heard about from frequent Grommet-spotter Liz Bokzanski.

Called HappyLight, this line of
sunshine supplement systems comes from Verilux, which has been creating ways to simulate natural daylight since 1956. When sunlight is unavailable, these light therapy lamps can trigger your own natural energy enhancers and help you to focus and feel revitalized. The compact HappyLight 6000 easily fits on a desktop or counter, and the larger HappyLight Deluxe model can be mounted on the wall. The Rise & Shine Natural Wake-Up Light is designed for the bedside table. It’s programmed to emit progressively brighter light as you awaken, paired with optional soothing background sounds.

No matter what’s keeping you in the dark -- rainy weather, night shift work, airplane travel -- these therapy lamps make it easy to plug into a brighter, happier you.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jason

    Hi Folks. I am up in beautiful Vermont the home of Verilux, the makers of the HappyLight and Rise & Shine products being featured on Daily Grommet today. We designed these products as natural alternatives for combating the Winter Blues, increasing energy and well being. If you have any questions about these products, please feel free to reach out!

  • Barbara
    1/25/2011 1:44 PM

    Two questions: does the HappyLight 6000 require a special bulb I can only purchase here? Or can it use bulbs from the local hardware store?

    And does the Rise & Shine have a "white noise" choice for the 'sound machine' aspect? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/25/2011 2:13 PM

    @Barbara: Great questions, I will let Jason speak more to the special bulbs used in the lights. As far as the sound, the Rise & Shine comes with these soothing soundscapes: Songbird Serenade, Ocean Rhythms, Pond Life Harmony, and Streamside Melodies

  • Jason
    Jason – Special Guest
    1/25/2011 2:49 PM

    @Barbara: Both the HappyLight 6000 and HappyLight Deluxe utilize Natural Spectrum bulbs that we have created here at Verilux. They last up to 10,000 hours and are specifically designed with a full and balanced spectrum of visible light.

  • Barbara
    1/25/2011 3:24 PM

    @Jason Krupsky: how much do the replacement bulbs cost? Thanks.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/25/2011 3:37 PM

    @Barbara: The 36 watt bulb (the 6000 takes one, the deluxe version takes two) currently costs about $25. Hopefully the 10,000 hour estimate means that you won't have to worry about a replacement bulb for many years to come!

  • beth
    1/25/2011 2:09 PM

    Does the Rise and Shine alarm feature the same natural spectrum light as the Happy Light products, or does it have a "normal" light bulb? Am wondering if the Rise and Shine will help me with SAD or simply wake me up in a more pleasant manner.

  • Jason
    Jason – Special Guest
    1/25/2011 2:50 PM

    @beth: The Rise & Shine does not have a Natural Spectrum light bulb. It is designed to align the body's circadian rhythms that regulate normal sleeping and waking patterns which in turn will help you feel more revitalized.

  • Kelly
    1/2/2012 9:39 PM

    @Jason Krupsky: In response to your explanation about the Rise and Shine, my question is: Is this light more helpful in getting my son up for school on these dark mornings, than merely turning on his recessed lights? Also, are the bulbs in the Rise and Shine regular store bought bulbs?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/2/2012 9:59 PM

    @Kelly: Great question. I have sent a note to Jason and will let you know what he says. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jason
    Jason – Special Guest
    1/12/2012 4:14 PM

    @Kelly: Yes the light helps wake you up naturally, aligning the body's circadian rhythms that regulate normal sleeping and waking patterns. It is fitted with a standard incandescent bulb.

  • alex seros
    alex seros
    1/25/2011 3:42 PM

    Does the Verilight have mercury in it? If so, what are the chances of breakage/danger. How would one clean up mercury?

  • Jason
    Jason – Special Guest
    1/25/2011 4:34 PM

    @alex seros: Yes there is mercury in our bulbs. It is a trace amount, 5mg per bulb. The danger from this quantity is very very low. In addition, our bulbs are contained within our devices which further reduce the possibility of breakage. Please see reports on the risks as well as cleaning instructions in the link provided below. Please refer to this site for more information:

  • Karen S.
    Karen S.
    1/25/2011 4:01 PM

    How are the Verilux lights different from other "daylight" light bulbs and "natural light" lamps like OTT lites? Do they all do the same thing as the Verilux ones?

  • Jason
    Jason – Special Guest
    1/25/2011 5:48 PM

    @Karen S.: The main difference between lamps with full spectrum light bulbs (which we also sell) and our HappyLight line of mood, energy and revitalization lights is the LUX that is delivered within a specified distance from the lamp. Our HappyLights our designed to deliver 6,000 to 10,000 LUX of simulated natural light to help with winter blues. Here is a link that discusses the needed elements for successful light therapy. The point on intensity is the most pertinent to your question.

  • JM
    1/25/2011 4:48 PM

    Does the Happylite specifically have 10,000 lux? Or does it depend upon the distance you sit from it. I couldn't find detailed lux on the webpage

  • Jason
    Jason – Special Guest
    1/25/2011 5:11 PM

    @JM: It is 10,000 LUX at 12-18 inches.

  • shan0133
    1/25/2011 8:47 PM

    Do you need to be staring right at the light or just 12-18 inches from it?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/26/2011 1:19 AM

    @shan0133: You don't want to be looking directly at the light as that could damage your eyes. Sitting in front of it and letting the light hit your eyes indirectly is how it is used.

  • Ima Deek
    Ima Deek
    1/25/2011 9:33 PM

    Winter blues doesn't play a part in my neck of the woods, but I can be a real "debbie downer" during that certain time of the month. Could these products help me with my overall mood?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/26/2011 1:22 AM

    @Ima Deek: I talked to a representative at Verilux and she said that there are no studies linking the usage of their lights to a specific change in mood caused by that time of the month.

  • MBC
    1/26/2011 12:41 PM

    Hi, I had once read that some light boxes emit UV light, which of course is harmful to eyes and skin. Any info an the amount of UV light this emits, if any?

    Thanks very much!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/26/2011 3:54 PM

    @MBC: It's good to know that there are no UV rays in these light bulbs.

  • becky
    1/26/2011 6:41 PM

    I have one of these that I bought about 2 weeks ago. I can already see an improvement. My questions is does this light increase your Vitamin D levels? I recently found out I was low in Vitamin D.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/26/2011 7:02 PM

    @becky: It's great to know that you are already feeling its benefits, thanks for sharing. This light does not increase Vitamin D levels. You need UV rays for Vitamin D and these lights do not emit UV rays.

  • Celeste M
    Celeste M
    11/3/2011 5:00 PM

    Although my daughter lives in sunny Los Angeles, she works in a windowless office all day and sometimes complains of feeling tired in the middle of the day. Do you recommend this product for office use such as this?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/3/2011 10:24 PM

    @Celeste M Jacobson: Absolutely! It could be just what she needs to beat the mid-day doldrums.

  • Maria
    11/15/2012 2:23 PM

    When will the Happy light be available for purchase? Currently, out of stock

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/15/2012 4:02 PM

    @Maria: Will be available in December.

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