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    Anyone use a light box over the winter months?

    Every winter i feel really low,long dark cold nights,I just hate the dreary days winter brings.
    Has anyone tried a lightbox and do they help? I read about them in a magazine some time ago

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    Shouldn't the question be:-

    Can Anyone afford to use a light box over the winter months?

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    dont know what that is :s lol

    I was tempted to buy a sunrise alarm clock to help me get up on the dark winter mornings.. anyone used one of those?

    i would be intrested in this to,

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    csiman;3097582

    Shouldn't the question be:-Can Anyone afford to use a light box over the … Shouldn't the question be:-Can Anyone afford to use a light box over the winter months?:)

    lol yes i guess so but if they work i would be tempted

    Don't buy a light box. We buy medical full spectrum daylight bulbs from fleabay, they're 32w but give out the equivalent of 150w of midday sunlight and fit in your existing lamp or light sockets. Plus they're only a tenner! :thumbsup:

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    Titchimp;3097602

    I was tempted to buy a sunrise alarm clock to help me get up on the dark … I was tempted to buy a sunrise alarm clock to help me get up on the dark winter mornings.. anyone used one of those?

    lol try a cockerel?:thumbsup:

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    SunTzu;3097629

    Don't buy a light box. We buy medical full spectrum daylight bulbs from … Don't buy a light box. We buy medical full spectrum daylight bulbs from fleabay, they're 32w but give out the equivalent of 150w of midday sunlight and fit in your existing lamp or light sockets. Plus they're only a tenner! :thumbsup:

    but do they make you feel less blue????:roll:

    Difficult to tell really. We don't use them as you would a light box, we just switch the normal bulbs in the lounge and dining room to these ones which gives a much nicer light than the horrible depressing yellow fluorescent look of normal energy saving bulbs.

    Light therapy has been shown to be effective in up to 85 per cent of diagnosed cases. That is, exposure, for up to four hours per day (average 1-2 hours) to very bright light, at least ten times the intensity of ordinary domestic lighting.

    Ordinary light bulbs and fittings are not strong enough. Average domestic or office lighting emits an intensity of 200-500 lux but the minimum dose, necessary to treat SAD is 2500 lux, The intensity of a bright summer day can be 100,000 lux!

    Light treatment should be used daily in Winter (and dull periods in summer) starting in early Autumn when the first symptoms appear. It consists of sitting two to three feet away from a specially designed light box, usually on a table, allowing the light to shine directly through the eyes.

    The user can carry out normal activity such as reading, working, eating and knitting while stationary in front of the box. It is not necessary to stare at the light although it has been proved safe.

    Treatment is usually effective within three or four days and the effect continues provided it is used every day. Tinted lenses, or any device that blocks the light to the retina of the eye, should not be worn,

    Some light boxes emit higher intensity of light, up to 10,000 lux, which can cut treatment time down to half an hour a day.

    Have you had a look at this site ?
    It's very helpful sada.org.uk/

    yes my mum uses a light box and loves it,hers is huge and funky looking she puts it on her kitchen wall so when she has to get up on the dark morning or whatever switches it on for about 20 mins and somehow it make her feel better not so grumpy and tired

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    Thanks for the link,hiring a box is an option,thats good to know

    might just have to give it a whirl and see how i get on

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    paulam;3098030

    yes my mum uses a light box and loves it,hers is huge and funky looking … yes my mum uses a light box and loves it,hers is huge and funky looking she puts it on her kitchen wall so when she has to get up on the dark morning or whatever switches it on for about 20 mins and somehow it make her feel better not so grumpy and tired

    where did she buy hers from?

    Mardyass;3098057

    where did she buy hers from?



    i cant ask her now cause shes in the dominican republic but im sure it was in a sunday magazine

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    paulam;3098104

    i cant ask her now cause shes in the dominican republic but im sure it … i cant ask her now cause shes in the dominican republic but im sure it was in a sunday magazine

    I came back from the dom rep last thursday,maybe thats why im missing the sunshine lol

    I have been thinking i may need one of these as i get really depressed about now
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