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Philips Health GoLite M2 Blue Spectrum Light Hope or Hype

Author: Phillips Golight

Your body clock affects your mood, energy and sleep, and it's found next to the middle of your brain. This is the hub that tells you when to be on the lookout, awake, sleeping, and it uses illumination to control your sleep, mood, and energy cycles. If you tussle with these cycles, your body clock may not be replying correctly to normal light signals. The good news is that you can direct your body clock. When your body clock doesn't get the right type of light, it can make you feel knackered and moody. But the right luminosity at the right moment will reset your mood, sleep and energy cycles, so you can sleep great and feel great through waking hours. The M2 is straightforward to use and most people notice a change in just some days. Your frame of mind and energy levels will perk up, and you'll like sleeping again.

I recently upgraded to the M2, but I first bought the Apollo P1 many winters ago, and it works wonders for me. I snooze well now, and I have energy during the day, not to mention improved temper strength.

Just ignore it! I am a physicist and the blue light that the Philips goLITE M2 emits is part of the plain spectrum. Remember that blue light isn't right next to the UV range. Blue is next to violet, and violet is next to UV. Furthermore, the people that target this product appear to dismiss the fact that a regular ten thousand lux light box produces the same amount of blue light as these lights do, therefore they might be just as "dangerous." And there has not been any eye damage found from using those. Since all white light contains blue light, are we supposed to be worried about turning on our lights around the house? It is obsurd.

Remember doses as you consider all this. The studies submit subjects to an intensely intense quantity of light for a long period of time.

Do not be scared off. Bear in mind that there was absolutely no sign that using these lights therapeutically causes any eye injury. Rather the contrary, I would presume that my body is much healthier for having used them.

Science is made slowly through a web of studies, not some random study that's deformed by those misinformed and used to scare the public.

Now, on to the M2.. Both models are little and lightweight, and i have had no trouble with eyestrain ( using 100% power ). I can simply write or work on the computer, or eat breakfast, while I am using the lights.

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-It is cordless, so you can take it anywhere around the house or some place else and do not have to worry about finding an outlet.

I don't believe this adds any inconvenience , however , as it is still plenty light.

I don't actually see a lot of functional differences between the two models besides this. I like the cordless because I can move the GoLITE to wherever I'm working at the time and don't have to carry a rope around or try to find a place to plug it in. So, if you don't mind having to plug it in, then save yourself some money and get a used P1. LEDs last for all time so you won't need to stress about the lights burning out.

as far as gauging the employment of light treatment generally, i have found it to be awfully useful to me. I employ it mostly in the fall and spring when the sunset / dawn times are changing the most ( I live at the 45th parallel ). My body clock appears to get thrown off by the rapid change. I will also use it at other times in the year if I'm having insomnia or depression. I find Apollo's assessment site very helpful. I have never had it be wrong. It's usually helped me get back on a good circadian rhythm.

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10 Responses to Light Therapy Devices

  1. John says:

    what is the next 5 years projected market growth for light therapy devices used at home for wrinkle reduction?

    • Mukunda M says:

      I found the response below from a board certified dermatologist to a question asked on about the effectiveness of IPL and LED treatments for wrinkle reduction.
      This was one of several responses from dermatologists and plastic surgeons that were critical of the claims being made for the treatment. In a survey by 50% of those who had undergone the treatment carried out by dermatologists for wrinkle reduction said they were unhappy with the result. So devices used at home are going to fare less well.

      Answer by Bryan K. Chen, MD
      Board Certified Dermatologist
      “Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a broadband light device that delivers a spectrum of wavelengths that treat red spots (blood vessels), brown spots (sun spots) and sun-damaged skin. Results/effects are usually very obvious.

      Gentlewaves is an example of an LED photomodulating device that emits a 590 nm wavelength yellow light at a low level. Some studies suggest that exposure to the LED light can hasten the reduction of redness for example, after treatment with the IPL. Some claim that the LED can treat sun-damaged skin and fine wrinkles. Unless someone can convince me otherwise, I tend to believe that the LED does little, if anything for sun-damaged skin and fine wrinkles, based on a recent study that concluded there was no objective improvement in photoaging with use of the device. LED light may be beneficial for individuals with rosacea/sensitive skin, but I don’t believe there is enough supporting data to make any recommendations in this regard.”

      Mukunda M.

  2. Cheryl S says:

    Can someone please recommend a light therapy box/lamp for seasonal affective disorder(SAD)?
    Can someone please recommend (first hand knowledge please) a light therapy box/lamp, that I can use on my desk while I’m working? I’m struggling terribly this winter with what I believe to be SAD. My sister recommends tanning, but I have very fair skin and have heard this causes skin cancer.

    Anyway, I’ve heard some light therapy devices emit a bad odor. I am very sensitive to smells, so this would be a problem for me.

    I’d like a unit for under $150 but would be willing to pay more for one with a great recommendation.


  3. r_l_h_959 says:

    What is the best and most affordable light therapy device?
    What is the best and most affordable light therapy device?

    I have been looking at Philps Go Lite 1 but they are around 145.00 that’s a lot of money for a device that I don’t know if it will work or not. I see that Philips has or had a GO Lite 2 but it must be discontinued as it’s not available except on E Bay where it is NOT guaranteed.

    Please help me with if a light therapy device has worked for you and which one you prefer.

    • ehtoday says:

      i bought from a place i think it’s called caribbean light box? or something like that.
      the website seems slightly sketchy but their product is really good.
      it’s potent, not super expensive. it doesn’t what it does it’s also pretty nice.

      light boxes are extremely easy to make, anyone with some hand skill and electric skills can make one,
      so having a fancy one really isn’t important at all.

  4. VKY says:

    Light therapy for facial rejuvenation. Does it work?
    Anyone tried red/blue light therapy at home using handheld device for wrinkles/acne. Does it work? I don’t like to use creams. Creams makes my skin breakout.

    • chapped lips says:

      Many manufacturers produce “photo-facial” units for the purpose of rejuvenating the face with light. In many cases these units do produce positive results, such as improved blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and wrinkle reduction. There is one serious drawback to these devices, however. Most of them only produce red or infrared light. Red or infrared can be highly beneficial for some skin types, and can produce rapid symptomatic changes. It is not for everyone, however. Clients have markedly different skin types and bodily constitutions. Just as red light can rejuvenate some skin types, it can prematurely age others. This “one-size-fits-all” approach to facial rejuvenation is very limited, and can be dangerous.

  5. Jim M says:

    Have you (as a person or a mental health professional for a client) ever tried light therapy for depression?
    Did it work? What product did you use (brand and model if possible)? I’m going through major depression (on medication and seeing a therapist) and I just came across these full spectrum lamps that are believed to help alleviate SAD (Seasonal Affective Depression) symptoms. I’m wondering if these would help me even if I’m not suffering from SAD (I think my depression was a result of an extended highly-stressful period in my life and it could also be partially genetic since other family members have experienced / are experiencing it (two sisters.) Do you think that this light therapy device (Apollo Health GoLite P1 Blue Spectrum Light Therapy Device) is the best in the market since it’s one of the most expensive (if not the most expensive) out threre?

    • Carolina Sunshine says:

      I am not a professional but my physician also told me I needed at least 30 minutes of sunlight a day. I suffer from depression and chronic fatigue syndrome and it seems to get worse in the winter. I am house bound most of the time and do not get enough light.

      I am not familiar with the specific light you mentioned. However, I asked my doctor about light alternatives Of course she would prefer that I get natural sun light. She did agree that anything from a small UV Light for the face would help. I asked about a suntan bed and she even agreed to that. I am aware that using too much, espcially a tanning bed, can cause more harm than good. But, this is where we have to use good judgement.

      I know of several people who have depression, chronic fatigue and fibromalgia that use these lights in different forms including the tanning bed and have had good results. I have not decided if I will get what you are talking about or the tanning bed. I realize that is to the extreme but with my fibromalgia the heat would help my entire body as well.

      I am not certain but there are some insurance companies that will pay for your type light with a doctors prescription. If you have not checked this out, you may want to consider it.
      I would love to know how it works for you becasue I cannot decide either. If I do not get the tanning bed, I am getting some type of light thearpy. It certainly cannot hurt and I believe it would be better than the lamp or even the light we get in our house through the glass.

      In fact I live on a lake in a house with too many windows and glass. However, the doctors says that light is too filtered and will not help unless I sat in front of a window all day every day. My house has lots of windows and doors and gets plenty of sunlight, so I cannot see how a lamp coming on early could help? I am not a professional but I do not believe that theory would work either??

      Hope this will help in some way even though I am not a Pro.

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