Winter can be a hard time for everybody. With colder temperatures and fewer hours of daylight, our energy is not always in abundance. It’s an even tougher time, though, if you experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or seasonal depression.
Other than getting outside, one of the most popular remedies recommended to help curb the effects of SAD is light therapy. It simulates natural sunlight and triggers mood boosters in your brain. This is especially powerful during winter because natural sunlight is limited.
Light therapy lamps are really accessible and can help improve your mood even if you don’t have SAD but are still experiencing winter blues. (And yes, those two things are different. SAD is clinical depression that occurs in cycles while the winter blues are normal mood swings affected by the season and weather.) Just make sure your light delivers 10,000 lux
We found a few light therapy lamps, or happy lights as they’re sometimes called, on sale right now at Amazon. We still have a couple months of winter left, so grab one now to keep your spirits up until spring.
This lamp offers three brightness levels and two hues of bright white light (try saying that five times fast). It takes on a tablet shape with the light panel measuring at 5 x 8 inches. This larger size ensures that the light fully reaches your face and eyes, which is necessary to get the full effect. The Verilux HappyLight VT32 is on sale for $49.95, down from $79.95.
I got this small lamp for Christmas and I have been loving it. It’s little, but it’s super powerful. My roommate walked by my room and thought the sun was blasting through my window on a cloudy day when I had this light on. It has three brightness settings and a memory function that remembers at which brightness level you had it set the last time the lamp was on. This Miroco light is $10 off, dropping its price to $29.99.
This lamp is neat because it features a timer function that allows you to set intervals from 10 to 60 minutes and the light will automatically shut off. This tablet-style lamp has three brightness levels and a foldable bracket stand, so it’s easy to transport wherever you need some light therapy. The lamp is currently $25 off, making it $34.99.
This option is super thin and has small bezels, with the light panel making up most of the surface. It has adjustable brightness and a 30-minute timer. The bracket stand is foldable and rotates so you can set up the light in both landscape and portrait modes. Normally $49.99, this lamp is on sale for $35.99.
This light panel has three adjustable brightness settings and a timer that ranges from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. It also has a foldable bracket to make transportation easier. This TaoTronics lamp is usually $29.99, but with a discount and clipped coupon it’s on sale for $20.58.