Verilux HappyLight Liberty 5K Review

Verilux HappyLight Liberty Personal, Portable Natural Spectrum Energy LampLight name: HappyLight Liberty 5K

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Brand: Verilux

Product Type: SAD Light

Price: $39.95 at the time of writing. For the current price click here

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Overall Recommendation

The smallest light in the Verilux range with an excellent price to make it well worth your consideration. Although small in size, it only has one position available and we found it a little too bulky to be considered for travel. The 5000 Lux output mean longer treatment times are necessary to gain the same effectiveness as other models and thus we would consider this more of an aid than a proper treatment. for those with severe SAD

It is well reviewed on with over 400 reviews at an average rating of 4.4 stars although I suspect most of the reviews come from more casual users. We think it is better to spend a little more for a higher output model.

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Verilux is a manufacturer based in Vermont and was originally founded in 1956. A prolific manufacturer of light therapy lights, they have many different options in their range. They look to provide environmentally friendly lighting solutions to improve their customers quality of life and well being.

Look and Design.

Although the companies promotional materials tout this lamp lamp as being highly portable we found that the unit is small but not highly portable. The unit feels kind of chunky due to its 3 inch depth. It would be easily stored away when not in use but we wouldn’t recommend it for travelling. The light does look nice and is lightweight.

The Verilux HappyLight Liberty stand is built in and has no way to change its position or angle. This is irritating as the light only shines straight ahead which means you need to place it on something in order to get it shining into your eyes.

There is one switch on the unit, an on/off switch which is located on the back of the unit and is easily accessible.

As with most of these lights, the manual is a small affair with just the basic information in it.

Setup and Ease of use

The unit is powered via the mains and we found the power cord it comes with slightly too short. There is nothing to attach, you simply plug it in and press the on/off switch to turn on the HappyLight.


With a claimed Lux output of 5000 at around 8 inches distance from your eyes this light is not on par with the most of the lights designed for treating SAD. 8 Inches is a very short distance to have a light from your face and you would need to spend a large amount of time under this lamp to meet doctors recommendations. We also note that the bulb needs approximately 5 minutes to achieve full brightness which is a negative.

The colour of the light is a nice bright white and is comfortable to be in front. We wouldn’t recommend this for people looking for a light to treat SAD however for general use, perhaps as a reading light we think this is an excellent choice.

After extended use we noticed that the plastic was getting warm. Although we don’t think this is a problem, if you plan to use it and then carry it with you this should be noted.


No extra features on this basic model. Just a on/off switch on the back of the unit. A lack of a timer is frustrating and as mentioned earlier the stand doesn’t have any form of adjustment.


This cost of this light is a very good at $39.95 including shipping. This puts it right at the bottom end of the market and is a price that will rarely be matched, however its lack of features and build quality means that we feel it is priced about right but do not consider it particularly good value for money.

[xrr rating=80%] Verilux HappyLight Liberty 5K
Brand Verilux
Lux 5,000
Distance From Body For Claimed Lux 8″
Bulb Type 1 x 26w CFL
Size 6.3 x 3 x 7.4 inches
Weight 1.5 pounds
  • UV Filter
  • Relatively Compact size
  • Flicker free ballast
  • 10,000 hour bulb life
  • 110v
  • 1 Year warranty
Price $39.95 For the current price click here

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