The Best SAD Lights of 2018

the best sad lights 2018

Are you looking for a SAD Light to help you beat the winter blues? We researched the market and took a closer look at what we considered the best available SAD lights on the market today. We then tested and created in-depth reviews of each of these lamps and selected a top 10 as well as deciding our 2018 award winners.

A variety of devices are represented in our test, all with different sizes, lux outputs, features, build materials and stands. All the things you should consider before buying.

Whether you are looking for a lamp with the highest lux output for serious SAD sufferers, or something more portable that you can take with you on your travels, we have it covered.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank
Editors' Choice
#1
Top Buy
#2
#3
#4
Top Pick
#5
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Aurora LightPad - Brightest 10,000 LUX Light Therapy Available - Doctor Recommended
Circadian Optics Lumos 2.0 Light Therapy Lamp | Ultra Bright 10,000 Lux Full Spectrum LED Light (White)
Sphere Gadget Technologies Lightphoria, 10,000 Lux Energy Light Lamp
Philips Energy Light Therapy Lamp, Medical Grade Natural White Light with 3 Months Free Headspace Subscription, (HF3418/60)
Carex Day-Light Classic Bright Light Therapy Lamp - 10000 LUX - Sun Lamp Mood Light
Product

Aurora LightPad Mini

Lumos 2.0

Lightphoria

Philips HF3418/60

Day-Light Classic

Price
$179.77
$59.99
$175.00
$261.75
$92.99
Overall Rating
7.8
7.6
6.6
6.4
6.4
Pros
Outstanding lux output, small and portable, excellent warranty
Unique design, light can be shone from above, small and lightweight
good for travel, works on voltages, useful timer
Great looking, simple to use
Above the eye treatment, adjustable stand
Cons
Expensive, no timer
Average lux output, no time, limited warranty
Plastic feels cheap, light feels harsh on eyes
Too big for travel, average lux output
Bulky, no timer
Light Output
10,000 Lux @ 25 Inches
10,000 Lux @ 8 Inches
10,000 @ 12 inches
10,000 Lux @ 8 inches
10,000 Lux @ 12 inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
3 Brightness / 160 x LED
3 x Brightness / 60 x LEDs
3 x Brightness / 72 x LEDs
5 x Brightness / LEDs
3 x Brightness / 3 x 36w fluorescent tubes
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
None
None
None
Some
Warranty
7 Years
1 Year
1 Year
2 Years
5 Year
110-240V
Item Size
0.5″ x 7.5″ x 5.25″
1.5″ x 14″ x 3.5″
6″ x 6.5″ x 1″
4.4″ x 12.5″ x 16.3″
28.5″ x 16″ x 3″
Weight
0.56 lbs
1.5 lbs
0.99 lbs
4.4 lbs
6.6 lbs
Editors' Choice
Rank
#1
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Aurora LightPad - Brightest 10,000 LUX Light Therapy Available - Doctor Recommended
Product

Aurora LightPad Mini

Price
$179.77
Overall Rating
7.8
Full Review
Pros
Outstanding lux output, small and portable, excellent warranty
Cons
Expensive, no timer
Light Output
10,000 Lux @ 25 Inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
3 Brightness / 160 x LED
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
Warranty
7 Years
110-240V
Item Size
0.5″ x 7.5″ x 5.25″
Weight
0.56 lbs
Top Buy
Rank
#2
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Circadian Optics Lumos 2.0 Light Therapy Lamp | Ultra Bright 10,000 Lux Full Spectrum LED Light (White)
Product

Lumos 2.0

Price
$59.99
Overall Rating
7.6
Full Review
Pros
Unique design, light can be shone from above, small and lightweight
Cons
Average lux output, no time, limited warranty
Light Output
10,000 Lux @ 8 Inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
3 x Brightness / 60 x LEDs
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
Warranty
1 Year
110-240V
Item Size
1.5″ x 14″ x 3.5″
Weight
1.5 lbs
Rank
#3
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Sphere Gadget Technologies Lightphoria, 10,000 Lux Energy Light Lamp
Product

Lightphoria

Price
$175.00
Overall Rating
6.6
Full Review
Pros
good for travel, works on voltages, useful timer
Cons
Plastic feels cheap, light feels harsh on eyes
Light Output
10,000 @ 12 inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
3 x Brightness / 72 x LEDs
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
Warranty
1 Year
110-240V
Item Size
6″ x 6.5″ x 1″
Weight
0.99 lbs
Rank
#4
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Philips Energy Light Therapy Lamp, Medical Grade Natural White Light with 3 Months Free Headspace Subscription, (HF3418/60)
Product

Philips HF3418/60

Price
$261.75
Overall Rating
6.4
Full Review
Pros
Great looking, simple to use
Cons
Too big for travel, average lux output
Light Output
10,000 Lux @ 8 inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
5 x Brightness / LEDs
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
Warranty
2 Years
110-240V
Item Size
4.4″ x 12.5″ x 16.3″
Weight
4.4 lbs
Top Pick
Rank
#5
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Carex Day-Light Classic Bright Light Therapy Lamp - 10000 LUX - Sun Lamp Mood Light
Product

Day-Light Classic

Price
$92.99
Overall Rating
6.4
Full Review
Pros
Above the eye treatment, adjustable stand
Cons
Bulky, no timer
Light Output
10,000 Lux @ 12 inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
3 x Brightness / 3 x 36w fluorescent tubes
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
Some
Warranty
5 Year
110-240V
Item Size
28.5″ x 16″ x 3″
Weight
6.6 lbs

Rank
Top Pick
#6
#7
#8
#9
#10
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Circadian Optics Lumine Light Therapy Lamp | Ultra Bright 10,000 Lux Full Spectrum LED Light
Circadian Optics Lampu Light Therapy Lamp | Ultra Bright 10,000 Lux Full Spectrum LED Light [Designer Series]
Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp, 10,000 Lux of Bright Light White with Adjustable Lux Dial And Timer- 100% UV Free{2 Year Warranty Includes Bulb and Lamp}
NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary)
PureGuardian 10,000 LUX Full Spectrum Energy Light with Customizable Blue or White Light Therapy Intensity, Timer, Pure Guardian SPA50CA Energy Lamp (1 Pack)
Product

Lumine

Circadian Optics Lampu

Aura® Daylight

NatureBright SunTouch Plus

PureGuardian Energy Light

Price
$49.99
$64.99
$98.89
$49.99
$59.57
Overall Rating
6.4
6.4
6.4
6.2
6.2
Pros
Small footprint, affordable
Attractive circular design, Large lamp surface, Lightweight, Three brightness settings
Unique Lux adjustment dial, Built-in timer, Adjustable angle
Timer, Very Affordable, Ionizer and optional aromatherapy attachment (if that is of interest to you)
Two light colors, Good price, USB plug for device charging
Cons
limited stand, average lux output, short power cord
Large wall adapter, No timer, Angle isn’t adjustable, three brightness settings
Expensive replacement bulbs, 110v only
One brightness setting, 120 volts only, No angle or tilt adjustment, Pricey replacement bulbs
Can be noisy, limited warranty, average looks
Light Output (lux)
10,000 Lux @ 8 inches
10,000 Lux @ 8 Inches
10,000 @ 8 inches
10,000 Lux @ 12 Inches
10,000 @ 8 inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
3 x Brightness / 81 x LEDs
3 Brightness / 60 x LED
Variable / 1 x 36W CFL
1 Brightness / 4 x fluorescent tubes
3 Brightness / 2 colors / LED
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
None
None
None
None
Warranty
1 Year
1 Year
2 year
1 Year
1 Year
110-240V
Item Size
6.7″ x 3.9″ x 6.3″
4.8″ x 9″ x 8″
2″x 8″ x 14″
9″ x 6″ x 13″
6.75″ x 5.12″ x 9.5″
Weight
1 lb
2.3 lbs
2.2 lbs
4.2 lbs
1.28 lbs
Top Pick
Rank
#6
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Circadian Optics Lumine Light Therapy Lamp | Ultra Bright 10,000 Lux Full Spectrum LED Light
Product

Lumine

Price
$49.99
Overall Rating
6.4
Full Review
Pros
Small footprint, affordable
Cons
limited stand, average lux output, short power cord
Light Output (lux)
10,000 Lux @ 8 inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
3 x Brightness / 81 x LEDs
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
Warranty
1 Year
110-240V
Item Size
6.7″ x 3.9″ x 6.3″
Weight
1 lb
Rank
#7
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Circadian Optics Lampu Light Therapy Lamp | Ultra Bright 10,000 Lux Full Spectrum LED Light [Designer Series]
Product

Circadian Optics Lampu

Price
$64.99
Overall Rating
6.4
Full Review
Pros
Attractive circular design, Large lamp surface, Lightweight, Three brightness settings
Cons
Large wall adapter, No timer, Angle isn’t adjustable, three brightness settings
Light Output (lux)
10,000 Lux @ 8 Inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
3 Brightness / 60 x LED
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
Warranty
1 Year
110-240V
Item Size
4.8″ x 9″ x 8″
Weight
2.3 lbs
Rank
#8
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Aura Day Light Therapy Lamp, 10,000 Lux of Bright Light White with Adjustable Lux Dial And Timer- 100% UV Free{2 Year Warranty Includes Bulb and Lamp}
Product

Aura® Daylight

Price
$98.89
Overall Rating
6.4
Full Review
Pros
Unique Lux adjustment dial, Built-in timer, Adjustable angle
Cons
Expensive replacement bulbs, 110v only
Light Output (lux)
10,000 @ 8 inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
Variable / 1 x 36W CFL
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
Warranty
2 year
110-240V
Item Size
2″x 8″ x 14″
Weight
2.2 lbs
Rank
#9
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NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary)
Product

NatureBright SunTouch Plus

Price
$49.99
Overall Rating
6.2
Full Review
Pros
Timer, Very Affordable, Ionizer and optional aromatherapy attachment (if that is of interest to you)
Cons
One brightness setting, 120 volts only, No angle or tilt adjustment, Pricey replacement bulbs
Light Output (lux)
10,000 Lux @ 12 Inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
1 Brightness / 4 x fluorescent tubes
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
Warranty
1 Year
110-240V
Item Size
9″ x 6″ x 13″
Weight
4.2 lbs
Rank
#10
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PureGuardian 10,000 LUX Full Spectrum Energy Light with Customizable Blue or White Light Therapy Intensity, Timer, Pure Guardian SPA50CA Energy Lamp (1 Pack)
Product

PureGuardian Energy Light

Price
$59.57
Overall Rating
6.2
Full Review
Pros
Two light colors, Good price, USB plug for device charging
Cons
Can be noisy, limited warranty, average looks
Light Output (lux)
10,000 @ 8 inches
Light Settings/Bulbs
3 Brightness / 2 colors / LED
Projects Light from Above
Timer
Assembly Required
None
Warranty
1 Year
110-240V
Item Size
6.75″ x 5.12″ x 9.5″
Weight
1.28 lbs

Award Winners

Review by:
Ian Turner