Being tested in a British school, Philips' blue-tinted light wakes kids up and makes them perform better. In fact, previous tests have found that when the blue light is switched on, hyperactivity falls by 77 per cent; reading speed increases by 35 per cent and the number of errors actually fell by 45 per cent. (taken from Gizmodo)
The phrase " hyperactivity falls by 77 percent " jumped off the page at us and I immediately started to research blue light. We figured that if there was something out there that could help mellow Aiden's hyperactivity we needed it asap. Obviously we couldn't install blue lighting in the school but we figured there had to be a home version we could use.
On the Philips site I found the goLITE BLU Energy Light and it said it helps to fight the winter blues and increases alertness.
As most of you know Aiden has Autism and ADHD and struggles with a lot more than just hyperactivity. He struggles with anxiety and mood swings and generally feeling bad. The goLITE BLU could potentially help with all of those things. I just knew we had to try it!
I researched it a bit more and found out that light therapy could actually really help our whole family! So I contacted Philips and asked if I could review it. ( I love blogging! )
They were awesome and sent me the goLITE BLU Energy Light so I could try it out with Aiden and the rest of our family.
Philips goLITE BLU Plus energy light, the number-one energy light sold worldwide, is clinically proven to naturally boost your mood and energy and fight winter blues in as little as 15 minutes a day. Featuring breakthrough Bluewave technology, goLITE BLU Plus provides the blue light you need to naturally boost your mood and energy whatever the season. This deluxe energy light is rechargeable and features an easy-to-use touch screen and a digital backlit clock with timer for convenient use. And thanks to its lightweight, portable design, the goLITE BLU Plus can go wherever you need it--at home, in the office, or on the go.
An Official Light Therapy Product of the National Sleep Foundation
Philips and the National Sleep Foundation are working together to help people understand the effects of light on overall wellbeing. Learn more about sleep health and how to work with your natural sleep and wake-up patterns to feel more energetic throughout the day with the sleep education guide, "Managing Light for Better Sleep," from the experts at the National Sleep Foundation. Each Philips light therapy product comes with a free copy of the guide.Together, Philips and the National Sleep Foundation are helping you to sleep smart, wake smart, and live smart.
Treat Winter Blues Naturally
Scientific research has shown that the natural rhythms of our bodies are regulated by light. In the winter, our exposure to sunlight is reduced, especially in northern areas. For some individuals, this reduction in sunlight exposure can result in a mood disorder commonly known as the winter blues, which is manifested by reduced energy, low moods, and disrupted sleep patterns.
Research has also shown that as little as 15 minutes of light therapy each day can significantly reduce symptoms of the winter blues. The Philips goLITE BLU Plus energy light effectively mimics the natural patterns and spectrum of sunlight that our bodies need most, providing a natural way to fight winter blues.
Advanced Bluewave Technology
Philips goLITE BLU Plus uses Bluewave technology to boost mood and energy levels and help fight winter blues. With Bluewave technology, goLITE BLU Plus is smaller in size and less intense than traditional white boxes. The goLITE BLU Plus also features a wider field of light than other light boxes and is uniquely angled to shine at your eyes. This means you can work, watch TV, read, or eat meals while using goLITE BLU without having to sit close and directly in front of it.
Easy-to-Use Touch Screen and Digital Backlit Clock with Timer
Philips goLITE BLU Plus features an easy-to-use touch screen and a digital backlit clock with timer. You can set goLITE BLU Plus to turn on at a specified time each day and for a specific duration--from 1 to 60 minutes. Or you can turn it on whenever you need energizing light therapy. Use the touch screen to adjust the light intensity to your particular brightness needs.
Philips goLITE BLU Plus is compact, unobtrusive, and portable. And because the light box is powered by a rechargeable battery (included), and because it comes with a protective case, it is easy to take wherever you need it. A battery indicator lets you know when it is time to recharge the unit.
The goLITE BLU Plus is backed by a two-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Philips HF3332 goLITE BLU Plus energy light with rechargeable battery, protective case, National Sleep Foundation sleep education guide, and instruction guide.
You can watch a great video about it HERE.
We have used the goLITE BLU regularly with both Aiden and I for the past month.
I honestly don't know if it helped Aiden at school since I am not there but I definitely noticed some changes at home. Aiden seemed calmer and happier after each 15 minute "dose" of light. He was not a huge fan of the light itself so I kept it to 15 minutes and had to be careful where I placed it. If it was off to his side he didn't mind it but if it was too much in his line of sight he would move his head away from it to get out of the light.
I found the easiest time to use it with Aiden was first thing in the morning while he was watching TV. Many times he didn't even notice I had put it on.
December is a hard month to really test anything out because of the chaos of Christmas holidays so we are going to continue trying it with Aiden and add Owen and Doug into the experiment this month.
I can definitely say it improved his mood though and that is a wonderful thing.
I also used the goLITE BLU for myself almost daily over the last month and it certainly has an affect on me! It is really easy to use- I just set it up on my desk and have it on while I am on the computer. I have been playing with the amount of time I use it for and what time of day I use it at to see what helps the most.
I took the free online assessment at www.lighttherapy.com to help me figure out the best schedule and used it mostly in the morning. I noticed an almost instant mood improvement. I am not exaggerating. After the first few days of regular use there was an obvious improvement in my mood.
As most of you know we live in Northwestern Ontario and in the middle of our very long winter it is dark. Today the official sunrise was at 8:08 am and the sunset will be at 4:26 pm. It is also -20 degrees Celsius ( -4 F ). Put those two factors together and we just don't get a whole lot of sunlight.
My family doctor once told me that he suspected 80% of our town's population had some form of seasonal mood disorder so we all take vitamin D in an attempt to combat our sunlight deficiencies but I really think our whole family has some of the winter blues in varying degrees.
The goLITE BLU has helped me fight the winter blues and there is no doubt in my mind that with regular use it would help everyone.
I also noticed that I was able to focus better. The goLITE BLU dissipated that lack-of-sleep induced fog that is so common to us moms.
As for the increased energy? Well, several times after I finished my "dose" I would actually get up and start cleaning the house.
I hate cleaning.
So I think we can safely assume it helps on that front too.
This is a great product and I am really pleased with it!
I admit that I find the display screen and controls a little confusing though. I am not sure what I would do if I lost the manual! At one point I managed to turn the alarm on without knowing it and at 10:17 am every day it went off until I finally figured out how to turn it off for good. I am sure my husband would not have these difficulties though!
Oh, and I should mention that my husband and my sons all think the magnetized little stand thing is really cool. I love that it is portable and rechargeable. Great features.
Thanks so much to Philips for sending me the goLITE BLU plus to review! It is fabulous!