The Science of the Low-Intensity Lo-LIGHT Lamp
In the early 1990s researchers at Sunnex Biotechnologies proposed that the wavelength or color of the light was as important as the intensity for light therapy to be effective. After testing different colors, it was determined that the intensity of light used for light therapy could be reduced by over 90% by selecting the visible light wavelengths provided by the GreenLIGHT technology - wavelengths between 500 and 505 nm.
The technology used in Lo-LIGHT lamps was first presented at a scientific conference, the annual meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, by Dr. A.J. Lewy, the originator of "bright light" therapy. He showed that low intensity GreenLIGHT was as effective as high intensity "bright" white light in shifting human circadian physiology. Since then, several studies by leading authorities in light therapy have confirmed this.
GreenLIGHT vs Blue Light
Studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the low-intensity GreenLIGHT
technology stand in stark contrast to studies that find increasing the proportion of blue light is of no benefit for light therapy.
The advantages of GreenLIGHT over blue light therapy
A major study confirming the lack of superiority of blue light wavelengths in light therapy was published by
Science. The reason this study is so significant is because several authors of this study were responsible for the studies
that led to the widespread misconception that blue light would be more effective than white light for light therapy.
More on Harvard study confirming lack of benefit of blue light for light therapy.
Confirmed by Leading Researchers
Lo-LIGHT lamps were determined to be the "best phototherapeutic device" in studies by the U.S. Air Force and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). The senior author of the study, Jo Arendt, a leading authority and pioneer in light therapy research, was principal investigator of the first published studies on spectral sensitivity of human circadian rhythms in 2001. See Ref
These independent studies found Sunnex Biotechnologies' Lo-LIGHT therapy lamps are highly effective and comfortable to use. Lo-LIGHT lamps do not emit blue light and therefore do not pose a hazard to the user's vison like high intensity "bright light" or "blue light" therapy lamps.
Harvard's Department of Sleep Medicine has recognized that Lo-LIGHT lamps are the optimal light source for regulating human circadian rhythms. MORE on National Space Biomedical Research Institute project for NASA and the European Space Agency
Low-intensity Lo-LIGHT therapy lamps have been highly effective in clinical studies on the treatment of non-seasonal major depression and bipolar depression, as well as for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). MORE
Research groups have demonstrated that 300 lux of
GreenLIGHT from a Lo-LIGHT lamp has the same effect
as 10,000 lux of white light from a bright light therapy lamp. Unlike 'bright light' or 'blue light' therapy lamps,
low-intensity Lo-LIGHT lamps cannot harm the retina or contribute
to the development of AMD.
Light therapy and retinal damage