Christmas is over, it’s cold outside, and we all go back to work on Wednesday. If those aren’t reasons enough to induce a bit of winter blues, the fall back to standard time and seasonal short days will cause it! I’ve always suffered from winter blues, a form of SAD: seasonal affective disorder. Though I’ve never been officially diagnosed, each winter brings me a decrease in energy, a touch of depression, and a lack of interest in my normal activities. Verilux offers a variety of full spectrum lamps to help users combat the winter blues and for the past few weeks I’ve been trying their HappyLight Liberty VT20.
The HappyLight Liberty VT20 is designed to mimic natural light and compensate for those short, winter days and features:
- A broad field of 10,000 LUX
- Interchangeable High-Energy and Comfort Optix® Glare-Control Lenses
- High-Low Intensity Control
- Natural Spectrum® Illumination
The lamp’s compact design ( 12.5” H x 6.25” W x 4” D ) and 2 pound weight allow me to keep it on my desk without taking up too much space.
The HappyLight Liberty VT20 can also be wall-mounted.
Verilux recommends using HappyLight for 30 minutes to and hour per day. Since I sleep as late as the kids will let me, what I really miss is daylight in the evenings. When the sun is setting at 4:30PM I start feeling lazy and gloomy. Hubs arrives home about that time so he watched the kids while I work at my desk for about an hour with the HappyLight on. It’s my little way of pretending we are still on daylight savings time.
I prefer to use the comfort lens on high-intensity setting.
So far I’ve noticed an increase in energy and productivity in the evenings. Activities don’t stop just because it’s dark at 5:00 and the HappyLight Liberty VT20 helps me stay productive. It also chases away that little rain cloud that seems to appear over my head in the late afternoon. Winter blues get lost!
As a side note, I also use my HappyLight for photography. It isn’t designed for this purpose, but since the light is natural spectrum I’ll switch it on in the office and point it toward our large living room window. It mimics light coming in from the windows in the office and gives my indoor food shots a little boost.
Disclosure: I received a HappyLight Liberty VT20 in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.