On Sat, 08 Nov 2003 14:17:49 +0000, email@example.com wrote:
This can be unwise to do without proper medical information and
without a correct specification from MIL's clinician.
I personally know a number of people in the Nordic countries with this
problem. There the incidence of Seasonal Affective Disorder is quite
common because of the low light levels and short days during the
There are a number of issues:
- While lightbox therapy is well known and effective for some
patients, it isn't for all.
- The light levels, times and spectrum required are important. The
high light levels often required could cause eye damage if the
equipment is not built correctly or the right number and type of lamps
used, and the correct distances observed.
- Unfortunately this market seems to attract a large number of snake
oil manufacturers offering all kinds of products and making all sorts
of claims for them. This includes items to put in your own box.
So.... I wouldn't trust anything that you find on the web with a
search, but would start with getting a product recommendation from the
medically qualified person treating MIL.
Then if it makes economic sense, consider replicating that exactly.
Otherwise, it is possible that you will make something ineffective or
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I can't see how it would be dangerous to stare at a pleasantly bright light
for a few hours a day.
I have SAD (and hate the abbreviation) but it didn't work for me personally
even though I had a SAD approved unit.
I've been using a couple of 'daylight simulation' compact flourescent
bulbs. These are a much bluer white than usual. They are usually sold
for crafts and hobbies that need accurate colour rendition.
www.daylightcompany.co.uk are the manufacturer
is where I purchased mine from as they were somewhat cheaper 8-)
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