Philips GoLite P1 Blue Spectrum Light Therapy Device

 
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Feel better, faster with the goLITE p1 from Philips. This is the most effective light therapy device on the market today. The goLITE p1 is the result of more than 20 years of clinical studies from leading institutions such as the National Institute of Health, Harvard University, NASA, The Mayo Clinic, etc., on the effectiveness of light therapy. Light therapy is used to treat a variety of disorders relating to the body clock, or circadian rhythm. Exclusive Bluewave Technology has been clinically proven to be twice as effective as white light, and allows the goLITE p1 to be less than half as intense as other light therapy devices. Feel Better. Faster.

Winter blues got you down? Boost your mood, energy, and sleep with a blue-spectrum light therapy device from Apollo Health. For years the world's leading light therapy researchers and doctors have known that full-spectrum, 10,000 lux light boxes can be very effective at treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and other circadian rhythm related mood disorders. But there is something new in store for light therapy: blue spectrum. If you or a loved one is affected by these type of disorders, the Apollo Health GoLite P1 Blue Spectrum Light Therapy Device may help easy your suffering and improve your life.


The GoLite P1 uses blue-spectrum light to boost your mood, energy, and sleep. Detailed view.

This spectral graph shows that Apollo's Bluewave technology precisely matches the wavelengths (446 - 477 nm) that are most effective in treating seasonal disorders. View larger.

Bluewave LED technology produces the same amount of effective light as natural sunlight, eliciting a stronger and quicker response. View larger.
Widely acclaimed as the best-selling, most-recommended manufacturer of 10,000 lux light therapy boxes, Apollo Health has taken a technological step forward with the GoLite P1. Recently, researchers have discovered that a very specific range of blue light is, in fact, the most effective color (wavelength) in treating these disorders. After years of research, Apollo has released this patent-pending product that delivers only the most effective blue spectrum light. Utilizing only the most effective wavelengths, the GoLite P1 provides a more convenient treatment, and fewer side effects than traditional 10,000 lux full-spectrum light therapy devices.

The patent-pending Bluewave technology is the result of 10 years of research with medical universities and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Although other companies may tout the benefits of this new research, only Apollo Health participated in the actual trials. In fact, Apollo is the only company to produce lights that provide 100 percent of the effective blue light spectrum. Bluewave is the most important because it provides a higher effective response than most full spectrum light at one-tenth the intensity of a regular 10,000 lux light therapy device. This means light therapy is not only convenient, but easier on the eyes with fewer side effects. Because Bluewave is so effective, all of the Apollo Health Britewave products have also been upgraded with the new technology. It is clear: Bluewave is the light therapy technology of the future.

Apollo Health recommends keeping the GoLite P1 at 20-22 inches from your face. Once you are comfortable with using the device, you'll be ready to take advantage of the GoLite P1's fully programmable interface and advanced features. This light therapy device is equipped with an adjustable treatment timer with an automatic shut-down, a protective flip cover, long-lasting eye-safe LEDs, and an anti-glare diffuser lens. After you've established your personalized treatment schedule, the GoLite P1 will remember your personal settings. For your convenience, the GoLite P1 has a built-in clock and a backlit digital LCD display. And as the world's smallest light therapy device, the GoLite P1 weights less than one pound. This device is UL, CUL, and CE safety listed, EMF-free, UV-free, and comes equipped with a two-year limited warranty.

The following information regarding the use of GoLite P1 has been provided by Apollo Health:

In almost all conditions, less than one hour is sufficient to produce the desired effect. Exceeding one hour may increase the chances of producing too much serotonin. If you begin to feel too energetic, euphoric, agitated, nervous, jittery, etc., you will want to reduce the amount of time. If you are using antidepressant medication, you should discuss this with your doctor, as you may need to reduce the level of medication or the amount of light you receive.

Most problems with light therapy happen when light is used for more than an hour. Over the last 20 years, light has been proven to be very safe and effective with no long term side effects or ocular damage. However, just as with other safe medications such as aspirin, too much light can cause problems. If you stay under one hour of light at a time, you shouldn't experience any difficulties.


What's in the Box
GoLite P1 light therapy device, carrying case, international AC adapter, and warranty.

Features:
  • Light therapy device uses blue spectrum wavelengths
  • Effectively treats seasonal affective disorder and other circadian rhythm related mood disorders
  • Blue spectrum is the most effective color in treating these disorders
  • Lightweight and portable, weighs less than 1 pound, measures 6 inches by 6 inches; fully programmable interface and advanced features
  • Equipped with built-in digital timer, automatic shut-down, protective flip cover, long-lasting eye-safe LEDs, and more

Customer Reviews:

  • Feeling better
    I bought this light with the hope of feeling better through the winter. I also work a 12 hr night shift. I have been using the go light for a month now and my family and co-workers say they notice a considerable difference in moods and attitude. I have noticed a big difference also and don't feel so sluggish at night. This was a great purchase I should have done it years ago....more info
  • I got my life back!
    Having suffered from SADD since moving to the NW 6 years ago, I finally broke down and ordered this light therapy device. I am so glad I did. For 6 months out of the year I lacked energy, both physical and mental, felt depressed, could not get up in the morning, could not concentrate well or have good mental focus, even at work.
    I use the GoLite P2 for 15 - 20 minutes every morning. After just a few days, I began to improve drastically. More energy. Better mental focus. MUCH better mood. I feel I have my life back!
    ...more info
  • So far, so good
    I have used this light for just over a month now, and it has had some benefit for me. So far I have not seen any of the malfunction issues that were mentioned in other reviews. Yeah, it seems a bit expensive for a light, but it can be made up for pretty quickly in increased productivity after a reduction of symptoms....more info
  • THIS PRODUCT IS WELL MADE AND WORKS WELL
    I have been using the Apollo Health GoLite P1 Blue Spectrum Light to fight seasonal affective disorder for six weeks now. The product has worked flawlessly. The light is very intense, and the carrying case is very handy to get it back and forth from work.

    I have found it much easier to get out of bed in the morning, and I feel much more alert. It is also much easier to go to sleep at night.

    ...more info
  • Love the euphoria
    I was skeptical at first but then I noticed a consistent euphoria with continued use, and when I slacked off and didn't use for it for a few days, I noticed a difference. Right away I noticed after using it a few days I was more productive. The difference in errands getting done and just my general get up and go energy was night and day, pardon the pun. I haven't played with the fully programmable settings yet. I just hit power, check the timer and intensity, and leave it while I do my hair and makeup and such before work. Sometimes I take it to work with me and use it at the lower settings so as not to disturb co workers but I prefer the brightest setting. Some at work find it hypnotic and enticing. The AC adapter is durable so far and easy to plug in. No sunburn noticed as promised by the manufacturer. I like how you can adjust the timer with just a button press--easy. The automatic shut-down is one of its best features, one less thing to do before I sail out the door for work. I like the protective front flip cover; very reassuring to know the light surface won't mar or scratch, that the light will always be its brightest. Weighs so little I have taken it to work only to forget it was in my bag. The model I bought doesn't appear to be battery operated. I recommend springing for that. With the anti-glare diffuser lens even at the brightest setting after some initial adjustment I don't feel like it's glaring at me. Can't figure out how to change the clock. Didn't need the carrying case but it does come with one. ...more info
  • It really works!!!
    APOLLO HEALTH GOLITE P1 BLUE SPECTRUM LIGHT THERAPY

    Apollo Health GoLite P1 Therapeutic Lamp with Clock and Timer

    GUARANTEED 100% AUTHENTIC APOLLO HEALTH GOLITE P1!

    INCLUDES TWO (2) APOLLO LIGHT RESEARCH ARCHIVES RESEARCH PAPERS:

    1 - Treating Chronobiologic Sleep & Mood Disorders with Bright Light

    2 - Begginning to See the Light

    Blue Spectrum Light Therapy

    Sleep Better....Wake Refreshed...Have More Energy..Improve your Mood

    BLUEWAVE delivers the most advanced treatment available, so you'll feel better fast! This unit provides 100% of the recommended blue light for maximum benefit.

    Save and comfortable to use. BLUEWAVE is less intense than traditional light therapy devices, for more comfort. And, it produces no damaging ultraviolet light - so it's safe to use.

    Get your Energy Boost - Naturally!

    Uses long-lasting LED technology for years of trouble-free operation. The alarm & Auto-On features will remind you when it's time to start your treatment. And, the built-in digital timer includes an automatic shutdown.

    The Golite comes with an internal Li-Ion battery pack. It is charged with the AC/DC adapter/charger that is included. The first charge should be for about 8 hrs and should last for 3-5 treatment sessions. After the first charge, subsequent charges should take about 3 hours.

    A/C power adapter/charger is included.




    PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS

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    The GoLite therapeutic lamp is the latest evolution in light therapy technology, delivering effective bluewave light necessary for treating the Winter Blues. The GoLite can boost energy, improve your mood (especially during the fall & winter months), and help you overcome sleep problems. People also use the GoLite to counter the effects of shift work and jet lag, to keep the body clock in synch. This P1 model is fully programmable with a clock and timer!

    Learn more about The GoLite P1 BLUEWAVE Therapeutic Lamp below:

    Features:

    Seen on SheFinds.com
    Golite therapeutic lamp
    Built in clock and timer
    Fully programmable
    Adjustable intensity
    Bluewave technology
    20 - 22" treatment distance
    Long lasting eye safe LED bulbs
    Anti-glare diffuser lens
    Protective flip cover
    UV free
    100% recommended blue light
    Electro-magnetic field free
    These lights have been published in nearly 100 medical journal articles and they are the product of 20 years of extensive research and clinical study


    Specifications :


    Complies with ACGIH/ICNRIP ocular safety standards
    U.L., CUL, CE safety listed
    Overall dimensions: 6" H x 6" W x 2" D


    About Therapeutic Lighting

    Today, therapeutic lighting is becoming more and more popular amongst medical experts and consumers for its clinically proven efficiency in treating psychological illnesses such as Seasonal Affective Disorder and Depression. Here are some scholarly articles that analize and discuss the irresistible healing qualities of therapeutic lighting.

    About Apollo Health:

    Since 1987, Apollo has worked with the National Institute of Health and several universities to determine the most effective light for treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Circadian Rhythm and related mood disorders. The culmination of this research combines specific wavelengths, intensity and timing to produce a much quicker and stronger response than standard 10,000 lux, full-spectrum light.

    Few doubt the advantages of newer lighting technology over standard fluorescent lighting developed decades ago. Apollo has engineered the world's first full-spectrum, 10,000-lux lightbox that produces 100% of the right kind of light. Most traditional light boxes don't produce enough of this action spectrum to be really effective. Apollo's BRITEWAVE? Technology is engineered to bring the benefits of this new research to the 10,000-lux world. It has 50% more of this effective bandwidth (460-485 nm) than our previous best-selling light at the same treatment distance.

    Patent-pending BLUEWAVE? is the result of ten years of research with medical universities and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Other companies may tout the benefits of this new research. Only Apollo has participated in this research and we are the only company to produce lights that are twice as effective at shifting circadian rhythms and suppressing melatonin when compared to 10,000 lux and white LEDs.

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    Winter blues got you down? Boost your mood, energy, and sleep with a blue-spectrum light therapy device from Apollo Health. For years the world's leading light therapy researchers and doctors have known that full-spectrum, 10,000 lux light boxes can be very effective at treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and other circadian rhythm related mood disorders. But there is something new in store for light therapy: blue spectrum. If you or a loved one is affected by these type of disorders, the Apollo Health GoLite P1 Blue Spectrum Light Therapy Device may help ease your suffering and improve your life.

    Product Features
    Light therapy device uses blue spectrum wavelengths
    Effectively treats seasonal affective disorder and other circadian rhythm related mood disorders
    Blue spectrum is the most effective color in treating these disorders
    Lightweight and portable, weighs less than 1 pound, measures 6 inches by 6 inches; fully programmable interface and advanced features
    Equipped with built-in digital timer, automatic shut-down, protective flip cover, long-lasting eye-safe LEDs, and
    ...more info
  • small and great....
    I'm still trying to figure out the best method for using it in my life -- if I use it too late in the morning I've noticed I get a bit manic! So, I'm working with the schedule of it all, but I really really like the light. I was a bit leary because it is so small compared to traditional light boxes -- It's about the size of a portable cd player -- but WOW it works. I'm very happy and very happy I ordered via Amazon. I've recommended it to a few friends. ...more info
  • PIECE OF JUNK!!!!
    Apollo Health GoLite P1 review

    I received one of these lights as a gift.

    First, it is nothing but a bunch of cheap blue leds with a timmer built in. The product is flimsy and poorly designed. The controls are not clear and just a pain to operate. This unit is way to overpriced.

    This product broke (just turned off and stopped working). The warranty department put the blame on me (I did nothing but use it correctly), and I am not sure they will even fix/replace it. (I owned it for 1 month, with a SUPPOSED 2 year warranty)

    I would suggest a standard non-apollo light for such uses. If you really want a blue light for this use, just get a blue light of the same color, led or non. A bunch of blue LED keychain lights would work better and be cheaper than this product....more info
  • Compact Light Therapy
    The light is a very compact Light system for those who need light therapy. I took the test available on Phillips web site and found that my circadian rhythm was off and that light therapy might be of help. The result was a schedule of therapy that would slowly reset my cycle. It is a bit early but it does appear to be of help.

    The light I selected does not have a built in battery but one is available if desired. I have twice needed to use therapy when I was not home and I used an inverter in the car to give me 120 vac power for the light....more info
  • Best decision I ever made!
    I was told about this kind of lightbox years ago by a counselor and did a little research before purchasing. I ended up buying (at that time, an older version of) this one for work and a stronger (10K lux) version (Apollo Health Sun Touch Plus Light Therapy Device) for home. Soon after it changed my life, I re-sold it to a colleague and bought myself this newer one. This model is plug-in, and is substantially less expensive than the battery kind. The timer and intensity settings are easy and convenient. This machine has drastically improved my experience in the fall and winter months, as well as on rainy or cloudy days when I feel like I haven't woken up even by two in the afternoon, regardless of caffeine intake. I no longer feel like crawling into bed by 5pm between October and March. I think better. I sleep better. I have better energy and concentration, and as a public school teacher those are essential. I keep it on my desk at work right next to my computer screen and let it shine on my face. That's IT! With its help, I can stay up 'til 10pm or later and sleep until 6am, wake and turn on the second version I have next to my bed to help me get going in the morning. I even do yoga in front of it once in a while. Six of my fellow teachers now have something like it! ...more info
  • blue light is a hazzard
    According to the Macular Degeneration organization (MDsupport.org) , blue light causes harm to the eyes. There is a large amout of info on this hazzard on the internet....more info
  • fell short of my expectations
    I bought this product after reading the rave reviews about it. Truth is that it never seem to do anything for my depression. I ended up returning the product and that in itself was a long process because there are some rules u must follow when u buy things third party like amazon. Read the return policies and inform yourself before buying any of this. Good luck....more info
  • Does more than work on retina of the eye.
    Very effective light box. It does more than work on the retina of the eye though. Try this - sit with legs crossed wearing a hooded jacket (no skin contact to the light), put the light on timer behind you so you never see the light directly. You will get the same effect as with the light on the table and peripheral vision. So what's it work on? The aura/magnetic field? Could be! (They used to think the Earth was flat after all. I wouldn't want to be one of those in these modern times.)

    This light box is a bit flimsy however. I can see how it could break easily, the base particularly. Still, for what it does the price is OK. Just treat it with tender loving care. One other thing, the LED readout is very small. You have to have a bright light on it to read it. The upside to the small LED is you get more retina charge having to look close.

    Helps me with my sleep cycle and balancing out the emotional aspect. I guess you could call that getting rid of moodiness. It will help with sleep in such a way where all of a sudden you're asleep and the next minute it's morning. Pretty amazing. If you're in a position where you have to be up and can't get much sleep, like 1 or 2 hours, this unit helps A LOT for getting through the day balanced and calm. That's amazing too. It's a very good light box, but I haven't tried any others. I'll give it a 4 1/2, rounded up....more info
  • Won Over A Skeptic
    I was very skeptical about this light making any significant difference for me during the winter months when I notice my depression seems worse and my meds don't seem as effective. I'm won over. I noticed a difference after just a couple of days of use. I was less irritable, felt less lethargic, and more energetic. I would recommend this product to people who find they have symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)....more info
  • Satisfied so far
    The product arrived quickly. What I received is what I expected. Setup and program configuration is simple. I have not used it long enough to attest to it's healing properties yet, but I have noticed I can sit at my desk downstairs and complete my household finances and whatever studying I need to now. Before I just could not sit still long enough....more info
  • '... and then there was light."
    If you find it hard to get to sleep at a reasonable hour, wake up grumpy, or
    feel down/gray, THIS IS THE PRODUCT THAT TOOK IT ALL AWAY for me.

    I went to school in Upstate New York, and suffered through very long, cold, gray winters and felt like hell. Twenty odd years later, my winter blues had turned extremely painful, and I booked a vacation hoping it would keep my spirits up: no such luck.

    Researched and decided rather quickly that a portable light that touted itself as the most effective wavelength could work for me.

    I was going to sleep about 3-4 am and waking up at 10:30-11 am.

    The very next day, I woke up (without a clock) earlier than I have in decades, refreshed, and it's only gotten better. This morning I was awakened by a mischievious teenager at 6:30 am AND I WASN'T UPSET!!!

    Everyone I have talked to wants one and apparently suffers from the same set of symptoms.

    I should add that I am also taking St. John's Wort, but the sleep cycle was changed only after I started to use the light.

    I recommend it highly.
    ...more info
  • Miracle in a small box!
    For a couple years I was suffering from severe sleep disturbances (was extremely tired, falling asleep at the wheel and at the dinner table, waking up at 2-3 am daily, being very irritable) and tried literally everything to get back into a normal sleep rhythm. The only time I was able to sleep ok. was when we were on vacation in a place with plenty of sunlight (we live in Seattle). Finally I consulted a sleep specialist who told me my problems could be related to a number of things but that I should try out the Apollo GoLite for a while to see if perhaps by Circadian Rhythm was off (related to Seasonal Affective Disorder).
    I ordered the GoLite from Amazon, read all the instructions and went to the www.ApolloHealth.com where I took a questionnaire related to my sleeping problems. The results of that questionnaire told me that my Circadian Rhythm was off by 6 hours. I learned exactly when to turn on the light, for how long, etc. The results were immediate and nothing short of a miracle. Within one week I was able to go to bed at 10 pm and wake up refreshed by 5.30 am. I can now read a book in bed without falling asleep, in fact I read with the light in front of me and I look forward to using the light (sense of well-being and euphoria, as mentioned by others).
    When I tried to get by without using the GoLite for a few days I was waking up again at 2.30 am. This thing really works! I've been using it now for 3 months and have not had a problem with its quality....more info
  • Pleased with the product
    I use this light on cloudy days. It seems to help me get the day more easily. It comes in a nice carrying case, which I will be sure to utilize next time I visit my mom in Michigan. It's easy to program, or they even have a model with a simple on/off switch. I sent that one to my mom, who likes it too. Great for those of us who are impacted by sunlight deprivation!...more info
  • Wow...first LED burned out on the FIRST morning of use
    So...I just got my GoLite from UPS yesterday. I had originally ordered it from Amazon, but after reading the reviews about LEDs burning out I canceled my order and placed one with Costco's as they accept in-store returns for online orders.

    And good thing I did, because today is the first morning I'm using this thing and one of the LEDs just turned off about 10 minutes into the cycle. It kind of came back on and off for a little while before just giving up and staying off. =(

    There are some serious quality control issues going on here because no product should be breaking this quickly!!! I had only tested it last night for maybe 3 minutes (when it first got here), so that's 13 minutes of total runtime before my first LED burnout.

    I haven't had enough time to see if it's effective but even if it is effective it's completely ridiculous to have your product break so quickly. To be honest the price is also a little ridiculous for what amounts to a grid of blue colored LEDs connected to a timer and a $5 clock.
    And you can't even set it to turn on at a specific time-you can only set it to run for a specific amount of time.

    Oh well, off it goes for a return =(...more info
  • Gadzooks - It really works.
    In less than a week after starting treatments with the goLite, I was back on schedule - waking up and not wanting to sleep more, getting tired at bedtime. ...more info
  • Best Light Therapy Device I've Found...
    I sought out this lamp specifically for help with SAD. I noticed that I felt better, uplifted, within 15 minutes of use every time. This is the best light therapy lamp I have ever used. I've had this lamp for 30 days. I've used it everyday. I started out using it in 15 minute increments up to 2.5 hours per day. The manufacturer only suggests 15-30 minutes, but I have had a good experience using the lamp this way.

    You can adjust the light intensity and I would actually recommend using it at 10% the first time, and work your way up to 100%. I usually use the lamp at 10% in the mornings and 100% in the afternoons. I like to use this lamp while either watching tv or working on my computer. I've reduced my usage to 1 hour per day in 30 minute increments. I find that I don't need the lamp as much as I did when I first got it, and I've been feeling better consistently.

    As a note of caution, sometimes I experienced very slight nausea when I used the lamp upon awakening without eating. That has always disappeared as soon as I turned the lamp off. Otherwise, I never experienced any side effects.

    This lamp is not helpful for tasking, i.e. reading, sewing or working on a computer. If you are looking for a tasking lamp, this is not the one. For tasking I got the BlueMax by Full Spectrum Solutions - excellent lamp! And, a nice supplement to the GoLite.

    I would highly recommend this lamp for use with SAD. I have found other lamps "helpful" with SAD, but this lamp is EFFECTIVE with SAD.

    The only thing I would like to change about this lamp, is it would be nice if it could operate from batteries recessed within the lamp, i.e. for travel. A battery pack is available as an accessory, but the lamp itself does not hold batteries.

    TrueSun had the best price for $182 for this lamp, opposed to Apollo Health at $250. Nice people, and helpful....more info
  • Natural Sunshine
    A review that I read before purchasing this item was to give it time (not just a couple of days) for it to work - and it does. I feel the elevation in my mood which only makes me look forward to doing it each day....more info
  • Wow...first LED burned out on the FIRST morning of use
    So...I just got my GoLite from UPS yesterday. I had originally ordered it from Amazon, but after reading the reviews about LEDs burning out I canceled my order and placed one with Costco's as they accept in-store returns for online orders.

    And good thing I did, because today is the first morning I'm using this thing and one of the LEDs just turned off about 10 minutes into the cycle. It kind of came back on and off for a little while before just giving up and staying off. =(

    There are some serious quality control issues going on here because no product should be breaking this quickly!!! I had only tested it last night for maybe 3 minutes (when it first got here), so that's 13 minutes of total runtime before my first LED burnout.

    I haven't had enough time to see if it's effective but even if it is effective it's completely ridiculous to have your product break so quickly. To be honest the price is also a little ridiculous for what amounts to a grid of blue colored LEDs connected to a timer and a $5 clock.
    And you can't even set it to turn on at a specific time-you can only set it to run for a specific amount of time.

    Oh well, off it goes for a return =(...more info
  • changed my winter life
    I just have to speak up and counter the "flimsy" reviews. I'm starting my 5th winter using this light. No burnout or breakage yet. I use it 30 minutes every day 8 months of the year. Before discovering the golite, I experienced crushing fatigue and depression during these "winter" months. With it, I have plenty of energy all day long. My response to any problem is always to obsessively read research. All the viable research I have encountered shows "blue light" to be the most effective treatment for SAD. BTW, it's not just a tinted lightbulb, it's the specific portion of the light spectrum that controls melatonin and seratonin. If you experience winter depression, I cannot recommend the golite highly enough....more info
  • You will no longer need anti-depressants!
    Wow, what an incredible difference this light has made in my life. You know when you have one of the days when you wake up in a mood? You sit in front of this light for 30 minutes and your mind is transformed.

    I was looking for an alternate to taking medication for my mood swings and mild depression due to menopause and this is truly the answer. This blue light therapy has made an incredible difference in the way I am able to function. ...more info
  • So Glad I Chose This One!
    Very well made, like a product from Apple Computer. Amazon has a low price for a product that gives benefits worth many times its cost. It's a blessing....more info
  • S.A.D. and AMD
    The Blue light is the only thing that has helped me have a normal life for the last two years. I used the bright lites starting in 1996 and they helped a bit but nothing like this device.
    I went to the sites described by some reviewers here. These sites do expound that this blue light may affect AMD. This includes the bright lights and also the sun - it is not limited to this device. To get the same therapeutic affect with the bright lights and the sun I would need several hours more a day so the total blue light would be the same. I read Rosenthal's new book and I do not believe he checked into the lights much as he dismisses them off-hand.
    I have no choice but to use the blue light. Before I bought mine I suffered suicidal depression, an inability to have coherent speech, and a affect on my body where the slightest effort was not worth it. The bright lights diminished this affect but the blue light eliminated it, except for a bit of lethargy in the dark winters.
    There are many medications out there that cause complications if the user is not carefull and maybe the blue light is one of them. Even the medication alternatives to light therapy cause problems. I can not go back to the way I felt prior to this product and will not. I will limit my light time to 30 minutes as recommended by the manufacturer. This is after all a medical device and as such should only be used by people who suffer S.A.D.
    A note: I bought another blue light as a gift for a non-sighted friend and she is absolutely thrilled with it. Her depression is gone and her creativity is back. The blue light does not work on the sight receptors. She can not get AMD....more info
  • Great product.
    This product is really great. Small and easy to use, results are phenominal when used properly. ...more info
  • Quality product, but...
    ...it didn't actually do anything for me. I gave up on it after a few weeks. I have not actually been diagnosed with SAD, so take my experience for what it's worth. The product itself is well made and was easy to operate. If it worked for me, I would probably have preferred a battery operated unit, but they were quite a bit more money....more info
  • Like a sunny day
    I love this thing. I swear it makes you feel like you are outside on a beautiful spring day. I have no idea how. It just makes you feel better and more awake. I never remember to use it, but I love it when I do.

    Just to note, I don't normally gush over products, but if you have SAD and don't want to deal with drugs, then I highly recommend this. ...more info
  • Apollo Light P1
    The P1 is amazing! I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder living in N.E. Indiana, and the P1 is something I can carry with me from room to room as well as take it with me very conveniently when traveling as it also helps with jet lag. This is an amazing product!...more info
  • Can't Believe How Much My Life Has Changed
    To cut to the chase: I experienced 10+ years of chronic insomnia and a whole host of psychological problems as a result. I saw several therapists and was always upfront about my insomnia with doctors, but few--if any--suggested that my erratic sleep patterns could actually be causing my problems; most presumed that my difficulties with sleep stemmed from whatever other underlying problems I had and all suggested medications.

    I moved from Northern U.S. locales to California for a brief 2 years, and found that my sleep problems all but disappeared. Surprisingly, so did my depressive episodes, which had previously rendered me incapable of sustaining work or school for very long without serious interruptions.

    In moving back East, I decided to do more research on sleep and take matters into my own hands. I liked having a regular and natural sleep schedule, and did not want to have to medicate myself to get that result.

    After taking the circadian rhythm test on Apollo's website, I realized that I might be experiencing delayed circadian rhythms. I bought the Apollo Health GoLite P1 Blue Spectrum Light Therapy Device after a lot of research about the many products on the market.

    I'm glad that I didn't listen to the few negative reviews on Amazon: this light has changed my life. I feel instantly awake when I'm using it and more focused afterwards. Sleep is no longer a major problem in my life (at this point, anyway, but hopefully long-term, too!) and I managed to get through my first winter back without any recurrence of my depression.

    I would (and do!) absolutely recommend this product, though I would also suggest getting a book on SAD ("Winter Blues, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder" is a great one, though I can't remember the author's name) and also taking the circadian rhythm test on Apollo's website, since there are many ways to use the light and if you are not using it correctly, apparently you can throw your body off even more.

    I have used the light faithfully (at 80% power for 55 minutes per day) for the last 3 months, and it has never shown any sign of burning out or breaking down.

    I know that this review is long, but I just can't emphasize enough how much this light has helped me.

    Good luck!...more info
  • VERY worthwhile investment in finding relief from SAD.
    I have to say, I was pretty skeptical about purchasing this. I've been affected by SAD - primarily in the form of sluggishness and lack of motivation - for as long as I can remember, and before I even knew what SAD even was. I'd never really done any research into how to treat the problem until last winter, when my energy was at an all-time low and I was having trouble just staying awake during the afternoon. I looked into various light-therapy options, and the GoLite seemed to have a good deal of scientific evidence to back up its claims. I really wasn't willing to spend $180 on something that would end up in the trash in a month, so I did a fair amount of homework trying to determine whether this was a legitimate treatment option or something out of a "miracle cure" infomercial. The Apollo website has some great information on how the GoLite works with your body's daily rhythms and also offers you the ability to plug in your own specific sleep/wake profile - which in turn tells you how to best use the light to meet your needs. Even with all of that info, I was still leery - but I decided to give it a try anyway.

    To my relief and, frankly, amazement, the light delivered on its promises. I followed the schedule recommended for my profile, and within about 2 to 3 days started noticing a real boost in my energy level - particularly during the afternoon, which had been my real "blah" time. I used the light daily for the better part of last winter and started up with it again this fall, and it really has done wonders. The unit seems to be well made, is easy to use, and is nice and compact. Whether the light will work for others may depend upon the individual, but my experience with the GoLite has been excellent, and I would highly recommend to others who suffer from SAD. I don't write many product reviews, but I felt this one was truly worth sharing. Hope that helps....more info
  • 15 years of insomnia & DSPS comes to an end.
    Before you read my review, it is imperative that you understand the reviewer. I am about the biggest skeptic when it comes to these kinds of devices, so believe me when I say this has fixed my life.

    As someone who has suffered from chronic insomnia and DSPS (delayed sleep phase syndrome) for most of his life, I can tell you that I've followed every suggestion posted on the Internet. All the teas, exercise routines, etc..

    I even took OTC medications for years (no prescription), but they didn't really help the root issue--my sleeping disorder.

    I ordered this item from Costco online for $135 shipped and taxed and after using it for a couple of days, I immediately saw the results. I actually felt TIRED at night and began sleeping within minutes, instead of hours before.

    After months of usage, my sleeping routine has been fixed. Instead of sleeping at 4 AM, I now easily fall asleep at 11 or later, if I choose.

    I do wake up in the middle of the night for a few minutes, but promptly fall back asleep.

    If I could rate this product a 10/5, I would....more info
  • Got my life back!
    I bought this on impulse--after feeling lousy for several years, and noticing that winters were worse than summers. After years of treatment by a slew of doctors, I figured this might help a little bit and at least it wasn't more pills to take. Within a couple of days I was waking up, with energy, in the morning with my family, not two or three hours later--which always happened once the winter months set in. Once I was up, I was able to get things done, not just crawl back in bed under the covers and watch TV and nap most of the day. No one could believe the change in me--so drastic and so quick!

    I grew up in sunny Southern California and my winter illnesses started shortly after we moved to Seattle. Since then we moved to the East Coast and it's been problematic here as well. I would have terrible months with no relief from migraines and "chronic fatigue" (what the doctors say when they can't figure out what is wrong). Lately I had noticed I would start feeling a little better in the spring and summer. Since I dealt with the SAD and did some other treatments for the migraines, this past summer I was able to put the GoLite away and had my best health in years! But as soon as the days got short, my energy fell rapidly and my family had to remind me to use the light box again. If I skip a few days because of early-morning events or a short trip, I notice it.

    I start with 30 minutes a day, but once I get going on a good schedule, I can often go down to 20 minutes until I slack off the schedule for a while, and then have to start back at 30 and work myself down. I put my GoLite on my computer desk and use it in the mornings when I check email and read articles online.

    I've tied a 20" piece of string on to the cord connector so I can easily pull the string towards my face to make sure I'm at the optimal distance from the box. ...more info
  • Two recent clinical studies confirm: blue light can damage eye cell DNA.
    We've all heard that ultraviolet light can damage our eyes and skin. But, as this ScienCentral News video reports,there's more evidence that blue light (400 - 500nm) can damage our eyes.

    "Blue light is the most energetic portion of the visible light spectrum," says ophthalmologist Bernard Godley, of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest in Dallas.

    "It's less energetic than UV radiation but it also has the ability to penetrate into tissue and cause cellular damage."

    Godley, working with an international team of researchers, has shown that chronic exposure to blue light damages retina cells in the lab -- the same cells involved in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness untreatable vision loss and legal blindness in the U.S. for people over the age of 60.


    "The type of damage that we're seeing in the Petri dish... could very well be occurring in macular degeneration," says Godley.

    Godley and his colleagues reported in The Journal of Biological Chemistry that blue light alone can damage the power houses of the retina cells, called mitochondria, and in particular the DNA of these energy-producing structures, suggesting that any cells exposed to visible light -- including skin cells -- may sustain damage.

    The researchers exposed cultured retina cells to blue light for up to six hours in the lab. Compared to cells that had been kept in the dark, they saw a loss of mitochondrial activity in the illuminated cells after only 6 hours and this loss became greater with increasing time.

    Using a genetic technique called polymerase chain reaction they found that light exposure significantly damaged the DNA of the mitochondria after three hours, but by six hours the body's natural DNA repair process had kicked in, reducing the amount of damage.

    "We confirmed that these changes, this damage, was caused by free radicals, which were generated by the mitochondria themselves. Evidence suggests that these changes may play a role in cellular aging, and in age-related diseases such as macular degeneration," says Godley, suggesting that, "blue light may contribute to the aging process."

    AMD, which has robbed more than 10 million Americans of some or all of their vision, causes the deterioration of the cells in the center of the paper-thin, light-sensitive retina at back of the eye -- the macula -- that focuses the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve to the brain. This results in the progressive loss of central vision, affecting a person's ability to read, drive, recognize faces or colors, and generally see objects in fine detail.

    In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision, and currently available treatments can delay, and sometimes prevent, the progression of the disease, leaving the person with some vision, but there is no cure


    ...more info
  • Very Impressed
    This is a very intuitive device to use. Simple. Programmable. Daily use involves simply hitting the on button - pre set settings means it runs automatically. Effect is clear within days. Read up on light therapy. I chose this one because it was featured in the Mayo clinic article on the subject. Very pleased....more info
  • Apollo Health GoLite P1 Blue Spectrum Light Therapy Device
    The light was excellent to use, much better than the older larger light boxes. However after less than two months of operation it stopped working and I had to return it....more info
  • Bright, compact, and durable
    This light is quite bright, casting light sky blue (ie the blue you see when you stare away from the sun on a sunny day).

    It's much more compact and convenient than the bulb unit I used to use, which did not fit well on my desk and was generally obtrusive. Certainly you couldn't travel with it (the GoLite comes with a travel pouch and can run on batteries, optionally).

    A nice testament to the GoLite's quality is that I have several times knocked it off of my desk onto a tile floor and it still works perfectly. The seams where parts join are still tightly sealed (something I wish I could say of my cell phone) and the hinged cover is just fine.


    ...more info
  • Highly effective when used correctly
    This wonderful little light is more effective than either of my larger full spectrum therapeutic lights, and so much more convenient to use. But of course like other therapeutic lights it needs the correct dose and timing to work effectively, so if you don't have a clinical diagnosis I highly recommend seeing your doctor first....more info
  • Great product, great service
    I'm so happy I bought the Golite; my mood is great during the fall and winter now that I use it regularly. Apollo Health strongly suggests following their instructions for the time you're to use the light, as determined online by your submitting information - but I find that the more I use the product at work, the better its apparent effect.

    The Golite is well constructed (I have no idea what other reviewers are talking about in terms of its alleged shoddy construction), and the zipcase that's included is very handy for carrying the Golite around. Customer service is great; I didn't have my instruction manual around and needed to adjust the time on the display, and so emailed customer service using the address on Apollo Health's website -- and within all over maybe 4 hours, I received a response that included a PDF of the instruction manual and specific instruction on adjusting the time (you hold down the "Light" and "Timer" buttons at the same time and then press the plus/minus buttons). Great service - I'm impressed and very happy with my purchase....more info
  • So Glad I Chose This One!
    Very well made, like a product from Apple Computer. Amazon has a low price for a product that gives benefits worth many times its cost. It's a blessing....more info
  • Great product!
    The Apollo Health GoLite is a great product for people who have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I have been using it now for a few weeks and I love it. It works and I have had a significant difference in mood.. of course for the better! I recommend this for anyone who is looking for a uplifting feeling! ...more info
  • Not a panacea, but helps change your body clock
    Not a kid, just anonymous:

    Two years ago I moved from an apartment with significant light exposure from the south, to a narrow northern exposure. In the old apartment, I got hyper in summer; in this apartment, I'm never hyper, and am very sluggish of a winter morning.

    The box arrived on time and was very lightweight. More than half of it was empty, with a cardboard divider to fill up room. More than half of the remainder was a black cloth bag (the "travel case") and the rest was the device, sized like a portable CD player but lighter. The manual mostly said to go to the manufacturer's website, where you can use the device's serial number to log in and fill out a personalized questionnaire that calculates your current circadian rhythm, your desired rhythm, and a recommended usage schedule to shift the former to the latter.

    It did help me shift my schedule almost two hours earlier, but I don't have any more energy than I used to, and certainly no feelings of euphoria or improved mood, at the schedule that was recommended for me (30-45 minutes at 90% intensity). If anything, it's just two more hours in the morning for me to feel really tired during. It's a LOT easier for me to fall asleep now, but I find myself having a lot more dreams than I did before, and most of them are nightmares. Also, the glare of the lights gives me a headache, so it's hard to use a computer during the treatment (instead, I write in a notebook).

    I like it, and will continue to use it or lend it to slug-a-bed friends.

    A side note: as an engineer I don't understand how an array of blue LEDs can retail for more than $50. The profit margins on this thing must be incredible....more info
  • Did Not Work
    I ordered this light and tried it for three days. The first two days, I had difficulty getting the light to turn on. The third day, I could not get the light to turn on at all. I even had my husband read the directions and try to turn it on. He too could not get it to work. I returned the light to Amazon for a refund. From reading other reviews, I am not alone, this product has a lemon ever so often - buyers beware!...more info
  • Actually, no stars! Buyer Beware! this light could damage your eyes!
    My previous review was rejected, to many URL references I expect, however I will try again. My star rating is inaccurate as well. My actual rating would be NO STARS!
    I purchased one of these little devices based on online reviews the and info on the Apollo website. Luckily, on Amazon's recommendation I also purchased the book, Winter Blues, at the same time, and luckily as well, I decided to read the book before using the device.
    Acording to Dr. Rosenthal, who is the author of Winter Blues, these blue light devices have not as yet been as thoroughly tested as the white light and there is some concern about their affect on ones eyes, a possible connection with Macular Degeration. (please click on the comment button in M2 review to see more valuable information on this subject.)
    So, my advice is order Dr. Rosenthal's book and read it first. Then make your decision as to whether to go with the thoroughly researched white light devices or go with this cute little device. My decision was to return the M2 and get one of the white lite products. I give the book a 5 star rating. ...more info
  • Poorly built
    I really wish I could share a great story about how the light therapy has changed my life. Unfortunately the only thing I learned about light therapy over the last couple of weeks is that most of the cost must be in research. For this price, you would think that you had something that was well built. My guess is that soldering connections are done poorly.

    The first unit I received worked for about 5 minutes. That is how long the batter must have lasted from the factory charge because when I plugged the charger in, nothing happened. I cheked the charger with a voltmeter and it was working, so the issue was an internal connection.

    The second unit worked for about 20 minutes before all the lights begain to flicker. If you tapped it, they would come back on, but after a few times, they were just all gone.

    The product comes with a two year warrantee, but nobody wants something that is going to have to be sent back every other week....more info

 

 
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