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November 13, 2018
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Light Therapy Lamp

About the Therapy Lamp

The therapy lamps are located at both Acton and Georgetown branches are free to use at your own discretion on a first-come, first-served basis.You can turn on the lamp and enjoy the benefits of light therapy for 20-30 minutes while you read a book, a magazine, or use your computer.

What is a Therapy Lamp?

The fall and winter months in Canada tend to lack sunshine, which can affect the way we feel. Seasonal mood changes can include lower energy levels, irritability, and an inability to sleep.

Light therapy lamps can help alleviate this “gloominess” by mimicking the natural, outdoor sunlight we receive during the spring and summer.

The Canadian Mental Health Association believes this type of light causes a chemical change in the brain that lifts your mood and eases winter blahs.

How Does it Work?

Our light therapy lamp provides 10,000 lux of diffuse, UV-blocked, full spectrum light at a distance of up to 12 inches. By comparison, average indoor lighting provides about 300-500 lux, and the outdoor sunlight on a sunny summer’s day is about 100,000 lux!

Using the Light Therapy Lamp

  1. Take a seat about two feet away from the lamp.
  2. Turn on the lamp. Do not stare directly into the light.*
  3. Adjust the lamp to suit your position. The lamp head should be angled at about 30° from vertical and your face should be aligned with the approximate center of the lamp.
  4. Read or work in front of the lamp for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Turn off the lamp when done.

* See Light therapy safety for more safety information.

Light Therapy Safety

Light therapy is generally safe and side effects are rare, but it is not for everyone.

Halton Hills Public Library is not liable for health issues related to use of the light therapy lamp.

Physician Approval

Please talk to your doctor before starting light therapy, particularly if:

• You have a condition that makes your skin especially sensitive to light

• You take medications that increase your sensitivity to sunlight, such as certain antibiotics, anti-inflammatories or the herbal supplement St. John's Wort

• You have an eye condition that makes your eyes vulnerable to light damage

• You have bipolar or another mood disorder

 Resources

 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

 • Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder

 • Light therapy appears effective for general depression treatment, study shows

 Huffington Post

 • 10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Light Therapy