Sunshine and daylight are essential to our wellbeing. The right type of light, at the right time, keeps us fit, healthy and energized.
Find out more about how light and light therapy from Philips can help.
Experiencing low energy and mood levels in autumn and winter?
In countries with long winters, many people experience loss of energy and low spirits due to a lack of light; it’s known as winter blues.
About 1-3 % also suffer from low spirits and winter depression, which is also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Want to wake up naturally, so you feel energized when you do?
In the darker months of autumn and winter many people have difficulties waking up, and still feel sleepy once they have.
Sunlight has a positive effect on us: in the summer we wake up with more energy and are generally in a better mood. Philips Wake-up Light aims to recreate this type of light.
Feel lacking in energy and need a boost at certain times of day?
Many people regularly experience energy dips throughout the day. They feel they should sleep for much longer than their lives and lifestyles allow. The most common time to feel an energy dip is after lunch. Philips Light Therapy and energy light products can be used to overcome tiredness and energy dips throughout the day.
Need help establishing good, regular sleep patterns?
People feel best if they are well rested and in harmony with their own natural rhythm. Regular exchange of light and dark environments throughout each 24-hour period is an important influence on our sleeping and waking pattern.
Need to fight jet lag when you’re travelling across time zones?
The number of time zones you travel corresponds to the hours your body clock has to shift. If you’re only travelling a few time zones, one day’s preparation is enough. Add a day of light therapy for each additional two time zones.
When you travel east, you are recommended to start using the goLITE BLU energy light in the morning two to three days before you leave.
Using the goLITE BLU energy light for 30–45 minutes helps your body to get ready for the change in its body clock.
Combining this with getting up and going to bed earlier before your trip will have an impact on a possible jet lag. Add some doses of the goLITE BLU energy light during mid-morning when you arrive for an extra energy lift.
Most people’s body clocks adjust more easily to later time zones. This means travelling west has far less of an impact on our internal body clocks. Over long distances, light therapy can help with jet lag and boost energy levels.
If you’re travelling across more than three time zones, the goLITE BLU energy light can help jet lag. It gives you the energy boost you need after a long-haul flight.
Travelling west means you should only need one day of preparation, with an extra day for each three time zones.
When you arrive at your destination, try to stay awake till your normal bedtime for the first few days of your trip.
If your trip is very short you may want to keep your sleep schedule as close as possible to how it is at home. It’s also good to keep when you eat similar to what you’re used to.
If you stay for more than a few days, you may actually want to shift your body clock to the new time zone. This will help you sleep better. Plus, you’re more alert and energetic when you need to be.
Special blue light is effective for adjusting biological clocks, so a goLITE BLU energy light can help you adapt your rhythm to the new time zone.
One of the best strategies to combat jet lag is to shift your body clock a day or two before you leave. Because it’s compact and portable, it’s easy to take a goLITE BLU with you and use it at your destination.
Artificial lighting means we can make our days last as long as we want. Caught up in the fast pace of modern life, often people’s days spill over into their evenings. Delaying bedtime and sacrificing their sleep, because of work or school commitments the next day.
Not getting enough rest has an impact on how we function in our day-to-day lives. Often it’s only during the weekend that we can catch up on our sleep.
Reducing the amount of light during the few hours running up to bedtime, along with using a wake-up light early in the morning, can both help getting to sleep at the right time. It also helps improve alertness and energy at the start of the day.
It’s possible to achieve a good balance between resting and being active by maintaining a regular lifestyle without too much variation in bedtimes. Sufficient light exposure during the day, low light exposure during the evening, and darkness during the night contribute to your health.
Philips EnergyLight products provide the right sort and amount of light to help you enhance and maintain regular sleep habits. Regular morning usage of Philips EnergyLight and/or Philips goLITE gives you a direct feeling of getting more energy, and on the long term brings your natural rhythm and your lifestyle in harmony.
Energy Light offers the comfort, intensity and quality of natural daylight and is fully adjustable, depending on what you need and when.
It has been clinically proven that waking up gradually with light wakes you up with more energy and improves day-to-day wellbeing. Our body receives the soft light signals and reacts by starting the wake-up process. These signals gently prepare us for the morning and day ahead, helping us feel fresh and energized.
Through the extensive work we’ve done with leading light therapy experts, we’ve found that waking up with a soft, rising light improves wellbeing and makes it much easier to get up in the morning.
The Philips Wake-up Light is inspired by nature's sunrise. Light gradually increases 30 minutes before your alarm. This sends a signal to your body to start waking up, for a truly natural wake-up light experience. At the time you set, a natural sound starts playing to accompany your waking up experience.
You can help overcome morning tiredness by being exposed to bright light. You get that energy lift, just when you need it. It’s also helpful to avoid bright light exposure in the evening, particularly cold, blue-rich light, which can delay sleep and may result in increased tiredness in the morning.
The afternoon energy dip is a common phenomenon in daily energy levels. Taking a walk in the fresh air, a healthy diet and the right amount of quality sleep can all help reduce the afternoon dip. Being exposed to bright light throughout the day can help to energize.
Philips Wake-up Light can help with waking up and reducing how long it takes to get going in the morning.
If you use Philips EnergyLight and goLITE BLU light therapy straight after waking up on a workday, your body will get an even stronger signal and energy boost. We recommend energy light when there’s a difference of several hours between when you would ideally want to wake up and when you actually need to. Using EnergyLight regularly will help the problem.
Philips EnergyLight and goLITE BLU can be used throughout the day to increase your energy level and counteract tiredness.
You can reduce the effects of winter blues by increasing the levels of light you get during the day, through light therapy, or by taking a sunny holiday during the darker months.
Getting outside also helps. However, the clouds often stop enough sun getting through to help reduce symptoms. It’s essential to receive the right quality and intensity of light to overcome winter blues.
Philips EnergyLight products provide the right sort and amount of light to improve your mood and energy levels during the darker months. You can use them comfortably and conveniently at home or at work.
You can take a light therapy bath at any time during the day, though it's preferable to use it in the morning. A light therapy bath is not recommended in the evening or during the night. It could disturb sleep and affect energy levels the following day.
Philips has done extensive research with leading light therapy experts into the effects of light, so we can ensure our light therapy products are clinically proven.
Inspired by nature’s sunrise the Philips Wake-Up Light uses a unique combination of light and sound to wake you up gently and naturally, making it easier to get out of bed, ready for the day ahead.
The light gradually increases from soft dawn reds through warm orange to bright yellow light 30 minutes before your set alarm time.
This signals your body to move from sleep to waking, for a natural waking up experience. At your chosen time, a natural sound starts playing to make sure you are awake
Light sensitivity is different for everyone. In general, when using a higher light intensity we need less time to fully wake up.
There are 20 light intensities to choose from with the Wake-up Light, so you can fully adjust the intensity to suit your needs. You can also add natural sounds, radio, or your favorite song from your iPhone library (only for HF3550). Wake up just the way you want.
It has been clinically proven that the Philips Wake-up Light improves your general wellbeing after waking up. Several studies have shown that the Philips Wake-up Light truly improves the quality of waking up, improves your mood and makes you feel more energized in the morning.
In the bright summer months, we feel so naturally energetic and alive. Light plays a vital role in keeping energy levels up through the day.
Working with scientists and light therapy experts, Philips has developed a range of energy light products. They help you feel more energetic and naturally overcome winter blues and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
It’s really simple: the light needs to be directed towards your eyes, but there’s no need to stare directly at it.
It means you can use EnergyLight or goLITE BLU to fight low energy levels while you’re doing things like eating, working or watching TV.
Use one of these Philips light therapy products and you’ll feel the benefits after just a few days.
Using light therapy at right time of day can mean a difference between getting great results and no results at all. Depending on the goal you want to achieve we recommend the best timing of using Philips Energy Lights.
In countries with long winters, many people experience loss of energy and low spirits due to a lack of light. It’s known as winter blues or seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Exposure to a ‘light bath’ from a Philips EnergyLight can restore the wellbeing and energy levels that you feel in summer.
Do you experience energy dips in the morning, after lunch or in the afternoon?
The Philips EnergyLight products can help you to feel alert and re-energized, just when you need it. Simply use the goLITE BLU or EnergyLight for up to 20 minutes to get your natural energy boost.
Using Philips Energy Lights can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Traveling between time zones can cause difficulty sleeping or lack of alertness during the day.
The Philips goLITE BLU can assist you in adjusting to different time zones and help you feel more alert when you need to.
The Philips EnergyLight and the Philips goLITE BLU light therapy products both help equally well to fight the winter blues and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Many people love the 10.000 lux white EnergyLight. It’s been used in traditional light therapy for more than 25 years, bringing a touch of natural daylight into your home.
Others prefer the compact and portable goLITE BLU with the light from the blue summer sky. Scientific research of the past 10 years has shown that this color of light (while also contained in white light) is essential for effective energy lights.
Philips energy lights are medical devices. They comply to Medical Device Directive: 2007/47/EC, MDD 93/42/EEC and all the safety standards required.
Thank you so much for making such an excellent product. It sits right on my desk at work, where I can use it without any trouble during my workday. I can tell I am sleeping better and feel far less exhausted in the evenings. We've had a very gray winter and this has completely snapped me out of the doldrums. Thanks again.
The winter 'veil' lifted the first time I used it. My energy level has improved and my appetite has gone away. I have no cravings at all. I need to be careful not to use it after 5:00 p.m. I use it once in the morning for 15 minutes and once in the afternoon for 15 -20 minutes.