SAD lamps: Everything you need to know and where to buy them

Do you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or just a mild case of the winter blues? These SAD lamps might be able to help.

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The majority of us struggle with our moods as we lose light in the mornings and in the evenings during winter.

But a specific group have it much worse – a condition commonly referred to as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is when people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year start to show depressive symptoms during winter. Symptoms include sleeping too much, having little to no energy, and overeating.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. There are ways to manage it, including getting yourself a SAD lamp.

What is a SAD lamp?

SAD lamps simulate sunlight. As is the case during the summer months, when light is definitely not hard to come by, sunlight prompts the brain to release serotonin, often called the feel-good hormone.

This drop in serotonin levels during the winter is thought to cause SAD. To counter this, light therapy may be able to help you by adjusting your circadian rhythm, which regulates your sleep-wake cycle and (hopefully) improves your mood.

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Lumie Vitamin L Slim SAD Light

Lumie Vitamin L Slim SAD Light from John Lewis & Partners

Get your daily dose of Vitamin L with this slim and lightweight light therapy device, which you can use anywhere.

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Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100

Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100 from IWOOT

Wake up to a warm glow or a sunny bedroom with the Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100. A Class 1 graded medical device, to help you achieve a more regular sleep and wake pattern.

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Where to buy SAD lamps online

1. IWOOT
Looking for a cute little Lumie body clock? IWOOT has just the thing.

Start your light therapy now thanks to IWOOT's Lumie body clock, with adjustable sunrise intensity.

  • Free UK delivery for orders over £30
  • Regular discounts
  • Competitive prices

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2. John Lewis & Partners
Want a more lightweight solution? Try John Lewis.

Treat SAD with the Vitamin L lamp on sale at John Lewis.

  • Seasonal offers available
  • Free delivery over £50
  • Returns within 35 days

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3. Amazon
Amazon sells a range of SAD lamps to suit your needs.

From wake up light alarm clocks to portable desk lamps, Amazon has the right SAD lamp for you.

  • Delivery costs dependent on seller
  • Range of lamps
  • Great prices

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4. Currys PC World
Browse Currys PC World for your SAD lamp needs.

Stimulate natural daylight as winter draws in thanks to the Lumie clocks available at Currys PC World.

  • Free delivery
  • Price match guarantee
  • Regular sales

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