I’d been wanting to try out a Lumie light for ages, having heard about their benefits so was delighted to be offered the chance to review one.
I’ve always considered myself to be solar-powered – I love the longer days of the warmer months. Sunshine makes me feel so much better. I often dread winter with the shorter days and lack of light.
The Lumie Desk Light provides a natural energy boost. The ‘how it works’ blurb says “Sunlight is a natural mood-booster, influencing natural body chemistry (eg melatonin and seratonin levels) making us feel more awake and positive.” It can be effective for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Well that certainly describes how natural sunlight makes me feel!
The lamp has a solid base and a flexible arm so you can position the light to suit you. The base has a touch pad that you can use to turn the light off and on – you tap it to alter the brightness. I like its sleek simplicity.
I think it looks pretty funky, kind of space-age like how people in the 1950s imagined the present day would look like.
The lamp sits on my desk at home next to my laptop. I use it whenever I feel a need for a boost – the feeling that usually has me reaching for the chocolate even though I know it will give me a dip in energy levels in the long run!
The light it gives feels different to a regular desk lamp of course. At first, the light did feel very bright, a bit like being under an interrogators’ lamp, but I soon got used to it.
A bonus of the Lumie Desk Lamp is that you don’t have to use it just for light therapy; you can use it as a regular desk lamp too. When I am doing a long writing stint I will usually have the lamp on its lowest setting and leave it on. I prefer the lamp to the regular room light and I find my eyes feel less strained, too. At this time of year when there are dull days that feel as though it never gets properly light it’s great the lamp has such a double benefit.
If you’re in need of a quick boost, or don’t have much time to sit at your desk, you can remove the diffuser and 30 minutes of light will give you the maximum benefit. I’ve never tried this but I definitely find myself reaching for the lamp when I am in need of a bit of a boost.
The lamp costs £120 which considering its benefits and the quality of the design (it is much more than a simple desk lamp) is very good value. Plus, it is cheaper than a winter sun holiday!
While light therapy is very safe, the booklet warns that people with photosensitivity and people with eye conditions should take care when using the lamp.
I was put in contact with the lovely people at Lumie through winning a Bodyclock through the wonderful Beau Twins’ blog.
The Bodyclock is an alarm clock with a difference! The idea is that it wakes you up gradually with increasing light, helping beat the old seasonal blues again. There is also a beep option to make sure you wake up on time. I was relieved that the beeps aren’t quite as scarily loud as other alarm clocks can be – shock is not a good way to start the day!
It is lovely to wake up to proper light during the dark mornings. I often get dressed using the light from the clock rather than using the main room light. A bonus is it creates such a pretty pattern on the wall!
I read somewhere that the little lights emitted by the gadgets we have in our bedroom can disturb our sleep.The time display on the Lumie Bodyclock disappears when you set the alarm, meaning there is less light pollution in the room helping you get much needed quality slumber.
It did take a bit of time to get used to the interface – you need to scroll through the options to be able to set the time and the alarm which feels strange in the age of smartphones when you just press a couple of buttons – but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it.
Just as the desk lamp has a dual function, you can use the Bodyclock as a bedside lamp, reducing clutter and saving space on your bedside table.
You can set also to slowly fade off as you go to sleep. I tried that once but found I was so interested in how it worked I was waking up to see how the light was fading, which kind of defeated the object…but that’s just me! I usually read my Kindle Paperwhite to go to sleep.
The Bodyclock sells for £59.95, and is just one of the models available in the range.
If you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, or struggle with mood and energy especially during the winter months, I can highly recommend the desk lamp and Bodyclock as ways of helping give you a natural boost to help you get on with your day.
Disclosure: Lumie sent me the Desklamp for review. All words and opinions are mine. The Bodyclock was sent as a prize, and people were interested to hear how I got on with it so I thought I’d review it too!