Labor of Love

My husband built me a light therapy box. It’s beautiful. It is 11 1/2 inches wide, by 15 inches tall and 9 inches deep. It’s made of sanded and polyurethaned pine so it is soft and satiny smooth. The inside is painted silver and has six super bright daylight bulbs that produce 10,000 lumens at a light temperature of 5500 degrees Kelvin. It has a lightly sanded plexiglass cover that defuses the light and can be removed to get to the bulbs. The wiring on the back is covered by velcroed plastic disks that can also be removed to get to the wiring. There is a timer switch that allows me to set it for a 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 minute treatment – all the way up to 60 minutes, though the maximum recommendation is 30 minutes.

I started with 15 minutes yesterday, but didn’t get the same effect as I do with the Apollo Golite P1 device until I did it for 30 minutes. Interesting. Perhaps something to do with the bluewave lights? Or the 6500 degree Kelvin light temperature? I may try experimenting with different light bulbs – we went with the slightly less expensive daylight bulbs rather than the $25 therapy lights since my husband’s research indicated that there wasn’t really a difference. I feel like there is a difference, so we’re going to add in one therapy light to increase the light spectrum that is produced.

I have to confess, I never really thought it would be finished. He started the process in October and it was so much more complex and so much more involved that I honestly thought it would join the long list of projects that we start but don’t finish.

I stand corrected. My husband built me a light therapy device. And it was a labor of love.

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