Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is very real in many places around the world. Come fall and winter, or more specifically Nov. 1 if you're stateside, there are fewer hours of daylight during the day. It's harder to get up in the morning and harder to stay awake past 4 p.m. And with many of us now working from home, it's more important than ever to be prepared ahead of winter.
Happy lamps, SAD lamps, therapy lamps, whatever you choose to call them are a masterful solution for this age-old problem of seasonal affective disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, light therapy has been used since around the 1980s to "replace the diminished sunshine of the fall and winter months using daily exposure to bright, artificial light."
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"Light boxes filter out the ultraviolet rays," the NIH states, "and require 20 to 60 minutes of exposure to 10,000 lux of cool-white fluorescent light, an amount that is about 20 times greater than ordinary indoor lighting." Benefits of these lamps come from sitting in front of one daily, especially first thing in the morning, "from early fall until spring."
Read on to shop our picks for the best and most beautiful happy lamps on the market now.
Reminiscent of the moon, this gorgeous happy lamp will sit on any flat surface and give your space an "otherworldly glow."
To buy: food52.com, $98
The brightness of this lamp is customizable between 20 percent and 100 percent, meaning you can get the precise amount of light you need depending on your mood, the weather, or the day.
To buy: amazon.com, $35 (originally $40)
This ultra-thin and wood-framed light therapy lamp can easily fit in small places when not in use and looks chic, modern, and clean when it is.
This ring light-style light therapy lamp has three light temperature settings, so you can customize your experience with warm, cool, or somewhere-in-between light.
To buy: amazon.com, $50
This happy lamp has light levels that go up to 15,000 lux, meaning it's both a budget option and a very powerful one.
To buy: amazon.com, $20
This aesthetically-pleasing light therapy lamp gradually wakes you up with its five different shades of sunrise-like light.
To buy: amazon.com, $170 (originally $220)
This light therapy lamp is your bedside all-in-one with its built-in USB charging port for your phone or tablet.
To buy: amazon.com, $30
Featured on Shark Tank, this adjustable, slender, and easily portable happy lamp has our vote as the best for travel.
Alternative to the more clinical-looking light therapy lamps, this oak and brass happy lamp comes complete with dimmers and all the other fixings of the less-than-pretty lamps of its kind.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $245
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