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Proper Usage of the NorthStar 10,000™

Light therapy can make your winters happier, healthier, less stressful, and brighter!

Bright light therapy consists of sitting close to the light box with eyes open so the light shines on the user's face. When using light therapy, looking directly at the light is not necessary. One is free to read, write or eat a meal while staying oriented towards the light.


Proper Usage
Proper Usage
Proper Usage

Sitting within the 10,000 lux range, or 24 inches for a 30-minute session soon after awakening is enough time, and equals sitting in the 2,500 lux range or at about 40 inches for a two hour session. Intensity levels are changed by moving towards or away from the light. Treatment can last between 15 minutes to three hours. Once adjusted to light therapy, one gets a fairly good intuitive feel for adjusting the session length to get the desired results.

A positive response to using light therapy boxes usually begins two to four days after beginning light therapy, and it could take up to several weeks to get the full beneficial effect. If patients do not respond to treatment, they may need a longer duration of morning light, or a trial of evening light. Some people can skip bright light therapy treatments for one to three days, occasionally longer, without ill effects, but most have symptoms returning quickly when treatment is interrupted.

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Actual Client Testimonials

"I really like the Alaska Northern Lights box. It's BRIGHT and the light is still very easy on the eyes- not all light boxes are like that. It's 10,000 lux at a couple feet, I believe, which means the box doesn't have to be right in front of my face to work for SAD. The workmanship is excellent and I'm very happy with it. I also bought the floor stand, which could use improvement in one area- it only tilts at a few set angles and can't always be set as I'd like. That said, I'd probably buy the stand again- It allows the light to be at an angle coming from above which is more natural and not only does it work great for SAD, but makes a VERY nice area task lamp with a very bright, soft, even light that covers an entire work area."

Michael H. Vancouver, WA
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