10,000 Lux Always

What is 10,000 Lux?

You’ve probably heard the term 10,000 Lux if you’ve been looking at light therapy devices, but you may still be wondering what Lux actually is.

LUX Pronunciation: (luks), —n., —pl. luces Pronunciation: (lOO’sEz).

A unit of illumination, equivalent to 0.0929 foot-candle and equal to the illumination produced by luminous flux of one lumen falling perpendicularly on a surface one meter square. Symbol: LX. Also called meter-candle.

Basically, it’s a unit of light measurement. The higher the number, the brighter the light source.

Us vs. Cheap Alternatives

Compared to other online sellers, all Alaska Northern Lights products provide 10,000 Lux while seated at a significantly farther distance. 

What is the importance of the 10,000 Lux and distance rating?

The 10,000 lux measurement is important in light therapy to judge the effectiveness of any particular light box or lamp. Since the 1970’s, studies have shown that light therapy is effective when a person is within a 10,000 lux brightness range of light for twenty to thirty minutes. Our NorthStar 10,000 has a 10,000 lux light therapy range at 24 inches. This is important to consider when shopping around. Many lamps boast of 10,000 lux light, but fail to mention at what distance this is from the light unit. For example, a light that has a 10,000 lux light therapy range of twelve inches means that either you would need to sit within a foot from the light for ½ hour, or at a more comfortable two feet you would need to spend one hour to get the same therapeutic effect. You will need to consider what works best for your lifestyle when making your decision.

At Alaska Northern Lights, we base our lumen light therapy and light box information on a variety of accepted scientific studies and not on the opinions of a few individuals. Research has shown that in light therapy, the light’s intensity of 10,000 Lux is the key. 

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