The science of light as a therapeutic tool is at the heart of a pair of product lines from Philips.  They call it “light therapy.”

Philips Wake-up Light HF3470, $100, is an alarm clock that wakes with a light of increasing intensity 30 minutes before the alarm time.  This simulates a natural sunrise and is said to provide an easier and more energetic wake-up.  The process is suggested to help reduce the time it takes for affected individuals to get out of bed. The result contributes to a feeling of being well rested and more energetic from the time of awakening throughout the day.  Sounds good to me!

The HF3470 also offers the option of being awakened by nature sounds or FM radio at the end of the 30-minute period. Twenty brightness settings allow the Wake-up Light to be used as a standard bedside lamp.

Powered by a replaceable halogen bulb, this is an official light of the National Sleep Foundation, which provides educational material with each product.

There is another version, the HF3485, that features a USB jack to accept a USB stick for playing music and myriad nature sounds, downloadable for FREE!  Yet another model, the HF3490, includes an iPod dock!

Here is an eye-opening film of Philips’ studies with a real town using the Wake-up Light.  Watch and enjoy!  Philips’ 30-day guarantee means you can try it risk-free.

Yet another consideration in the realm of “light therapy” relates to what is termed “winter blues,” also known as SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Primarily affecting persons living in northern climes where the winter days are particularly short and there is considerable darkness or even complete darkness each day, blue light has been shown to offer therapeutic benefits.

Feelings of sadness and other depressive feelings caused by living in so much darkness can often be successfully treated in as little as 15 minutes per day with the proper blue light.  The Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light HF3321, $130, is an energy light panel utilizing Bluewave technology to fight winter blues.  This, too, is an official light therapy product of the National Sleep Foundation, supplying educational materials with each product.

This accepted disorder and therapy utilizing this light is remarkable to behold. It may seem strange, but studies validate effectiveness.

As one who does not suffer from inordinate darkness nor have trouble getting up and out of bed in the morning, I cannot personally relate, but I know those who are so affected.  I’ve also read how Bluewave technology can help, and find it fascinating.  That is why I wanted to be sure to provide this information to you!

Being subjected to this blue light therapy for as little as 15 minutes a day can naturally boost mood AND energy.  In other words, users feel better and are more energetic, with effectiveness not only for the winter months but also throughout the year.

A charger and carrying case are provided for easy traveling with the goLITE BLU.  Light produced is out of the UV and near-UV light range!  There are three timer settings (15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes) as well as three brightness/intensity settings of the special underlying LEDs.

If you are affected or if you know of someone who suffers from the winter blues, give this a try!

Find the Philips Wake-up light HF3470 online at Target and in select Target stores, plus online at Amazon.com.  The Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light HD3321 may be purchased from Target.com, select Target stores, Best Buy and BestBuy.com and Amazon.com.

For more information about the National Sleep Foundation, click here.

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