The Best Light Therapy Lamp

Updated on 22 August 2022

After 19 hours of research, a comparative of 27 models and a series of tests on 6 of them, we can say that the Beurer TL70 stands out for its price-quality ratio.

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Our choice, Best mid-range

Beurer TL70

In addition to its impressive lighting quality, its modern and elegant design and its large illuminated surface, it stands out thanks to its comprehensive functionality for a practical and customised use.

£ 130.66 on Amazon

Although its larger size makes it suitable for a stationary use and/or in a large space, it is attractive because of its large luminous surface. With its round design, it blends discreetly and elegantly into any interior. The lamp also has all the features needed for a practical use: the intensity can be adjusted in 10 stages, and a timer guides the session with five steps before it switches off automatically. We have tested it during many hours and it has more than earned its place in our comparison.

 

 

Best high-end

Beurer TL90

Ideal for stationary use and with a pleasant light intensity, the Beurer TL90 is the best in its class. In addition, you can customise your sessions with a timer.

£ 148.79 on Amazon

While its few features, such as a timer and adjustable tilt, are already proving to be quite practical, it is especially its large luminous surface and its beautiful intensity that particularly appealed to us during our tests. More cumbersome but promising a comfortable light therapy session, it is ideal for more open spaces, and therefore may not be compatible with a small desk or an already cluttered table. But, if you have the space and the budget, this is a model that convinced us.

 

Mid-range alternative

Beurer TL50

The TL50's functionalities may seem fairly basic for the price, but it is the practical and attractive round design that really makes it stand out. It has what it takes to seduce those of you who are looking for simplicity.

£ 109.99 on Amazon

Although the design is similar to that of the TL70, it is actually smaller in size, thus suitable for smaller spaces. It is a rather basic lamp: a simple on/off button is used to switch the device on or off, and there is no timer function or light intensity control. Despite this, our tests revealed a lamp that is pleasant and simple to use, which should therefore delight users who are looking for simplicity without compromising on aesthetics.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeHigh-end alternativeMid-range alternative
Beurer TL70Beurer TL90Beurer TL50
Beurer TL70Beurer TL90Beurer TL50
In addition to its impressive lighting quality, its modern and elegant design and its large illuminated surface, it stands out thanks to its comprehensive functionality for a practical and customised use.Ideal for stationary use and with a pleasant light intensity, the Beurer TL90 is the best in its class. In addition, you can customise your sessions with a timer.The TL50's functionalities may seem fairly basic for the price, but it is the practical and attractive round design that really makes it stand out. It has what it takes to seduce those of you who are looking for simplicity.
£ 130.66 on Amazon £ 148.79 on Amazon £ 109.99 on Amazon

 

Honorable mentions 

Beurer TL30 (£59.99 upon publication): ideal for carrying with you. Thanks to its compactness, the lamp is ideal as a travel companion when you are on a trip. It is particularly suitable if you do not feel you need to make any adjustments, and has proved its worth during our tests. However, its price fluctuates a lot. That is why we have not included it in our selection.

Lumie Desklamp (£144.00 upon publication): a model in classic desktop style. This lamp has a slightly atypical design as it is on a stand. With it, you can do your light therapy session while working at a desk. It has 4 intensity levels up to 10,000 lux when placed at 22 cm. It also has a diffuser that makes it more effective. However, its price tends to fluctuate a lot.

Beurer TL100 (£142.39 upon publication): a connected but perfectible alternative. This lamp is aimed at new technology enthusiasts who are always looking for easy control via smartphone. In addition to being connected, it has a timer and a light intensity adjustable on 10 levels. And, for a fun mood light, you can use the Moodlight function, which will bring some colour to your home. Unfortunately, our tests showed a weakness in the pairing of the lamp to the smartphone, and we were not totally convinced by the Moodlight mode, which was a bit old-fashioned. We therefore preferred the TL70 version, which is identical but lacks these two features. 

 

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How to choose your light therapy lamp?

If you are struggling to find energy and motivation during the grey, dreary days of the autumn/winter season, light therapy can help. Indeed, it is an effective ally in the fight against widespread seasonal depression. But choosing the right device for you can be difficult, given the number of models on the market.

Lampes de luminothérapie
Light therapy is a good alternative for getting a good dose of light in winter. | Source: Selectos

Fortunately, we have identified the important things to consider to help you in your choice.

Firstly, it is important to know that there are different types of light therapy devices:

  • Lamps: small sizes are very practical and can be easily moved around the house, office or when travelling. However, their main disadvantage is that, as they have a small surface area, the light is emitted over a shorter distance. Large formats have a larger surface area but are generally less portable. They are more imposing and are intended to be placed on a table or desk permanently.
  • Alarm clocks: these can be used as simple alarm clocks, and help regulate your sleep cycle by giving off white or blue light in the morning and redder tones in the evening. Some models offer a progressive mode, with the light gradually increasing in intensity for a gentle wake-up.
  • Glasses: worn for 20 to 45 minutes a day, the ‘Luminette’ allows you to enjoy the benefits of light therapy while remaining mobile and active. The Belgian brand behind this invention is already offering a third version!

In this comparison, we have only focused on the most common and popular lamp models.

Beurer TL100
Choose a small size if you want to take your lamp everywhere with you. | Source: Selectos

With this in mind, here are some points to consider when choosing your lamp:

  • Light power: with a white light that mimics the sun, most lamps offer an intensity of 10,000 lux via LED bulbs. Some recent models offer blue light, which is apparently much more effective. However, it is not advised to expose yourself to too much blue light – especially in the evening – as it is very energising and does not help you sleep. In fact, many people are even trying to protect themselves from it. It all depends on what you want to achieve!
  • Exposure time: as a general rule, the closer you are to the light source, the shorter the treatment time. For an optimal effect, you should often stand at a distance of 10 to 30 cm for a therapy of 30 minutes to 1 hour. However, you should know that many people already feel the benefits of white light at a greater distance. We remind you that the lamp should ideally be placed at eye level, but that you should not look directly at it.
Beurer TL90
For a good treatment, it is advised to expose yourself to it for 30 minutes to 1 hour, at a distance of 30 cm. | Source: Selectos
  • Settings: for optimum comfort, it is best to choose a lamp with various settings. For example, you can adjust the intensity of the light, monitor the duration of the session via a timer or change the angle and/or position of the lamp, according to your needs and preferences.
  • Compliance with European standards: lamps that comply with health safety regulations are marked with the CE mark. The 93/42/EEC certification, or medical CE, means that the device has been medically approved, and is automatically free of UV and infrared radiation – potentially harmful to the skin and eyes.
Beurer TL100
Ideally, you should opt for a device with several features, such as a timer. | Source: Selectos

During our research, we quickly discovered that one brand in particular – Beurer – stands out from the competition thanks to its very wide range of light therapy lamps, which are renowned for their quality and effectiveness. It is therefore only logical that you will find several models from this brand in our selection.

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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