Honest Mum uses a Lumie

I’ve long suspected I suffer with SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder which sees my mood affected over the colder, darker months.  I wish I could relocate to Oz right now. Winter is not my friend!

Help is at hand however, and thanks to a recommendation from my blogging bestie Mirka at All Baby Advice, who kindly put me in touch with light therapy leader Lumie, giving me a light lifeline to help me feel happier.

Lumie recently launched their Lumie Vitamin L (RRP £90),  a slim bright light for SAD and well-being that you can use literally anywhere! Lumie Vitamin L simulates a UV-free sunlight to improve mood, energy and focus. I use mine first in the morning post-school run and once I turn my computer on.

The Lumie has a rippled diffuser to create a soft comfortable light that emits 10,000 lux at 20cm and sits on my desk every single day now.

Typical treatment time is 30 minutes which can be taken over more than one sitting if you prefer but I like to get it done first thing in the morning, a bit like taking a vitamin.

It worked from day 1 and felt like I’d spent time in the sun. Over the last few weeks I’ve felt happier and I’ve even had less severe PMT. I can’t recommend this magical box enough!

Vitally, as with Lumie’s other light boxes, Vitamin L is a Class IIa medical device which means it’s rigorously tested to European health and safety standards so you can use it with confidence.

“Bright light has been demonstrated to have a positive effect on our level of alertness, mood, well-being and sleep patterns. The compact and slimline design of the Lumie Vitamin L makes it easy to take it between home and work and allows you to reap the multiple benefits of light wherever you are and whatever you are doing”- Dr Victoria Revell, Circadian Rhythm Expert, University of Surrey.

Available now for pre-orders on Lumie.com and amazon as well as all branches of John Lewis, amazon, Boots and Selfridges.

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Check out Lumie’s credentials too:

Based just outside Cambridge, UK, Lumie has been researching, designing and developing light therapy products for over 25 years. Lumie lights treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and winter blues; boost mood and energy levels; improve sleep and waking; optimise sports performance; treat jet lag and acne. Their first Bodyclock dawn simulator – an alarm that wakes you up with increasing levels of light – was the world’s first wake-up light and brought light therapy into the mainstream. They also designed and developed Lumie Clear, a unique hand-held device that uses combined blue and red light therapy to treat mild to moderate acne.

As Europe’s leading light therapy specialist with the broadest range of products in Europe, they have strong connections within the scientific community including at Cambridge University. They’re also a member of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR), an international group devoted to promoting research and knowledge about the biological effects of light.

Lumie is certified to the ISO 13485 medical device standard and, with the exception of children’s sleep aid Lumie Bedbug, their products are certified to the Medical Devices Directive (EC 93/42) which means they’re rigorously tested to European health and safe standards and must be backed up with published scientific evidence. The distance and lux level (the standard measure of brightness received) specifications for their lights are all independently verified.

They even supply to the NHS on an occasional basis and their lights are recommended by SADA, the UK’s only registered charity dedicated to SAD. Their lights are also enhancing the study environment at Cambridge University Library and they are proud to be a long-standing official supplier to the British Swimming team.

Two of their wake-up lights, Luxe and Active, provide white noise as an option. If you are trying to sleep in a noisy environment or during the day, white noise helps to muffle other sounds, like traffic or people talking.

Thank you Lumie Vitamin L for lifting my mood and helping me to feel happy as larry again!

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105 Responses

  1. Miriam Said

    I would love to win this because I suffer from depression, fybromyalgia, two different types of arthritis, psoraisis, severe fatigue, severe pain, asthma, a heart condition and have mild deafness, so I can’t get outside to catch some light and this has drastically affected my sleeping patterns and so makes my depression and pain worse especially in the winter. Hopefully a Lumie would help and offer me some relief if I won.

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  2. Mel Turner

    I am sure I have SAD I got no motivation in the winter months to do anything

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  3. Patricia Avery

    I’d like to win to see if it will lift my mood on these grey days 🙂

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  4. Helen Swales

    I’d love to win, this would be perfect for home or work; it’s lightweight so easily put in my bag to carry to and from.

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  5. Judy Kennedy

    I have been hearing about these for years, so would like to give it a try

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  6. Marc H

    My depression is always at it’s worst during the dark, cold winter months, would love to see if this helps.

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  7. Ellie Fletcher

    I’m a night owl and have always found it difficult to wake up in the morning!

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  8. Kristyn Harris

    I suffer with SAD and I am sure this would help me feel better and brighter.

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  9. cheryl hadfield

    I would love to win for my dad, who due to having vascular dementia also suffers from SAD

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  10. Ruth Harwood

    I suffer SAD mostly in January and February probably because of the let down of new year and the anticipation that soon the sun will come back!

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  11. Kirsty Ledger

    I suffer depression all year round but lot worse in winter I would love to try the lumie to brighten my day

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  12. Kate

    I have wanted one of these for such a long time when living with depression and now just because I am worth it

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  13. Gillian Holmes

    I’ve been meaning to get one of these for years, I have full spectrum bulbs in every socket but this would be even better.

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  14. Jen A

    I’d love to win for my Mum as I already have a lumie and it’s definitely made a difference getting up in the winter mornings and I know my mum suffers from SAD at this time of year.

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  15. Iris

    I would like to win this for my daughter she is at Uni and does not get out into the sun that much, hopefully it would help her to feel a bit less down

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  16. Laura Pritchard

    My mood changes dramatically in Winter and I’ve heard these really help!

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  17. Lorraine Stone

    I would love to win so see the benefits that I have heard about. It sounds like something that I would find helpful.

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  18. Ren Taylor

    I have seen a few of these on blogs and they look really good for someone who has trouble sleeping and then waking up …. like me !

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  19. Fiona King

    I’d like to win because I struggle at this time of year. The sun makes me happier and without it, it is easier to feel less motivated and be a bit down

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  20. Zoe C

    I need that sun in the winter and I really struggle on a day to day basis keeping awake as feel that drained!

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  21. Kerry Kilmister

    My husband and I suffer from seasonal affective disorder, so I am hoping this would help us both

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  22. Jackie Howell

    I feel very blue in winter and is because I miss the light, love to win

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  23. Rosalind Sargent

    I suffer from SAD so one of these would probably help me but I can not afford to buy one

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  24. Yolanda Davis

    I do get quite depressed during the Winter, so I would love to try this.

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  25. Suzanne

    Winter is lovely but deprives us of much needed light so this would be great to enhance general mood and wellbeing.

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  26. Sian Hallewell

    my adult daughter has recently qualified as a radiographer, she works ridiculous shifts, no chance for your body to get into a routine and she isnt getting to see daylight at all for days. So this would be fabulous

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  27. Kelly Glen

    I have suffered from depression for over 20 years so this sounds like it would maybe help me.

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