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March 19, 2020 12:16 pm
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Light therapy is one of the go-to treatments for seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—a type of seasonal mood disorder that leaves people feeling lonely, depressed, or isolated typically strikes during the cold, dark winter months. Studies suggest that exposure to bright light from a special lamp or light box can help make up for the sunlight you’re not getting naturally when the days are shorter or you’re stuck inside.

Light therapy devices are brighter than your average lamp; they should deliver light at 10,000 lux (about 20 times greater than regular indoor lighting), according to the National Institute for Mental Health. Not only will soaking up their artificial rays for about 20 to 60 minutes potentially help ease symptoms of SAD, but it can also create a better environment for working from home. Many homes lack the large, unobstructed windows seen in offices, but these tiny boxes will ensure your space replicates those bright, sun-dreched spaces for a less drowsy ambiance. Considering investing in a light box? Here are some you can buy on Amazon that earned five-star reviews from at least half of shoppers.

1Verilux HappyLight Liberty

Amazon

Shop it! $69.95 (orig. $79.95), amazon.com

Compact enough to fit comfortably on a bedside table or at your desk, Verilux’s full-size device is also customizable, with both high and low light intensity settings.

2Verilux HappyLight Touch

Amazon

Shop it! $49.95 (orig. $59.95), amazon.com

This tablet-sized version won’t take up much real estate on your desk or countertop. Set one of four timers for 15- to 60-minute sessions and feel better fast.

3Aura Daylight

Amazon

Shop it! $125.89 (orig. $149.89), amazon.com

Perfectly position this lamp for your daily dose of light therapy by adjusting the angle of the stand. Another option: tuck it away so you can mount the device on a wall instead.

4Circadian Optics Lumos 2.0

Amazon

Shop it! $39.99, amazon.com

The flexible hinge on this lamp makes angling your light source a cinch, while the thin base means you can easily set up shop anywhere.

5Alaska Northern Lights Northstar 10,000

Amazon

Shop it! $299.77, amazon.com

It may be larger and pricier than other top-rated picks, but this device guarantees 10,000 lux at two feet away, so you don’t have to sit quite so close to the box to reap its benefits.

6Carex Day-Light Classic Plus Bright Light Therapy Lamp

Amazon

Shop it! $114.95, amazon.com

This sun lamp is has two different light settings, and both the height and angle can be adjusted for maximum comfort.

7Circadian Optics Lampu Light Therapy Lamp

Amazon

Shop it! $64.99, amazon.com

With its sleek, clean design, this light therapy lamp scores major style points. Also good: Three one-touch brightness levels, bulbs with a 50,000-hour lifespan, and a three-year warranty.

This story originally appeared on Health.com by Sarah Klein.

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