Can I achieve the same results that are experienced at clinics while using my red light device in the comfort of my own home? Most research is conducted using red light devices in clinical trials in controlled environments with trained professionals. Are the devices we can buy and use at home the same? Can we expect similar findings? These are the questions we’re attempting to answer in this week’s blog! Let’s unpack the facts.
Advancing technology and scientific research has made red light therapy so much more accessible to the public than a couple of years ago. Instead of paying a large sum on money per one hour session, that we couple probably afford once or twice a month – we are now able to spend a couple hundred dollars on a device to use every single day that essentially provides the same benefits. But then why are there still clinics that provide the service if its so readily available, for a much more affordable price? It’s simple. Not all devices are created equally.
If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, or the right questions to ask, you could end up spending a lot of money on a product that doesn’t provide the expected results. These are the four most important things to look for before buying a red light device for the best results:
This is a measurement of how much light energy is being received by the cells in our bodies, measured in a unit called milliwatts per centimeter or mw/cm2. Looking for a device that provides around 100 mw/cm2 at the prescribed treatment distance should be sufficient and provide an indication of the quality of the lamp.
Wavelength of light emitted by lamp
Red light devices emit wavelengths of light between 600 – 1000 nM. This is between the red and near-infrared wavelengths of light on the light spectrum. Different wavelengths of light are beneficial to specific parts of the body. The best red light devices emit a broad range of wavelengths but specifically concentrated in the mid 600 and mid 800 nM wavelengths – as this is where the most upregulation in noted in the cells of our bodies.
Achieving different benefits will have different usage protocol. Generic red light device companies will give very broad and unspecific treatment times and distances at which to you use your device. A company that actually bases the treatment time, distance and treatment frequency on the generated scientific research will provide specific instructions to achieve specific results.
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
EMFs are fields that are created by any electronic device, where studies have reported that excessive exposure can result in cell damage as well as oxidative stress. Ensuring that your red light device doesn’t emit an EMF at the treatment distance is imperative for achieving the positive results expected without causing any negatives. An exceptional company will declare the exact distance at which there are zero EMFs emitted from your device to keep you safe.
So yes, if you buy a cheap device from a company that doesn’t base their recommendations off of scientific research or give you all the tools and information required to optimize your results – you are far better off spending more money every month and going to a clinic for red light therapy.
BUT, if you take a look at our devices at Mychondria (SHOP THE MYLIGHT COLLECTION HERE), you’ll see that we tick every single one of the boxes of the above 4 points. We provide complete transparency with all the tips, tricks and information you need to fully optimize your treatment time and experience. We are so confident in our devices that we offer a full refund on all devices if you don’t experience any benefit after 30 days.
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All MyLights that are sold by us, come with specified guidelines, that are listed per benefit that are based off of clinical research.
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Written by: Caroline Bursey