Red Light vs. Ultraviolet Light (Pokémon Edition)

Red light vs. ultraviolet light

Charizard is the Pokemon that Ash Ketchum didn't always call on.⁣

Yes, he was extremely powerful, but he would often disobey Ash and burn a few things in his path.⁣

For this reason, Ash was sure to keep Charizard in his Poké ball, and we only saw Charizard on special occasions.


Ultraviolet (UV) light, much like Charizard, is extremely powerful and does have benefits (such as vitamin D production), but can also cause damage when we over expose ourselves to it.⁣

UV light also varies according to the time of day, season, and location on the Earth, so we don't always see it. 

In the graph below you can see that UV light is present at noon, but not when the sun is on the horizon (sunrise/sunset).

UV light across the day

 Pikachu, however, was ALWAYS there!⁣

Ash never put Pikachu in a Poké ball. Pikachu would rest on Ash's shoulder and was always there to save the day with his electric shock!⁣


Red light, much like Pikachu, is always present when the sun is up. It can be the middle of winter and you can still expect a good amount of red (especially infrared) light to be present in your environment.⁣

It was for this exact reason that your mitochondria learnt to use red light as a fuel source. It was the most abundant type of light in Nature!

Just like Ash can always rely on Pikachu, the mitochondria in your cells can always rely on red light.

Red light across the day

Using red light therapy to increase energy within your cells leads to a host of benefits, including:

  • Faster muscle recovery
  • Improved skin complexion
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Thicker hair growth
  • Improved sleep quality
  • and much more!

⁣So the next time you switch on your red light therapy device, I want you to picture a whole bunch of Pikachus running into your body - supercharging your cells to perform at an optimal level!⁣

Red light therapy