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Published on January 19th, 2009 | by Greg


goLITE Blu: Light Away the Blues?

We really wish that we could look at a light for a few minutes a day and it would make things better. But that isn’t quite what Philips claims- they say instead that light therapy can make a difference, and help improve mood and energy levels. We’ve done stranger things in the name of happiness- can staring in the general direction of a blue light really help?

First off, the goLITE BLU is easy to use. Small, cute, and with a clean design, we had no trouble finding a place for it. The clock is handy, and the whole thing feels kind of futuristic- like a concept design render brought to life. The internal rechargeable battery lasts quite a while, and it’s easy to tell when to recharge thanks to the handy little icon. The controls are touch sensitive, allowing you to adjust brightness, and the included carrying case is nice for travelers (as is the alarm function, allowing you to wake to light).

Here in California, light isn’t much of an issue. Our winter, as we write this in mid-January, has temperatures in the low-70s during the daytime and plenty of sun. Of course, in some other locales (Seattle, perhaps, or other cloudier places), the lack of sunlight might very well be an issue- the cause of winter doldrums, cloudy moods, and the like. But we did our best to test it- on rainy days, dark mornings- and we think that there is something to the theory. On days when we were missing sunlight and feeling stuck inside, turning on the light and setting it near the computer monitor or TV definitely had a noticeable effect on alertness. It wasn’t a cup of coffee, but was probably healthier.

Of course, NASA and even the National Institutes of Health agree, apparently, on the potential benefits. And if you miss sunlight, or feel a bit depressed because of the season, we’re pretty sure that a light such as the Philips goLITE BLU might help. It’s a bit pricey, at $250, but probably worth it simply for the space-age design.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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