Place your lightbox on a firm surface, ideally white or light coloured. Plug the lightbox in, and switch it on; Sit as close to it as you can, consistent with eye comfort, ideally 17-20 inches, (about an arms distance).
The light needs to go directly into the eyes, so do not wear goggles or tinted glasses - plain glasses or contact lenses are fine. Do not doze or sleep - you must be awake too fully benefit from the treatment, but do not stare directly at the light.
You can do whatever you wish while taking the treatment, eat, watch TV, listen to music, do the ironing, prepare food, as long as the box is close to you and you keep glancing at the light.
DO NOT USE THE LIGHTBOX NEAR WATER, IN DAMP CONDITIONS OR IN THE PRESENCE OF FLAMMABLE GASES. DO NOT COVER THE LIGHTBOX WITH ANYTHING THAT COULD OBSTRUCT THE VENTILATION SLOTS. ENSURE THAT THE POWER LEAD IS FIRMLY PUSHED INTO THE SOCKET AT THE REAR OF THE UNIT BEFORE SWITCHING ON POWER. ALWAYS SWITCH OFF FIRST AT BOX - THEN MAINS BEFORE REMOVING LEAD BY HOLDING THE PLUG FIRMLY. DISCONNECT BEFORE CARRYING BOX.
How long for the treatment?
This will vary with the individual, the deeper the Winter Blues the longer the treatment required. However, experience shows that 30 minutes in the morning is a good starting point (for 2 and 3 lamp models), after about a week you will be able to make your own judgement whether you need to adjust the time. It is essentially a morning treatment and evening use may disrupt your sleep pattern.
Should you experience headaches, it is likely that you are sitting too close to the lightbox, and we suggest that you sit further away until you become acclimatised to the level of light.
THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT IS THAT THE TREATMENT IS TAKEN EVERY DAY.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to use your lightbox at work, then consider having it on all morning until lunchtime. We know many sufferers who have found that a quick 20 minutes in the morning is all the time they can spare, but by having a second unit at work they can gain extra benefit.
All year use?
Some people do use their light boxes all year, but for the majority it is an autumn/winter treatment. The important thing is, do not wait for the Winter Blues to take hold, start using your lightbox before the clocks change, say in August or September and get into the rhythm of light treatment.
N.B. THE WOODEN BOXES CAN BE USED IN EITHER THE HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL POSITION. WHEN USED VERTICALLY THE SWITCHES MUST BE AT THE TOP OF THE UNIT. THE SUPER-LITE, SILVER LITE AND TRAVEL-LITE BOXES ARE DESIGNED FOR VERTICAL USE ONLY. THE TRAVEL-LITE SHOULD ALSO ONLY BE CARRIED IN THE UPRIGHT POSITION IN THE TRAVEL CASE.
All lightboxes are guaranteed for 36 months (tubes 1 year) from the date of purchase.
Before any maintenance, ensure that the lightbox is switched off and disconnected from the mains. No maintenance is required except an occasional dust, or wipe with a damp cloth. SADA recommend that the lamps be changed every 3 years to maintain Lux levels.
To change lamps (this should only be undertaken by a competent electrician.): disconnect lightbox from the mains supply and remove screws to take box apart (on the side of the plastic box, on the back of the wooden box). Cut the retaining cable tie and discard (replacement of this item is not necessary as it is used to retain the lamp during transit), remove the plastic lamp clip at top of lamp, and slide lamp free. Insert new lamp and replace lamp clip. Reassemble the box, ensuring that the reflector is correctly positioned and replace screws.
For Travel-Lite's again disconnect lightbox from mains and unscrew front and remove. The lamps unscrew from the lamp bases and can be lifted clear of the box. The new lamps can then be screwed in and the front replaced.
All lightboxes are fitted with 2x20mm 2Amp anti-surge fuses, and 1 x 5Amp fuse in the integral plug.
Although all lightboxes pass EN60601-1-2 for electromagnetic radiation, in some instances they may interfere with other equipment such as radios operated in weak signal areas. To avoid this, locate your radio or lightbox on opposite sides of the room. (If a radio is placed close to any fluorescent tube a small degree of electrical interference may be noticed.)
The lightbox should ideally not be stored at temperatures exceeding -10C or +50C, or in humidity exceeding 95%.
The goods as shipped have been procured, manufactured, stored, inspected and tested in accordance with the FSL Quality Procedures and conform to specifications previously supplied and/or currently published by FSL, or the manufacturer unless otherwise indicated.
The C 0120 mark shows that this lightbox has been registered by a notified body and is classified as a Class IIa device under EC 93/42.