The Day-Light Sky Light Therapy Lamp by Uplift Technologies generates natural light at two brightness settings: high brightness for therapy sessions and soft light for everyday use. It works best as a permanent fixture in your home or office, as it is built like a traditional desk lamp and isn’t very portable.
This light therapy lamp has a bright, 10,000-lux setting you can use in the mornings. Constant exposure to this much light can affect sleep cycles or circadian rhythms, which regulate your sleep-wake patterns. Because of this, it’s best to use the Day-Light Sky light at this bright setting when you wake up and periodically throughout the day, but you may want to avoid using it in the afternoon.
It also has a brightness setting for everyday use – this softer light setting doesn't have the same high lux rating as the therapy one, so you can use it at any time without disrupting your sleep cycle. On the lower setting, the Day-Light Sky light works as a regular desk lamp.
During light therapy sessions, the lamp gives off the full spectrum of light, but a protective lens filters more than 99 percent of UV light. While UV rays help the body generate vitamin D, they can damage skin, and prolonged exposure is associated with a higher risk of skin cancer. The same lens that protects you from UV rays also reduces glare and makes the light look softer.
The 55-watt bulbs do not buzz. They do, however, allow the sun lamp to reach a color temperature of 4,000 Kelvin, which provides many of the same benefits as natural sunlight. When used at a distance of less than 2 feet from your face, this light therapy lamp can relieve symptoms associated with seasonal affective disorder and jetlag.
The Day-Light Sky Light Therapy Lamp is a little over 27 inches tall and has an adjustable neck you can bend into any position. It fits on standard desks, which makes it a good option if you plan to use your light at work or home. If you'd prefer a more portable lamp, you might be interested in the goLITE BLU. The Day-Light Sky uses a cord for power, so you can only use it when you have access to an outlet. The lamp is covered by a five-year warranty, which isn't the worst, nor the best, coverage we saw in our research.
The Uplift Technologies Day-Light Sky Light Therapy Lamp generates powerful light for therapy sessions as well as softer light for everyday use. It has a relatively good warranty and is glare-free and flicker-free. While it isn’t portable, this lamp is flexible enough to use in a home or office.