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Lumie Reveals Light Levels Received In July Are As Low As A Winter's Day
Date:8/10/2009

Based on light measurements taken for the month of July, light therapy specialist Lumie, is advising sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that usually affects people during the dark winter months, that additional ‘top-ups’ of bright light may be required this summer, to keep symptoms of SAD at bay.

Cambridge (PRWeb UK) August 10, 2009 -- Based on light measurements taken for the month of July, light therapy specialist Lumie, is advising sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that usually affects people during the dark winter months, that additional ‘top-ups’ of bright light may be required this summer, to keep symptoms of SAD at bay.



Throughout July, Lumie, a company with over 17 years scientific expertise in light therapy, monitored daily light levels (measured in lux) received at its head office in Cambridge. Although readings for this time of year are normally expected to peak at around 50,000lux, measurements taken from the light meter revealed that not one day in the entire month reached this point .

The readings also showed that overall light levels received in July were down compared to the same time last year; with seven days producing lux levels that were so low, they resembled measurements you’d expect to see on a dark winter’s day , which could well trigger the onset of SAD symptoms.

SAD is condition that is thought to affect seven per cent of the UK population, it is recognised by the World Health Organisation and usually affects people especially between the months of October through to March. Evidence suggests that as night falls, the pineal gland starts to produce a substance called melatonin, which tells our internal body clock, that it’s night time. Bright light at daybreak signals to the brain that it should stop producing melatonin, so that we don’t
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