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Light Therapy Lamps

Thanks to the generous support of Library donors, you can use a light therapy lamp at your neighbourhood library branch on a seasonal basis. One of the many free mental wellness resources available at your library!

Light therapy lamps are designed to mimic spring and summer light levels as a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression with symptoms that include fatigue, lethargy, anxiety, weight gain and sleep disorders.

Each branch location (except Glanworth) has a lamp available to use in a designated area. Lamps will be available on a seasonal basis. This year, lamps are available starting on November 5. Central Library has several lamps available. The lamps cannot be taken out of the library. Lamps are available to use on a first come, first served basis  

How to use a light therapy lamp:

Turn the lamp on and sit, read or work in front of it for 20-30 minutes. For sensitive users, gradual exposure is recommended. Sit about 2 feet away. Face the lamp and allow the light to shine on your face but not directly in your eyes. Do not stare directly into the light. Adjust the angle of the lamp to suit your position.

Are the lights safe to use?

Light therapy is considered to be safe. Side effects are rare and if they occur they are usually mild and can include nausea, headaches and/or eye strain. There are no known long-term side effects of light therapy. If you experience discomfort, stop using the lamp and contact your doctor.

People with certain medical conditions (retinal disease, macular degeneration or diabetes), and those taking certain medications (melatonin, thioridazine, or lithium) should consult a doctor before using light therapy lamps.

London Public Library has a wide selection of books, films and audiobooks on the mental health topics and offers mental wellness programs and services in collaboration with community partners such as CMHA Middlesex.