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Light therapy lamps available at OPL

What is a light therapy lamp, and why does OPL have them?

Light therapy lamps mimic natural, outdoor light.

Researchers believe this type of therapy can lessen the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and can contribute to improved mood.

Light therapy lamps can be expensive. OPL is committed to reducing barriers, and these lamps provide all residents of Oakville the opportunity to use light therapy.


Where can I use the lamp?

The lamps are available at Central, Iroquois Ridge and Woodside branches. The lamps are not loanable. They are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.


How do I use the lamp?

  • Turn the lamp on and sit, read or work in front of it for about 20–30 minutes per day.
  • Sit or stand 16-20 inches away from the lamp while you are using it.
  • Keep your eyes open but do not look directly at the light.
  • Do not move the lamp from its location.
  • You can adjust the angle of the lamp to suit your position.


How else can I beat the Winter Blues?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a severe form of depression affecting two per cent of Canadians. Mental health experts dub the milder, more temporary symptoms many of us experience during colder months the ‘Winter Blues’, which are characterized by low mood and lack of energy.

Research suggests 15 per cent of people experience some form of the ‘Winter Blues’ during the colder months of the year. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) also recommends eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly to help combat feelings of tiredness and sadness in the winter months.

(Source: CHMA Ontario)


Is this type of therapy safe?

Light therapy is considered safe.

If you have health concerns (retinal disease, macular degeneration or diabetes), or are taking certain medications (thioridazine, lithium or melatonin), speak with your doctor before using the lamp. Use the light therapy lamp at your own risk and discretion.

Oakville Public Library bears no liability for any health issues or injuries related to the use of the light therapy lamp.