SAD Lights -
Review of the Sadelite and the Litebook

by Catherine Pratt

It can be a little confusing when you first start looking at buying a SAD Light so I thought it might make it a little easier if I did a comparison of the two I personally own; the Sadelight and the Litebook.

Website: Northern Lights Technology Litebook
Price: $230 Cdn (approx.)Free Shipping $179 Cdn (approx.) Plus S&H
Light Source: High Output Fluorescent Tube LED
Lux: 10,000 Unknown
Light Expectancy: 5,000 hours 100,000 hours
Weight: 8 pounds 11 ounces
Warranty: 5 years 2 years
Money-Back Guarantee: 60 Days 60 Days
Pros: Definitely feel better after using this light

Can use it as a desk lamp

Only uses 80 watts of electricity

Easy to adjust the height and angle of the light

Shines "down" on you like a regular lamp

Good customer service when need repairs

Light (as in not heavy)


Comes with a carrying case

Easy to take to work or when travelling
Cons: Not very portable

Not all that attractive looking and a little chunky

Takes up a fair amount of counter space
Makes me feel slightly sick when I first start using it

Can't use it as an additional light source (like a lamp)

Painful if you look directly at it

Shines "up" at you which is more distracting
Note: I own The Litebook V1.2 which they don't sell anymore. They now sell the Litebook Edge. The Edge is slightly different than mine but for this comparison should be fairly close.

Purchasing These SAD Lights

These lamps can be purchased at their respective web sites which you'll find at the top of the table above. You can also find them in some drugstores and personal health care stores (places that sell wheelchairs, etc.) I've also seen them at Costco.

They can also be purchased through places like Amazon. Amazon has quite a variety of different SAD lights you can choose from as well. You can see just a small selection in the slideshow below. There's many different types so look for the one that you think will work with your lifestyle. For example, if you want to use it while you're exercising, you'd look for a different style than if you wanted to use it like a desk lamp.

Using These SAD Lights

I'm very fortunate in that I'm able to have two different lights as each one meets a different need. I use the Litebook at work and the Sadelight at home. You'll need to decide on what requirements you have and where and when you will be using it. For example, if you travel a lot, you'll want to look into the travel SAD lights you can get.

Most of them will only require you to sit in front of them for about 15 - 30 minutes.

In my personal opinion, I definitely prefer the Sadelite over the Litebook. I don’t mind using the Sadelite whereas I almost have to force myself to use the Litebook. The feelings of nausea that the Litebook can give me are apparently quite rare in people but that is a factor for me.

If you suspect that you might have SAD, then I highly recommend getting a SAD light. At first, it might seem like a lot of money to spend but if you have SAD, even after a few days, you'll feel like the most incredible miracle has just occured. You'll feel like a totally new person and you'll have your life back. You won't regret a single penny.

The nice thing too is that you really only ever need to buy one light. There's no additional costs and you won't have to keep updating it every year. You might have to buy a new bulb once in awhile but that's pretty minor.

Most places will also allow you to try out the SAD light and if you don't like it, you can return it. You'll know in a few days if it's going to make a difference for you. So, that's something else to consider when thinking about trying one out.

I guarantee though, if you have SAD, this is going to make such a dramatic difference to your life. It's a purchase you just won't regret making. You'll wonder why you didn't get one sooner.

SAD Questions?

If you have any questions just use my Contact Form and I'll answer them the best that I can.

You can also read through the list of some of the SAD Questions I've received lately including questions on using a SAD light.

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