Is light therapy covered by insurance providers? Light therapy is recommended by healthcare professionals for combating SAD and other body-clock disruptions in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Europe, South America and increasingly in Asia and Australia. Patients in the U.S., Canada and some other countries are often able to obtain a prescription for light therapy from their physician, and increasingly, receive reimbursement from their insurance companies for the purchase of a light therapy device. (Consult your insurance carrier for possible coverage.)
To maximize you chances for coverage of a Litebook® purchase, you should:
- Request a prescription from your physician or health care provider.
- Download the Litebook® Insurance Form and ask your physician or health care provider to complete the form or get a similar letter from your physician. Click here for insurance form.
- Provide a copy of your purchase receipt.
- Submit the completed insurance form or letter with your receipt directly to your insurance company.
How do I use the Litebook®?
How long do I need to use the Litebook®?
Light therapy usage varies with the individual. For instance, usage times for winter blues are typically 15-30 minutes per day, while for jet lag, usage times vary with the number of time zones crossed. Ideal exposure time is the morning, as early as possible. Additional sessions are indicated mid-day and early evening, as required.
Review usage information specific to your needs:
How many LUX does the Litebook® provide?
Lux is a measurement of light intensity over a specified area. Traditional fluorescent light boxes have always been rated in terms of lux, typically 10,000 lux at the retina. However, a growing body of research demonstrates that the effectiveness of light therapy is less dependent on the intensity (or lux) of the light source than it is on the wavelength of the light. Numerous research reports on the same peak wavelengths of light emitted by The Litebook® conclude that it is these wavelengths of light that are the ‘action spectrum’ for light therapy. In other words, these wavelengths of light are responsible for increasing energy, improving mood, and restoring sleep patterns. Since the white LEDs in all Litebook® products produce light with peaks in the most effective wavelengths, most users find that they need LESS time (typically 15-30 minutes/day) with Litebook® products than they did with larger 10,000 lux light boxes. Thus, while we no longer refer to the ‘lux’ of our products, we are comfortable stating that The Litebook® emits light that is the equivalent to 10,000 lux at 20-24 inches.
How does the Litebook® differ from other light therapy devices?
Unlike most existing fluorescent boxes, which are large and clunky in design, The Litebook® is extremely compact, lightweight yet durable, completely portable, and aesthetically pleasing. The Litebook® also features several innovative elements: bright-white light-emitting diodes (LEDs), built-in rechargeable lithium-Ion battery, (Litebook® EDGE™ only) charge indicator and automatic 30 minute timer. More about our Litebook® products:
- The Litebook® uses bright white LEDs (light emitting diodes) of a specific wavelength that is identical to the peak wavelength of sunlight, which energizes our bodies and sharpens our minds just like being out in the natural sunshine. Typical fluorescent light boxes have very little energy in this critical wavelength.
- Average user requires less treatment time than fluorescent light products. Many of our users have reported their treatment times have been cut in half. It is best to start with 15 to 30 minutes and adjust the usage time as necessary.
- The Litebook® emits no UV radiation and virtually no heat.
- The Litebook® uses about 1/10 the power of traditional fluorescent light boxes.
How does the Litebook® differ from other LED-based light devices?
- Litebook® pioneered LED-based light therapy in 2001.
- The Litebook® is the only LED-based light therapy device that is patented in the USA, Canada and the European Union.
- The Litebook® is the only LED-based light therapy device with published clinical data on efficacy.
- All Litebook products use only WHITE L.E.D. technology, not blue.
- The Litebook® has been eye safety tested by expert Dr. David H. Sliney, PhD, consulting medical physicist, who concluded "The Litebook Elite™ diffused LED emitters do not pose a potential hazard to the eye under any realistic viewing conditions."
Please Note: The Litebook ELITE™ was discontinued October 2014.