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March 20, 2022

Light Therapy FAQs

Light Therapy     

How does Red Light Therapy work?

Red light therapy is a simple, non-invasive treatment that delivers red and near infrared light to a person’s skin and cells. A portable device like a Kala Red Light uses LEDs to shine red and near infrared wavelengths of light on your body during a treatment session. This is just like the wavelengths of light your body needs from natural sunlight, but without the heat or UV rays that cause sun damage. It has 100’s of healing properties. 

What benefits will I receive from this treatment?

Cellular benefits provided by the wavelengths in Kala products have been reported by many customers. Red and near-infrared light is energy for your cells. Exposing your body to this light enhances your cells to function as they are designed to. It is hard to predict exactly how your body will respond to the treatment of photobiomodulation and how quickly you will see results. Your cells will decide what repairing and healing needs to take place first. Red Light Therapy has over 100 scientific benefits reported by customers. Some notable benefits many of our customers have commended the Kala Light’s for providing are improved skin-health (acne, eczema, stretch marks, wrinkles, sores), improved sleep, muscle and joint pain alleviation, reduced inflammation, improved libido, faster recovery, better mood and many, many more.

What is the Science behind Red Light Therapy?

Humans have trillions of cells, each one needs energy to do their job and keep our bodies in balance. All things on this planet need energy to survive, thrive, grow and exist. We convert this energy from food, water, and oxygen, and do so most efficiently in a vital process called cellular respiration. The product of cellular respiration is adenosine triphosphate (ATP) energy that our body uses every second. The more efficiently we can create ATP, the better our bodies will feel, perform, and react.

Red and NIR light has been reported to improve the efficiency and absorption of the cellular respiration process and help your body make and use ATP energy more effectively. Light does this by impacting the mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell. Red light therapy can increase the number of mitochondria, and also boost their function in the cell. Thus, helping you feel your absolute best and live a more healthy, optimized life.

Red light therapy treatments can stimulate the electrons involved in the mitochondria during cellular respiration, and help clear out nitric oxide (NO), which is a harmful roadblock to ATP production. Essentially, NO gunks up the cellular system of ATP production, and red and NIR light helps prevent and reverse this problem. The photons in red and NIR light excite electrons, which helps break up nitric oxide bonds, so hydrogen ions can move through the process more effectively, resulting in greater levels of ATP energy that power your cells and body.

That’s a broad summary of a very complicated, microscopic process!

Why are only some of the lights red on our Kala Devices?

Kala uses dual wavelengths of both Red and infrared (NIR) wavelengths to provide therapy to the surface of the skin as well as deeper penetration. The NIR wavelengths (850nm) provide deeper penetration to support cellular function deeper within the body. These wavelengths cannot be seen by the human eye so it appears as if the light is not on! The red LED’s are the 660nm wavelengths that are designed to provide therapeutic healing to the surface level of the skin. 

Do LED’s make a difference?

They do! LEDs are the most effective technology for controlling the wavelength and direction of light therapy. LEDs also allow for the delivery of high-intensity output with minimal heat. They’re by far the most efficient source for light therapy. Kala uses 5W LED’s while most brands use 3W. Kala lights have a higher irradiance and are proven to actually work!

Why do the fans continue to run after my treatment?

The fans in your Kala device will run for approximately 5-10 minutes after your treatment has finished in order to cool down the device after use, and helps maintain its optimal operating temperature.

Is it safe?

In short, yes. All Kala devices are third party tested to ensure the safety and reliability of the device.  We suggest you consult with your doctor before using any Kala or light therapy device.  Kala uses the lowest EMF devices on the market that are flicker free to provide the highest degree of benefits with the safety you are seeking.

Is it hot?

The devices themselves do not heat up or get overly hot as some other cheaper devices may. With their built-in whisper cooling fan, the devices should remain cool and not overheat.

How often should I use my device?

Please refer to our treatment guidelines in the footer. It can be found by clicking here.

Do I need to wear goggles/glasses?

In short, No. It is not necessary. 
We do not suggest looking directly into the light, especially if you suffer from sensitivity to light, and we suggest you discuss with your doctor prior to using if you are unsure, however there are many recent studies that suggest red light therapy is very healthy for the eyes and actually will help slow down the aging of eyes and improve eyesight. 

KALA THERAPY LAMP

How is it different than a regular light?

To reap the benefits and use light therapy, or phototherapy, the light must be of a specific brightness. The metrics used is lux. The intensity of light emitted for optimal results should be 10,000 lux. The Kala Light Therapy Lamp is about 20x brighter than regular indoor light. 

How is it better than other SAD Lamps?

The Kala Light Therapy Lamp is 10,000 lux, whereas other sad lamps range from 6,500-8,500 lux. Kala has the brightest light possible. The shape and design of the device provides a broad radius of light in comparison to the old-school, conventional plastic book-sized light boxes. The Kala Lamp gives off more light, at a more concentrated wavelength allowing for maximum absorption from different angles and distances. 

What time of day should I use my Kala Lamp?

When you use light therapy may impact how effective it is. Morning light therapy seems to work better. Plus, using it later in the day may cause insomnia. Many health professionals recommend 10,000 lux for 15 to 30 minutes every morning. The three different colour temperatures can be used throughout the day. We suggest the brighter temperature for the morning, and as the day goes on, use the darker temperatures. For optimal results, use the Kala Lamp in a dark room!

Do I need a prescription for a sun lamp?

No prescription is necessary for a sun lamp. You can order the Kala Light Therapy Lamp without any doctor’s prescription. Any doctor who treats depression can recommend light therapy, but you don’t need a prescription to buy a SAD lamp. Kala Therapy always recommends you talk to your doctor about whether light therapy is right for you. If you’re on prescription meds that can increase photosensitivity, you might be more sensitive to light. Please consult with a doctor before use.

Are sun lamps safe?

Lamps are one of the safest, non-invasive devices that can be used to treat seasonal depression. “Sad lamps don’t give off ultraviolet radiation, so they pose little risk to most people,” says Dr. Cain. “Be sure to ask your doctor if any medication you take makes you more sensitive to light”. No glasses are needed. We do however suggest that you do not look directly into the light. Simply let it hit your face!

How do I use my Kala Therapy Lamp?

For optimal results, aim your Kala Lamp 16-24 inches (41 to 61cm) from your face for 30 minutes to two hours within the first two hours of waking up. It’s common to see improvement in your mood within two-to-four days if used for about 30 minutes every morning.  To use phototherapy, don’t look directly into the light. Place the lamp about 2 or 3 feet away while you read, eat, work or do other activities.

What is the USB used for?

The USB can be used for charging your personal devices while you are using your Kala Light Therapy Lamp.