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Circadian Optics Lumine Review

 February 23, 2021

By  Tim Parry

The Lumine circadian optic has average brightness, but it's an affordable, compact solar therapy lamp with a modern style that looks unobtrusive in an office environment.

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The Lumine circadian optic is one of the sleekest products on our list of the best therapy lamps, being the size and shape of a picture frame. It's also a good choice for the office because it's not bright enough to disturb co-workers in your environment. However, the lack of brightness is also its downfall in terms of effective light therapy.

That means you'll probably need much longer sessions under the light because it's only average overall brightness. Still, if you use it in the office, you can work while receiving the benefits.

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PROS
  • Modern design
  • Simple to use
CONS
  • Low luminous intensity

Features on the Circadian Optics Lumine

This Lumine has three brightness settings that you can switch between by simply lightly touching a sensor on the front. However, you can't adjust the angle of the light unless you support it with other items.

Because this lamp uses a collection of tiny LED bulbs, you can't replace them when they burn out, even though they have an expected life of more than 50,000 hours. LED bulbs also do not have the same heat output as fluorescent lamps. The lamp's surface reached only 95.8 degrees Fahrenheit after 30 minutes, hot enough to feel warm but not hot enough to feel dangerously hot to the touch. It just increased the surface temperature of a wall by 0.75 degrees when we directed light at it from 16 inches away for 30 minutes, so it won't make you sweat.

Performance Review of the Circadian Optics Lumine

When we calculated with a light meter, the Lumine had a range of 6 inches and 10,000 lux, average. At 16 inches, the light measured only 960 lux. It is not effective when sitting at this distance, which experts recommend as the most comfortable distance for therapeutic sessions. Besides, the luminous intensity of the lamp is relatively weak 360 CD.

This factor combined with its smaller surface area, means that the light does not cover a lot of area with bright light. Nonetheless, if you use it in an office, the limited coverage and relatively dim output are ideal. By comparison, the Daylight Sky triples the coverage area and luminous intensity and doubles the 10,000 lux range. It's better than the Lumine for regular sessions but too bright for office use.

5,500 Kelvin is the Lumine's color temperature. This is slightly above the range recommended by the Center for Environmental Therapeutics (CET), an organization of experts in therapeutic practices. However, compared to other solar therapy boxes, the light is almost entirely white.

Full-spectrum lights with higher color temperatures usually have a bluer hue and provide an excellent color effect where the light touches. Lamps that have lower color temperatures emit light that has a warmer, reddish-orange hue. The CET recommends not using blue lights because they can cause extreme aversive glare and potentially damage your retinas if you take photosensitizing medications.

Should I buy Lumine circadian optics?

The Lumine circadian optic is a small, affordable light therapy lamp. While it shines 10,000 lux of light, it reaches only 6 inches into that brightness and diminishes rapidly as you move away. However, its small size, modern styling, and average brightness make it ideal for office use.

Tim Parry


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