Light Therapy Machines may be the wave of the future when it comes to treating certain ailments such as neonatal jaundice, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and many skin issues, but there is a lot to consider when it comes to owning one.
Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is the use of a specialized machine to emit only a specific wavelength of the light spectrum. It consists of exposure to specific wavelengths of light using lasers, LEDs, fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, full-spectrum light, for a prescribed amount of time. Each wavelength in the light spectrum is said to possess specific qualities.
For years you had to go to either a spa or dermatologists office to take advantage of Light Therapy, but now it is not too uncommon to find personal Light Therapy Machines that consumers can use in the comfort of their homes. While the development of hand held devices based on the technology is more recent, they can be just as effective as the therapy you can get at a dermatologist’s office, and both have their pros and cons.
In-office treatments are more aggressive, and due to the size of the technology used, can treat larger areas in a shorter time. On the other hand, home devices can be used at the convenience of the client, any time of the day or night and lead to similar improvement.
Regardless of whether you take advantage of an in-office treatment of at-home treatment, one should always consider the maintenance costs of having a light therapy machine. There is much to be considered when it comes to maintaining phototherapy machines including preventative maintenance, cleaning and re-lamping or replacing the burnt out bulbs.
Preventative maintenance – which is most often done by a third party – includes things like electrical inspections to make sure all of the electrical components, including lamp sockets, timers and other functions are working properly. Keeping the units free from dust, dirt, bacteria and other impurities is also necessary and encompasses not only cleaning the front parts of the unit, but also cleaning the lamps themselves and behind the reflective and access panels.
Re-lamping, or replacing the bulbs is also a cost one should always take into consideration. In fact, replacing the lamps can often be one of the most expensive parts to replace. It’s a well-known fact that the bulbs can cost anywhere from $50 up to several hundred depending on the size of the machine and the amount of use the machine gets.
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