Our highly effective Aurora LightPad Mini uses 180 LED bulbs to treat the symptoms associated with depression, seasonal affective disorder, sleep disorder and other mood disorders. LEDs provide long life, pure white light, and are shock and vibration resistant. They serve to reduce the unit's size and weight, yet deliver a full 10,000 LUX of light.
Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury inside of them. Mercury is a toxic substance that poses a hazard to humans if it is ingested, inhaled, or if it enters the skin. The mercury inside these bulbs is not a hazard unless the bulb breaks or is disposed of improperly. Fluorescent light bulbs should not be put in the daily trash. The EPA has issued clean-up guidelines for people to follow if a fluorescent light breaks in their home.
LED lights do not contain any poison, breakage does not pose a threat, and they can be disposed of in the regular household trash.
LED light bulbs are more expensive to produce than fluorescent, and therefore, they cost more. Some light therapy boxes are made with LED lights, but these light boxes are much smaller than the fluorescent ones, to keep them affordable. This makes it easier to move and transport the light box around.
LED lights may cost more up front than fluorescent lights, but this cost is more than made up during the life of the bulb. According to a study by Eartheasy, it would cost $95.95 to run an LED light for 50,000 hours, while it would cost $159.75 to run a fluorescent light for the same period, and you would go through about five bulbs in the process. For comparison, it would cost $652.50 to run traditional incandescent bulbs for the same time period, and you would burn through more than 40 bulbs.