You will be redirected to our brand new website shortly
S.A.D Lightboxes Tens Relief Dawn Clocks Skin Lamps National Light Hire Company logo phone 0800 1077951 Next Day Delivery

VAT exemption
You may qualify for zero-rated VAT if you are 'chronically sick or disabled.' due to your SAD condition.
exemptionClick here to read full details to see if you can order using
"VAT exemption"
exemption INFORMATION & Terms

S.A.D Facts Here are some common symptoms of S.A.D. patients may present:

  • Feelings of depression.
  • Feelings of fatigue.
  • A craving for sweet or starchy food.
  • Unwanted weight gain.
  • A tendency to oversleep.
  • Drops in your usual energy levels.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Increased irritability .
  • Increased sensitivity.
  • Avoiding social situations.

As a health professionals, regarding S.A.D. as a recognised and serious condition, and seeking expert help with treatment, could benefit your practice enormously. Developing a working relationship with NLHC means accessing years of experience in the treatment of this debilitating disorder. We can deliver expert guidance regarding light therapy treatment and provide the best equipment to provide that treatment.

Simply e-mail us at if you have any questions regarding S.A.D, light therapy or any of our other products and services.

  • Simulated sunrise and sunset.
  • Nightlight and snooze options.
  • Comforting and calming.
  • Revolutionise your bedtime.
  • Classic includes radio.

  • The ultimate in portability.
  • Fits in the palm of the hand.
  • Treatment in just 20 to 30 mins.
  • Adjustable treatment timer.
  • Automatic shut-down.

  • New cordless design.
  • 100% portability.
  • Treatment in just 20 to 30 mins.
  • Adjustable treatment timer.
  • Automatic shut-down.
Items in basket: Total: View Basket

Notes for health professionals.

For General Practitioners and Psychiatrists. As I am sure that you are well aware from September onwards more and more people are now presenting themselves with symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) a form of depression first characterized by a set of atypical symptoms which differentiates it from other types of uni-polar or bi-polar depressions.

The symptoms include a strong seasonal pattern, documented over two years or more with depressive symptoms appearing at the beginning of autumn and lasting until March or April.

The depressive symptoms are somewhat unusual: apart from the lack of energy and drive, loss of libido and a general feeling of tiredness there is often a marked hypersomnia, and a telltale craving for carbohydrate. Whilst many of the symptoms mimic those of clinical depression, this clear seasonal pattern is one of the decisive factors in diagnosis of SAD.

For a large number of individuals Seasonal Affective Disorder can be so debilitating that it can have a severe effect on their normal employment. It is strongly suggested that SAD is linked to the decreasing amount of daylight, and that replacing daylight with artificial light may have a palliative effect.

I am pleased to inform you therefore that our company are able to supply Light Boxes on either a sale or rental basis, the latter option may be preferable particularly for those patients who just wish to test the effectiveness of Light Therapy before commitment to purchase.

We stock the largest range of equipment in this country ranging from small desk-top models which can be used by a patient at home through to larger units which can be used in therapy sessions for clinic or surgery use.

If you wish, we can supply leaflets for your surgery that will give your patients an introduction to light therapy and its benefits.
Simply e-mail us at if you would like some of our leaflets, or if you have any general questions regarding light therapy and our other products and services.

For Pharmacists- A business opportunity.

As a community pharmacist myself I have been studying Seasonal Affective Disorder for over twelve years since studying some PACT Data for one of our local GP Practices when I noticed that there was a large increase in the number of anti-depressants prescribed in the winter months between September and March.

When I looked at the statistics for April and May onwards it started to show a decline but did not reach the lower levels of the previous August. There was the possibility therefore that
some patients were being prescribed anti-depressants for a
seasonal depression and were in fact remaining on them.

Following on from this, together with my wife who is a beauty therapist (But also a SAD sufferer herself) we set up a company renting out light therapy units for those who wanted to try the units prior to purchasing them. Since the company started in 1995 we have seen a huge increase in the interest shown by patients themselves and healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Our own evidence shows a success rate of 87% in the use of lightboxes for SAD. This has been proved by a detailed analysis of those patients who go on to purchase the equipment following a rental. As confidence has grown in the use of light therapy equipment sales are now outstripping rentals. In 2004 we started to look at lightboxes that we could supply to pharmacists in the UK.

Whilst there have been some sales of light therapy equipment from some community pharmacies for quite a number of years, very often the advice given to SAD sufferers has been somewhat patchy. In December of 2005 the goLITEP1R lightbox was detailed in Chemist & Druggist and was the first lightbox to be made available for pharmacies through a lightbox company who had directors who were pharmacists. We will shortly be in a position to offer further exciting new products aimed at community pharmacies with good gross profits.

We now have a complete range of light therapy equipment which we can supply at excellent trade prices. Alternatively we can supply lightboxes sent direct to your customer with the profit paid direct to you. The Sad Light Hire Company Limited can give you all the necessary training, leaflets and literature to enable you to start selling lightboxes.

Please email for a Pharmacy Starter Pack or telephone 0870 143 6702 (Anytime day, evenings or weekends)
Philip Bunting.B.Pharm.M.R.Pharm.S

For Beauty Therapists.

Beauty therapists are now ideally placed to offer SAD clinics during the dark winter months. Why not take advantage of a tremendous business opportunity in which we can set up a SAD clinic at a cost of less than 300 which will include a large lightbox with a stand, promotional literature, local publicity with your local press, radio stations etc and full support and training.

The suggested pricing structure is that you would charge your clients 30 per month (Just 1 a day) to receive a daily
treatmentfor 20 minutes during which time there would be no
supervision necessary. You would simply utilize a spare room
or treatment couch without the need for any manpower.

(With just five clients you would have a return of capital in just two months and you will also be able to introduce your clients to some of your other services at the same time).

You could also obtain further units on a sale-or-return basis for those who wished to purchase equipment themselves.

All units are available from us at trade prices.
Email .............................................................................

Seasonal Affective Disorder Study - References

Avery, D. H., & Norden, M. J. (1998). Dawn Simulation and Bright Light Therapy in Subsyndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder. In R. W. Lam (Ed.), Seasonal Affective Disorder and Beyond: Light treatment for SAD and Non-SAD conditions (pp. 143-158). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.

Beauchemin, K.M. & Hays, P. (1997). Phototherapy is a useful adjunct in the treatment of depressed in-patients. Acta-Psychiatrica-Scandinavica, 95(5), 424-427.

Benedetti, F., Colombo, C., Barbini, B., Campori, E., & Smeraldi, E. (2001). Morning sunlight reduces length of hospitalization in bipolar depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 62(3), 221-223.

Blouin, AG., Blouin, JH., Iversen, H., Carter, J., Goldstein, C., Goldfield, G., Perez, E. (1996). Light therapy in bulimia nervosa: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Psychiatry Research, 60(1), 1-9.

Cseisler, CA., Johnson, MP., Duffy, JF., Brown, EN., Ronder, JM. (1990). Exposure to bright light and darkness to treat physiologic maladaptation to nightwork. New England Journal of Medicine, 322, 1253-1259.

Eastman, C.I., Young, M.A., Fogg, L.F., Liu, L. & Meaden, P.M. (1998). Bright light treatment of winter depression: A placebo-controlled trial. Archives of General Psychiatry, 55(10), 883-889.

Ghadirian, A.M., Murphy, B.E.P. & Gendron, M.J. (1998). Efficacy of light versus tryptophan therapy in seasonal affective disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 50(1), 23-27.

Giedd JN, Swedo SE, Clark CH. & Rosenthal NE. (1998). Pediatric seasonal affective disorder: A follow-up report. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 37, 2. Graw, P., Gisin, B. & Wirz-Justice, A. (1997). Follow-up study of Seasonal Affective Disorder in Switzerland. Psychopathology, 30(4), 208-214.

Graw, P., Haug, H., Leonhardt, G., & Wirz-Justice, A. (1998). Sleep deprivation response in seasonal affective disorder during a 40-h constant routine. Journal of Affective Disorders, (48), 69-74.

Han, L., Wang, K., Du, Z., Cheng, Y., Simons, JS. & Rosenthal, NE. (2000). Seasonal variations in mood and behavior among Chinese medical students. American Journal of Psychiatry 157(1), 133-135.

Ibatoullina, E., Praschak-Rieder, N. & Kasper, S. (1997). Severe atypical symptoms without depression in SAD: Effects of bright light therapy. Journal of Clinical-Psychiatry, 58(11), 495.

Jang, K. L., Lam, R. W., Harris, J. A., Vernon, P. A., & Livesley, W. J. (1997). Seasonal mood change and personality: an investigation of genetic co-morbidity. Psychiatry Research, 78, 1-7.

Kasper, S., Wehr, T.A., Bartko, J.J., Gaist. P.A. & Rosenthal, N.E. (1989). Epidemiological findings of seasonal changes in mood and behavior. A telephone survey of Montgomery County Maryland. Archives of General Psychiatry 46(9), 823-833.

Kogan, A.O. & Guilford, P.M. (1998). Side effects of short-term 10,000-lux light therapy. American Journal of Psychiatry, 155(2), 293-294. Kripke, DF., Mullaney, DJ., Atkinson ML. & Wolf S. (1978). Circadian rhythm disorders in manic-depressives. Biological Psychiatry 13, 335-51.

Kripke, DF. (1981). Photoperiodic mechanisms for depression and its treatment. In: Perris, C. Struwe, G. Janson, B. (eds.) Biological Psychiatry. Amsterdam: Elsevier Press. p. 1248-52.

Kripke, D.F. (1989). Light treatment for nonseasonal depression: Speed, efficacy, and combined treatment. Journal of Affective Disorders, 49(2), 109-117.

Lam, RW., Carter, D., Misri, S., Kuan, AJ., Yatham, LN., Zis, AP. (1999). A controlled study of light therapy in women with late luteal phase dysphoric disorder. Psychiatry Research, 86, 185-192.

Lam, RW. & Levitt, AJ. (1999). Canadian consensus guidelines for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder. Vancouver: Clinical & Academic Publishing.

Lam, R. W., Levitan, R. D., Tam, E. M., Yatham, L. N., Lamoureux, S., & Zis, A. P. (1997). L-Tryptophan Augmentation of Light Therapy in Patients with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, (42), 303-306. Lee, T.M.C. & Chan, C.C.H. (1998). Vulnerability by sex to seasonal affective disorder. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 87, 1120-1122.

Lee, TM. & Chan, CC. (1999). Dose-response relationship of phototherapy for seasonal affective disorder: a meta-analysis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 99, 315-23.

Lee, T.M.C., Chan, C.C.H., Paterson, J. G., Janzen, H. L., & Blashko, C. A. (1998a). Spectral properties of phototherapy for seasonal affective disorder: A meta-analysis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 96(2): 117-121.

Lee, T.M.C., Chen, E.Y.H., Chan, C.C.H., Paterson, J.G., Janzen, H.L., & Blashko, C.A. (1998b). Seasonal Affective Disorder. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 5(3), 275-290.

Lewy, A., Kern, H., Rosenthal, N., Wehr, T. (1982). Bright artificial light treatment of a manic-depressive patient with a seasonal mood cycle. Journal of Affective Disorders,14, 13-19.

Low, K.G. & Feissner, J.M. (1998). Seasonal affective disorder in college students: Prevalence and latitude. Journal of American College Health, 47, 135-137.

Lyketsos, C.G., Veiel, L.L., Baker, A. & Steele, C. (1999). A randomized, controlled trial of bright light therapy for agitated behaviors in dementia patients residing in long-term care. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 14(7), 520-525.

Magnusson, A. (2000). An overview of epidemiological studies on seasonal affective disorder. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 101(3), 176-84.

Maskall, D.D., Lam, R.W., Misri, S., Carter, D., Kuan, A.J., Yatham, L.N. & Zis, A.P. (1997). Seasonality of symptoms in women with late luteal phase dysphoric disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 154(10), 1436-1441.

McEnany, GW. & Lee, KA. (1997). Effects of phototherapy in women with non-seasonal/non-bipolar major depression. Sleep Research, 26, 294.

Mersch, P.A., Middendorp, H.M., Bouhuys, A.L,. Beersma, D.G.M. & Van-den-Hoofdakker, R.H. (1999). Seasonal affective disorder and latitude: A review of the literature. Journal of Affective Disorders,53, 35-48.

Michalak, EE., Wilkinson, C., Dowrick, C. & Wilkinson G. (2001). Seasonal affective disorder: prevalence, detection and current treatment in North Wales. British Journal of Psychiatry, 179, 31-4.

Murray, G. W., Hay, D. A., & Armstrong, S. M. (1995). Personality Fators in Seasonal Affective Disorder: Is seasonality an aspect of neuroticism? Personality and Individual Differences, 19 (5), 613-617.

Okawa, M., Shirakawa, S., Uchiyama, M., Oguri, M., et al (1996) Seasonal variation of mood and behaviour in a healthy middle-aged population in Japan. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 94(4), 211-216.

Ozaki, N., Ono, Y., Ito, A. & Rosenthal, NE. (1995). The prevalence of seasonal difficulties among Japanese civil servants. American Journal of Psychiatry 152:1225-1227.

Palinkas , LA. , Houseal, M. & Rosenthal NE. (1996). Subsyndromal seasonal affective disorder in Antarctica." Journal of Nervous Mental Disease 184(9), 530-534.

Partonen, T. & Lonnqvist, J. (1996). Prevention of winter seasonal affective disorder by bright-light treatment. Psychological-Medicine, 26(5): 1075-1080.

Partonen, T. & Lonnqvist, J. (2000). Bright light improves vitality and alleviates distress in healthy people. Journal of Affective Disorders, 57 , (1-3), 55-61.

Rosen, L.N., Targum, S.D., Terman, M. & Bryant, M.J. (1990). Prevalence of seasonal affective disorder at four latitudes. Psychiatry-Research, 31(2), 131-144.

Rosenthal, N. E., Sack, D. A. & Gillin, J. C., et. al. (1984). Seasonal affective disorder: description of the syndrome and preliminary findings with light therapy. Archchives of General Psychiatry, 41 , 72-80.

Rosenthal NE , Carpenter CJ, James SP, Parry BL, Rogers SLB. & Wehr TA. (1986). Seasonal affective disorder in children and adolescents. American Journal of Psychiatry 143, 356-358.

Ruhrmann S., Kasper S., Hawellek B., Martinez B., Hoflich G., Nickelsen T. & Moller HJ. (1998) Effects of fluoxetine versus bright light in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder. Psychological Medicine, 28(4), 923-933.

Sato, T. (1997). Seasonal Affective Disorder and Phototherapy: A Critical Review. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 28(2), 164-169.

Sher, L. (2000). The role of genetic factors in the etiology of seasonality and seasonalaffectivedisorder: an evolutionary approach. Medical Hypotheses, 54(5), 704-7.

Smyth, A. (1990). Seasonal Affective Disorder. London: Harper Collins. Stewart, KT., Chapman, JC., Nimmagudda, RR & Putcha, L. (1995). Light treatment shifts (-) rhythms in NASA shiftworkers. Chronobiology International, 12, 141-151.

Suhail, K. & Cochrane, R. (1997) Seasonal changes in affective state in samples of Asian and white women. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 32(3), 149-157.

Sumaya, IC., Rienzi, BM., Deegan, JF. 2nd. & Moss, DE. (2001). Bright light treatment decreases depression in institutionalized older adults: a placebo-controlled crossover study. Journals of Gerontology Series A Biological Sciences & Medical Sciences, 56 (6), 356-60.

Swedo SE, Allen AJ, Glod CA, Rosenthal NE, Teicher M, Richter D, Hoffman C, Brown C, Clark CH. (1997). A controlled trial of light therapy for the treatment of pediatric seasonal affective disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 36(6), 816-821.

Swedo SE, Pleeter JD, Richter DM, Hoffman CL, Allen AJ, Hamburger SD, Turner E, Yamada EM, Rosenthal NE. (1995). The rates of seasonal affective disorder in children and adolescents. American Journal of Psychiatry 152(7), 1016-1019.

Tam, EM., Lam, RW., Levitt, AJ. (1995). Treatment of seasonal affective disorder. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 457-66.

Terman, M., Lewy, AJ., Djik, DJ., Boulos, Z., Eastman, CI. & Campbell, SS. (1995). Light treatment for sleep disorders: consensus report. Journal of Biological Rhythms, 10, 135-47.

Terman, M. & Terman, JS. (1999). Bright light therapy: side effects and benefits across the symptom spectrum. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(11), 799-808.

Terman, M., Terman, JS., Quitkin, FM., McGrath, PJ., Stewart, JW., Rafferty, B. (1989). Light therapy for seasonal affective disorder. A review of efficacy. Neuropsychopharmacology, 2, 1-22.

Terman, M., Terman, J. & Ross, D.C (1998). A controlled trial of timed bright light and negative air ionization for treatment of winter depression. Archives of General Psychiatry, 55(10), 875-882.

Wesson, V. A., & Levitt, A. J. (1998). Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder. In R. W. Lam (Ed.), Seasonal Affective Disorder and Beyond: Light treatment for SAD and Non-SAD conditions (pp. 45-89). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.

Wirz-Justice, A., Graw, P., Roeoesli, H., Glauser, G. & Fleischhauer, J. (1999). An open trial of light therapy in hospitalised major depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 52(1-3), 291-292 

Contacting National Light Hire Co.
Contact by telephone:

Info hotline = 0870 143 6702
Order hotline = 0800 107 7951 [Free 24hr]
Overseas number = +44 870 143 6702
Fax number = 01704-501363

Contact by mail:

National Light Hire Co
'Rutlands' - 2b Hartwood Road
Southport - MERSEYSIDE

Contact by e-mail: click - [
here] to e-mail

NB - Our charges are for mainland Britain only - please contact us on freephone 0800 1077951 for deliveries outside the mainland.

flags Spain France Sweden
  site contents national light hire company