Are you tired of experiencing that agonizing, burning sensation in your muscles a few days after an intense workout? If you’re anything like me, you get rid of pain when you can. I use red light therapy after working out to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
If you’re ready to get rid of muscle soreness and recharge your workouts, you should get a red light therapy panel. A red light therapy wrap helps with pain as well, but it does take longer before you feel results than if you use a panel.
What are the Best Red Light Therapy Devices on Amazon?
These are the best red light therapy products on Amazon.
The HG1500 is a full-body, medical-grade red and near-infrared light therapy device that offers high-powered, effective light therapy in the comfort of your own home.
It is part of a family of panels that includes the 300, 500, and 1500 models.
I’ve talked to a number of people who picked up Hooga lights from Amazon, and every single one was more than happy with their device.
The HG1500 is 36 in. tall, meaning you can treat the whole front or back of your body in just a few minutes.
You should expect faster exercise recovery, reduced delayed onset muscle soreness, better skin, and overall pain relief.
The HG1500 is modular, meaning you can daisy chain with more Hooga lights to make a therapy array.
It comes with a stand that holds it in place on the floor. You can also purchase an optional mobile stand that allows you to hang the light over a mat or bed while you lie underneath.
If you have read my blogs you might know that solar meters overstate red light therapy power.
Everyone uses them, so you can compare relative strength from the claims, but you can’t figure your dose with these values.
Hooga says that this light outputs 189 mW/cm^2 when you are standing 6 inches away.
Given how solar meters work, assume a value of 90 mW/cm^2.
You really do NOT want a device that outputs 189 mW/cm^2 at 6 inches.
That much power will cause your skin to heat, and that is damaging.
Fortunately, you’re reading this article, so you know that in all likelihood, the real irradiance is about 90 at 6 inches.
I won’t bore you with the math but will tell you just that this means that every minute you are in front of your Hooga (6 inches away), you are getting 5.4 joules of light.
For exercise recovery and pain relief, you want between 20 and 60 joules (you’ll have to play with the therapy to find the minimal amount of time that creates maximum benefit, for many people that’s 20 joules).
That means you want to spend just four minutes in front of this light to get your 20 joules of photon energy.
The HG1500 is $899 including shipping.
How to Use the HG1500
- Use at any time of day (but use in the morning if you have insomnia to avoid the light bothering your circadian rhythm)
- Use before adding lotions and makeup
- Position the light 6 inches from you
- Use for 4 minutes as often as 1x per day, which is a 20 joules dose
- Use up to 12 minutes for a maximum 60 joules dose
The Comfytemp red light therapy belt is as luxurious and feature-rich as the Nushape but it costs 88% less!
I compared the Nushape’s $499 Therapy Belt to the Comfytemp at $57 and could not believe it, but there it was, right in front of me.
Both have luxurious, high-quality material on the outside and a huge array of pain-killing LEDs on the inside.
The Therapy Wrap does have more lights (600 to Comfytemp’s 378).
Comfytemp uses 630 nm, 660 nm, and 850 nm wavelengths, which makes it a fat reduction and pain relief wrap.
Therapy Wrap has 660 nm red and 850 nm infrared wavelengths, exactly what you want for pain and inflammation reduction.
(The Nushape Lipo Wrap for fat loss has the same wavelengths as the Comfytemp. Both are good for fat loss as well as pain relief.)
Comfytemp allows you to run the red and infrared separately, which you want to do if you have a pigment reaction to infrared light.
This is when a small area darkens under infrared light. It’s rare, but it does happen, so it helps to be able to turn the infrared off.
You cannot turn off the infrared on the Therapy Wrap.
Comfytemp has a pulsed mode of 10 Hz, which Therapy Wrap does not have.
The 10 Hz means the lights pulse on and off 10 times per second.
I know many practitioners who believe this makes red light therapy work better. Science hasn’t partially proven this to be true. We need more studies to be sure.
Neither wrap comes standard with a USB battery. You can buy one from the vendors or just use a spare cell phone battery.
The Comfytemp has a 22 x 5 in. treatment area while the Therapy Wrap’s is 20 x 5. Point to Comfytemp.
You should know: Red light therapy wraps are not heating pads! The therapeutic results come from the light, not from the heat. You are not buying a heating pad, you are buying a light therapy pad.
The Comfytemp is $57 on Amazon.
How to Use the Comfytemp
- Use any time of the day
- Wrap the Comfytemp around your back, tummy, leg, knee, or arm (anywhere!)
- Use for 20 minutes as often as 1x per day
These are the devices I recommend available on Amazon. The Photizo is a powerful device. It’s so powerful, I don’t know how they’re selling it for the price they’re asking. And we don’t need to take their word for irradiance or other measurements. We know it’s powerful by the suggested treatment time. Anything that offers a treatment time under 60 seconds is powerful.
The Hooga tabletop and panel are red and infrared devices for pain relief and wrinkle reduction. These wavelengths are good for almost any red light therapy job, but they’re only 2/3 of what you want for acne treatment. For that you want the powerful combination of blue, red and infrared you’ll find in the Hydraskincare Photon and Hydraskincare PDT.
The Photon and PDT are designed for wrinkle and acne reduction and will also work for eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. The Photons is a home model, and the PDT is spa-level quality.