As a tall person looking to do red light therapy in the shortest amount of time, you want the largest panel from the best company. You’ve narrowed the choices down to LightpathLED Pro Series Large and the Mito Red Light MitoPro 1500. Which set of red light therapy panels should you choose?
LightpathLED vs. MitoPro Size
Mito has a reputation for wow-ing customers with high quality, bright therapy panels. LightpathLED products come with something you can’t get anywhere else: Advice from Scott Kennedy, light therapy expert and clinician. Nothing against Mito Red, but Scott gets my vote on this one. Everything else comes down to the product comparisons. Let’s look at how the Mito MitoPro 1500 compares to the LightpathLED Pro Series Large panel.
The LightpathLED Pro Large is 36x10x3 inches. The Mito Red MitoPro 1500 is 42x10x3 inches. That puts the LightpathLED at 360 square inches, and the MitoPro at 420 square inches. With an extra 60 square inches, this comparison goes to MitoPro.
LightpathLED vs. MitoPro Wavelengths
The LightpathLED outputs 620 nm red, 660 nm red, 810 nm infrared, 850 nm infrared and 930 nm infrared. The Mito outputs 630 nm red, 660 nm red, 830 nm red and 850 nm red. The 930 nm infrared is unique to the LightpathLED, which wins the wavelength comparison.
Aside: Why 930 nm?
Few phototherapy devices contain 930 nm, so you might be wondering whether you need it. The science shows that this wavelength is effective for the treatment of nail fungus, and the healing of nerve damage. Nearby 940 nm has been found useful in bone healing , bone setting, cell proliferation, some redness reduction, and rheumatoid arthritis inflammation reduction.
LightpathLED vs. MitoPro Pulsation
The LightpathLED allows pulsation at any frequency from one to 10,000 Hz. The Mito does not have pulsation. LightpathLED wins the pulsation feature comparison.
Aside: Which Pulsations Do You Need?
Whether pulsation helps red light therapy work better is still debated. One area that’s settled is the use of 10 Hz and 40 Hz for brain therapy. The brain likes to pulse at the same rate as the lights. Setting pulsation to 10 Hz helps the brain get into an alpha brainwave pattern. 40 Hz pulsation helps it get to a gamma pattern. Any entrainment up to about 50 Hz is theoretically helpful for any brain condition. This is because brainwaves represent underlying neurons all firing at the same time. The more neurons firing, the higher the brainwave amplitude. When used by people with dementia, a 40 Hz pulse adds amplitude to the gamma state, which tends to be an area that needs that extra help in dementia brains.
LightpathLED vs. MitoPro Power
Rather than looking at irradiance, we’re going to compare time-per-treatment at 12 inches. I’ll explain why below. The LightpathLED suggests 15 minutes per treatment, and the Mito is 20 minutes per treatment. The LightpathLED wins this comparison.
Aside: Why Use Time and not “Irradiance”?
Irradiance is the measurement of photons reaching the target. It’s also a measurement that’s rarely correctly reported in the consumer market. Time, distance and irradiance at that distance make up the dose per treatment. Those are the variables that go into photon dosage. The closer you are to the machine, and the more time you spend, the more of its photons will reach you. Realistically, it’s actually difficult to stand 6 inches from a panel. So if you were standing in front of a panel at 12 inches, quite a bit of the light would spread to your sides. That makes a longer treatment time, to make up for those missing photons.
LightpathLED vs. MitoPro Tie Scores
The LightpathLED Pro Series Large and the Mito Red MitoPro 1500 are tied on multiple feature comparisons. They both allow wavelength isolation of running red or infrared without the other. They both include a door mount, a wall mount, and goggles. They are stackable and run through a daisy chain power connection. Each claims flicker free performance and zero EMF at 6 inches. Their warranties are 3 years. Returns are accepted for 60 days; there are no restocking fees, and the buyer pays the postage for the return.
LightpathLED vs. MitoPro Winner
The LightpathLED covers 60 square inches less area than the Mito Red Light. The LightpathLED has the extra infrared wavelength of 930, which might add some healing benefits to your sessions. LightpathLED blows everyone out of the water (not just Mito Red Light) with its 10,000 pulsation frequency options. Both are good for the brain, but being able to pulse at 10 Hz and 40 Hz gives LightproLED the win here.
Beam angle, bulbs-per-unit and irradiance are easily mis-measured, but time-per-treatment says everything you need to know. In order to get between 20 and 60 joules of light, how long do you stand in front of the device? At 12 inches of distance from the lamp, LightpathLED is 15 minutes of treatment, and Mito Red Light is 20 minutes. While I gave the win to LightpathLED on this one, it’s possible I’m wrong. We don’t know the total joules of photons delivered in each case. So this one is a possible win for LightpathLED, or a tie.
LightpathLED vs. MitoPro Price Comparison
The LightpathLED Pro Series Large red light panel goes for $924. Stack two together and Scott throws in the stand for free. The Pro Series Dual Combo is $1848. Subtract your EMFCHANNEL coupon discount, and your price is $1755.60. With this configuration, you have two panels, each 36×10 inches. Stack vertically for a 72×10 inch treatment setup, which amounts to 720 square inches. Bottom line: 720 square inches of therapy for $1755.60.
The Mito Red Light MitoPro 1500 is $1149. The 1500 stacks with a 750, which is $649. When purchased together, the 1500 combined with the 750 is $1699. Add the stand for another $279, for a total for two panels and the stand of $1,978. The 1500 is 42×10 inches. The 750 is 22×10 inches. Stack the two panels to get 64×10 inches of output. Bottom line: 640 square inches of red light therapy for $1,978.
The LightpathLED is 720 square inches of therapy for $1755.60. The Mito Red Light is 640 square inches for $1,978. LightpathLED wins again. LightpathLED Pro Large wins, and this is the panel set to buy.