Red LED light therapy: will any red LED do?

LLLT can include light emitting diodes (LED), lamps and fluorescent tube devices. This form of therapy appears to help the inflammation of rosacea. LED is one example of a gentle form of light which can be used. There are also infra-red and near infra-red forms of light therapy being reported as effective. Drop by here to find out the latest about this emerging treatment area.

Red LED light therapy: will any red LED do?

Postby optomisticrosacean » Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:54 pm

I'm looking for a cheap and safe source of red light and I've noticed that hydroponic growers also use red LEDs ... to encourage flowering.

My questions to the community are:

  1. Will any red LED do?
  2. Does the exact wave length matter, is 630nm okay?
  3. Do red LED's emit UV?
  4. Does the wattage matter?
    1. Cheaper units start at 14w.
    2. Some of the intermediate units use 90w.
  5. And of course, what are your thoughts on cheap and safe sources of red light?

About me:

I'm in the middle of a flare up and I'm willing to try something new. I tried red light at home before without success. I attribute this to the fact that I only tried it a few times and I used a fluorescent light which tended to get warm and probably emitted some UV.

From what I can tell, growers are also averse to UV ... which could be to our benefit.

Any help, feedback or wisdom much appreciated.
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Re: Red LED light therapy: will any red LED do?

Postby optomisticrosacean » Sun Nov 30, 2014 2:58 pm

Silly me, it seems a similar question has just been asked :oops:

http://rosacea-support.org/community/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=4238&p=28973#p28973
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