Quantum Product Guide
QuantumHealth.TV Approved Products that Support Circadian Health
Many of you have asked for recommendations and tips for buying quantum health-friendly products. Here you go!
$$$ = more expensive
$ = less expensive
Blue Blocking Glasses: protecting your eyes from screens and bright lights
There are different kinds of blue blocking glasses, from “night time lenses” those that block ALL blue light (these are best for after sunset) to “daytime lenses” that block some blue light (good if you have to work indoors or look at screens a lot during the day). Some companies also offer glasses that are in-between for going out in the evening.
OPTIMAL - $$$
Ra Optics https://raoptics.com
Lucia Eyes https://luciaeyes.com/
BETTER THAN NOTHING - $
Orange safety glasses / goggles from a company such as Dewalt – these are ugly, but are cheap and can be easily found in hardware stores, or on sites like Amazon.
Most mass eyewear brands now claim to make ‘screen’ glasses, but most of them do not block enough blue light. The store clerks may tell you that they do, and even do demonstrations with laser pointers! But it's usually not true. Most of these glasses block very little blue light (this might still help with eye strain, but it won't have a health benefit).
- If the lenses of a pair of glasses are clear, they are not blocking much (if any) blue light. Glasses must have some yellow/orange/red tint in order to be effective. The darker the color of the lens, the more blue light they block.
- Ask the manufacturer or a sales clerk in a store what specific frequencies the lenses block, and what percentage of those frequencies they block. The blue & green light that effects our circadian health ranges from 400nm to 550nm.
- Daytime lenses typically block between 400-500nm light, and block between 50-75% of the light. They will be yellow or light orange. Night time lenses should block that plus the 500 to 550nm range, and block 100% of the light. They will be dark orange or red.
Swimwear for optimizing sun/UV exposure
These swimwear brands allow some UV to pass through the fabric, to maximize your full-body sun exposure. Although naked skin tanning is still best if you have privacy!
Cooltan https://www.cooltan.com/ (Cooltan also has tan-through shirts now!)
Lighting: creating a ‘campfire’ atmosphere
Red Light Therapy - $$$
These red lights emit both red and near infrared frequencies, and are quite powerful as they are made to have a therapeutic benefit – known as photobiomodulation. They can also just be used as ambient light around the house once the sun has set.
EMR Tek https://emr-tek.com/
Midwest Light Therapy https://midwestredlighttherapy.com/
- Ask what frequencies are emitted: red and near IR ranges from 650 to 850 nm. Light panels often emit multiple frequencies in that range, and each has a slightly different therapeutic benefit.
- Also ask about flicker rate: lights that are plugged into the AC power supply flicker imperceptibly, which can have negative effects on the eye, brain & body. Some light companies have added technology to overcome this. Lower flicker rates are better.
- Ask about power output (in watts) - more power, the more therapeutic effect (but also more cost for the device).
- Ask about dosage (irradiance) - this is expressed as XX mw per square cm / square inch at XX cm / inches away from the device. This will help you calibrate an accurate dosage and time for therapeutic benefits (published research on therapeutic benefits will specify the dosage of light at which they tested).
UV AND INFRARED LAMPS $ - $$
Sperti has a range of UV lamps for producing Vitamin D https://www.sperti.com/
As a cheaper option, at most pet stores, you can also purchase "reptile lamps" / "heat lamps" which give off either infrared, UV, or both.
UV 'black light' bulbs can be bought at many hardware stores (they may be in the "party lighting" section), but note that these can give off widely varying levels of UV, and are mostly quite weak.
Home Lighting / Light Bulbs $ - $$
BEST - Of course, candles or firelight are ideal!
OPTIMAL - Red
To light your home after sunset or before sunrise without disrupting your circadian rhythm, any red light bulb will do. You can find red light bulbs at any hardware store (sometimes they’re in the “party” lighting section).
Red light therapy panels can also be used for this purpose.
BETTER THAN LED – Incandescent & Halogen
Incandescent bulbs are the original light bulb and give off a warm, yellow light. Halogen lights give off a similar range of frequencies to incandescent, but are often more powerful/brighter.
While not entirely optimal, both are much better than LEDs, as they emit more red and IR frequencies (ie they get hot), and allow you to see better than with just red light bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are now banned in some countries – but they can still often be found labeled as “decorative” lighting.
White LED, CFC, and fluorescent tube lights – especially those labeled "cool white" or “bright white.” All are heavily skewed to blue and green, and often also have bad flicker rates.
- Look for the lightbulb's Kelvin rating, which gives a 'temperature' of the light. Ratings over 3000 are more bright and blue-shifted, and ratings in the 4500-6000 range are like solar noon: very bright, with lots of blue frequency. Kelvin ratings between 2000-3000 are generally softer, warmer light with more red and yellow frequencies.
- Here are some helpful charts that show the typical spectra associated with different kinds of lightbulbs, compared to full spectrum sunlight: