As I am suffering from extreme pain right now, unable to do anything, my fiancé suggested I build a green light therapy chamber. In the linked article, researchers found evidence that if one bathed in green light for two hours a day regularly, it has significant pain reduction and no side effects and is intended to treat those with fibromyalgia and migraines.
My diagnosis is complex and I am treatment resistant. All the meds thrown at me have harmed me in some way. Eager to begin this treatment, I DIY’d a green light chamber for about $16 USD.
Please note the pain relief comes after a duration of time and regular use for about a month. Last night was my first time using my chamber to battle Painsomnia.
With that in mind, if you’re willing to experiment with me, I will gladly help you DIY your own Green Light Therapy Chamber!
DIY Green Light Therapy Chamber
1. Purchase green LED light bulbs
I bought a pack of two off of Amazon here.
2. Put the green LED light bulbs in a normal table lamp without a cloth shade.
The picture used in this blog post is a real image of my finished product. I took an antique desk lamp I already had and put a bulb in it. If you already have something, no need to buy!
3. Put the lamp with the green bulb in a dark, windowless room.
I chose our guest bathroom as it can be made pitch black. I put the lamp on the bathroom counter.
4. Bring in a foldable, portable, comfortable chair.
I suggest a canvas camp chair like this one.
My camp chair I already owned and did not have arms, which made it perfect to squish into my little bathroom.
5. Bring water and a paper book.
No smartphones allowed in the chamber and remember, you will be in here for 2 hours so you need to be able to entertain yourself. I read The Sight aloud until I felt able to fall asleep.
6. Set a timer for 2 hours and set it directly outside your door so you can hear it.
It will take some practice to get up to the full 2 hours, but if you bring a book, a craft project, or your sketchbook (maybe all 3) you may be able to get through the entire process on your first try. I made it an hour and a half reading my novel.
Tips and tricks
Make sure your chair is comfortable, supportive and flexible. You can use a bean bag chair, an office chair, whatever makes you feel good, but you must be comfortable otherwise you won’t last 30 minutes. It is important that you don’t try to sit on a toilet if your chamber is a bathroom. Try your hardest to find something comfy that fits, even if you have the tiniest of bathrooms.
Your green light therapy chamber does not need to be a bathroom! It can be a closet, a pantry, an internal office – it just needs to be a windowless room that can be made completely dark!
The finished product
This is my handmade DIY green light chamber. In the bottom right corner is my camp chair, which was previously mentioned in the tutorial. On the counter is my book to read and water to drink. The green light lamp is made from an antique desk lamp given to me by my mother which cost nothing, with a green LED light bulb from Amazon.
I did find relief using this last night. It was about 10:30 and I was crying from the physical pain I was in, so I asked my dad to bring in a camp chair. I attempted to use the green light therapy chamber earlier yesterday, but I had to sit on the toilet because I could not fit my office chair inside. This caused me to hurt myself. Everybody, please say no to toilets.
And now, a recap:
Pocket full of starlight: there are lots of ways we can combat pain ourselves, and some of them are very creative.
Pocket full of darkness: fighting pain takes time.