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Setting Up DIY Red Light Therapy At Home

Setting up DIY red light therapy at home is a convenient and cost-effective way to take full advantage of the beauty and wellness benefits. Home-use red light therapy devices are non-invasive and can be safely used to manage different conditions. Correct setup is crucial to ensure efficiency and optimal results.

Choose a Suitable Device and Set It Up

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There are different types and styles of DIY red light therapy devices. Therefore, your first task when setting up DIY red light therapy at home is to decide on the most suitable type for you and acquire it. Your options include:

Red Light Panels

They are rectangular-shaped and designed to treat larger parts of the body, such as the face, back, and legs. They are typically more expensive than red light masks and bulbs. They are versatile and can be used for a wide range of applications, including skin rejuvenation, pain relief, and muscle recovery. Most have adjustable intensity settings and times. They can be mounted on a wall or set up on a mounting device.

Red Light Bulbs

Red light bulbs are used for targeted treatment on smaller parts of the body. They are affordable and easy to install. Set up involves screwing the red light bulb onto an existing lamp or bulb fixture. Therefore, you do not require additional equipment. The main downside with bulbs is they emit heat during use, which can result in overheating due to extended usage.

Red Light Masks

Red light masks are specifically designed for use on the face. They are used to address skin concerns such as wrinkles, acne, and overall skin rejuvenation. They are easy to use and set up. Typically, they come with adjustable straps or headbands that keep them in place.

Check the manufacturer’s instructions for recommended treatment times and the distance from the skin.  Some red light therapy masks have adjustable settings.

Full Body Panels

They are large red light panels designed to offer full body coverage. They are typically high-power devices. Therefore, they are designed to be used for shorter periods in comparison to smaller red light devices. They have adjustable intensity settings and timers so that you can customize the settings according to your treatment needs.

On the downside, they are more expensive. Since they are larger, full panels require more space to set up and for storage. They also require an appropriate stand or mount to set up.

Therefore, identify an area in the room where there is sufficient space. They have a higher power requirement. Confirm that your unit’s power and wattage rating are compatible with your power source.

Red Light Wand

A red light wand is a small handheld device used for on-the-go or targeted treatments. They have a compact size for convenient use and enhanced portability. They can be used on specific parts of the body, like joints and muscles.

Treatment time depends on the intensity of the red light and the condition you are treating. Most are fitted with a replaceable battery. There is no setup required. Hold the wand and focus the red light on the target area.

Red Light Pod

A red light pod is a specialized enclosure designed to provide full-body coverage, ensuring that each part of the body gets sufficient exposure. They have a high-power output, offering intense treatments within a short time.

There is no setup required. Simply wear it from your feet to your neck and zip it up. You can use it seated, standing, or lying down. It is recommended to remove most or all your clothing before entering the pod, as the red light does not penetrate clothing.

Red Light Hat

It is a wearable hat fitted with red light-emitting diodes on the inside. When worn, they expose red or infrared light on the scalp. They can be beneficial for improving scalp health, promoting hair growth, reducing hair loss, and overall health.

A red light hat may be recommended for individuals with alopecia or thinning hair. It can also be used to relieve scalp tension and headaches.

There is no setup required. Simply connect to a power source and put on the hat, ensuring a good fit on your head. Set the timer and desired brightness. The hat can be connected to a USB power bank, wall outlet, or computer.

Red Light Torch

It is a super-targeted red light therapy device. It is used on smaller areas such as ears and nose. It is often used to treat cold sores and canker sores. It is typically fitted with rechargeable ion batteries. To use, turn it on and focus the red light on the targeted area. Position it a little above the treatment area.

Tips for Setting Up DIY Red Light Therapy at Home

Refer to the user manual. Although the section above provides general guidelines for setting up different types of DIY red light therapy devices at home, you must refer to the specific device’s user manual for specific setup instructions.

Also, read the safety precautions and the recommended usage guidelines.

  • Choose an appropriate location. For devices that require to be mounted, choose a clutter-free location. Ensure that there is ample space to set up and use the device. Also, choose a location that enables you to easily access a power outlet.
  • Wear protective gear. Wear eye protection when setting up the device and during use.
  • Maintain the right distance between your skin and the device. The right distance depends on the type of device, intensity, condition, and treatment period. Check the manufacturer’s menu for guidelines on positioning and distance.
  • Check power requirements. Check the device’s power rating and confirm if it is compatible with your power outlet. If not, you may need an adapter. Also, some devices come with a rechargeable battery, such that you do not have to plug it into a power source to operate.
  • Store and maintain the panel properly after use. Once done using the device, switch it off and follow the manufacturer’s storage and maintenance instructions.


Generally, DIY red light panels are easy to set up and use. Most handheld devices, such as red light wands and torches, do not require setup. Simply hold the device in your hand and focus the red light on the affected area. Red light bulbs are set up by attaching to a compatible bulb screw. Panels require a mount or stand, while with a pod, you just need to put it on.

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