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Swedish town installs light therapy lamps at bus stops

posted 29 Nov 2012, 07:11 by Mpelembe   [ updated 29 Nov 2012, 07:12 ]

Next Media -  An energy company in northern Sweden has installed light therapy lamps at 30 bus stops across the town in an attempt to combat the winter blues. On a typical December day the town of Umea see only around four hours of sunlight, leading to seasonal affective disorder (SAD) among residents.

“This is so people can get a little energy kick as they are waiting,” marketing chief at Umea Energi told Reuters. 

The energy company says energy sources such as solar, wind and hydropower are used to provide for these light panels.

The light therapy makes up for lost sunlight exposure while filtering out harmful ultraviolet radiation. Light therapy has been found effective in combating winter depressive symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.