• What is Light Therapy? Light therapy, also called photobiomodulation, phototherapy, cold laser therapy, photopuncture, color therapy, etc., is the process of applying a specific wavelength (color) on a living being to stimulate a biological response in the body. These responses include but are not limited to speeding up wound healing, changing mitochondria to an anti-inflammatory state, calming, improving circulation, cooling, stimulating acupoints and/or trigger points, and much more. Check out our other pages for more info on the benefits of light therapy.                                                                                           

  • Why Red, Green, and Blue? Red light is amazing, and by far the most studied. It is not, however, the only color with great benefits. Each color has its own list of ways it contributes to health and wellness. All three colors cause biological responses in the body. (See "More info", “Color Reference Guide” , and “Why Light Therapy” on this site. Green light has had some intriguing scientific study results. The University of Arizona's determined that green light gave great pain relief to mice and then to people suffering from fibromyalgia. Sometimes a light therapy session can be enhanced when a secondary color is used to compliment a primary one. One example would be using blue and red together for muscles or joints. Blue deals with cooling and relaxing fascia, and that allows the red light to work in less hostile tissue. Red and green can be used to complement each other with regards to acupoints. A reactive point can have green applied to one side and red to the other for a more thorough therapy session. In the case of joints such as hocks, or spinal processes, you can use red on one side and green on the other. Aside from the many benefits of each color has to offer, there is another reason you want to have different colors on hand for therapy sessions. Would you yell in an ear that was inflamed or infected? Of course not, you would most likely whisper right? Well all body tissue can be inflamed and painful, even to the point where red light can be too deep penetrating or stimulating at first. Often, nerves are firing and while red light will get in there and eventually help, in this case it would not be the best color to start with. I have seen so many videos where red light is used, and the horse begins to look uncomfortable and move around. Or they move away when it is applied. I find myself saying to the video, “that horse needs blue or green first!” I also hear a lot of horse owners say, “my horse doesn’t like red light.” There are some things (most with performance horses) that are best treated in layers. The results are better because you have addressed specific issues in each layer. You also add many other biological health benefits doing it this way.                                            

  • Why have I heard negative things about Blue Light? The blue light that is being referred to is mostly artificial blue light from computer screens, phones, etc. This light is being taken in via the eyes and can disrupt one's circadian rhythm, therefore disrupting proper sleep. Therapeutic blue light actually promotes calming and sleep. Blue light in the therapeutic range has shown in research to activate key immune T cells and increases cells' ability to move throughout the body.  Also, babies born with jaundice are put under blue lights, and it is used to help acne and bacterial issues.                                                                                                 

  • What are the wavelengths of Equilux's lights?  

  • Red - 660 nm

  • Blue- 470nm

  • Green-525nm

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  • How do I use the products? Light therapy is one of the simplest therapeutic modalities. You simply shine the light on the affected area and/or follow the charts provided.                                                                                               

  • Are there any known negative side effects? There are no known negative side effects to light therapy.                                                                                                                                                               

  • How long and often do I use them? Light therapy times range from 30-60 seconds each acupoint to 5-30 minutes for longer and larger area therapy application.                                                                             

  • How should I care for Equilux Products?    Handle with care. Even though our products are intended to be used on large unpredictable animals, it is important to remember that they involve the use of delicate electrical equipment, wiring, and specific wavelengths to work properly.

Therefore:

  • Do not drop

  • Do not get wet- our products are water resistant so you can wipe down to clean, but avoid spraying or submerging in water

  • Do not attach to anything with the battery leads

  • Keep stored in provided case or safe area

  • Keep wraps stored flat or around their provided foam inserts.

  • Do not bend, fold, or crease wraps

  • Do not shine directly in the eyes

  • Do not store in extreme heat or cold

  • Never leave on an animal unattended

 

  • Is there a warranty? Yes, we provide a 2-year warranty and will repair or replace any defective product at no cost to you. Normal wear and tear are not included in this warranty. We do not cover any damage done by you or your animals. This includes damage done by improper care or storage of our products. The lights we use have an average life expectancy of 50,000 hours. If you care for them properly, they will last a very long time.                                                 

  • Can I use the wraps on jointed areas like hocks or knees? Yes and no. Some horses are fine with things around these areas and some horses are not. Because of the delicate nature of necessary equipment used to deliver light therapy to your horse, you should always use special care with our products. If you do not know how a horse will respond, please do use our products as a tester. If you do use on a jointed area wrap in a way so that if the leg is lifted or bent the lights will not be smashed against the leg and crease the electrical equipment encased in the panel. This can cause damage to the light panel. Also, never leave your horse unattended while providing light therapy treatments. This is another way our products can be damaged. Horses are large unpredictable animals and our products, while intended for use on horses, are still fragile and need to be handled as such.                                               

  • Can I use Equilux Light Therapy with other therapeutic modalities? Yes! Light therapy is a wonderful compliment to therapies such as micro-current, PEMF, Vibration plates, etc.