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How to Build a Light Box for SAD

author image Jamie Simpson
Jamie Simpson is a researcher and journalist based in Indianapolis with more than 10 years of professional writing experience. She earned her B.S. in animal science from Purdue University and her Master of Public Affairs in public management from Indiana University. Simpson also works as a massage therapist and equine sports massage therapist.
How to Build a Light Box for SAD
Light boxes aid those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Photo Credit Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images

Building your own light box for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) treatments can help you get through the cold and dreary winter months. Daily treatments with your homemade light box can improve your mood and sleep patterns, production of natural vitamin D, and save significant funds on prescription drugs and professional light therapy treatments.

Step 1

Paint or spray the inside of your plywood box with flat, white house paint (low VOC). Allow to dry thoroughly before proceeding.

Step 2

Drill holes or use your hole saw to accommodate the new round electrical fixture boxes. You will drill two rows of four holes each.

Step 3

From the inside of the box, insert the fixture boxes through the holes. Secure with the provided screws.

Step 4

Feed the 14/2 ROMEX® from one electrical box to another, allowing plenty of wire inside the boxes so you can wire in the lamps. This procedure is just like running the wiring for ceiling fixtures in a new house, so follow established safety protocols for wire stripping lengths.

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Step 5

Wire the eight sockets in sequence according to safety protocols. Secure the sockets to the work boxes using the screws provided. Finish the wiring by installing the power cord.

Step 6

Screw in the light bulbs.

Step 7

Plug in the light box and turn it on.

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