Last updated on January 18th, 2020
I hope this detailed Vielight Review will help you to decide whether or not you want to invest in one of these devices for yourself. You can read the whole review or just jump ahead to the end to see the Conclusions and the Pros and Cons.
Vielight Intranasal and Transcranial Light Therapy, is a type of Photobiomodulation Therapy, which also includes Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). It is a simple, safe and effective way to improve your general wellness with just 25 minutes of use each day.
The small intranasal light clips onto your nose and illuminates the dense network of capillaries inside the nasal cavity. In addition, the transcranial devices fit over your head and illuminate specific regions of the brain.
Vielight technology is based on decades of scientific research. Scientists in Russia, Eastern Europe, China and other countries have researched the effects of light energy of specific wavelengths (colors) and intensities on blood of laypeople and athletes.
The benefits are comparable to what can be achieved by intravenous blood irradiation performed in medical centres, but without the need for doctors or needles.
There are three intranasal Vielight Devices: the Vielight 633 Red and the Vielight 655 Prime emit red light for general wellness, while the Vielight 810 Infrared emits infrared light for the brain and nervous system as well as general wellness.
Thera are also four powerful Vielight Devices with transcranial LEDs, which actually shine through the skull to provide brain therapy: the Vielight Neuro Alpha, the Vielight Neuro Gamma, Vielight Neuro Duo and the Vielight X-Plus.
I have been using a Vielight 655 Prime for four years now, even taking it on long overseas trips, and it has always worked perfectly without problems. It is simple to use and the rechargeable AA battery (not included) lasts me for several weeks of almost daily use.
While it is hard to put down to just one thing, I have maintained good health even when many around me get colds and flus. I consider the Vielight an important component of my general health regime.
The Science behind Vielight Intranasal Light Therapy
Light energy has beneficial effects on red blood cell structure, enhancing their ability to take up oxygen, while also improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure.
Red light in the 663--655nm (nanometer) wavelength range and infrared at 810nm are ideal for photobiomodulation therapy.
This is because these wavelengths are well absorbed by blood and tissue. Also, red and infrared light have a high enough energy intensity to produce biological effects, but not so high as to create excessive heat or damage in the body tissues, such as UV light can.
Light of specific colors and intensities stimulates the mitochondria (energy factories) of cells, including red and white blood cells, thereby increasing cellular energy and enhancing immune system function.
Specifically, cytochrome c oxidase, the last enzyme in the respiratory electron transport chain of mitochondria, is able to absorb red and infrared light and use this energy for the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This ATP is the primary transporter of chemical energy within all the cells of the body.
Infrared light (in this case at 810nm) can enter the brain from the nasal cavity or through the skull and stimulate cytochrome c oxidase enzyme activity and oxygen consumption by nerve cells, thus leading to increased energy and improved function and healing capacity.
It takes the heart less than one minute to pump blood to every cell in the body. In fact, the entire six quarts or so of blood can fully circulate throughout the body at least three times within that minute.
Therefore, illuminating the blood in the nasal region, where there is a large surface area of fine blood capillaries are near the surface (there are more capillaries per square centimeter just below the surface membrane in the nasal cavity than just about anywhere in the body.), soon illuminates the entire blood supply as it is pumped around the body. The therapy also influences the lymphatic system.
The Benefits of Vielight Photobiomodulation Therapy
One major advantage of Vielight Intranasal and Transcranial Light Therapy is that there is are no foreign substances introduced into the body, no needles, no pills to swallow and no side effects.
Intranasal and Transcranial light therapy is supported by scientific studies and it is complementary to dietary supplements and medications. After you invest in one you have no ongoing costs like you do with supplements or other treatments.
Vielight Devices are high quality, durable, and portable. The Vielight Intranasal Devices are pocket-sized and run on a single AA battery for up to three months. I use a rechargeable battery, which is more environmentally friendly and saves money.
Many people who have used intranasal light therapy have reported experiencing fast improvements from the following conditions: headaches, migraines, facial pain, sinus congestion, blurred vision caused by poor circulation, some bacterial and viral infections and pain.
Many have found relief, even overnight, from chronic fatigue and sleep disorders. And within two weeks many report improvements from high blood sugar, high blood pressure, impaired circulation, high LDL cholesterol, traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, chronic low immunity, depression, nasal polyps, some autoimmune illnesses, epilepsy and more.
This is based on studies, observations and feedback, using the device for 25 minutes once a day. Observed improvements don’t necessarily mean a cure and improvements may not always be significant, but some users have reported dramatic improvements where other treatments have not succeeded.
Photobiomodulation research has shown the following beneficial physiological effects among others:
- Activates cytochrome c oxidase (COX) to produce more ATP in the mitochondria (cells’ powerhouses).
- Reduces inflammation through production of anti-inflammatory cytokines.
- Improves sleep quality.
- Cognitive enhancement — improved memory, learning ability and reaction time.
- Up-regulation of cytochrome oxidase activity leads to neuroprotective effects, self-repair & enhanced neuronal function.
- Creates mild oxidants (reactive oxygen species or ROS) leading to gene transcription, cellular repair and healing.
- Releases nitric oxide from hypoxic/impaired cells back into the system. Nitric oxide is used for cellular communication and it also helps dilate the blood vessels and improve blood circulation.
- Accelerates wound healing.
- Stimulates the mitochondria of white blood cells, potentially leading to improved immune function.
- Improves red blood cell structure, thus reducing cell clumping and augmenting the oxygenation capacity of your circulatory system.
Vielight Devices — Two Systemic, Four for Brain
Vielight devices combine solid state technology with diodes (LEDs) built from transparent high impact polycarbonate to ensure quality and durability, making them into a lifetime investment. All models come with a one year warranty and a 6 month, 80% money-back guarantee.
Vielight 633 Red
The Vielight 633 Red is a popular option and it is the lowest-priced Vielight device available. Unlike the 655, it is a non-laser device, so it can be sold in the US.
This is a non-laser intranasal light therapy device. The basic specifications include an optimally engineered diode (LED) emitting photons within the visible red spectrum (633 nm) wavelength powered by a calculated dosage of energy to irradiate the capillary-rich nasal cavity.
Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-633-red-systemic to buy the Vielight 633 Red and get 10% off using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.
Vielight 655 Prime
This is the laser equivalent of the Vielight 633 Red device. This device utilizes a low-level (or “cold”) laser diode to release coherent light in the visible red spectrum (655 nm), powered by a calculated dosage of energy to irradiate the capillary-rich nasal cavity.
The energy generated by this device is lower than the 633 Red resulting in a more power-efficient design. There is slightly more research behind laser photobiomodulation than with LEDs and they are potentially slightly more effective, but there isn’t a big difference.
CAUTION: Because it is a laser, users shouldn’t look directly at the light as it may cause eye damage. NOTE: This item can only be shipped to countries outside of the United States due to FDA regulations on laser-based wellness devices.
Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-655-prime-systemic to buy the Vielight 655 Prime and get 10% off using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.
Vielight 810 Infrared (Brain)
The Vielight 810 is a non-laser intranasal light therapy model. Engineered for gentle brain stimulation, this device complements the systemic effects of the Vielight 633 Red and Vielight 655 Prime. Near-infrared photons at 810nm are invisible to the naked eye.
The near infrared light passes through the intranasal channel into the deep ventral areas of the brain. Neurons are well-suited for photobiomodulation because they contain mitochondria.
Before and after QEEG (Quantitative electroencephalograph) images show the Vielight 810 inducing restorative activity in the brain after a 25-minute session.
Sleepiness is a common side effect of using this device due to the 10 Hz pulse rate of the beam correlating with alpha brain waves and because of neuronal stimulation.
Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-810-infrared-brain to buy the Vielight 810 Infrared and get 10% off by using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.
Vielight Neuro Alpha (Brain)
The Vielight Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma and Neuro Duo combine intranasal with transcranial infrared LEDs for a much more powerful effect on different regions of the brain.
These Vielight Devices are a significant upgrade from the original Neuro Alpha, with triple the power density and an improved form to more comfortably fit different head shapes and sizes.
The main aim of these three devices is to improve mental acuity and cognition without negative side effects. Not more than one 20 minute auto-timed session is required every second day. The Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma and Neuro Duo have built-in rechargeable batteries.
The transcranial LEDs specifically target the Default Mode Network (DMN) regions of the brain. These areas are associated with more introspective functions, such as memory and self-awareness when the brain is more at rest.
Evidence shows that people with Alzheimer’s and autism have disruptions in the DMN areas. Meanwhile the intranasal applicator irradiates the deeper zones on the underside of the brain.
The infrared lights have a 10 Hz pulse rate, consistent with the pulse rate of the Vielight 810. This correlates with alpha brain wave entrainment and efficient cellular light absorption. There is currently clinical data backing up the efficacy of the Neuro Alpha.
Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-neuro-alpha to buy the Vielight Neuro Alpha and get 10% off by using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.
Vielight Neuro Gamma (Brain)
The Vielight Neuro Gamma is identical to the Neuro Alpha in all respects except for the pulse rate, which is 40 Hz.
This correlates to the low end of the Gamma brainwave region, giving a stronger effect on memory enhancement. The Neuro Gamma is still undergoing a number of clinical trials.
Note: Near-infrared photons are nearly invisible to the naked eye, making the beam appear much dimmer than it actually is (175 mW/cm2 per diode).
Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-neuro-gamma to buy the Vielight Neuro Gamma and get 10% off by using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.
Vielight Neuro Duo (Brain)
As you might have guessed from the name, the Vielight Neuro Duo combines two transcranial photobiomodulation (PBM) devices, the Neuro Alpha and the Neuro Gamma, along with an intranasal applicator, into one unit.
You can now enjoy the option of 10 Hz and 40 Hz pulsed PBM via two separate control units with one common transcranial headset.
This is a very economical package because you effectively get two units for only 35% more than the price of one. You then get the complimentary brain benefits of both.
Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-neuro-duo-brain to buy the Vielight Neuro Duo and get 10% off by using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.
For more information about the original Vielight Neuro (now upgraded to the next-generation Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma and Neuro Duo) watch this short (2 minute) video:
The Vielight X-Plus was initially designed as an add-on for the Neuro, and it enables delivery of photobiomodulation (PBM) to areas of the brain not already covered by other Vielight devices.
It comes with powerful 810 nm infrared LEDs attached to a flexible stainless steel band, to deliver near infrared (NIR) light to various brain areas (primarily at the back of the head), as well as to other areas of the body if needed.
The X-Plus also comes with its own 633 nm intranasal applicator, so you can get systemic photobiomodulation therapy (PBM) at the same time as near infrared brain PBM therapy.
The X-Plus is less than half the price of the other transcranial Neuro devices and it represents a good step up from the Vielight Intranasal devices if you can’t afford the more expensive Vielight Neuro devices.
Go to vielight.com/devices/vielight-x-plus to buy the Vielight X-Plus and get 10% off by using the coupon code HEALINGWELL at checkout.
You can use the Vielight 633, 655 or 810 intranasal devices once or twice daily for 25 minutes each, but don’t add in extra treatments in a day to compensate for any missed treatments. When doing two sessions a day you should have a break of at least six hours between treatments.
The small unit can clip onto a pocket or belt, and each treatment is timed for 25 minutes. You just press the button to start and after 25 minutes the Vielight beeps three times and shuts off. I am having a session right now as I finish writing this review.
The Vielight Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma and Neuro Duo transcranial devices can be used for one 20 minutes session every second day. More than that is not recommended as they are quite powerful.
The Vielight can be used by only one person at a time, but you can buy additional nose pieces for the intranasal devices so that each person can have their own for their individual treatments.
The nose clip comes with a rubber sleeve on the clip to grip your nose for when you are moving about or exercising, but I find it much more comfortable to remove the rubber grip, which tends to press quite firmly on the nose, and it still stays comfortably in place while sitting or walking.
I also like to swap over to the other nostril halfway through, but be careful doing this if you are using the 655 nm laser model! I close my eyes when moving it over and I’m careful not to point it directly towards my eyes.
Probably the best time of day to use the Vielight devices is afternoon or early evening. Red light exposure produces a shift in cell redox potential in the direction of greater oxidation and increased Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) generation.
Therefore, it is better to do this therapy later in the day since the body also produces ROS at night-time to clean up old and impaired cells and destroy foreign invaders. If you take any anti-oxidant supplements, these should be taken in the morning anyway — they are likely to interfere with the Vielight’s mechanism of action if taken too close to treatment time.
Using the Vielight just before sleep may be fine, but there is a chance that the melatonin produced by the body at night could also inhibit the effectiveness of the Vielight therapy since it is a powerful anti-oxidant.
Personally, I can attest to improved immunity since I started using the Vielight 655. It is one of the main components of my healing regime along with my SaunaSpace Luminati near-infrared sauna. That is why I am happy to promote these devices so that others can reap the benefits.
Vielight have an 80% refund policy, valid for 6 months from the time of purchase, if you find that devices do not help you. This only applies to direct purchases from Vielight.com.
They will also replace the product if there are any defects, covered by a 12-month warranty. Please note that they do not refund intranasal applicators purchased as separate items.
Thank you for visiting and reading my Vielight review. If you have any questions, comments or personal experience with Vielight Photobiomodulation devices please feel free to leave a comment below.
If you have decided you would like to buy a Vielight Light Therapy device, I recommend purchasing directly from Vielight, since then you will be fully covered by the warranty and refund policy.
Where to Buy: www.vielight.com (use coupon code: HEALINGWELL to get a 10% off the price).
Intranasal Models: Vielight 633 Red, Vielight 655 Prime, Vielight 810 Infrared
Transcranial Vielight Models: Neuro Alpha, Neuro Gamma, Neuro Duo and Vielight X-Plus
Battery Life (1 AA): 2--3 months for 633, 655, and 810 Intranasal Devices (Neuro devices have built-in rechargeable batteries)
Delivery: Estimated delivery time is 2 to 5 business days (North America and Australia) and 4 to 7 business days (Internationally).
Warranty: 1 Year
My Rating: 9 out of 10
- Portable, Wearable and Convenient
- Scientific research and user reports backing the beneficial effects on health and wellbeing
- Durable, lightweight and compact
- Just one to two 25-minute sessions daily or 20 minutes every second day for Neuro devices
- Can be used while doing many activities like reading, meditating, walking, cooking, driving, studying, working on the computer etc.
- Long-lasting with single AA battery for Intranasal models (2--3 months of daily use). Neuro models have built-in rechargeable battery
- Though there has been a lot of research on photobiomodulation, Vielight Devices are still undergoing clinical trials to prove their efficacy.
- Nothing to fault that I have found so far after more than two years of regular use, but one friend did manage to break nose clip.