The Full Stack User Guide


There is a science to using your light, but you don’t need to be a scientist to understand it!

The first thing to understand is the curious phenomenon experienced in red and infrared light therapy known as biphasic dose response.


Biphasic Dose Response Explained...

It has been clinically shown that beneficial effects are experienced from the 1 minute mark up to about the 20 minute mark, but after 20 minutes, the benefits begin to decrease again like a bell curve.  This is not quite understood why.

The important thing to remember is that there is no negative effect, only a lessening positive effect as you exceed 20mins, which becomes a time waste. Nothing more.

Great, so you’re saying spend between 1 and 20 minutes in front of the light...


How close to stand to the lights

So, here’s the thing, there is a little bit of mathematics to do in terms of power density of the light (check out our blog Intensity) and the time you’ll need to stand in front of the light.  The closer you are to the light, the higher the intesity of the light, meaning the more energy you are receiving in terms of light photons hitting your skin.  There is a formula explained in our referenced blog on Intensity around this. but the good news is that Red Light Rising has done all the hard work for you! PHEW!


You need to consider the specific benefit you would like to target first, but remember you'll be getting ALL the benefits while using the light.


Skin Health

For targeting rejuvenation and younger looking skin, we recommend being at a distance between 100-150cm from the device.  At 150cm the intensity of the light is 20mW/cm2.   Mercola has recommended 20-30mW/cm2 being optimal for most benefits, including skin health.  In order to achieve 6 Joules of energy at that intensity (the optimal amount of energy recommended by Mercola), you would need to have a treatment time of 6 minutes.  You can build up your treatment times longer than this, but this has scientifically proven to be the optimal time - we would prefer to have two to three treatments of 6-10 minutes, rather than 1 long stint of 30 minutes.  We've worked our way up to 20 minute treatment times, but in your first few uses, you can get a little flushed skin so best to build up times gradually.

Therefore,in summary in order to target specifically skin health:

  • Stand a little further from the light, at 100-150cm 
  • Spend up to 20 minutes at this distance
  • It's better to have 3 light sessions per day for 10-15mins, rather than 1 session for 30mins
  • You will still be getting all the other benefits of red light therapy using the above protocol as well


Muscle Performance and Recovery

For deeper tissue benefits, you can get a little closer to the light.  It is recommended to be 20-50cm from the device for a treatment time of 5-10 minutes.  This allows the light photons to penetrate a little deeper and reach some of your muscles and organs, allowing the beneficial healing power of red light to take it's effect.  Remember, the closer you are to the light, the higher the intensity.  Therefore applying Mercola's formula you will need less time in front of the light to achive the required amount of energy from it.

At 20cm the Full Stack achieves a light intensity of 100mW/cm2.  In theory, you only need 1 minute to achieve the 6 Joules of energy, but given the depth you are targetting, it is recommended to apply the similar treatment times of 5-10 minutes.

You can use red light as a 'pre-workout', and use it up to 1 hour before your workout to stimulate bloodflow and energy for your muscles.  You can also use it post working out, as the increased nutrient delivery and energy generation within you mitochondria and cells, means you will recover faster and experience less DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness).

Therefore, in summary in order to target the deeper benefits of red light for muscles and organs:

  • Stand a little closer to the light, at 20-50cm
  • Treatment times are reduced as the light photons are stronger, therefore these should be 5-10mins
  • You can use as a pre-workout, or post workout to maximise recoovery, so you're ready for your next session
  • You will still be getting the skin health and other benefits of using red light therapy using the above protocol


Whatever goal you are targeting, you will still receive all the other benefits to do with red light therapy during your treatment (see our blog post on Which Wavelengths Work).


You should also feel the gentle warming effect on your body which is natural as red and near-infrared light improves blood circulation and mitochondrial energy and efficiency. 

Don’t worry though, the lights never get hot enough to burn you or damage your skin.


Frequency Of Treatments

We recommend daily treatments, consistency is key to achieve the beneficial results!  Our personal routine is daily morning treatments covering as much skin/body parts as posisble for 10-20mins, with targeted shorter treatments later in the day for areas we want to focus on.  Find what works for you and work it into your life!  As we mentioned, it's better to have regular shorter treatments, than 1 really long session in the day.


In Conclusion

At Red Light Rising, we have designed our lights in such a way as to get you the clinically proven, maximum benefits in the shortest amount of time.

The red and near-infrared light is closely identified with the sunrise and sunset light spectrums, so ideal use for optimum circadium rhythm is first thing in the morning and/or around sunset, although this is not a requirement.  It can enhance your circadium rhythm patterns and improve sleep quality if this protocol is followed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our team through our Contact Us page or via email.


Please share how you are getting on, and we will look out for your journeys tagged on social media!

"After using my Full Stack every day, both my partner and I have noticed improvements in recovery, energy, sleep and skin health. The Full Stack has been a really great investment and has become a staple in my morning routine. I can't imaging not waking up to my morning sessions of stretches while enjoying the benefits of photobiomodulation - it's been an absolute game changer!!"


"I've been using Red Light Rising for just over a month now, and I see a clear difference in my facial skin tone and quality. Whereas I would normally break out at least once a week, I've had absolutely no skin issues to speak of, and my face does truly look younger (especially with fewer fine lines around my eyes). I've also noticed improved energy and recovery from my workouts so far too... I'm excited to see what happens in the future - I'm definitely a believer and will be using the light religiously!"

Jeff Taraday

Co-Owner Trussi

"Truly amazing work you have done. Full stack custom made. Been using bulbs before. But all body coverage is amazing. Shoulder and knee pain very reduced. And my energy is higher. Better sleep. Skin is loving it of course. Everyone should have some sort of Redlight therapy at home. I highly recommend you guys. Thank you so much again! Kind regards Camilla"

Camilla Rønhovde

"When I first heard about red light therapy I was very skeptical and thought it was just another fad. Then I started seeing friends using the lights with results and heard people I look up to in the industry talk about the real time benefits so I decided to give it a go. I wanted to use the light to help with a skin irritation I was getting and as a general mood enhancer. After a few weeks I started to notice that damaged skin, cuts and bruises are healing quicker and it’s helped ease the irritation. I'm looking forward to using it in winter when there is less sun as I know I’ll see real results then. I'd recommend red light therapy to anyone looking to add another dimension to their healing game."

Shaun M.

from @rawform_calisthenics

"I received my half stack on November 13 & started using it right away. Within 2 weeks of use, my massage therapist asked if I had started using a new skin care product as she already noticed the difference in the collagen on my face! I'm 43. My energy levels and sleep quality have improved tremendously. My strength has also improved within this short amount of time. I use the light twice a day for about 20 minutes each. Thank you, Red Light Rising!"

Sally Doyle

"Bought this for my eldest daughter for Christmas, she was thrilled and is using daily. Ordering was easy and I was kept informed of dispatch and delivery."

Belinda Leighton

"I was after an entry level, affordable red light to test out (before getting a full panel) so I went for the Target Light, which is great so far. It feels like a good quality product and arrived as described. I keep it next to my bed and pop it on my face for 10 mins when I wake up or before bed. Looking forward to seeing the results after a few weeks of use. The most immediate thing I've noticed is that my eyebrow hairs are growing back! They were thinning."

Renee C

"Joint experience for us. Husband has used it to relieve pain in his replacement knee joints to great effect. I have used it to help healing of scarred tissue on my face following a small procedure. Found to be very helpful and a calming experience at the same time."

Glenda Sinclair

"Not only os this portable device pure joy (I can travel with it anywhere!) but also Bryan and James are such caring, attentive people. We’re using it for thyroid and will be using it post surgery in the next few months. The effects of wellbeing are immediate so I can only imagine what they will be like with continued use over the next few months! Get yourself one of these, they also have the best prices and the owners have all my respect"

Ximena de la Serna

"I'm a runner and bought a Target Light to aid in muscle recovery. I run almost every day and using the light after every run on problem areas really seems to speed up the recovery process. Their customer service is top notch too, I highly recommend!"


"I use it for injury mitigation and fast recovery. I have only positive results and it serves me amazing. I hope it will remain so and I recommend it to anyone in need of special treatment on any part of their body! Super product!"

Jernej Leskovar

"VERY happy with my TARGET LIGHT!! Normally my Achilles hurt on the very first jump during beach volleyball, but last week it took about 75 mins until they began to ache... that was only after 3 1/2 days of twice a day treatment, 5-10 mins for each leg, plus the calf. I've also used the target light on my forehead for cognitive and emotional benefit, my neck and thyroid for better energy and hormones, and while I haven't taken baselines, I'm very mindful of my state and overall I'm feeling great and super productive. Finally, my resting heart rate has been between 45-50bpm which is lower than normal, and to me a VERY good sign I'm healthier and more rested than ever before. I'm sharing the target light with everyone I know, and use it with my Brain Room clients to help them during meditation, and focusing tasks. A++++"

Robert Gronbeck

"Delighted with my new red light. I went for the target light initially and my partner and I use it every morning during meditation for 10 minutes. My partner has noticed a significant improvement in her Rosacea and we’ve both noticed our energy levels are up. I also feel more alert. I see the red light as a way of increasing energy and improving my health at a cellular level. Anything I can do for my mitochondria is a plus!"

Leanne S