Red Light Therapy Beds vs Panels

Red Light Therapy Beds vs Panels

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As the understanding of health and wellness continues to evolve, professionals within the industry have begun to look beyond established protocols, now offering more advanced treatments on a cellular level. You may have noticed red light therapy quickly becoming an essential offering in many healthcare practices, ranging from gyms to spas, as its benefits span across all aspects of health. Studies show that red light therapy helps promote healthy skin, reduces pain and inflammation, and can even enhance sleep. [1] With its many proven benefits, red light therapy has the unique ability to speak to a wide variety of patients and clients interested in bettering their health. 

If you are interested in offering red light therapy in your business or practice, there are many factors to consider such as cost, quality, usability, and safety. Whether you decide to invest in a red light therapy bed or panels, there are a few differences to consider. Let's examine what these differences are, to help you determine which option best fits your clientele.

What is Red Light Therapy? 

Imagine red light therapy as providing similar benefits to sunlight, but without UV rays. In addition to being UV-light-free, red light therapy emits two wavelengths of light that have been proven to heal cells under oxidative stress. 

How does it work? 

If you’re not familiar with red light therapy, this article gives a good overview of what it is and how it works. The short version is this: red light therapy delivers safe, concentrated wavelengths of natural light to your skin. These red and near infrared wavelengths stimulate your cells and reduce oxidative stress, so your body is able to make more usable energy to power itself. This increased function accelerates healing and lowers inflammation & pain, as demonstrated in numerous peer-reviewed studies.

Healthy wavelengths of red and near infrared light help promote antioxidants, which play a central role in reducing stress in the body. Antioxidants also increase the production of heat proteins—special proteins that help protect cells from stress and early cell death. [,2,3] 

What is a Red Light Therapy Bed?

Red light therapy beds are full-body LED devices designed to be laid on during a treatment session.  A similar concept to a tanning bed, but without UV rays. Typical places to find red light therapy beds are high-end spas, wellness centers, esthetician offices, and gyms. 

A red light therapy bed is an optimal way to experience a full-body treatment. The downside for a commercial business is cost. It is much more expensive to incorporate red light therapy beds in a business or practice than red light therapy panels. It’s also harder to maintain a good return on investment (ROI), which is crucial for a business to be successful. That’s why many business owners prefer to purchase red light therapy panels instead.

What is a Red Light Therapy panel?

A red light therapy panel delivers the same therapeutic benefits as a red light therapy bed, but instead of laying on a device,  treatments are done while sitting or standing.

Traditionally, red light therapy beds were the only option for full-body exposure. But thanks to Joovv's innovation of the first full-body panel back in 2017, full-body treatments are now an affordable therapy option for business owners.    

Although the difference between a panel and a bed might seem obvious, when it comes to red light therapy, the differences are significant and can cost you and your clients unnecessary expenses. 

Among the biggest differences, besides cost, are the portability and flexibility of the devices. Red light therapy panels come in many different shapes and sizes, which means you can target one area at a time if needed. Red light therapy beds, on the other hand, are limited to full-body treatment, which may not be a need for everyone that chooses this kind of therapy. Also, if you invest in a red light therapy bed, it is limited to one area of your business with very little portability.

When it comes to power, bigger isn't always better especially when you look at electrical power consumption and requirements. Often red light therapy beds require upgrades to your electrical system requiring dedicated 220V high amperage circuits. Whereas panel devices like Joovv use standard 120V standard circuits, normally already installed.

There are many lower-quality red light therapy bed brands that make big claims about the effectiveness and safety of their devices. But many of these brands fail when it comes to meeting the applicable safety standards for their device's intended use. You shouldn't just trust a red light therapy brand based on device size.

Red Light Therapy Beds vs Panels: What’s the better option? 

As you can see, based on the science, red light therapy works and may provide an incredible investment opportunity for your business.

Medical Grade: Joovv panels are true medical grade and conform to the applicable safety standards for medical devices of their type. Joovv manufactures and maintains quality assurance under ISO 13485 quality management system. Other brands like to mention that they manufacture their products in FDA-registered facilities, but anyone can register a facility for a fee. Being FDA registered does not imply the facility is following an approved quality system intended for medical devices.

Power: You might think that power depends solely on the device’s wattage and size, but this is a common misconception. Joovv red light therapy panels require less power to operate but deliver a higher irradiance per square centimeter compared to red light therapy beds. Less power conception saves on month-to-month electrical bills, while higher irradiance leads to shorter treatment times. 

Cost: As a business owner, adding more expenses to your business is not an attractive idea. While the cost of a single red light therapy bed can range from $50,000 to well over $100,000, Joovv panels cost only a fraction of that; professional setups at Joovv start at under $10,000. 

ROI: Because of the lower costs of red light therapy panels, it's much easier to make a return on your investment. Businesses that invest in expensive red light therapy beds are oftentimes forced to charge a premium for treatment usage in order to justify the expensive investment. Contact a Joovv specialist today to learn more about ROI. 

Usability and Space: Red light therapy beds do offer a convenient experience for the client to lie down, but the bulky size requires a dedicated space - and a stationary setup doesn’t allow for much versatility. Joovv red light therapy panels, on the other hand, require very little space and are versatile with the use of a mobile stand. Our patented modular design also allows for targeted or full-body treatments. 

Cleaning: To maintain proper sanitation, red light therapy beds require cleaning after each use, due to the skin-to-device contact. This is not the case for panel devices like Joovv, due to the space between the device and the user. Joovv panels only require routine cleaning, which assures ventilation openings remain free of buildup from dust and other types of debris.

Why Joovv Red Light Therapy is Worth It 

One of the biggest reasons why Joovv red light therapy panels are worthwhile is our commitment to providing a safe, effective, and easy-to-use experience. Joovv panels are true medical-grade, from their components to their overall performance. This is not always the case when you look at a red light therapy bed.

Joovv stands out from the crowd by the success of our products, as many professionals around the world including the Under Armour Performance team - and many sports teams such as the San Francisco 49ers are using Joovv to enhance recovery and performance training.

Conclusion: Red Light Therapy Panels Like Joovv Offer More Benefits Than Beds 

As demand for red light therapy continues to rise, so does the desire for businesses to stay on the cutting edge. It’s important to do your due diligence in selecting products that meet medical-grade standards and safety. When you want your clients to experience the benefits of red light therapy, a full-body LED panel product like Joovv is the best choice. Joovv’s products are not only unique because of the various treatment sizes

and patented modular design, but also all products are independently tested and are true medical-grade. 

Contact us today to learn more about red light therapy for your business and professional pricing. 



[2] Rizzi CF, Mauriz JL, Freitas Correa DS, et al. Effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on the nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB signaling pathway in traumatized muscle. Lasers Surg Med. 2006;38:704–713.

[3] Hamblin M. Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation. AIMS Biophysics. 2017 May.