Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can red and near infrared lights make my hair grow?
A. It very well might. A few good mates, who were previously very bald started using a Coronet on a daily basis and now have fuzz growing on their heads.
Q. Should I close my eyes when I use an eye light?
A. It is entirely up to you. I’ve tried both and I quite looking at the lights on the LED strips. I do find, though, that I can get quite sleepy so my eyes tend to close on their own. You can make your own eye light.
Just remember that you should NEVER shine a laser lights into your eyes.
Q.Do you recommend a commercial light hat?
If you are not keen on making your own light hat, then I can recommend the Well Red Coronet. This device is making a huge difference to a lot of people’s lives, including my own.
Ron Brown, a friend and amazing electronics engineer and I developed it together , initially as a device for use in clinical research.
Q. I am about to start using a light hat. What information should I be collecting to track my progress?
A. I strongly recommend that you track your progress, starting with baseline information and then writing in a diary every few days and doing specific tasks every month. It is all detailed here in a blog post.
Q. Can you make me an Eliza Or Cossack light hat?
A. I truly wish I could, but I can’t. I do not have the resources to do so. The instructions are there for anyone to make an Eliza red light hat. If you are unable to make one, ask someone crafty to make one for you.
But remember that anything made with LED strips is not reliable. There are people and organisations selling Elizas and Cossacks based on the blog instructions and charging hundreds of dollars. This is far too much. Offer to pay for the costs of the ingredients and postage only.
Q. Can you suggest someone who could make a light hat for me?
A. Alas, I can’t recommend anyone.
Anything made with LED strips is not reliable. Offer to pay for the costs of the ingredients and postage only.
Q.Will you answer any questions about making a light hat?
Of course. Contact me with questions. I know that the instructions can be improved, so your questions will help a lot.
A. There are some disparities, which I assumed to be artistic license. The development of the red lights is as described in this blog.
Q. Do the buckets come from Bunnings?
A. No. The best buckets I’ve found to date come from a Tasmanian chain of discount shops called Shiploads. Max Burr has been photographed many times wearing a blue Shiploads bucket. The alternative colour is grey. Both are very fetching.
Q. Where do I get all the stuff to make a light hat?
A. The 12 volt LED strip is only available online. See the Q&A below. For the connectors, try shops for electronic enthusiasts- Jaycar in Australia, Radioshack in the USA. Jaycar has an online service and a frequent buyer program called Nerd Perks.
Don’t go to major electrical stores or hardware stores as this is not their area of expertise. They are likely to tell you that it is not possible. It is possible.
Q. What if I cannot find 670nm LED strip?
A. 670nm LED strip has been really hard to find of late. Any red LED strip is good. Look for the darkest red. Check this post for suggestions.
Q. Which is the best wavelength to use – 670nm or 810nm?
A. 670nm seems to be like chocolate – everyone loves it. The most recent Eliza I made for Max, the pin-up girl of light hats, has 670nm and 810nm LED strips, separately wired. There is a logic for that and once again, it comes from the research of Prof John Mitrofanis. It seems that one wavelength followed immediately by the other wavelength gave the best results for Parkinsonian mice.
However, I’ve found that not all neurodegenerative diseases do well with 810nn or 850nm or 940nm. More.
If you are unsure, stick to 670nm – the lovely dark red.
Q. When are you going to issue the instructions for a two wavelength light hat?
A. You don’t need instructions. You can just make a second Cossack with the other wavelength.
Q. Why should I only use 12 volts?
A. Safety. Stay away from anything more than 12 volts.
Q. Are LED lights as good as laser lights?
A. It used to be thought that red light in laser form had a magic property, but it doesn’t. The critical factor is the wavelength. Red LED lights are just as good as red laser lights, and LEDs are safer to use. Check out this post for more information. And this.
Q. Is it OK for red LED lights to shine into my eyes?
A. Yes. In fact, red lights have been found to help with diseases of the retina. So don’t worry about red LED lights going into your eyes. Enjoy it – the lights can produce a restful feeling. Check out this and this.
Don’t shine lasers onto your eyes, though!