Take a generous length of the hat padding being used, and
Fit around the head like a head band.
Adjust to fit comfortably around the head and stick together with adhesive tape .
Don’t cut the foam yet!
Mark the join,
Add 2cm to make the band a bit looser, then
Cut the padding and tape the ends together to form a circle.
Adjust this head
band for easy slip-on comfort and for it
to have a jaunty tilt towards the back of head. Once satisfied with this,
measure the final length. This is the final basic circumference for the
preparation of the wire mesh frame.
MEASURE THE HEIGHT OF THE HAT.
Like the circumference, this will depend on the individual.
Typically, 9 squares deep (=120mm) is a good height and allows for either an elastic suspension, or for some 6mm foam pads stuck to the top.
A simple paper or cardboard pattern helps to determine these dimensions.
Cut a paper pattern 150mm high and the above circumference.
Mark the 9 square(120mm) position, and
Tape the pattern into a hat shape.
Check the height to the top of the head, and
Cut the paper to the height needed to fit a padded top for the hat.
* Wire ends are sharp and can cause cuts. So please wear gloves!
Today I caught up with a lovely man who had started wearing an Eliza bucket light hat nearly a month ago. His Eliza has 670nm and 810nm and he uses each wavelength for 10-15 minutes, one straight after another.
Eliza isn’t pulsed. She just puts out continuous light.
He reported feeling a lot better in himself. He said he had more energy and more interest in doing things. He had been out in the garden much more than previously and was enjoying life a lot more.
Friends had been commenting on how well he was looking. As did his general practitioner who apparently doesn’t yet know that he is using an Eliza light hat on an daily basis!
Another significant thing is that he can now hold a cup of coffee without spilling it. He is convinced that his tremor has reduced.
For all those DIY light hatters out there, this story shows that continuous light works. Don’t fret about pulsing, just get that red glow on your head every day.
There is good evidence now that pulsed light is more effective than continuous light. Maybe the cell batteries, the mitochondria like to have a little pause in between receiving a pulse of light energy and directing it into the cell as metabolic energy. It makes sense.
The other reason is that by pulsing the light, the light dose is then the average of the pulse-ON and pulse-OFF. This means you can push the power in the pulse-ON, knowing that it will be offset by the no-pulse time.
I know of several people who have gone on to pulse their LED-based Elizas and Cossacks, and I have nothing but total admiration and envy for them, but there is no way I could do that.
The reasons that I have not previously mentioned the value of pulsed light is because;
1. I couldn’t give instructions to achieve it
2. I didn’t want anyone to devalue the effectiveness of continuous red/near infrared light.
Daily unpulsed red light better than no red light.
If you are using your Eliza or Cossack with continuous red/infrared light, do not be tempted to chuck it in the corner and refuse to use it because it won’t pulse. It is still doing its very best for you, and that is a lot better than nothing.