Green Light and Migraine: Allay Lamp Review

green light and migraine

Recently, I read about a study on green light and migraine.  I suffer from photophobia causing all light to feel uncomfortable. My eyes are sensitive to fluorescent lights, sunlight and incandescent light. I’m always looking for ways to ease my eye strain from light and how to accommodate it. The thing I found interesting was, the research was thought of after patients were saying cloudy days were the worsts and it’s the same for me.  “Light on a cloudy day has different color characteristics than light on a sunny day.”

Dr. Rami Burnstein studies how people’s perceptions of pain change according to the color of light around them. Red, blue, and yellow lights generate much larger electrical signals in the eyes and the brain. Green light minimizes irritation and keeps the brain calm according to according to Bursteins’ studies. This prompted Brunstein to gather a team of migraine researchers and entrepreneurs to create Allay.

Green Light Therapy for Migraines

What is green light therapy? Allay recommends 30 minutes with it as your only light source. The green light is said to reduce photophobia, migraine severity and improve headache and pain.

Migraine Lamp Review

The low intensity green light is my favorite! To begin with, I love the simple design, low to high brightness and shade. All of these features allow me to customize my light according to my light sensitivity and activity at the time. I use the green light as a lamp on my nightstand. It easily charges and allows me to bring it around the house which is convenient. The lamp is light and easy for me to use it as a nightlight in the middle of the night to get ice or medication without flicking on painful lights. I use the shade to shoot the light off the wall when I need indirect light. I suggest allowing your eyes to adjust if you have been in a dark room with the green light only. Don’t just throw on the overhead lights and open the shades. Ease into it!

*I was given an Allay lamp to review and am compensated if you use my referral link.

Around the house I use it as light in the evenings. I use it when I’m on devices or watching TV which helps with flickering lights. It is sometimes not possible to have no other lights like technology or natural light but when I turn on a light I like the green light to ease my migraine symptoms and reduce triggering  light.

Does green light help migraines?

One evening I had a pretty high migraine attack. It was one of those nights that I knew I should have been in bed. I was really sick but had promised to play a game with my kids after dinner. The guilt and motivation to not miss another thing had me pushing just a few more minutes. So we turned off all of the lights and used the green lamp to light our game. It turned out better than I had expected!

I chose a quiet game that involved dice (and carpet!) and a game of chance. Games of skill often end in meltdowns.  It was a game I didn’t need to think and could be slow with.  We played several times so there are many winners. The best part was, the dice looked really cool in the green light and my kids loved it!


After playing for about a half an hour, the Allay light was our only light and I felt better. When we got up from the game to head to bed, my migraine pain had decreased. It didn’t get rid of my migraine and I still went to bed immediately after but I did feel a difference. I also think it slightly calmed my kids and bedtime seemed easier but I have no proof and it could have been luck. In conclusion, I really like the Allay green lamp for My Migraine Life. It’s another great natural therapy in my migraine toolbox and I use it daily in a variety of ways.

Where to buy green light for migraines

$25 off Allay Lamp and free shipping included

The Allay team is focused on one simple mission: to help people with light sensitivity emerge from the darkness and get back to doing what they love.

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Sarah Rathsack

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. I'm a mom, wife, teacher, and chronic migraine sufferer. I tell my stories and advocate in my life searching for health in a positive honest way.

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  1. Mimi on April 14, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Very interesting Sarah????

  2. Invisibly Me on April 17, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Ooo this is interesting. I never anticipate something like this could make all the difference and get rid of a migraine but if it can help even a little then that’s amazing. I get chronic migraines and there’s so little that makes things any more comfortable. The photo sensitivity I can see being helped, so I’m quite curious as to how it affects overall migraines and eye pain, nausea etc that come with it, perhaps even in easing things off before they get too bad too. I’m glad you still got to play the game with your family (even if it was through guilt and desperately wanting to) because with a migraine that couldn’t have been easy. You’re right, it does look pretty cool in the green glow! Fab review.

    Caz xx

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    Good to hear from you Caz! I hope you are safe and well at home. Thanks for the comment!

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    We’re do you find green lights ? And what is the wattage?

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