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The LightWorks LW1

The LightWorks Model LW1 has been replaced by the LightWorks Model LW2. If you own a Model LW1, Color Hand Paddles (Red/InfraRed and Orange/Yellow) and other accessories are still available.

This webpage is a resource for those who own a LightWorks LW1.

What the LightWorks is
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LightWorks Model LW1
Telephone style jack for 1 hand paddle
The SOTA LightWorks combines the ancient wisdom of color and light with the gentle frequencies and LEDs of modern technology to gently awaken the body’s natural tendency towards general health and well-being.

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For detailed instructions on the use of your LightWorks unit please review the four options below.

User Guide
Hand Paddle Manual
Manuals & Troubleshooting

User Guide
The SOTA LightWorks User Guide offers tips and suggestions for using the LightWorks:
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  • Just starting out? ... See Recommendations Before You Begin.
  • Using more than one Unit? ... You'll find tips to help.
  • Wondering how to Integrate the LightWorks for your Wellness? ... There are recommendations for a Basic Wellness Program and a Focused Wellness Program.
  • Embracing Wellness? ... You'll find tips for an Ongoing Wellness Program.

How to Use the LightWorks - Model LW1
Russ demonstrates how to use the LightWorks - Model LW1 (length: 12:39).
Expand Your Options When Using the LightWorks
Russ discusses the LightWorks modes and how to access them to maximize your LightWorks experience (length: 2:00).

Manuals & Troubleshooting
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LightWorks - Model LW1
This model features a Hand Paddle with 60 Red LEDs on one side and 55 Near Infrared (NIR) plus 5 Red LEDs on the other side. It operates using one of eight timed Modes or an Automatic timed cycle that runs through all Modes. It uses a telephone RJ11 connection.
Go to LW1 Manual
Go to LW1 Troubleshooting Guide

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LightWorks Color Hand Paddle Set
– Model HPLW1
This accessory features two Hand Paddles. One has 60 Orange LEDs on one side and 60 Yellow LEDs on the other side. One has 60 Green LEDs on one side and 60 Blue LEDs on the other side. The paddles use a telephone RJ11 connection.
Go to HPLW1 Manual

LightWorks Products FAQ
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1. What tips will help me get the most benefit from my LightWorks Product?
2. What is Infrared light?
3. Is this the same as Ultraviolet light?
4. How deep does the LED light penetrate?
5. Will LED light damage my skin?
6. Does wearing lotion keep the light from penetrating my skin?
7. Is it okay to use the LightWorks on animals?
8. Where is the LightWorks manufactured?

1. What tips will help me get the most benefit from my LightWorks Product?

Create a Routine

Unlike other SOTA units where daily use is necessary to maximize benefits, the LightWorks products can be used every other day or possibly only two to four days each week as LED light triggers ongoing effects. This can make it more challenging to integrate into your routines. Developing a system to remind you when to use your LightWorks products will keep you on track to reap the benefits—set dates on your cell phone, email calendar, or on a printed calendar.

Choose a time and place to use your LightWorks product that is easiest to fit in with your lifestyle and daily routines. Options for regular use may be: immediately upon arriving home after work, while watching TV in the evening, or as soon as you come in after a daily walk.

Even when your routine is interrupted by travel or something unexpected, doing what you can to continue using your LightWorks or LightWorks Pad will help to ensure you continue to get the most benefit from applying LED light.

Here's how one person maintains consistent use: "I use it while playing with my dog—I get a LightWorks session and she gets to chase after her ball."

Keep it Handy

Once you decide how best to fit the LightWorks products into your lifestyle and routines, placing the unit or pad in a convenient location will be a reminder to use it. If using it while watching TV, keep it next to your favorite chair. If using it in bed works best for you, keep it on your bedside table.

Here's what helps one person: "At home, I have two wall adaptors plugged in at spots where I will be seated for a long time; a wall adaptor is kept by the couch and another by my bed. I often do a session with a Magnetic Pulser, followed by the LightWorks or vice versa."

Be Prepared

You are more likely to use the unit if it is readily available, than if you have to set it up each time you want to use it. Being prepared with both a wall adaptor and the LightWorks product ready to use makes it easier to stay with a routine.

Listen to Your Body

During the early days of use, if you feel you've "overdone" it, simply reduce the amount of time you apply the LED lights each day. When ready, once again start slowly, gradually building up the time that you use the LightWorks product. And drink plenty of water—especially both before and after each session. Drinking freshly ozonated water gives added benefit.

A helpful part of the process of a wellness journey is acknowledging the triumphs as well as the bumps in the road. Keeping a journal of your experiences is a great way to track the overall benefits on your wellness journey. Looking back can be a great motivator when you see the changes that have come over time.

For additional tips, see the SOTA Products User Guide.

The SOTA Products User Guide

2. What is Infrared light?

We tend to think of light in terms of what we see. Some light frequencies however, are beyond the range of visible light so we do not see them with the naked eye. Light is created by electromagnetic frequencies. We see visible light as colors that range from Blue to Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. Different colors are created by the different frequencies of light. The frequency of light is so rapid or high, that light is expressed by wavelengths measured in nanometers (nm) rather than the frequency in cycles per second or Hertz.

Violet is at one end of the spectrum with a higher frequency or more rapid vibration and Red is at the other end with a lower frequency or slower vibration. Light beyond the visible Violet range is called Ultraviolet light, while light beyond the visible Red end of the light spectrum is called Infrared light. Far Infrared (FIR) light generates heat and is used in saunas. Near Infrared (NIR) light, as used in the LightWorks and LightWorks Pad, is naturally emitted by body cells.

3. Is this the same as Ultraviolet light?

No. Ultraviolet light is beyond the Blue end of the light spectrum—shorter wavelengths and higher frequencies. Red and Near Infrared (NIR) light are at the other end of the light spectrum—longer wavelengths and lower frequencies. We do not see Ultraviolet light as it is beyond the visible range of light. We are advised to be careful about the amount of Ultraviolet light to which we are exposed, as this light is responsible for sunburns and aging of the skin. There are no such cautions with the Red and NIR light or other colors in the visible spectrum.

4. How deep does the LED light penetrate?

The degree of penetration varies depending on the color of the light. The fact that light interacts with the body is more important than how deeply a color penetrates. Light of any color is effective as the light creates reactions in the body similar to photosynthesis in plants. The benefits of light continue after the session has ended.

With regards to penetration depth, although Near Infrared (NIR) cannot be seen, it penetrates the deepest. Light penetration decreases moving from Infrared to Red to Orange to Yellow to Green to Blue. Blue has the lowest light penetration.

Other factors that determine how deeply light penetrates are:

A greater intensity of light increases the penetration compared to a lower intensity of the same color. Intensity is measured by Joules per cm² or milliwatts per cm².
The skin can determine the depth of penetration. The skin is able to absorb light more deeply in certain areas of the body.
Most importantly, light can penetrate more deeply into the body if it travels along a meridian—one of the invisible light transmission paths originally discovered by the Ancient Chinese as part of the acupuncture system.

5. Will LED light damage my skin?

No. The LightWorks LED light is safe.

6. Does wearing lotion keep the light from penetrating my skin?

A natural cream or lotion that is absorbed by the skin should not block the LED light. For maximum effectiveness though, avoid applying heavy creams or lotions before using the LightWorks products.

7. Is it okay to use the LightWorks Products on animals?

Yes. The LightWorks and the LightWorks Pad are popular units for use on pets because the easy-to-use Hand Paddle or the Pad makes it simple to apply. Light triggers ongoing benefits so even brief periods of exposure can be useful. We suggest to avoid aiming the light directly into the eyes of an animal because it is not known whether it will be beneficial or not.

8. Where are the LightWorks Products manufactured?

The manufacturing of the SOTA Products is a global collaboration.

The following countries participate in the making of the LightWorks (listed in alphabetical order): Canada, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea and Taiwan.

Our units say Made in China because China is the last step in the assembly of the units.

We are grateful that the people in all of these countries help us to produce quality products at reasonable prices for our customers.