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Good News! Rouge Red Light Therapy Outshines the Competition - By a Lot!

This is what we get excited about, folks. We’ve worked so hard to be able to provide you with personal red light therapy devices that are not only compact and affordable, but powerful, too. And now, hold onto your hats, ‘cause we’ve got receipts. 

We sent the Rouge Pro for independent testing at the aptly-named Independent Testing Laboratories in Boulder, Colorado. One of the first light testing laboratories in the country, ITL is the gold standard for unbiased third-party light and photometric testing. With 60 years of experience and a strict adherence to the guidelines of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), it’s the go-to testing lab for lighting manufacturers, architects, governments, and many other organizations across the country and beyond.

While ITL’s mandate is to provide clients with data that is easy to read and interpret, the terminology might not be so clear to everyone. In other words, what’s the difference between a joule and a watt, and why is it important for red light therapy? Let’s break it down. 

From a Rouge customer: The product is the best quality I have found available in the market. I run 3 health spas in California and my customers are very happy with the results… Used Joovv before but the cost doesn't make any sense at all. This product is easily as robust as Joovv and delivers more than 2 times the power of a solo. Crazy!

Energy is, in a nutshell, what is transferred to an object to make it work. The unit of energy is the joule. Power, on the other hand, is the rate at which energy is transferred, and is measured in watts. A watt equals a joule per second. So, if you’ve got a 100 watt light bulb, it’s transferring 100 joules of energy per second. 

We had the Rouge Pro tested for total light output power (watts), total energy output in 10 minutes (joules), device surface area (sq cm), and energy density (joules/sq cm/minute). We also know that two of our competition’s devices underwent the same tests, the Joovv Solo and the MitoMax, which is great because it allows us to see how Rouge red light therapy measures up. The results blew us away. 

Click here to download the PDF report - ITL Boulder tests the Rouge Pro.

Click here for Joovv's post on their results.

Click here for Mito Red's post on their results.

 

Total light output power. The power of the Rouge Pro was measured at 83.9 watts. While this is powerful for a red light therapy device, it is also useful to see how little energy a red light therapy panel will actually cost you to operate. 

To compare, the Joovv Solo was measured at 68.6 watts, and the MitoMax came in at 80.6 watts.

Total energy output in 10 minutes. This was measured at 50,349 joules. We can see how they got this number ourselves by doing a quick calculation. 

83.9 watts = 83.9 joules/second x 60 seconds = 5,034 joules/minute x 10 minutes = 50,349 joules. 

The MitoMax emitted 48,344 joules in 10 minutes, while the Joovv Solo was measured at 41,444 joules in 10 minutes.

Device surface area. Our full-body device is the Ultimate, but we opted to test the Rouge Pro, as it's similar in size to the Joovv Solo and the Mito Red Mitomax. Plus, both these devices have been tested by ITL and the results made public.

The Solo measures 2,032cm2 while the MitoMax comes in at 1,916 cm2. The Pro is slightly smaller, at 1,1518 cm2, because it's only meant to cover half body with high irradiance. Here's where the important distinction lies: while these are the largest panels our competitors make, Rouge has the advantage with our full-body Ultimate panel, which measures a whopping 9,075 cm2!

Energy density. This measures how much energy is being emitted by each square centimeter every minute. The Joovv Solo emits 2.0 joules/cm2/minute, while the MitoMax emits 2.5. By contrast, the Rouge Pro gives off a whopping 5.5 joules/cm2/minute. That more than double the MitoMax, and almost triple the Joovv Solo!

The table below summarizes our findings.

joovv solo vs mitomax vs rouge pro test results

The sheer number of choices out there can be overwhelming, and sometimes it’s difficult to cut through all the noise to find the information you need to make the right decision as a consumer. We’re glad that you’ve taken the time to research your options to see which red light therapy device is right for you, and we hope this information has proved useful. 

Now that we’ve determined that Rouge leads the pack when it comes to powerful, compact red light therapy devices, all you have to do is choose which of Rouge’s family of panels works best for your needs. Not sure what your needs are? Check out this article on red light therapy’s long and varied list of benefits to shine a light on how Rouge can help you improve your life.

11 comments

  • Do you know if your red light therapy will help with shingles?
    Another question: In general I distrust LED lights (not healthy for eyes) – but is this not applicable with red light? What is the frequency range of your equipment… infrared, near-infrared? Thank you.
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    Rouge Canada replied:
    Hi there! Thank you for your comment :) Our panels have LEDs that offer red and NIR wavelengths. The wavelengths of half the LED span from approximately 620nm to about 680nm peaking at 660nm and the other half of the LED span from approximately 820nm to 870nm peaking at 850nm giving you the benefit of different wavelengths that have shown to be therapeutic. We use 660nm wavelength for all of our devices. It is a shorter wavelength, widely used in research and clinical settings. This wavelength is short which means it hits the surface of the skin and penetrates about 1-2mm below the skin’s surface. Meanwhile, Near InfraRed (NIR) light is nearly invisible to the naked eye, and it penetrates deeper below the skin surface, some say as deeply as 2 inches – however since it is difficult to study this on living tissue, the consensus on this varies a bit. Rouge lights are always balanced with half our lights at 660nm and the other half at 850nm. In terms of eye health, yes, red light is known to be beneficial for the eyes, NIR has held some caution as the research has not been established nor discounted, and there is a slight concern of long-term eye issues which stemmed from an old study on furnace workers who developed cataracts after decades of NIR light exposure. In terms of if it will help with shingles, while we cannot make medical claims in regards to our products; we can certainly encourage research on the topic; if you google photobiomodulation and/or Red Light Therapy in combination with the condition you are interested in searching about, you may find that red light therapy is indeed a good fit for what you are seeking. Hope this helps! Kindly, Diana

    Diana

    diana@rouge.care

    Visit us at rouge.care

    Janet
  • How do the EMF levels on your device compare with those of others?
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    Rouge Canada replied:
    Hi Stefanie, Thank you for your comment. One of the most important factors to consider when buying a red light therapy device is the amount of EMF generated by the product. All of our panels have extremely low EMF ratings, and at a 4" distance, the reading is a steady 0.00 – making Rouge the industry’s lowest EMF emission panel.

    Diana

    diana@rouge.care

    Visit us at rouge.care

    Stefanie
  • Hi,
    Hope you’re all doing great.
    Are you CE marked or FDA approved as a class II Medical Devices (with ISO 13485, IEC 60601 and 62304 etc) ?
    If not, why so please ?
    I find it interesting that Joovv is considered a medical devices and not yours with all be the surpassing caracteristics you claim.
    Thanks a lot and have a great day !

    Faranah
  • Hi,
    Hope you’re all doing great.
    Are you CE marked or FDA approved as a class II Medical Devices (with ISO 13485, IEC 60601 and 62304 etc) ?
    If not, why so please ?
    I find it interesting that Joovv is considered a medical devices and not yours with all be the surpassing caracteristics you claim.
    Thanks a lot and have a great day !

    Faranah
  • Hi,
    Hope you’re all doing great.
    Are you CE marked or FDA approved as a class II Medical Devices (with ISO 13485, IEC 60601 and 62304 etc) ?
    If not, why so please ?
    I find it interesting that Joovv is considered a medical devices and not yours with all be the surpassing caracteristics you claim.
    Thanks a lot and have a great day !
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    Rouge Canada replied:
    Hello Faranah, I believe I sent you an email as well, but I can answer here too :) we are FDA-registered just like Joovv. All our devices are registered with FDA, FCC, RoHS, CE EMC & LVD. Please see the link in your email response for the FDA registration. You will see all our devices are registered and listed as Class II medical devices. As our Rouge panels have been independently tested, they have the clinical strength and the therapeutic wavelengths needed for the benefits of red light therapy. Red light is a great general health device, as red light can help oxygenate the blood and energize the mitochondria. Our lights are FDA registered devices, but fall under the “low-risk, general wellness/fitness products” *in accordance with the *“General Wellness: Policy on Low-Risk Devices." Hope you have a fabulous day as well! -The Rouge Team

    Faranah

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