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.


  • I am looking for a unit as I have Lyme And I have many inflamed areas that I need to treat I don’t think I can afford a large unit what’s my next best step?
    Rouge Canada replied:
    Hi Nancy, thank you for reaching out. Sorry to hear about your discomfort with Lyme. The next best step, I would recommend the Tabletop panel. It’s popular for targeted treatment areas and is low on the price range scale and it will deliver enough power to get clinical level treatment! Hope this helps. We wish you the best in your health and wellness :)


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    Nancy Eckert
  • Will this work well for both hair loss and rheumatoid arthritis?
    Rouge Canada replied:
    Hi Denyse, thank you for your comment, while we cannot make medical claims in regards to our products; we can certainly encourage research on the topic; if you search 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. We actually wrote a blog post about hair growth, you can check it by using our search engine and typing in hair :)You may find some useful information there as well. Hope this helps!


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  • Hi Debbie,
    Thank you for the question. We always recommend starting any Red Light Therapy session out slowly and incrementally increasing the treatment times as you go. You can also try using our panels from further away in order to start with a lower dose of light energy. That way you could achieve a very similar level of light treatment as other brands that are not quite as powerful.

    Rouge Team
  • Hi Rene, thank you so much for the great question. While we cannot make medical claims regarding our devices or Red Light Therapy, you may find some encouraging studies done on the subject in the National Health Institute’s database by using the search terms “Red Light Therapy” or “photobiomodulation” and psoriasis. We also have a blog post about RLT and sun right here that you might be interested in reading.

    Rouge Team
  • My doctor had recommended the Joov. So, if I consider your product, could you advise me on any possible health implications for using your product, considering it is more powerful? I a very sensitive and so looking at potential harm issues?


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