Dr. John Ott

Photobiology Pioneer

"We have finally learned that light is a nutrient much like food, and like food, the wrong kind can make us ill and the right kind can help keep us well."  — Dr. John Ott

HEALTH AND LIGHT /  3,000,000+ copies sold

Dr. Ott’s “day-job” was that of a banker, with horticulture and time-lapse photography as hobbies. These hobbies soon sprouted into a pioneering career in the new field of photo-biology; the study of light on living cells.

While working as a consultant for Walt Disney's Cinderella film, Dr. Ott found that he could not successfully grow a pumpkin for her pumpkin coach indoors under commonly used artificial lighting. He observed that all living organisms need the "full spectrum" of light provided by the sun in order to thrive.

The Birth of Full-Spectrum Light Technology

Dr. Ott discovered that a cell's ability to properly reproduce in plants, animals and humans is affected by variances in lighting. He further realized that light entering the body through the eyes controls and regulates our brain chemistry which in turn affects how we feel and function.

Dr. Ott's fascinating research and discoveries ultimately led to the invention of the original, health enhancing "full-spectrum" Ott Light. The Ott Light provided "visible" full-spectrum light and a trace amount of "invisible" ultra violet light.

Recent Lighting Research

In it's day, the Ott Light was a superior light source compared to common fluorescent lights. However, recent lighting research has identified an essential part of the light spectrum that was overlooked by Dr. Ott... invisible, near infrared light.

Since Dr. Ott's original research, there have been more than four thousand peer reviewed scientific papers published on the beneficial aspects of near infrared light (NIR). You can’t feel NIR as heat nor see it, but it has a major health impact especially for your eyes and cell energy.

  • NIR helps prime the cells in your retina for ‘repair & regeneration’ and reduces the risk of macular degeneration
  • NIR is vital to the production of cellular energy ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

Given that more than 50 percent of the sun's energy is near infrared radiation, we are clearly limiting our health and well-being by using common fluorescent and LED lighting that does not emit near-infrared light.

“LED light exposure that is not balanced with full (spectrum) sunlight loaded with the red parts of the spectrum is always damaging to your biology.” 

— Dr. Alexander Wunsch, MD, PHD, Photobiology Expert

Next-Gen Full-Spectrum Light — Beyond Ott Light 


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