Platinum LED Therapy Lights vs. Red Light Rising [2021 Reviews]

Platinum LED Therapy Lights and Red Light Rising are two of the leading red and near-infrared therapy brands in 2021.

Health and wellness practitioners, athletes, dermatologists, and biohackers –  already have a LED light therapy panel at their disposal to use any time they want to, and it is definitely one of the best LED light therapy devices to have at home.

Now it’s our turn 😉

So, how do you choose the best LED therapy panel for your needs?

Do the wavelengths matter? And what are output and irradiance? Which size is best?

Platinum LED Therapy Lights vs Red Light Rising

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In this post, I’ll show you everything you need to know about Platinum LED Therapy Lights vs. Red Light Rising, and how to choose the best LED lights for pain relief, muscle performance, skin anti-aging and health, hair growth, blood circulation, cellulite reduction, and more.

 LED Therapy Lights Benefits and Uses 

The red and near-infrared wavelengths you’ll find inside Platinum LED Therapy and Red Light Rising are proven (in over 3000 studies) to have major health and beauty benefits, including:

  • Increased muscle performance and reduced muscle fatigue
  • Faster recovery after injuries
  • Blood circulation improvement (and thus more oxygen and nutrients)
  • Inflammation reduction in muscles, joints, and bones
  • Faster healing from chronic skin conditions
  • Improved collagen production (which means fewer wrinkles and less skin sagging)
  • Stimulation of melatonin production (better sleep)
  • Weight loss and cellulite reduction
  • Nerve healing and regeneration
  • Stimulation of hair growth
  • Faster healing from traumatic brain injury, stroke, or neurodegenerative disorders.

Platinum LED Therapy Lights vs. Red Light Rising – How to Choose?

how to choose LED Therapy Panels

Now that you know how beneficial red light therapy is, and its many uses and applications, it’s time to figure out how to choose the best professional LED therapy panel/device – for your home.

What should you look for?

1. The exact wavelengths offered by the device (each wavelength has its own benefits – more on the below)

2. Light energy output and irradiance – these influence the amount of light generated and absorbed into your body and the effectiveness of the light treatment.

3. Panel size – determined by the area size you want to treat and your goals

4. Value – the quality, experience of the company, customer service, money-back guarantee, and warranty

5. Price 

We’ve compared Platinum LED therapy light and Red Light Rising using these important criteria to help you make the most cost-effective possible.

Sounds good?

Find out our results below.

Platinum LED Therapy Lights & Red Light Rising – Brand Overview

Platinum is one of the leading global industry leaders in designing and manufacturing high power LED panels – since 2010.

The company claims that their new design – BIOMAX – provides the highest amount of irradiance than any other LED therapy light on the market, and is being used by many athletes and medical professionals.

The new series( BIOMAX 600 and BIOMAX 900), has a patent-pending IR+ | NIR+ spectral output (which means they combine 5 different red & near-infrared wavelengths at the same time).

Platinum LED Therapy Lights reviews

They design their (FDA-cleared) products to fit customers from all around the globe, with lights that auto-adapt to all 110 V and 220-240 V systems, global express shipping, and global warranty and trial support.

Red Light Rising was founded in 2017 by James Strong, a former professional Rugby player, and James Gohl, a biohacking and wellness enthusiast.

Their most popular high power LED panels are the Half Stack 2.0, and the Full Stack 2.0 of the Origin Series, featuring 2 wavelengths – 660nm (red) and 850nm (near-infrared) precise wavelengths.

Red Light Rising reviews

They offer free shipping in Europe and charge a small fee for shipping outside Europe.

And now, let’s get to the important differences between Platinum and Red Light Rising:

1. Wavelengths

 Red WavelengthsNear Infrared Wavelengths
🥇 Platinum Biomax 660 nm
630 nm
810 nm
830 nm
850 nm
Red Light Rising660 nm850 nm

Both Platinum LED lights and Red Light Rising feature red and near-infrared light wavelengths (measured in nanometers). Each wavelength has its own applications.

Red light therapy ranges from 630nm to 660nm, and NIR ranges from 810nm to 850nm.

The longer the wavelength, the deeper the light penetrates your body.

👉 Platinum LED has 5 wavelengths:

  1. 660 nm – reaches the entire range of skin tissue and targets inflammation, swelling, pain, relief, muscle fatigue
  2. 850 nm – amplifies the benefits provided by the 810nm and 830nm wavelengths (anti-inflammatory, muscle recovery, wounds, anti-aging, and more)
  3. 630 nm – targets all skin concerns including wrinkles, sagging, hair growth, psoriasis, etc.
  4. 810 nm – targets neurological issues (can penetrate through the skull and treat the brain)
  5. 830 nm – accelerates healing, recovery from injury and surgery, bone repair and growth

80% of the new BioMax spectral range is 850 nm near-infrared light.

What about Red Light Rising?

👉 Red Light Rising panels include 2 wavelengths – 660nm (red) and 850nm (near-infrared).

🥇 WinnerPlatinum LED Therapy Panels have a broader range of red and near-infrared wavelengths, which creates a synergistic combination when all are used together.
Platinum LED Therapy Biomax 300 review
Biomax 300$569 with free shippingsave 5% with coupon code MEITAL

However, wavelengths are not the whole story. Next, we’ll examine the “juice” – the power output:

2. LEDs and Power Output (Irradiance)

 Number of LEDsPower Output
🥇 Platinum Biomax 600
(36" x 9" x 3")
200 LEDs129 mw/cm2
Red Light Rising
Full Stack

(48" x 7" x 2.5")
200 LEDs110mW/cm2

For these light wavelengths to work their magic, the lights must be powerful.

With LED lights, the wavelength and the total energy (“irradiance”) emitted are the most important determinants of efficacy. [Resource]

The power output of the LEDs and the total number of LEDs are most important when it comes to the efficiency of treatment.

Let’s compare the 2 most popular models of Platinum and Red Light Rising – Platinum BioMax 600 and Red Light Rising Half Stack:

  1. BioMax 600 (36″ x 9″ x 3″) has 200 LEDs and a total power output of 129 mw/cm2 – at 6 inches away.
  2. Red Light Rising Full Stack (48″ x 7″ x 2.5″) has 200 LEDs and a total power output of 110mW/cm2 – at 6 inches away.

It seems that both these similar size panels (full body coverage) have about the same power output.

🥇 WinnerPlatinum LED, but only by a little bit.
Platinum Biomax modular design
Platinum Biomax 300+600 – $1368 down to $1300 with coupon code MEITAL

3. EMF Radiation

 EMF Levels
🥇 Platinum Biomax 600
0v/m
Red Light Rising
Full Stack

12v/m

Obviously, the healthy and safe use of LED light therapy panels requires low EMF radiation.

With good engineering practices, EMF fields can be dramatically reduced and/or shielded.

Through our research, here’s what we found:

  1. BioMax 600 emits 0v/m at a 6-inch distance
  2. Red Light Rising Full Stack 2.0 emits 12v/m at a 6-inch distance
🥇 Winner – The obvious winner in the EMF category is Platinum BioMax 600.

All Platinum LED panels have shields to prevent the LED drivers, the LED board, and the power cables from emitting EMFs.

You can see a live EMF testing below:

4. Price and Shipping

 PriceShipping
Platinum Biomax 600

$899
Down to $854
with coupon code MEITAL
Free USA shipping
Platinum Biomax 900

$1149
Down to $1092
with coupon code MEITAL
Free USA shipping
🥇 Red Light RisingHalf Stack
$633
Down to $601
with coupon code MEITAL
Free shipping in Europe
🥇 Red Light RisingFull Stack
$1061
Down to $1008
with coupon code MEITAL
Free shipping in Europe

We’ll compare the price of each company’s two best-selling models:

Platinum LED Therapy Lights Cost

BioMax 600 – $899 with free shipping in the USA (Save 5% with coupon code MEITAL – on the official site!)

BioMax 900 – $1149 with free shipping in the USA (same coupon code applies)

Platinum LED Therapy Light Discount Code

I was able to get a 5% discount on all LED panels, stands, and accessories at Platinum LED Therapy – use coupon code MEITAL to get 5% off your entire order – at checkout. 

Red Light Rising Cost

Half Stack 2.0 – $633 with free shipping in Europe and a small shipping fee outside Europe

Full Stack 2.0 – $1061 with free shipping in Europe and a small shipping fee outside Europe

Plus, when you purchase 2 panels – you get at least a $100 discount and a rack stand to set them up.

🥇 Winner of the half-body category (BioMax 600 vs. Half Stack) – Red Light Rising

Red Light Rising Light Discount Code

To get 5% off your order at Red Light Rising, use coupon code MEITAL – at checkout.

🥇 Winner of the full-body category (BioMax 900 vs. Full Stack) – Red Light Rising

Warranty & Money Back Guarantee

Platinum LEDs’ BioMax came out on number one with their 3-year warranty, and 60-day money-back guarantee. However, they will charge a 20% restocking fee if you decide to return it.

Red Light Rising also gives you a 3-year warranty and a 60-day trial period and charges a 15% restocking fee if you decide to return it.

🥇 WinnerRed Light Rising – due to the lower restocking fee.
Red Light Rising Half Stack 2.0 review
Half Stack 2.0 – $633 down to $601 with coupon code MEITAL – use at checkout

Platinum LED Therapy Pros and Cons

To conclude my research, here are the pros and cons of the new BIOMAX series from Platinum LED Therapy:

 pros 
  • Highest power output
  • Unique 5 wavelength technology
  • Modular design
  • Low sound and flicker
  • Zero EMF levels
  • Good customer support and more than 9 years of experience
  • 3-year warranty and a 60-day money-back guarantee, financing options
  • Built-in timer
  • Safety goggles included
  • Country-specific plug

Cons

  • Higher prices (use my coupon code MEITAL to save 5% – at checkout!)

Red Light Rising Pros and Cons

Here are the pros and cons of Red Light Rising Origin series:

 Pros 
  • Competitive price (use coupon code MEITAL to save 5% – at checkout!)
  • 60-day money-back guarantee, 3-year warranty, lower restocking fee
  • Country-specific plug
  • Good customer service

Cons

  • No modular capability
  • No financing options

Red Light Rising vs. Platinum LED Therapy – The Winner

Though I do see a clear winner here, we all have different needs and budget limits. Here’s a final comparison table with the winner in each category, so you can decide based on your preferences.

For example, if you mainly want to use red light therapy for skin issues and anti-aging, you don’t need the largest panel and the highest power output. I’ve had great results with my low-power LED face mask – for more than a year now.

Category🥇 Winner
Number of WavelengthsPlatinum LED Therapy
LEDs & IrradiancePlatinum LED Therapy
EMF LevelsPlatinum LED Therapy
PriceRed Light Rising
Trial & WarrantyTie
(Red Light Rising wins restocking fee)
Modular DesignPlatinum LED Therapy

Red Light Therapy Wavelengths Explained

red light therapy wavelengths

The red light spectrum ranges from approximately 620 nm to 750 nm. The red light wavelengths that have the most scientifically proven benefits are 630 nm and 660 nm.

630 nm – ideal for targeting skin concerns. 630nm wavelength penetrate into the skin cells and was proven to promote collagen production and thus reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It was also proven to stimulate hair growth, reduce skin redness caused by Psoriasis, Eczema, and Rosacea, and healing acne scars.

You can find this wavelength inside most red LED light therapy home devices.

660 nm – penetrating just a little deeper than the 630 nm wavelength, the 660 nm reaches into the entire range of the skin tissue to promote healing and regeneration. Proven benefits include anti-inflammatory effects, improved bone healing, relieving nerve pain, swelling after surgeries, wound healing, and more.

You’ll find this wavelength in laser caps for hair growth, laser combs, LED Face masks, and more.

The Near-infrared wavelength starts at 750 nanometers and extends all the way to 1,200 nm.  The most researched wavelengths are the 810 nm, 830 nm, and 850 nm wavelengths, which are all experienced as heat.

You’ll find the near infrared wavelength inside an infrared lamp, laser hair removal devices, and more.

810 nm – penetrates deeper, all the way through the skull and into the brain, and offers musculoskeletal and neurological benefits, including faster muscle recovery, enhanced muscle performance, faster recovery from a stroke and traumatic brain injuries, and hair growth.

830 nm – A greater quantity of photons are delivered into the tissue with the 830nm wavelength, and the proven benefits include infection prevention, wound healing, increased production of endorphins (“feel-good” hormones), Improved bone repair and growth, and faster recovery from injuries.

850 nm –  In many cases, the 850nm amplifies the benefits provided by the 810nm and 830nm wavelengths. This wavelength has a range of therapeutic uses, including joint and muscle pain reduction, enhanced muscle recovery, reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, and gum health.

As always, you can always reach out and ask me anything on my Facebook page, the comment section below, or our contact page.

To your health and happiness,

Meital

Studies & Resources

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Avci P, Gupta GK, Clark J, Wikonkal N, Hamblin MR. Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) for treatment of hair loss. Lasers Surg Med. 2014;46(2):144–151. doi:10.1002/lsm.22170

Prophylactic low‐level light therapy for the treatment of hypertrophic scars and keloids: A case series, https://doi.org/10.1002/lsm.20952

Avci, Pinar et al. “Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) in skin: stimulating, healing, restoring.” Seminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery vol. 32,1 (2013): 41-52.

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Meital James
Founder and CEO of 4 healthy living blogs, has a background in Naturopathic medicine, research, journalism, and nutrition. Her blogs are the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and experience and all the posts are verified by scientific findings.

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