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posted: 10/20/2013 1:02 AM

Adding light therapy to whirlpool can be a bright idea

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  • Chromatherapy, as it relates to the use in plumbing fixtures, adds lighting to bubble massage tubs, hot tubs and high-end shower stalls.

      Chromatherapy, as it relates to the use in plumbing fixtures, adds lighting to bubble massage tubs, hot tubs and high-end shower stalls.
    Courtesy of Kohler

By Ed Del Grande

Q. I am looking to install a new whirlpool tub with my bathroom renovation, and the salespeople I'm working with have been going over options that can be added to the whirlpool. One option is called "chromatherapy" and, basically, they tell me, it is a lighting system for the whirlpool. I'm a loyal reader and would like to hear what you have to say about this topic. Can you please tell me more about chromatherapy?

A. Chromatherapy is sometimes called light therapy, and this type of therapy crosses over into a few different fields. So I want to make it clear that we're discussing chromatherapy as it relates to use in plumbing fixtures only.

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This type of technology is available on bubble-massage tubs, hot tubs and high-end custom shower stalls as well as whirlpool tubs. But even though these involve different plumbing fixtures, basically it's the same light-relaxation concept being used.

Chromatherapy uses soothing colors of light that seamlessly change from color to color every minute or so, then constantly repeats the sequence. You can even hold a color to suit your mood. Featured colors can include blue, red, yellow, orange and green.

Bottom line: With chromatherapy, when the bathroom lights are off and the water turns colors, you may feel like you're riding a rainbow!

• Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit or write Always consult local contractors and codes.

Scripps Howard News Service

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