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Jacuzzi’s J-LX Collection Uses Red-light and Infrared Therapy

When most people envision relaxing in a hot tub, images of powerful jets and steaming water come to mind, but Jacuzzi is hoping to revolutionize that idea. In July 2023, Jacuzzi introduced its new J-LX Collection of hot tubs that use light therapy to provide an entirely new way to incorporate wellness.

Each product in the line features infrared and red-light therapy as a standard feature. Infrared therapy is a relatively new, light-based method to treat pain and inflammation in the body.

Unlike harmful ultraviolet light, infrared enhances cell rejuvenation.

Invisible infrared light is delivered to the body at wavelengths that promote cell regeneration and repair, and it can penetrate deep layers of the skin, providing pain relief. Similarly, red-light therapy is a type of light-based treatment that may help muscle tissue, skin and other parts of the body heal, but unlike infrared therapy, red light is visible, and the therapy is more suited for use on the surface of the skin. These therapies can help with everything from reducing inflammation and pain to promoting blood circulation and improving cardiovascular health.

Erica Moir, vice president of product marketing at Jacuzzi, notes both features are integrated into FX-IR therapy seats in the J-LX hot tub models, along with hydromassage. The company also plans to include the technology in the J-400 product collection and Jacuzzi products that will launch in January 2024.

“This new feature is exclusive to Jacuzzi brand products globally and is patent pending,” Moir says. “We are so excited to be launching more products in the upcoming months.”

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While the J-LX Collection is brand new, Jacuzzi is no stranger to the use of infrared. The company has been selling infrared saunas for years, but after partnering with a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic — a nonprofit academic medical center — Jacuzzi recognized how important the health benefits were, Moir says.

Jacuzzi then started working with an experienced development partner to identify the exact wavelength output requirements for near-infrared and red-light therapy in water.

The result: Jacuzzi’s usage of near-infrared waves that penetrate below the skin into deep muscle tissue. It specifically targets the lower back area because of how common pain in that region is, Moir says. Customers can select the infrared and red-light therapy session from the topside control to run for a 20-minute cycle.

“The nice part is its integration into our SmartTub app, allowing you to keep track of your [infrared] and hydrotherapy sessions,” Moir says.

For Jay Gavin, owner of California-based Aqua Paradise, the combination of style, performance and energy efficiency is especially exciting.

“Integrating near-infrared and red-light therapy into a hot tub means this offers a level of rejuvenation and therapy never before seen in our industry,” he says. “Coupling that with the sleek profile that blends into any home or backyard project, and we have something incredibly exciting.”

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