Bemer vs Red Light Therapy

The difference between Red Light Therapy and Bemer is that Bemer is a PEMF mat with a pulsing magnetic field that can traverse the whole body, while Red Light Therapy’s light will only reach to a certain depth below the skin.

Both Red Light Therapy and Bemer’s PEMF are considered by most as forms of energy medicine and their technical difference is where they fall along the range of the energy spectrum.

The pulsing electromagnetic field of the Bemer is lower energy than the visible red light of red light therapy but it is able to pass through the body as an invisible magnetic field while the visible red light cannot.

Red Light Therapy Vs Bemer Quick Compare

The image below helps us visualize both the range of depth that Red Light Therapy can penetrate below the skin and how the PEMF waveform of the Bemer will be able to traverse the whole body.

bemer coverage range compared to red light therapy
Bemer and Red Light Therapy Coverage Representation including skin penetration depths of different light wavelengths

This difference in the range covered and the focus point of the therapy means that both Bemer and Red Light Therapy will be better suited to certain therapeutic applications.

Red Light Therapy will focus most of its energy at the skin level and is therefore excellent for skin health and with near infrared wavelength light, will be good for muscle recovery and pain relief.

Red Light Therapy is also great for targeted application because you can focus the light over one particular area you want to treat.

PEMF therapy like from the Bemer mat will be good for many of the same things as Red Light but because it can traverse the whole body it is better for a general application and not as well suited to, for example, treating one particular area of skin.

Bemer Main Points

  • Traverses the whole body in coverage because the magnetic field can pass through the body, though relative to other PEMF mats Bemer is at a low PEMF intensity
  • Good for muscle recovery
  • Good for inflammation
  • Good for back pain
  • Helps cells function optimally by delivering them energy
  • Particularly beneficial for overall cellular health & at low frequencies for sleep aid
  • Perhaps the most well known PEMF mat however at a premium cost compared to the other Best PEMF Mats

Red Light Therapy Main Points

  • Primarily covers the skin and just below the skin as most benefits coming from the visible light spectrum
  • Good for muscle recovery
  • Good for inflammation
  • Good for back pain
  • Helps cells function optimally by delivering them energy
  • Particularly beneficial to the skin and skin related ailments

Next let’s examine where on the electromagnetic field spectrum Bemer’s PEMF and Red Light Therapy appear and how this affects their applied therapies.

Energy Spectrum Diagram

Below is the energy spectrum diagram we borrowed from the Nasa website and overlaid with some labels to show where PEMF and Bemer is operating and then added a more detailed version of the Visible Light Spectrum as well.

Electromagnetic Spectrum Image Credit: Nasa (we added Red Light Therapy & Bemer for visualization reference)

As we can see, after the microwaves and radio waves, come finally magnetic waves and of course pulsed electromagnetic waves like PEMF and therefore the Bemer mat.

The visible light spectrum is where Red Light Therapy operates and this is actually towards the higher energy side of the spectrum.

On the far right side of the visible light range, just past the red light range comes the near infrared range.
Many Red Light Therapy products also include a little bit of this “near-infrared” range, from around 750nm to 1200nm, in this range you have a little more penetration range and it is good for blood circulation and inflammation in the area applied.

The intensity of the Bemer is dependant on “how tall” the waveform of its PEMF therapy is, and in the case of the Bemer mat the intensity is actually lower than most popular PEMF mats.

Next let’s do a side by side comparison of the Bemer compared to our best rated Red Light Therapy Panel.

Bemer Mat vs Best Red Light Therapy Panel

Though we will compare the Bemer to the best Red Light Therapy Panel here, it is more appropriate to compare PEMF mats against PEMF mats and Red Light Therapy Panels against other panels.

You can see our in depth pages here comparing the Best PEMF Mats and the Best Red Light Therapy Panels.

Bemer Mat

bemer mat with controller 4th place badge
Likely responsible for popularizing the idea of PEMF therapy, Bemer produces a quality PEMF product.

Price Range

$4,990 to $5,285 USD

PEMF Therapy

Waveform
  • 1 Waveform
  • Sinewave
Frequency
  • 2 Settings
  • 10 & 33 Hz
Intensity
  • 0.35 Gauss & 1.5 Gauss Spot Applicator
Pulse Duration
  • Not Adjustable

MitoRedLight Mito Adapt MAX

mitoadapt red light therapy panel
The MitoAdapt MAX panel is ranked best Red Light Therapy device for 2023.

Price Range

$549 to $6,999 USD

Red Light Therapy

Red Light Wavelengths
  • 630nm, 660nm
  • 810nm, 850nm
Factory Rating
  • 130mW/cm2 at 6 inches
  • 62,700 Joules in 10 minute session
EMF Strength
  • Negligible – 0.0 µT

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Bemer the Same as Red Light Therapy?

No, Bemer is not the same as Red Light Therapy. The Bemer mat is a PEMF therapy mat which puts out a pulsing electromagnetic field, while a Red Light Therapy device emits a visible, therapeutic red light which is good for the skin and targeted treatment.

Does Bemer come with Red Light Therapy?

No, the Bemer mat does not come with Red Light Therapy. Earlier Bemer mat packages did include a Red Light Therapy spot applicator, separate from the mat itself but Bemer no longer sells these. There are other PEMF mats which include Red Light Therapy in the mat along with infrared therapy, you can find them on our PEMF mats page.

What is the difference between Bemer and Red Light Therapy?

The difference between Red Light Therapy and Bemer is that Bemer is a PEMF mat with a pulsing magnetic field that can traverse the whole body, while Red Light Therapy’s light will only reach to a certain depth below the skin but is better for skin and targeted treatment than PEMF.

Which is more affordable, Bemer or Red Light Therapy?

Red Light Therapy is more affordable than the Bemer mat as Bemer is an expensive PEMF device when compared to other PEMF mats. If you consider other top rated PEMF mats, these will be in the same pricing range as a good full body coverage Red Light Therapy panel set up, whereas a Bemer mat will cost approximately around double the price of an excellent Red Light Therapy panel set up.

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