Well Red Pty Ltd was established in in 2018 in Tasmania by Catherine Hamilton and Ron Brown. Ron is an electronics engineer who designs and makes bespoke electronic devices. Catherine is a retired medical practitioner and the author of the blog redlightsonthebrain.

Ron and Catherine became friends many years ago, both playing in a community orchestra; Ron is a timpanist and Catherine, a wannabe doublebassist. 

n 2015 Catherine began reading the medical literature about the health effects of red and near infrared lights. She was pretty skeptical at first, but became intrigued by the quality of the research and the biological logic of the way that the lights interacted with the body’s cells.  She started making red and near infrared light devices, using LED strips, buckets, old lamp-shades and even PVC piping.

She asked a friend with Parkinsons’s Disease if he wanted to try using a red light hat. He did, and his symptoms improved.

She made more bucket light hats for others to try.

Ron, with his technical prowess was a keen observer and fashion commentator. Ron met many of the original users of the bucket light hats and he, like Catherine, was impressed at the improvements experienced by users. Equally impressive was the lack of adverse side-effects.

When the requests for light hats started coming in thick and fast, Catherine responded by creating the blog redlightsonthebrain, and writing and publishing detailed instructions and information about red and near infrared lights and medical research. 

Check out Catherine’s blog: redlightsonthebrain

Many people made the most fantastic bucket light hats. Many were reluctant to make their own and wrote to Catherine, wanting to purchase a light hat device. Until now, that was difficult or too expensive.

Ron and Catherine became interested in designing and making a trans-cranial red and near infrared light device. They planned the ideal device for future clinical trials.

The challenges:

Safety – while experience with users of red light devices has shown that daily use of red and near infrared lights is not associated with adverse effects, safety is still a paramount consideration. 

Comfort – must be comfortable to wear and use on a daily basis.
Bulky, hot, wobbly or cumbersome designs are unacceptable. 

Research – must have flexibility in its settings so that it can be an effective device for all research, including clinical trials.

Flexibility– must take into account the most recent research findings whether it is wavelength, power, pulse rate, sequencing or duration.

Cost – must be available at as low a price as possible.

The outcome? The Well Red Coronet.

Someone likened it to the coronet worn by Richard III. The name has stuck.