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Lumie Bodyclock Elite 300

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      08.07.2010 20:28
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      Wake to the sun!

      Waking up early in the morning can be a difficult thing to do, especially during the dark winter months when the sun is nowhere to be seen. It's an issue which the 'Lumie Bodyclock Elite 300' seeks to remedy - a premium alarm clock complete with a fake sunrise feature!


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      There are a number of Lumie Bodyclocks available, with the Elite 300 currently marketed as the premium model. Costing £149.99 from lumie.com, the sunrise simulator is designed to wake you up in a better mood, whilst providing you with more energy during the day. As well as a sunrise for the mornings, there's also a sunset mode for when you go to bed.

      The Elite 300 is a neat looking device - featuring a large screen surrounded by two stereo speakers, with the thick glass dome of the lightbox sweeping pleasantly across the top. On first receiving the product, you'll have to manually fit the glass lightbox onto the device, although it's a really simple process which is explained in the thick and well written instruction manual. The Bodyclock's black power cable enters via a point at the rear of the device, and it's long enough to reach into a plug socket over a metre away.

      The backlit screen shows the current time, the day of the week, and the current settings for the alarms you may have programmed. In front of the screen is a small control panel featuring rubberized buttons which are used for accessing all of the Lumie's features.


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      Waking up to a sunrise really is good - the light gradually increases over a half-hour period of time (it can be set for longer), and by the time your chosen waking hour arrives, the light is bright enough to completely fill the room. In my personal experience, I find it a lot easier to get out of bed than with a traditional alarm clock, and I'm arguably in a better mood too! If you're worried that a sunrise on its own won't wake you from a deep sleep, then you can also choose from a range of sounds to accompany the light. I personally opt for birdsong, although there are quite a few to choose from (rain, waves, city sounds, standard beeps, and many more). The clock's sunset feature (if you choose to use it) will gradually dim the device's light at night-time - I often set the light box fairly bright when I go to bed, and it will slowly fade out within half and hour. This really makes the body feel tired, and is a relaxing way to get to sleep.


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      The Bodyclock Elite 300 comes into its own with a range of additional features and functions. As well as the sunrise simulator, there's an AM/FM radio (with four station presets), an SD card reader (so you can play your own music through the device), and an input for an Mp3 player so you can use the clock's high quality speakers. There's also a meditation feature on the clock ('Meditainment'), which is basically a selection of spoken-word hypnotic tracks designed to get you to sleep. They're actually really good and especially relaxing - I've normally dropped off before they have finished.

      The lightbox in the Bodyclock elite takes a specially designed lightbulb (featuring neodymium in the glass to provide a more natural and sunny effect) that lasts a very long time. If it does do run out however, you can buy a new one for £4.95 from www.lumie.com/shop/products. Replacing the bulb really is as simple as sliding the lid off the glass dome, and screwing it into place.


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      The only issue that I have with the Lumie is the fact that it isn't particularly user-friendly. Don't get me wrong, I've used worse interfaces to set an alarm clock in my time, but it can be a little bit fiddly. That said, I'm happy to accept this given the quality of the device as a whole, and overall, I would highly recommend the Lumie Bodyclock Elite 300 as an excellent way to wake in the mornings. It really has made getting up a lot easier, and I can't see myself ever going back to a traditional alarm clock.

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