Product Type: Lumie gadgets
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Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30
Advantages: Wake up naturally, improve mood and become more productive, sunray effect
Disadvantages: Absolutely not one!
I wasn't particularly sure where to start with the Lumie products once I had decided that I would be purchasing one, so the Lumie Starter 30 seemed a good introduction as it is actually (as the name suggests) the starter product if you haven't been woken by light before. The Starter 30 is also the most affordable bodyclock so it seemed the best option in case we didn't like it, we hadn't invested in an expensive alternative.
The first night that we went to bed with the Lumie plugged in, I was apprehensive but excited at the same time about how we would react to the light therapy that would wake us the next morning. The next morning (and every subsequent morning!) was lovely and being woken gradually by the increasing light was wonderful. I always feel revived and like I have slept well rather than needing a 'nap' after a full 8 hours by constantly pressing snooze on my phone alarm. It is perfect for getting you back into a routine quickly after a trip away. My body clock was back to normal after two nights sleep with the Lumie after my recent trip to America, but the last time I went to America my sleep patterns were all over the place for about 10 days.
The Lumie works by giving the body a signal (with light) to slow down its production of melatonin (or sleep hormones) and increase those that help you get up and boost energy (cortisol). The wake up light will allow your body to get into a proper routine and increase energy and boost the mood. I feel more productive and have really noticed a difference in the way I go about my day in the seven or eight months or so since I have started to use this wake up light.
It took me a week or so before I properly took notice of the light before I realised there is also the option to have a 30 minute sunset fade out option which really helps you wind down for bed. I find it more difficult to sleep nowadays. I don't know if it's as I've got older or if it's because I read with a Kindle at night. When my girls are over tired or struggling with sleep, I will put them in my bed, turn the light on and read them a short story, all the while the light is continually fading. It relaxes you and I have to make a swift exit from the room otherwise I feel myself nodding off too! They are asleep in no time at all.
To use the light you simply set it for the time you would like to be woken up as you would any alarm clock, and rather than being woken up by a shrill alarm, you will be gradually woken naturally starting lightly 30 minutes before the wake time you have set. This really is a wonderful way to wake up and I really do notice a difference when I can't use the light when I am away from the home.
The LED clock is something I thought I would use but actually I don't ever sleep through the light alarm, and so the need to see the time isn't really needed as I can guarantee that I will wake, so the option to turn the clock LED off is perfect for me. The option to add a back-up alarm beep for added reassurance is a nice reassuring feature.
The light is a nice size, not too bulky on a bedside table. It also can be used as a bedside light and is dimmable too. It emits a lovely glow which I didn't expect would fill the room as much as it does. I've actually removed my lamp from my bedroom now as it felt an extremely harsh light in comparison to the wonderful soft glow this lamp emits.
My favourite feature is the sun ray effect which imitates a sunrise effect and has rays of sunshine literally coming out of the Lumie. If that doesn't make you smile, then I don't know what will!
The light is obviously powered by a bulb and this will need replacing at some point during its life, but after using it for around 7 or 8 months I have not had to replace the bulb. These can easily bought online and cost around £5.
The power failure back-up means that even in a power cut, you will still be woken. Lumie Starter 30 comes with a 2 year warranty.
If my review isn't enough to convince you of its impressive features and ability to transform your life ; ), then the fact that it is certified medical device and has been proven effective through clinical trials. Impressive!
RRP £59.99, but shop around, you can pick it up cheaper in various places.
Summary: 5 stars