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My boyfriend has had one of these for about a year and got it for about £70 in the sale but they can go for up to £100 at the moment. It is still quite expensive but is worth it for people that have SAD or generally find it hard to wake up in the mornings especially in winter.
You can use this as a table lamp while reading in bed as well as a wake up light. The good thing about it is the dimmer switch so you can adjust the brightness while reading and the light feels more natural than normal lamps.
The timer and sound settings are easy to use. You can choose between bird song, radio, jungle and beach sounds. The radio can be used on its own and has a snooze button.
The light gradually wakes you up eases you into waking and you feel less shocked that a normal alarm clock. The wake up light stimulates a more natural wake up routine than traditional alarm clocks. You definitely feel more ready for the day ahead when this alarm clock wakes you up.
I would recomend this product to people that find it difficult to wake up properly and people that have to work odd hours.
I've had the Philips Wake Up light since just after it was launched and have used it through both the winter and summer months (although obviously the biggest benefit is during winter, don't think that you will just be packing it away during summer).
The unique benefit of this clock is that it gradually builds up from a soft glow to a full light for 30 minutes prior to the time you have set the alarm for. I hate getting up in the morning and will do anything to stay in bed, but with the wake up light I just feel ready to get up. It's been a bit of a revelation for me. It has been medically approved, but there's no better endorsement than someone it has really worked for.
When the alarm does go off, you can choose from a radio station or a selection of natural sounds (beach, frogs, birds.) Personally I find the sounds a bit annoying (and my cat goes loopy if I put the bird sounds on) and I tend to use the radio. Whichever you choose they start very quietly and build up to the desired level (both the light and sound elements have controls so you can set to your preference).
The light and sound can be turned off independently or together, so if you want to turn the light off but keep the radio on, you can. The buttons to turn off are on top, easy to get to and big enough to find - although sometimes I turn the light off rather than the sound or vice versa.
I paid around £90 at Boots for it, but I think you can get it a bit cheaper now (I've seen them on Amazon for around £80.)
The main disadvantages are aesthetic rather than technical. It's pretty unattractive and quite large - although it can double up as a table lamp.
Also the radio quality isn't great - but probably the kind of quality you'd expect from an alarm clock. Setting the radio stations is very easy.
One more note - if you have a partner who doesn't find it hard to get up, they may not appreciate it. My husband is woken by the light as soon as it starts to come on and spends the next 30 mins complaining that it isn't time to get up (but I don't hear him........:))
I bought this for myself at Christmas and it cost me about £60 in a sale, friends and family were very sceptical and thought Id bought another white elephant! However I must say it was excellent in the winter months.
Basically you set the alarm for whatever time you want to get up, and half hour earlier the light gradually starts lighting up, starting very dim and gradually getting brighter! Also there is a choice of four sounds to wake to- frog ribbiting, seaside water, pips, radio or birds tweeting.
I would say on a downside the radio isnt amazing- it only FM, but does search stations autoatically and its perfectly funtional for an alarm!
The clock itself is fairly bulky, you would be looking at the size of a small table lamp in comparison, and it does need to be located about 40-60cm from you in order to be fully effective. Build quality is good, the unit and buttons are pretty solid- if not a bit annoying that some of them are on top of the lamp- a little hard to reach!
I must say I have found the clock a totally refreshing way of getting up and very different to the rude awakening my mobile used to give me- the light isnt quite as effective now in light mornings but in winter it made me feel much better about getting up!!
Plus Side :You can always use the it as a lamp or radio on its own!
Down Side: It randomly has gone off in the middle of the night twice ( in about 6 months)
I bought one of these about six weeks ago. They're expensive, very expensive really for a glorified alarm clock but if you hate winter mornings as much as I do, they're worth it.
The light and sound have a range of settings. You set them each to come on to a certain level, set the alarm clock time as normal and away you go.
The light intensity can be set to come on from one to twenty. About ten minutes before the alarm goes off it comes on and gradually builds up to the setting you've made.
At the time you've set the alarm clock for, the sound comes on and also gradually builds up to your specified volume. It can be set to a normal beep, birds, a radio and a few other things I think.
There are other useful features. The LCD panel has a few brightness settings so it's less disturbing when you're going to sleep. You can use the radio or the light by itself, and there is a little button that does a 60 second simulation of the program you've set for the alarm clock.
Overall what it really does is to wake you up very gradually. The best way I can describe it is that instead of being jolted awake by a typical alarm clock you gradually come to the realisation you're awake every morning. I haven't woken up feeling like I've barely slept since I bought this alarm clock.
It's definitely helping me to get through this winter sane.
Natural Light Dawn Simulator / Short name: Philips HF3461