Wake Up lights – has anyone tried them?

posted 11 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
5050 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

About a month ago, right around the time change, we cashed in my credit card points for one – they are so freaking expensive for an alarm clock.  I’d say our results are extremely varied and the only reason I wouldn’t recommend it is the price – it’s not worth it for inconsistency.  BUT – we keep ours across the room and it’s supposed to be right by your face, so there’s that.

Here’s how it is for us:  some days we wake up while the light is still dawning (a dim reddish).  Some days we don’t wake until the birds start chirping for its alarm.  Either way, we do feel awake when it wakes us, rather than rolling over and going back to sleep.  Except I was sick this week and definitely chose to ignore it Monday.  

Then we have last night – still not well, quite noisy and I decided to sleep across our house in the living room so husband could sleep (my choice, he didn’t even notice, it seems).  Our bedroom was an add-on at some point, so the wall is extra insulated. Half the time we can’t hear the other talking if one is in the bedroom and the other is not.  The birds still woke me up and coincidentally timed with the Xmas tree coming on, it was almost the same wake up call.

We always keep our phone alarm set as a backup, but I’d say that even though laziness means the phone will always ring, we are more alert when we do get up.  Having that light really, really helps, even if we do nee dother things for our final boost.

We bought the Philips, btw.  I looked at the cheaper options and realized all the photos were stolen from Philips with those company’s alarm clocks (which all looked the same anyway) stuck in place of the original.  Didn’t trust them after that.

Post # 4
2060 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have Philips one and love it.  Well loved it, now I just wake up when my daughter wakes up! 


But i I think it really does rouse you more gently from sleep and it’s nice waking up to a lot room rather than the dark.  I asked for mine as a Christmas gift because it is expensive.  And all you need is the basic one, not the advanced features.

Post # 6
1747 posts
Bumble bee

I have the Philips clock and I like it.  I think I have it set to start the light about 30 minutes before the sound and probably 5 days out of 7 I wake up on my own about halfway through the light cycle before it can even play the sounds at the actual time the alarm is set for. 

There’s two things I don’t like about it. 

1.  I have the 3520. While there are two different alarm buttons and you can have them set simultaneously, you can’t set them for specific days.  The thing I liked about my cheapie radio alarm I used to use is I could have one alarm set for one time Monday through Friday and another one for a different time for Saturday and Sunday and I never had to individually set the alarms – they were just always programmed that way.  It’s a small thing, but I find it annoying, especially when I forget to set the right one.

2.  They recommend you have it set a certain amount away from the head of the bed (and it’s a really short distance, like a couple feet), but I find if I am facing the light in the morning, I find it can be intensely bright to an annoying degree.  I keep meaning to move the clock across the room (also having the added bonus of making me physically get out of bed to turn it off), but never get around to it.

Post # 7
9485 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

MsGinkgo :  I have one and love it! It’s so much less harsh than a traditional alarm clock. Mine is by Phillips but it’s old, I don’t see the model anymore on Amazon. No colors just warm white light. I keep it on my bedside table. I typically wake up before the birds go off which is nice.

when it bites the dust I’ll upgrade to the color one for sure!

Post # 8
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I have a Philips wake up light alarm clock and I love it! (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/philips-wake-up-light-white-gray/9572096.p?skuId=9572096) I have the one that has multiple colors so it goes from reddish to orange to yellow to white light gradually. They have a slightly cheaper version that only has white light that gets slowly brighter, but I wanted the multicolor one because it seemed like it would simulate the real sunrise better. I live in Michigan and it is so dark here in the mornings. It really does help me get out of bed.

One of the previous posters said that the light was too bright, but the brightness setting is adjustable and I have mine pretty low because it’s all I need since it’s pitch dark outside when I’m getting up. It also plays very soothing bird chirping that slowly gets louder as the light gets brighter. It’s just an all-around more pleasant way to wake up than a standard alarm.

Post # 9
6427 posts
Bee Keeper

I have this one and I’m a huge fan. Much more gentle way to sleep/wake up. 

Post # 10
2726 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

MsGinkgo :  I have the lumie one and I love it. I had to replace the bulb yesterday but I got 5 years out of the last one!

I tell you, you don’t know how nice it is to wake up with light until you can’t for a couple of days haha

Post # 11
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Back in the mid-90s, my parents forked over a massive sum of cash for one for my brother, since our house was built into a hill and half our bedrooms were mostly underground and our school buses came at just shy of 6am; he not only needed to simulate sunlight to get up because the sun didn’t show up in his window, but he needed to fake his body into believing it rose two hours early.  I’m sure whatever company it was is long since out of business.  It made a huge difference, though.  I’m not here to make any particular recommendation, just to say that when used properly and regularly, they do make a notable difference!

Post # 12
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’ve had a Philips one for years and love it! I’ve even covered my sisters and parents. They all have one too and love it!

Before I started living with my fiancé (then boyfriend), I would set it to the brightest light setting (gradually brightens over 30 minutes). It was amazing. However, my fiancé wakes up later than I do and he doesn’t like the light so we’ve compromised and I have it on a really dim setting now. Still enough to wake me up but not enough to wake him. I have it set on the seagulls setting and my guy loves to make fun of them (“the crazy seagulls”) he calls them! I need to change it to the birds chirping. 

Anyway, I think the Philips one is worth the money to always wake up gradually as opposed to a crazy sounding alarm in the dark. That’s so depressing!

Post # 13
4451 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I live in Ontario, so I too am waking up in the dark. I have tried these sorts of lamps before, but they are kind of ‘lost’ on me as I sleep with a nightlight 🙁

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