10 Best Gentle Wake Up Light Alarm Clocks to Opt for 2017
A light alarm clock is a sunrise simulator for a peaceful wake up experience. Its gradual light slowly intensifies to gently wake you up. It’s like waking up to an early morning sunrise creeping through your window, and you will feel refreshingly in a good mood to start another brand new day.
We are now in the age of advanced technology. The traditional alarm clock we got used to in the old days is now replaced with innovative one.
This post is created based on a lot of wake up light reviews, high ratings, and lastly, having owned one of the progressive light alarm clocks in the list.
UPDATE (July 30, 2017): I replaced one of the light therapy alarm clocks below with a new one (Sleepace Nox).
Philips HF3520 Wake-up Light w/ Colored Sunrise Simulation
Philips HF3520 Wake-up Light is a colored sunrise simulator with 20 brightness settings–from a cool red at the start to soft orange glow until it becomes warm white finally. The light intensity increases up to 40 minutes before the alarm goes off. You can either set up the sound alarm of your choice–nature sound or FM radio.
There are 5 nature and calming wake-up sounds: chirping birds, wind chimes, rushing sea waves, jungle sounds, and Satie-style piano sound. You will really feel calm and refreshed waking up to another brand new day.
And, if you like to extend extra minutes of your sleep (9 minutes only), activate the snooze by touching anywhere on the light. Don’t worry that the clock might fall or slip because it’s designed with a non-slip rubber feet to keep it secure in its place.
Philips HF3520 is a sunset simulator, too. If you start to relax on bed, set the alarm so the light gradually dims and the sound drifts you off to sleep. See more of the review here.
Watch below how a light alarm clock works
Lumie Bodyclock STARTER 30 Wake-up Light Alarm Clock w/ Sunrise & Sunset
Lumie Bodyclock has both sunrise and sunset simulations which help regulate your sleeping patterns. Sunrise spans up to 30 minutes (likewise with the sunset), which gradually wakes you up, thus feeling refreshed and recharged.
Choose the settings that you like—sunrise only, sunset only, or both sunrise and sunset.
If you’re on the bed relaxing, you can choose to dim the light.
Other features of Lumie Bodyclock are snooze and backup beeper. In case you sleep through with the gradual increase of light, the “beep-beep-beep” sound will startle you from your sleep.
Philips Wake-up Light w/ Sunrise Simulation, HF3500/60
Philips HF3500 has only 10 brightness settings– unlike in Philips HF3520 which has 20.The light is up to 200 LUX, the highest light intensity of this product.
There is only one color flow, which is bright yellow. No nature sound alarm, only a gentle beep to complete the wake-up experience.
All other features such as non-slip rubber feet and tapping on the light to snooze are the same as Philips HF3520.
The only con based on customer reviews is no battery backup.
BioBrite Sunrise Clock Radio, Platinum
BioBrite’s newest product, the SunRise Clock Radio is derived from medical research on light and human behavior. In the early morning, the human biological clock is sensitive to low intensity light. So, waking to a slowly increasing light can result in a smoother, more natural transition to wakefulness. While gently waking up to a simulated sunrise, you can also let the 6:52 weather report on the FM radio inform you on a sunny day before you even open your eyes. If you’d like to fall asleep with music playing in the background, you can program the radio to fade out after a period of time. Choices of fade up and fade down are over 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes.
- A security feature– a random evening lighting
- A backup audible alarm
- Choice of 12 or 24 hour time read-outs
- Hand made opal glass globe
- Power failure backup
Biobrite Sunrise Clock is available in 3 colors: platinum, pearl, and charcoal.
Verilux Happy Light Deluxe 10,000LUX Sunshine Simulator
Verilux HappyLite Deluxe sunrise alarm clock has up to 10,000 Lux of Natural Spectrum Daylight (simulates natural sunlight, without any harmful UV rays) that relieves people suffering from anxiety, jet lag, and winter blues. The light is soft whitish-blue, which is glare-free and soothing.
For convenient placement, you can choose either to place it on the table or mount it on the wall. Not only for home use, but also for your office.
You’ll have a pleasant experience using Verilux HappyLight Deluxe for shorter light therapy sessions because it is made with a flicker elimination technology, non-buzz and instant on.
Verilux Rise & Shine Alarm Clock & Sleep System
Verilux Rise and Shine Alarm Clock will make you start waking up slowly by its serenity light waves through 250 colors that gradually brightens, and play the 5 nature sounds (stream with music, ocean with music, birds, stream, ocean), or FM radio. Same as when you are going to sleep. The light gradually dims and the sound softens until it turns off at the length of time you set.
Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device
Philips goLITE Blu light is similar to the color of the clear blue skies, which helps alleviate winter depressions. In just under 15 minutes, your mood improves and you’ll feel energized. It is even safe when use for a longer time. Please note that this is not suitable for individuals with bipolar disorder.
Philips goLITE BLU light contains 60 LEDs, so it’s very bright. Somehow, you can adjust the light intensity in increments of 25%, but 50% setting is recommended for the beginners. This is also useful for those who work in night shift. Also beats jet lags. Portable, programmable and rechargeable. Sleek and compact design. The major function of this device is for the light therapy session.
Lightphoria 10,000 LUX Energy Light Lamp
Lightphoria is sleek and compact with a tilt-back stand, and small enough to include in your backpack as one of your travel essentials. The light has a maximum 10,000 LUX which simulates a natural sunrise. The intensity levels can be adjusted: 5,000 lux for low intensity and 8,000 lux for medium intensity. It has 72 energy efficient LEDs that consume only 7.2 watts.
The light is soothing glare free and flicker free. When using it while reading or work on your computer, place it 12-24 inches away from you.
Lightphoria helps alleviate symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder, insomnia, graveyard shift work stress, jetlag, and mood disorders.
Please Note: The best time to use Lightphoria Energy Light Lamp is 20-30 minutes in the morning to recharge your energy level and to help regulate sleep pattern.
NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp
NatureBright SunTouch Plus light is highly recommended if you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Its simulated sunshine helps perk you up during winter months. The timer is easy to operate and makes the 30-minute timing precise. There is an on/off switch for both the light and the ionic air. You can enjoy the ionic breeze whenever you want to. It has 4 long bulbs and it’s absolutely safe for the eyes, you can even sit in front of it. Sun Touch, also a light therapy alarm clock, helps you relieve of these 8 common, minor health problems:
- winter SAD
- sleep difficulty
- low mood
- fatigue caused by irregular work shift
- menstrual and menopause discomfort
- excessive tiredness and fatigue
- jet lag
Sleepace Nox Smart Sleep Light Therapy w/ Wake-up Light Sunrise Simulation Alarm
Sleepace is both a sleep aid and a wake-up light alarm clock.
A sleep aid because it produces relaxing red light wavelengths that increase the secretion of melatonin, which causes you to sleep easily, plus with soothing sounds to complement the light.
For a natural waking up, it simulates sunrise for a good mood to start your new day.
As for me, this is the coolest gadget in the market today, being both a smart sleep light and sound therapy and a smart wake-up light alarm.
For sleep therapy, it sensors humidity and temperature in your bedroom with the help of Sleepace’s App sleep data to understand those factors that affect your sleep quality. Which I never saw in other light alarm clock that has both sunrise and sunset simulations that can also track your sleeping environment.
Moreover, apart from its physical buttons for volume and brightness adjustments (also changing LED colors), it can be controlled by hand gestures or via its app.
My Final Thought
The benefit of owning one sunrise wake up light alarm is not only for those who are experiencing winter blues, but also effective for graveyard shift workers to help them adjust to their unusual schedule.
More so, wake-up light alarm clock functions as a light therapy device, mainly for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Also, it helps alleviate health issues such as anxiety, jet lag, menstrual cramps, and more.