|Philips||Features – Sunrise simulation – 30 Minute gradual wake up time – 2 Bird songs to help wake you – Snooze function – 4 Brightness settings for the display – 10 Light settings – Clinically proven.||High End||Learn More Here!|
|Lumie Bodyclock||Features – Sunrise duration of 20,30 or 45 minutes – Optional beep sound – Sounds such as Big Ben and dawn chorus – Snooze feature – Dimmable display – Nightlight feature.||Mid Range||Learn More Here!|
|GLIME Bedside Lamp||Features – 3 levels of warm white light – Touch activated – Sunrise simulation – 256 Colour cycle – 5 natural sounds.||Affordable||Learn More Here!|
Top 3 Wake Up Alarm Clocks
Before you question the sanity of the title, yes all alarms wake you up but these three do it differently. The humble alarm clock has been around for much longer than you would expect, the mechanical version which was the first patented design came about in 1847 however variation have been used since 428-348 BC. Back then Plato an ancient Greek Philosopher was said to have used a water clock that used something similar to a water organ to signal the starts of his lectures.
In China a striking clock was invented by a Buddhist monk Yi Xing and Chinese engineers created a striking clock mechanisms in astronomical clocks doing the 10th and 11th centuries. From the 14th century some of the clock towers were able to chime at certain times of the day and the oldest and still functional tower is that of the St Marks Clocktower in Venice which was assembled back in 1493.
The first radio alarm clock was invented in the 1940’s by James F Reynolds and another similar design was created by Paul L Schroth Sr. These alarms would either turn on the radio in order to wake a person up or use a buzzer. Today similar technology exists but not it allows you to dock up iPod or phone instead of relying on radio waves. However, all of these wake a person by a sudden sound which tend to jerk you awake and can make you feel more drained.
The best way to wake up is gradually via natural light, this is not always possible especially if you have to get up while it is still dark outside. This is why the wake up alarm clocks have been invented. They use simulated light that gradually increases in intensity to help wake you naturally and with less of a start. So, you are more likely to wake up feeling refreshed and energised. Now let us take a look at these three clocks to see what functions and features they have.
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock Review – Our Number 1
Philips (learn more here!) was founded back in 1891 by Gerard and Frederik Philips in Eindhoven and now has its headquarters in Amsterdam. Philips has grown to be one of the world’s largest electronics companies with an employee co9unt of well over 100,000 people worldwide. There are three main divisions, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, which was formerly known as Consumer Electronics, Domestic Appliances and Personal Care. Philips Healthcare, which was formerly known as Philips Medical Systems and Philips Lighting.
Philips has 2 wake up alarm clocks and this particular model is their cheaper model, its features and functions are as follows:
- Sunrise simulation – inspired by nature this clock gradually changes from dim to bright over 30 minutes to help pull you from sleep the way nature intended.
- There is also a choice of 2 natural sounds to accompany the light, these are 2 different bird songs. These sounds increase in level in the last stages of the light cycle for1 and a half minutes.
- There is a snooze function which is activated by tapping the top of the clock and this will give you a further 9 minutes before the bird song starts again.
- The brightness of the display has four settings from very low to high.
- Philips are currently the only wake up lights clinically proven to work.
- There are also 10 personalised light settings, so you can make this as bright as you want.
This wake up alarm clock from Philips is the best way to start your day, especially if you dread the sound of the alarm in the morning.
Features – Sunrise simulation – 30 Minute gradual wake up time – 2 Bird songs to help wake you – Snooze function – 4 Brightness settings for the display – 10 Light settings – Clinically proven.
Pricing – High End
Lumie Bodyclock GO 75 Review – Number 2
Lumie has been researching and manufacturing lights to help treat season affective disorder, S.A.D, since 1991. The Bodyclock wakes you with naturally simulated light that increases over a set period of time. Lumie’s products are medical devices that are certified to the medical devices directive and are supplied to the NHS.
Lumie has 6 different waking clocks, 5 are Bodyclock models and the last is called Zest. The Go 75 is at their lower end of the scale but it is still an impressive clock. Here are the features and functions of the clock.
- It has a sunrise duration of either 20, 30 or 45 minutes depending on personal needs.
- There is an optional beep sound.
- There are sounds to go with the light such as Big Ben and dawn chorus.
- Snooze feature if you feel you need an extra few minutes shut eye.
- The display is dimmable so it won’t be s disturbance while you’re trying to fall asleep.
- There is also a nightlight feature.
This Lumie Bodyclock is an effective way to wake you up so you can start the day feeling well rested and recharged.
Features – Sunrise duration of 20,30 or 45 minutes – Optional beep sound – Sounds such as Big Ben and dawn chorus – Snooze feature – Dimmable display – Nightlight feature.
Pricing – Mid Range
GLIME Bedside Lamp Review – Number 3
Glime makes a nice range of nightlights, LED party lights and strobe lights. This wake up clock is the chespest one we are reviewing today and offer a wide range of colours to help you wake up gradually in the morning. So, let us take a look at its feature and functions.
- It has 3 levels of warm white light, low for sleeping, mid for normal and high for reading.
- It is touch activated, so you can turn it on, off and adjust the brightness and colour by a simple tap.
- It has a sunrise simulation alarm that starts 30 minutes prior to the wake up time and gradually gets brighter, gently waking you up as it does.
- There are also natural sounds that start at the end of the cycle to help fully wake you up. These include waves, thunderstorms, kingfisher song, cuckoo song and thrush song.
- It has the full range of 256 colours and this can be set on a loop cycle or you can select one colour so it can be used as am ambient light as well as a wake up clock.
The Wake Up alarm clock by Glime is a cost effect option if you want something that can wake you gently and offer you additional ambiance.
Features – 3 levels of warm white light – Touch activated – Sunrise simulation – 256 Colour cycle – 5 natural sounds.
Pricing – Affordable
Well this range of wake up clocks really does cover the spectrum from low end to high end very well and as always they are all good in their own right. However, the overall winner is the Philips Wake-Up Alarm clock and this is due to the natural light setting it has which more closely simulates sunrise. In addition to this it is also the most aesthetically pleasing clock out of the three and would enhance any bedroom.