Wake Up Light Alarm Clock,Night Light for Kids
|Are Batteries Included||No|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||7.48 x 4.72 x 6.3 inches|
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The dawn simulation that these Lumie lights use really help to rouse my brain before the actual alarm sound starts. So often, the light will wake me gradually and without a horrible groggy feeling about 5-10 minutes before the actual beeping starts. This is perfect because it's like waking up naturally to the sun on your bed, instead of waking to the sound of an irritating smartphone alarm screeching away in the pitch dark.
These are the latest generation of wake-up lamps from Lumie and they have LEDs instead of a halogen bulb. I was worried they wouldn't be bright enough, but I can't really tell any difference, which is great. My old Lumie lights used to get very hot when the light was turned on, owing to the fact that they used halogen bulbs. I was always a bit concerned about the device overheating in the morning and potentially waking up to an inferno of flames next to my bed. These new LED wake up lights don't heat up the same way, so thats reassuring for someone who worries about rediculously unlikely situations like me.
In terms of ease of use, this particular model is very easy to program and use. There are very few features to worry about and all you have to set/consider is:
1. Setting the current time when you plug in the light for the first time
2. Deciding the time you want the audible alarm to sound
3. How loud do you want the audible alarm to be
4. How bright do you want the sunlight simulation (that starts to gradually increase in brightness 30 minutes prior to the audible alarm sounding)
Then, there are also settings for the optional sunset simulation. You don't have to use this feature, but when you activate it, the light will gradually reduce in brightness over 30 minutes, which can be soothing for someone like myself who doesn't like the bedroom plunged into pitch darkness at the click of a bedside lamp switch. For the sunset feature, you have to decide:
1. Do you want the sunset to fade into complete darkness, or, would you prefer the light to remain on (at a very dim level) throughout the whole night. This works as a night-light, for those who are uncomfortable sleeping in a pitch dark bedroom. You have the option of having the nightlight turned off completely, or, be very dim (just a subtle red glow) or have a slightly brighter night light. There are 6 options for the nightlight that stays on at the end of the sunset feature, ranging from 0: No night light, to 5: Bright night light.
The night light and sunset feature would be brilliant for anyone who is anxious going to bed at night or whose mind is filled with worries. If I have any anxiety, it's usually worst at night time and the sunset is very soothing and relaxing because your lying in bed with a comforting glow next to you, not staring into eternal darkness and gloom.
The new lights from Lumie are far more lightweight than the older units. For some, who are used to equating weight with quality, they might be resentful of purchasing a fairly expensive device which doesn't feel too heavy. But, I think the reality is that more and more consumer devices that use LED technology and that are manufactured using modern materials, are going to be more lightweight, but I can see where people might feel a bit annoyed that they'd purchased a lamp at about 60 quid and were expecting a really heavy, solid piece of equipment. But the weight of an object doesn't equate to it's quality, longevity or technology, and so I would be wary of using this standard as a basis of whether or not you're satisfied with a product. But it is a difficult habit to break as we're used to words like 'heavy-duty' to be synonymous with 'high quality.'
The only downside to this lamp being lighter weight than it's predecessor, is that when you press the buttons, the device can sometimes shift backwards on your bedside table. It does have rubber/silicon feet that grip a bedside table surface slightly, but unless you place the clock against a wall/surface, you might find that you have to hold your clock with one hand and fiddle with it with the other, but you shouldn't have any issue getting it to rise first thing in the morning because the settings are very straightforward to navigate and the instructions are easy to follow too. This is a very minor concern though and I couldn't care less, but I know that some people will be furious and devestated.
In terms of styling, this lamp looks really good. It sounds pretty sad but as I was lying in bed the other night, I was thinking "If I owned a luxury hotel, I'd put these into the bedrooms." That's the way my mind works somehow; hypothetical situations and the decissions I'd make in them... The light is good looking, sleek and unobtrusive. I like the yellow coloured ring around the control panel; it has a modern and fresh look to it. Lumie also sells black/grey coloured devices incase you have a more formal bedroom aesthetic and the yellow colour is to playful or joyous.
All in all, I am really pleased with this lamp. I love how it looks, it's really easy to control and the number of features it has is limited to only the necessary ones. Unlike Lumies more advanced models, I like that this is a simple and straightforward lamp. I know that having a radio and bluetooth options would be fun, but I like having something easy to control and no-nonsense as an alarm clock. One of my complaints of my smartphones alarm is I have to make sure that my phones not on silent, that I've set it correctly, that do-not-disturb isn't activated, that the alarm volume is turned up enough, that the alarm will sound on the correct day...etc. I want a wake-up light alarm clock, but I don't want a really complicated device with infinite possible setting combinations. I love this Lumie light because it's simple, easy to use and gives me everything I want in terms of simulating dawn/sunset.
At it's current price, I think it's well worth it and I'm glad that I went for this version over some of the more unknown brands. Not that theres necessarily anything wrong with the other brands, but because Lumie specialise in light simulation, I feel confident in them designing a quality product (and many of their products are classified as medical devices.) Philips also offer their alternative, but I prefer the look of the lumie products and I like that lumie have buttons you can press, instead of a strange touch-screen style interfaces.
Five Stars! *****
I set my alarms as you do on the Lumie (as you do, but it took a bit of figuring out, as the instructions say “press and hold” and you really do have to hold it for at least ten seconds) but then set noise alarms on my phone a few minutes later in case I didn’t wake up. Sadly I had my Lumie on full brightness and it didn’t wake me up, the phone alarm did. However I did notice that the light did adapt to my bedroom. My partner switched the bedroom light on and the Lumie immediately dimmed to a deep red, and later on I turned the light off and it went brighter to light up the room. It even gradually brightened as less sunlight shone through the curtains.
The next day I tried it without the noise as I didn’t have anywhere to be; set the alarm for 9am and I woke up at 9:08am due to the sunrise on the Lumie! I hope it starts to wake me up on time soon as I like the idea of it being able to make me feel more alert during the day and reducing the effects of SAD (which I often seem to experience around this time of year), but so far it hasn’t yet. I see its potential but maybe I’m just too tired!
We like the sunrise light - definitely it’s best feature but it’s a big step backwards to have to manually set the alarm and even have to turn the light off In the morning by pressing and holding the buttons.
We have an Alexa in our room and it’s so much easier just to tell her when to wake us up to our favourite radio station than fiddle around with the buttons on this thing.
For the price, this is a very expensive, manual alarm clock with a light and not sure I’d recommend to anyone as good value for money.