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The Best Wake Up Lights

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Top Rated 'Sun Rise' & Dawn Simulators

Are you interested in buying yourself a 'wake-up light' so you can experience the benefits that artificial dawns & dusks can offer (such as making it easier to get up in a morning, getting better quality sleep and as a result experience increased alertness & energy levels throughout the day), however aren't sure which model is best for you?

If so, this article showcase of the best wake-up lights on the market will be able to help you out -- indicating only to models that have been both independently clinically proven as well as generally highly approved amongst consumers to carry out a 'more than' sufficient job. So hopefully from the selection below you will be able to find the perfect wake-up light that suits your specific needs and preferences or at the least should gain a better idea as to what kind of lighting device you are after.

The HF3470 (White) Wake Up Light By Philips

This model is pretty much the most popular  & well regarded wake-up light on the market & for a very good reason too, for its price tag it offers incredible value. Where, it has been clinically proven through numerous studies [1][2] as well as being officialy certified by the National Sleep Foundation to be highly effective (along with the backing of over 850 positive reviews, Amazon.com) & beneficial in the 'sleeping' aspect of people's lives. 

Philips Hf3470 Wake-up Light, White
Amazon Price: $99.99 $89.99 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 3, 2013)

It works through replicating a sun rise, 30 minutes prior to a set alarm time -- through a range of 20 different light intensity levels, starting with warm reds through to a bright bold yellow -- this allows the brain to produce an energy based hormone known as cortisol effectively & when you are awoken by the gradual build up (over 90 seconds) of natural noises (e.g. bird's singing) & you will feel more energetic. As this is the basic model, it includes just standard features e.g. FM radio, an easy-use snooze button (that allows you an additional 9 minutes sleep) -- but is still very well crafted and assembled. If you are really unsure as to which model to go for, you really can't go wrong with the HF3470 it will honestly offer all you would expect and more.

The HF3520 (Colored Sun Rise Simulation) Wake Up Light By Philips

I have included another Philips model, because to put it simply they are quite frankly the best brand for producing these wake-up lights -- as they are very effective, practical and are backed by a great customer service and warranty (24 months). This particular model, is pretty much the best you are going to get -- where it not only offers the 'sun rise' simulation but also a 'sun set' one too, which makes it easier for those (like me) who find falling asleep rather difficult.

Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation, White
Amazon Price: $169.99 $139.99 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 3, 2013)

It also hosts a number of additional features compared to that of the predecessor (HF3470) such as a range of natural noises to select from (five in total) as well as being able to vary the time set range for the 'dawn-motion' to happen (from between 20 to 40 minutes, whereas the HF3470 is simply fixed at 30 minutes) this gives you greater variation as to testing out what time period is most optimal for you.

There are a number of other little clever features it has integrated too, such as the clock face altering depending on the amount of light in the room (i.e when it is dark, it will go ultra-dim and when it is light, it will brighten up -- pretty clever) and also the snooze button is the actual light, as it is touch sensitive, this means you can literally tap anywhere on the light and you get another 9 minutes in bed. This or the HF3550 (which is compatible with your iPhone) is pretty much the 'very best' in wake-up lights.

The BioBrite Sunrise Clock (Advanced Model) By Northern Light Technology

This is pretty much the very best alternative Philips wake-up light model you are going to get -- it is too derived on the similar medical premise that the Philips models were built on and sets a biological clock that acts to gradually build up and lower light intensity levels (for dusk and dawn) within selective periods from 15 minutes to 90 minutes. In fairness, it is a decent model, but is at as good as either the HF3470 or the HF3520? No, I can't say it is. It is good, just not as good.The only reason I would opt for this model over a Philips wake-up light is if you prefer the colour emitted by the BioBrite (but only rarely would that actually be an issue). 

BioBrite Sunrise Clock Advanced Model Charcoal
Amazon Price: $139.99 $115.00 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 3, 2013)

Which Model Should  You Buy?

For me, I would only consider a Philips model (as they have been widely tested, accredited as being excellent by a number of users & were the original pioneers of such a product in the first place -- quite simply they do it best) -- and in particular the two models mentioned above the HF3470 & HF3520. These are there 'leading models' in their range as they offer the best value. If you want a solid model that does the job of waking up naturally and for a good price, then opt for the HF3470. However, if you want something a bit more fancy & have trouble getting to sleep - and you have a partner who wants to share it -- then you should obviously go for the HF3520. 

Granted the price relative to a standard digital alarm clock is expensive, but the (what I would deem invaluable) benefits you are getting in return -- make both models an absolute bargain in my eyes & experience.

Which wake-up light will you choose to buy and why?

Also, if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding either the comparison overview article of the best wake up lights or about any of the models specifically mentioned above then please do not hesitate to make them in the comment section just below and we will be sure to respond to you as soon as possible.

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Bibliography

  1. Gimenez et al. (2010) "Effects Of Artificial Dawn On Subjective Ratings Of Sleep Inertia And Dim Light Melatonin Onset.." Chronobiology International. 18/01/2010. 3/10/2013 <Web >
  2. Van De Werken et al. (2010) "Effects of artificial dawn on sleep inertia, skin temperature, and the awakening cortisol response.." Wiley.com. 21/07/2009. 3/10/2013 <Web >

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