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Wake yourself up with light, by using the Phillips Wake Up Light alarm clock. Pictured here is a Phillips promotional image, together with a photo of the alarm clock device showing how it actually looks.

Wake yourself up with light, by using the Phillips Wake Up Light alarm clock. Pictured here is a Phillips promotional image, together with a photo of the alarm clock device showing how it actually looks.

Well, we’re slowly moving into the Fall season and with it, the amount of light we receive daily begins to dwindle, depending on where you live.

What this means is that our alarm clocks might not work as well at waking us up as they did previously.

Worse yet, declining amounts of natural sunlight are linked to depression in many people, as we’ve already mentioned in a previous post about light alarm clocks.

That’s why that it’s so great that the Phillips Wake Up Light is here. Here’s Phillips’ own promotional video for the Alarm Clock Light:

The Phillips Wake Up Light is an invention designed to counteract the effects of having too little natural light in your environment, combined with an attempt to wake you up more naturally by using light as an alarm clock!

That’s right: the general idea of the Phillips Wake Up Light is that, instead of being awakened by sound, as with most normal alarm clocks, you’ll instead be awakened by gradually increasing amounts of light that should simulate dawn.

The first amounts of light are emitted from the Wake Up Light thirty minutes before your alarm is actually supposed to go off; in this way, the amount of light is gradually increased and increased until it reaches its peak at your chosen alarm time. This experience is supposed to wake you up in a far more natural fashion that should hopefully result in you feeling more refreshed after a good night’s sleep than being awakened by an alarm sound.

Here are some facts about the Phillips Wake Up Light:

  • The Wake Up Light has a light intensity of up to 400 Lux (about 300 Lux is needed for night-time reading).
  • The light emissions from the Wake Up Light begin 30 minutes before your actually scheduled wake-up time.
  • the Wake Up light comes with several different alarm sounds that can also be used to wake you up (with or without the light alarm), including an FM radio, singing bird noises, ocean waves or 2 other “nature sounds”
  • You can also use the Wake Up Light as a beside lamp.
  • The Wake Up Light also has a “Dusk Simulator” with gradually decreasing amounts of light that are supposed to simulate sunset.
  • There is a second version of the Wake Up Light available which also has an iPod Docking Station.
  • According to Phillips, the Alarm Clock Light is certified as a medical device (which sure makes it sound like a serious product).

How does it work?

The Wake Up Light is supposed to use your body’s natural hormones to wake you up. The light produced by the Wake Up Light is supposed to gradually deactivate your body’s production of Melatonin. Melatonin is one of the hormones that makes you sleepy. When the light from the Wake Up Light begins being emitted, your body will create less and Melatonin, thus making you feel less and less sleepy…until you finally wake up. (Here’s a good introduction on the subject of Melatonin.)

Does it really work?

We don’t know. It certainly sounds like a good idea, and is meant well, but, since no device was sent to us for review, it is honestly quite difficult for us to judge if such an invention will noticeably improve the waking experience. But we have managed to find what we think is a pretty objective review of the device, which you can view in the video below. In this video, the people reviewing the Alarm Clock Light seem to think the light alarm function is pretty good. However, they do seem to be less satisfied with the “nature sounds” alarm functionality:

And with a hefty price tag of about $170 at Amazon, it’s a fact that most people will probably not spend the money necessary in order to find out if this is really a good alarm clock device or not. One valuable way of judging if this is a good product is to of course read all of the reputable product reviews you can find on it…which lead us to discover a review on Amazon that reveals that the light bulb in the Alarm Clock Light is not replaceable. Not only that, the light bulb has, apparently, a lifespan of just about seven years.

This means that, after the seven years are up, you’ll likely have to either buy a new alarm clock or,  at the very least, send it in to Phillips to be repaired. This is obviously good to know in advance, before purchasing this alarm clock!

Still, it could be that this product is helpful to a lot of people.

We encourage those of you suffering from sleep disorders to keep it in mind.

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