For decades I blindly believed that the only way to wake up on time for work was to have a digital alarm clock screeching a bloody murder in my ear from my bedside table.
That all changed last week when I tried a gentler kit aimed at waking you from your sleep without raising your heart rate.
The Lumie lamp has taken social media by storm over the past two years, using light therapy to wake you up in the morning.
It’s packed with LEDs that gradually brighten to resemble a sunrise and gently filter the light into the room for a more natural awakening.
But is the high-tech equipment any good? I tried the expensive Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB to find out (Spoilers: yes, it’s good.)
SEE THE LIGHT
The first thing to note is that setting up the Lumie lamp is an absolute breeze.
Once you’ve got it out of the box, it only takes a few minutes to play around with the settings and, hey presto, you’re good to go.
The only downside here is that you have to use the lamp’s four buttons and two spinning dials to set it up.
While this saves you the hassle of having to download a companion app, it can be a little fiddly. Lumie has helpful video tutorials.
The design of the gizmo will not be for everyone. It’s a bit space-age, with a U-shaped fabric base topped by the light’s plastic body.
My version (there are seven of different prices) comes with a digital radio, meaning there is an antenna sticking out at the top.
It won’t go with every bedroom’s feng shui, but it’s neutral and understated enough not to draw too much attention.
OUT LIKE A LIGHT
The Bodyclock Luxe comes loaded with all sorts of extras, including the aforementioned radio, Bluetooth speakers, and a low blue light feature.
As a bonus, you can use it as a bedside lamp and even charge your phone via a USB port on the back.
Most important, however, is the artificial sunrise and sunset function, powered by ten LED lights.
If you have set an alarm, the lamp will gradually brighten over the course of 15, 20 or 30 minutes.
It’s undoubtedly a much quieter way to wake from slumber, and you can always set a gentle sound – like rain or sea waves – to fade out at your preferred time if you don’t trust the light to fully wake you.
You can also use a sunset feature as part of your bedtime routine, gradually dimming the lights over a set period of time.
It’s a great way to save you from spending hours scrolling on your phone when you should put your head down for some rest.
Lumie says waking up to its sunrise and sunset lamps has health benefits, a claim you should probably take with a pinch of salt.
What I can say for sure, though, is that using one of its lights has made waking up a far more pleasant experience, and I find I hit snooze a lot less than I did with my old alarm clock.
If you’re looking for a quieter way to wake up, then getting a Lumie lamp is a great option.
It spares you the shrill roar of a traditional alarm clock and adds a soothing new addition to your bedtime routine.
For the more expensive models, the added benefit of a radio and/or Bluetooth speaker can only be a good thing.
Ultimately, the main disadvantage is the price. Lumie bulbs start at £50, but the more expensive model I use is a knee-swaying £230.
It’s a price worth paying if you ask me, but that depends on your budget – and how much you despise whatever alarm you’re using at the moment.
For me, the Lumie represents the best alternative to a conventional alarm clock. Ear-damaging awakenings are definitely a thing of the past.
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