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Best Wake-up Light Alarm Clocks to Wake You Up Gently

Humans have adapted many ways of providing alarms - from church bells' ringing, dawn-welcoming cock-a-doodle-doo, barking dogs alerting approaching danger, smoke signals, to rising and setting of the sun, and changing of seasons. However, these were the things of the past. Besides, no exact time these things provided.

We are now in the age of highly-advanced technology, and everything electronics and gadgets, including alarm clocks, and more, are advancing.

The kind of alarm clock that I'm talking here uses light as an alarm, hence the name is called wake-up light alarm clock. Wake-up light alarm clock functions like a sunrise does. Additionally, it can also function as a sunset simulator.

Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation, White

There's a lot of wake-up light alarm clock models from different brands nowadays. And it's difficult to choose which one should be the best for me. What I did was to first read reviews of different wake-up light alarm clocks, compare, and meticulously look for the features that are absent in other models before I finally decided what to buy.

One of the few bests out there is Philips HF3520 Wake-up Light w/ Colored Sunrise Simulation model. Because it's the best for me, I didn't care for the costly shipping plus import fees they impose, especially if you live outside US of A.

The colored sunrise of Philips HF3520 functions really like a sun slowly rising. It emits light of different colors as the time advances-- from cool red at the start to soft orange glow until it becomes warm white, and then the nature sound of your choice goes off.The light gradually increases up to 40-minute period.This has 20 brightness settings-- so far this is the only wake-up light alarm clock I've found to have the highest number of brightness settings.

There are also 5 nature sounds to complement the gradual light for a complete and a pleasant wake up experience.

And there's more functionality of Philips HF3520. It can be a:

  • bedside lamp for relaxing and reading at night
  • sunset simulator to drift you off to sleep
  • especially a light therapy for people with winter depressions

There's also a snooze feature which can be done not by pressing button but by touching anywhere on the light. A non-slip rubber feet secures it on its place, so there's no need to worry you get it knock down or slip when touching anywhere on the light.

NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp

If Philips HF3520 has 5 nature sounds to complement the light, NatureBright SunTouch has ion breeze.

This product is highly recommended for people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), because its simulated sunrise helps perk them up during winter months.

Timer is easy to operate and makes the 30-minute timing precise. There is an on/off switch for both the light and the ion air. So if you want ion breeze only, you can enjoy it for how long you like. Clinical studies have shown that both ion therapy and light therapy helps alleviate depression.

Nature Bright Sun Touch has 4 long bulbs and 10,000 lux light that is absolutely safe to the eyes-- you can even sit in front of it. There's a warning though, this is not to be used by people with bipolar disorder.

Other signs and symptoms Nature Bright Sun Touch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp can help alleviate with:

  • menstrual cramps
  • menopause discomfort
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • stress and fatigue
  • jet lag


Wake-up Light Alarm Clock is primarily designed for people living in countries with winter season, but its functionality has expand even more, which includes the things I mentioned above.

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In countries where there's no winter, wake-up light alarm clock is useful, too, especially to graveyard shift workers, like I.

Here's a video clip on how sunrise alarm clock works


carol stanley from Arizona on August 25, 2012:

Very interesting hub. It is so good if you just wake up naturally..however that is in a perfect world.

DoItForHer on August 23, 2012:

I just did a Google search and your Hub came up in the fourth position. Cool!

Was looking for a light up one not to wake me up, but so I could see it right away so I don't have to hunt for it to turn the alarm off. It is battery powered, so the digits are unreadable at night.

Maybe I should video myself flailing around for the snooze button. lol

I was having a difficult time gathering this info; you saved me a ton of time. Thanks :-)

Troy Snider on March 05, 2011:

I do agree with many of the things you've expressed in your post. They are very convincing and will definitely it always nice to find interesting articles like this Thanks for the post.

Beth Arch (author) from Pearl of the Orient Seas on February 17, 2011:

@ JS- You don't need Light Alarm Clock in your case. Light Alarm Clock is purposed to waking you up slowly in a gradually increasing or decreasing light at time intervals of 15-min. minimum to 30-min. max before the set alarm time.

I think you need Loud Alarm Clock or Phone Alarm Clock to get you on the go right away.

Thanks for asking.

JS on February 16, 2011:

I'm looking for one with a light that comes on just 1 minute before the alarm...any ideas please?

Think Creatively on December 01, 2010:

Desk lamp + plug-in timer. $10

Spend the extra coin you'd have wasted on a charity or your children's education.

levi on September 12, 2010:

This is so expensive, and its just because it's a new thing, any of those companies could do a decent working unit like this for 30 dollars or so. Just saying.

Beth Arch (author) from Pearl of the Orient Seas on December 18, 2009:

Thanks for visiting, vblogbabe. Good day!

vblogbabe on December 18, 2009:

I will definately get one.Cheers! for the info.

Beth Arch (author) from Pearl of the Orient Seas on November 30, 2009:

Yes, you're correct. I guess you have one.

Thanks for dropping by, Moshi.

Moshi Lifestyle on November 30, 2009:

The sunrise alarm clock is a good idea for getting sunlight at the same time every day, as sunrise is different between the summer and the winter.

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