Back in January I gave my initial thoughts on the Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30, it is a light that is designed to help you wake up in the morning by providing you with an increasing amount of light to mimic the sunlight.
I have now lived with this for about 11 months and I have used it pretty much every working day, I don’t use it at weekends or on holidays unless I need to get up.
I am not going to provide any statistics to back up my review because i don’t have any and I can only write about what I have experienced.
If there was one point I would make it is that ever since using it I have found waking up in the mornings much easier, I don’t wake up with a start when the alarm goes off, I genuinely feel as though I am bought out of my sleep in a gentle way.
I have not used the function at night that dims the light to simulate twilight as I don’t have any difficulty in going to sleep. It does also double as a very useful bedside lamp though!
My use of the lamp has been through a winter, spring, summer and autumn. Firstly I would say whilst I did use it through the summer I think that the natural sunlight probably over rode the lamp, but as I was still waking up well I can’t discount it had some input.
For the dark mornings though, this is where it comes into its own, I don’t know anyone who likes waking up when it is still dark, and I also don’t know many who say they wake up well in those circumstances.
It is difficult to explain exactly what it is like to be woken by the lamp other than to say it is like waking up in the warm glow of sunlight.
In terms of how I use the lamp, I have it set to reach maximum brightness at the same time as my alarm goes off, which means the light starts to put out light from around 30 minutes before, it gets increasingly bright until it hits the allotted time. I have woken up several times as the lamp is starting to come on and you can still doze off again as it feels like dawn is starting to approach.
Would I say this would work for everyone, I honestly don’t know, I will admit to being a bit unsure when I first bought it, and it could take a bit of time of you to get used to, but I would say if you can get one try it and see if it helps, for me it works and now I wouldn’t be without mine.
For more information on the range have a look at the Lumie website