FM radio with digital tuning
A dawn chorus of birdsong or rooster call to alert you to sunrise
Wave sounds to help lull you off to sleep
A sun ray effect to wake you up
A dimmable light useful as a reading light
A snooze function
A security option that allows the light to come on at random when away
An adjustable sunrise to wake naturally
An adjustable sunset to wind down
Lumie produce a range of these products that are backed by sad.org.uk. This organisation is dedicated to supporting people who are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's important to note that this isn't a treatment for S.A.D as a whole but it can useful to treat the sleep disorder associated with S.A.D.
My husband especially is not a morning person, and he always seems more grumpy in the Winter, so I was interested in testing out the Lumie Bodyclock Active 250.
The design is simple yet modern. The light is plastic so you have no worries about glass breaking. Even though it is plastic it doesn't feel cheap due to it's sleek modern design. The alarm has different noise settings from a cockerel crowing at sunrise to bird song at dawn. You can also set the sounds to rolling waves, white noise or a simple alarm beep. My only criticism of the bird song is that it is a recorded noise that is very short, after about ten seconds it repeats again which can be a bit annoying. Still it's nice to hear bird song when you wake up, I think the subconscious mind realises it's a morning sound.
The display is easy to see and the bedside light is adjustable in brightness and also bright enough to read by. The light comes on gradually in the morning giving you that bright morning feel in conjunction with the alarm. It certainly makes you want to get up out of bed.
There is a simple to use snooze function and an FM radio. The radio is digital but not DAB and is easy to operate.
A very useful feature is the security setting. Once this is on the light comes on a random making your house looked lived in, between the hours of 16:00 and 23:00. A simple idea but a great idea for when you are not at home.
Some of the alarm settings
So did it get my husband up in the morning, you may ask? Well yes, it did. He says it felt less intrusive than a normal alarm, you don't get that jolting noise, and the light gradually gets brighter to wake you. At night you can set the light to slowly get darker too, which is perfect for those that don't like the dark. It's a great idea to try different settings to find the right ones for you.
Soon I will be giving one of these away in my big Christmas blog competition and gift guide starting the 31st of October, as well as loads of other prizes so keep a watch out!
So tell me, what do you think of the Lumie Bodyclock Active 250? Would you buy one?