Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Lumie Bodyclock Active 250 Review

So the night's are drawing in and before long it will be dark in the mornings. For me it's always a struggle to get up when it's dark and cold outside. This is where the Lumie Bodyclock Active 250 comes in.




The Lumie Bodyclock Active 250 is the original wake up light. It works by simulating the natural light that happens at dawn, waking you up slowly and naturally. They say by doing this, your natural cortisol hormone increases making you want to get up bright and alert.

Features include

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?
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22 comments

  1. I've always wanted to try one of these but haven't because I'm not sure it would wake me up - and the social shame of being late for school (again) would be too much.

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  2. I've been looking into treatments for S.A.D. and this seems like a fab idea! Will have to learn more! xx

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    1. It helps with the sleep disorder associated with SAD.

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  3. These clocks sound right up my street! I hate traditional morning alarms and the dark mornings make it so hard to get out of bed, i'll check back for your competition for sure!

    Rebecca
    http://www.meadowdaisy.com

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    1. Hi Rebecca, my competition is now live so be sure to check it out!

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  4. This sounds great. I've often wondered about these. It seems much better to wake up gradually.

    M xx

    The CSI Girls

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  5. I am so bad at getting up in the morning this might just be what I need! x

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  6. Love it and I would very much want to own one. I am going to keep an eye on your giveaway.

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  7. I'm up at 5 am for work and sometimes just want to hit snooze when the beep beeps go off. This would be fab and easier to wake up to I reckon especially since in December I need to start work at 4am ����������

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    1. Oh gosh Emma, that is an early start. I think this clock would be so benefical to you!

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  8. I've not actually heard of these clocks actually. I always just rely on my phone but this sounds like it makes waking up so much easier! x

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    1. It is a gradual wake up, I hate that shrill alarm on my phone. So much nicer to wake up with birds chirping.

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  9. What delightful way to wake up.... I've suffer from SAD for many years and would welcome a little sunshine in my life.

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    1. This sounds ideal for you then Christine.

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  10. This sounds fantastic especially for when I don't want to get up in the morning !

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    1. It's a gradual wake up process, so can only be better for you.

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  11. I am lucky enough to own a Lumie though not this model, and wouldnt hesitate to recommend one to anyone, @msedollyp

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  12. Love the bracelet especially, and the bodyclock :)

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