Best Wake-Up Lights in 2020

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LittleHippo Mella

MELLA is the #1 most backed kid’s clock and all-in-one Ready to Rise children’s sleep trainer designed to keep your kid in bed longer. MELLA is a sleep trainer, alarm clock, sleep sounds machine, night light and nap timer rolled into one adorable package.

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Love this product. The only thing I would change is when you set a nap timer, I expected it to work just like the sleep trainer, where, after a preset amount of time, the clock turns green and the child knows he/she can come out of their room, if they're awake. Nope, when you set a nap timer, it sets it like an alarm clock so as soon as it goes off, you hear the typical alarm clock buzzer, which, in my case, woke my kids up from an otherwise peaceful slumber. It would be much gentler to have it work as the sleep trainer does so that if the kids sleep past the preset time, it doesn't wake them up.UPDATE: 7/13/18: Little Hippo not only incorporated my suggestion for the nap timer into the new Mella clocks, but sent us two new ones with the update! I am moving my review to a 5 star, not only because I think the clock is near perfect now, but also based on the level of customer service I got and you will get when dealing with Little Hippo! Kudos!
My daughter is Autistic so I'm not sure my review will apply to all children, but I hope this helps.My daughter wakes up all different hours of the night, and becomes disoriented and confused as to what time it is, so she needs my help to tell her to go back to sleep. It could be 11:30 pm, 2:30 am, 5:30 am, or all three. She's never slept past 7AM, so we don't need/use the alarm clock feature. I purchased this clock so she would have a visual way (without my prompt) of determining if she should get up and play, or if she needed to go back to sleep. I'm hoping that she will not have to rely on me forever, and will eventually learn to put herself back to sleep without me.She wasn't very pleased with it last night, she didn't like that the face was sleeping and there was no light, she wanted it to have a night light, and finally asked me to turn it around so she didn't have to look at it. However, she was delighted when she got up at 5:30 and the yellow light was on indicating she wake up. She had trouble distinguishing between the yellow and green light, so in her infinite wisdom she said it was chartreuse and she could get up to play, lol. I didn't argue with her, I'll just set the clock an hour later, so she can get up when any color light comes on. I assume this might only be an issue for special needs children or much younger children.My preference would be to have an app on my smart phone, where I could simply program the colors (or off) for each hour. 7PM - 6AM Blue/Sleep, 6AM - 12PM Green/Awake, 12PM - 2PM Pink/Rest, 2PM - 6PM Green/Awake, 6PM - 7PM Purple/Get Ready for Bed, 7PM - 6AM Blue/Sleep. This way the clock would not only promote her staying asleep or in bed at night, but help her maintain a schedule during the day. For Autistic People, knowing what to expect is very calming/reassuring, so when the light turned off, she felt like there was no indicator as to what she should be doing, so sitting there waiting for the light was frustrating for her. Again this may not be an issue for typical Children.It's great that the buttons lock, so it can't be accidentally reprogrammed. It came with everything we needed right our of the well packaged box. And works as expected.I hope future generations become a little more high tech, and user customizable. Otherwise a solid product.
This is a cute clock, but as far as a sleep trainer, it has only helped us so much. As many times as I've said "If Mella is still sleeping, you go back to bed" my daughter still is getting up in the middle of the night. It has however reinforced her bed time, as she gets very excited to see if Mella is asleep yet. So that is a help. I also found the sounds to basically sound the same, white noise, and too loud. Light is ok, but we stopped because my daughter said it's too bright (even on Amber which they recommend). This may work for the right child, but for us, I'm not sure it was worth it.UPDATE: The very kind and attentive people at LittleHippo reached out to me after this review and wanted to make it right...she explained they stand behind their satisfaction guarantee, and they did! I am so impressed by their proactive customer service! The company really cares about the customer and the quality of the product. Thanks to LittleHippo for taking the time to address my concerns and going above and beyond to make sure our family is happy 🙂

Features

  • A runaway crowdfunding success, MELLA has been featured in publications such as Mashable and Yanko Design for its numerous features and modern design. 
  • MELLA uses colors and facial expressions to teach your kids when it’s time for bed and time to wake up. Half an hour before it’s time to wake up, MELLA will glow yellow, signaling it’s almost time to start the day.
  • MELLA also features three sleep sound options and five night light colors to soothe your child to sleep. MELLA also features three alarm sounds and both an alarm and silent countdown for timed activities for older children.

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LBell Wake Up Light

LBell Wake Up Light, Newest Alarm Clock Sunrise Simulation Radio Clock Bedside Night Light with Nature Sounds, FM Radio, Sleep Aid and USB Charger.

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 It's nice, specially for the price and what you can do with this, I just really like it, I wll leave a video so you can see ..
My bedroom is completely dark since I have blackout curtains, and waking up to a gradually brighter room helps me wake up without feeling groggy. I've purchased another brand before that did its job (going for dim to bright), and had similar functions as this one. Unfortunately, I found the dimmest setting was still too bright, found myself waking up immediately (you can easily read a book at this setting).I was hoping to find a different alarm clock that was both reasonably priced and capable of going from complete darkness to full brightness GRADUALLY. This one seemed promising since it starts the dawn simulation as a red light that changes to orange and then white as it gets brighter. You can also change the length of time the simulation will take from 10-60 minutes (the other one was fixed at 30 minutes).I thought I found a winner in this one, but unfortunately I ran into the same problem. Although, the light is definitely dimmer at the dimmest setting compared to my other alarm clock, it was still too bright when the simulation begins. Since there are only 20 brightness settings on this clock, extending the length of the dawn simulation to an hour doesn't change how bright it gets when the simulation begins (it will just stay in each setting longer). I will stay say it's a better clock than the other one that I have but it was not the perfect solution that I was hoping for. I've attached 2 pics showing both of my clocks at the dimmest and brightest settings.I would still recommend this clock to others if their bedroom is not completely dark like mine. I'm sure the light isn't as bright and jarring if you already had some sunlight or street lights seeping into the room before the dawn simulation begins.
I really like this alarm clock. The wake up light is adjustable, as are nature sounds that really come in handy. The fact that it’s also an FM receiver and can charge devices with an output usb option is a huge bonus!!

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  • The light owns 7 different colors and 20 levels warm light. You can use it for night light, reading light, night light ambiance or atmosphere light.
  • Sunrise simulation, similar to a sunrise, the wake-up light gradually changes the color and brightness from dark red to bright yellow before the alarm clock goes off.
  • Simulate the feature of sunset, setting the brightness, duration, sleep music and volume in advance. The light will gradually dim with music, and help you fall asleep quickly.

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Philips SmartSleep

The Sleep and Wake-Up Light designed to help you relax and wake up refreshed. With light-guided breathing and personalized sun settings, join the 92% of users who found it easier to get out of bed.

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Here's the thing . . . I loved this thing. It's the third one I've tried, after a cheapo model that wasn't powerful enough, and a different brand that was flimsy and fussy. This one was kind of expensive for my budget, but it sounded perfect. And it was. And then one day it just up and died, after two months of use. The touch screen totally vanished and it doesn't have a workaround. Hilariously, the alarm still sounded for a few mornings (no light, just sound). With no touch screen I couldn't turn it off--and the handy emergency battery meant unplugging it didn't help. I ended up putting it out on the porch until it shut off.Anyway, I'm going to try and figure out how to return it and hopefully get a replacement or repair (sadly, it died after the return window for Amazon, though not by that much). If that works out, I'll come back and amend this review. Until then, one star because it broke my heart (and my amazing streak of being on time for work).
Works fine until you get a different phone, which in my case was soon after purchase, and there is literally no way to get the light/clock to connect to anything but the first device it was ever connected to.I know how to read directions and resetting the device does not work (which btw requires a paperclip that is, hellooo, very quickly becoming if not effectively already obsolete in the household environment people, seriously?!). Redownloading the app (which was newly installed anyway but what the hell lets try it) does not work....FINALLY calling phillips during business hours and waiting on hold for a REAL good long time to talk about a warranty claim, however, does result in them saying they will send you a new one with surprisingly little info beyond ‘I have a new phone’. I assume because they know this is a serious problem BUT you now have to wait 47 days for your new alarm clock.....Truth....47 days.At first it was 3-5 business days then an email that it was delayed another 7 days, then another email 1 day before it was to arrive saying it will be 33 moooore days. Anyone else lil confused bout this? Meeee too.Back on the phone for me, cuz thats how everyone wants to spend their workdays.....Me: “What do I need to do to get refunded?”Them: “that will require you to go online to blahblah website, file a claim for a refund with product details, proof of purchase etc. and it will take at least 6-8 weeks for anything to go through if not longer” (Side bit of mental math, 6-8 weeks is 42+ days...interesting correlation )Me: “Waaaaaait, so I called you folks weeks ago and walked through all this in painstaking detail and sent proof of purchase at which point you said a replacement unit was on the way and will be here in 3-5 business days. SO! Now that that is proving to be grossly unfounded Id like to change my answer Bob and I choose refund. I can buy it from your website today silly, aaaand from amazon aaaand from walmart aaand...”Them: “there is nothing we can do, you have to go to blahah website and fill out all the required information and wait for that claim to process”Me: ‘umm, so fill in all the info that you, phillips representative, are currently looking at?’Them: ‘yesMe: ‘uhhh whuuuuuuuuut.........If only I could crowd source a response to this cuz I got nothin....truly at a loss.Dear PHILLIPS, stating some obvious here but IoT is clearly not your thing. Also your customer service is terrible. So, so bad.EPIC FAIl PHILLIPS
I've had the Philips Somneo for over one week now, and am pleased to say that the "teething troubles" seem to be behind us!My fairly old-fashioned travel alarm clock died some years ago, and I switched to using my smart phone alarm. The suddenness of its ring tones was getting to me, especially (but not only) in winter when our bedroom is still dark. So I bought this wake-up light. As other reviewers have noted, the menu is not the easiest to navigate and it took me a while to figure it out. After the first few mornings, I was starting to regret this not inexpensive purchase - the buttons were unresponsive half of the time, I ended up having to unplug the whole thing rather than being able to gently tap the snooze button, the radio came on instead of the chosen wake-up sound being turned off, there were sudden beeping noises... you get the picture.I persevered. When I wasn't able to figure out how to adjust the duration of the sunrise (the instruction booklet tells you that you can, but not how to) I discovered that Philips offer on-line support through a live "chat", and someone at the other end of the computer guided me through the steps. This was a turning point in the Somneo's and my relationship! I am reasonably familiar with the menu now. And for some reason the buttons have become responsive! Phew.The brightness of the display (of current time and time the alarm is set for) can be adjusted, and at its lowest setting it is still perfectly readable but doesn't even disturb my lightsource-sensitive husband. I find it easy to quickly change the time for the alarm for the next day, if needed. I like the (visual) warmth of the reading light at night, and have been enjoying waking up to the soft mooing of cows plus birdsong in a sunrise glow.It is worth noting that the snooze button silences the sound for several minutes, but the light stays on, which could be annoying if the people sharing a bedroom got up at different times.

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  • Light therapy lamp and Sunrise alarm clock clinically proven to improve your energy, sleep and well-being.
  • Fall asleep with new relax breathe function, and wake up naturally with colored Sunrise.
  • 89% of Philips Sleep & wakeup light users would recommend it to others after just 2 weeks of use.

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Sunrise Wake Up Light

FiveHome wake-up light is designed to simulate sunrise to gradually wake you up in the mornings naturally rather than abruptly with a loud noise. It is a great way to regulate your body clock and help you wake up naturally in the mornings ready to tackle the day.

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This clock had a lot of features, some of which are better than others.There are 14 different sounds, with a nice variety of sounds: crickets, birds, wind, rain, waves, heartbeat, and several music options. Some of the sounds are better than others. I like the wind setting because the sound is constant. The rain storm setting has a very short break in the sound as the sound loop restarts. For me, that's a drawback. The heartbreak sound also causes the light to pulse, which is a huge issue for me. My kid isn't bothered by any of this, but I am.The lights are bright, although each solid light has some adjustability to the brightness. The mixed color lights do not have a brightness control, and the settings that change color have an short blink between changes, so if you are sensitive to blinking lights, this might not be ideal. We use a light all night, the slow to wake up light setting flashes our selected might light off, then after a moment of off, turns on red and slowly turns yellow. The dark to red is enough to wake my morning child, so we did not try it again after the first time.I've not loved the controls either. I find it complicated to do anything. To change the sound type, I must turn on the sound again then change the sound. We use sound on, so turning it off in the morning rewrites hitting the sound on button 5 times to scroll through timed use settings to off. My kid wants to touch all the buttons but I am so afraid to have to reprogram it that he's forbidden to touch.I'm typing this on my phone in the middle of the night while I wait to see if the noise on function is going to fail again tonight. So far twice tonight "on" has turned itself off, which is not acceptable. I've got 2 kids in a bedroom, the white noise has to cover big brother rolling over or baby will wake every time. I hope those were just flukes...Point is, I find lots to not love, but my big kid loves it, so as long as the noise stays on tonight, I'll be enough, but if it doesn't, I'll be looking for something a little better asap.
I mostly bought this for my 3 year old daughter. She had been waking up way too early and momma needed her sleep. This alarm clock works so that the alarm can be just the light, no music, which works well if she happens to sleep later than the light coming on (which doesn't happen often). There's 2 different alarms, one for weekdays, one for weekends, so I was able to set the light to 2 different times. I also like that we can listen to the radio while playing with toys in her room. There's a sound machine too, but she's old enough that she doesn't need that so I haven't experimented much. It works perfectly for what I need it to!
I waited 3 months to write a review. Past the time to return. I wish I returned it and spent a few extra bucks for a good quality onePrice worth- should be under $5Pros-Cheap (er) than other clock on amazon.Decent sounds — I preferred the rain noise. Yes, it’s on a loop but it’s long enough that it did not bother me. The white noise is fine too but I don’t really like white noise. Sounds creepy to me. Lol.It has battery back up. That’s good to have when kids want to unplug or if you need to move it or accidentally tugged the cord (the connector is fairly loose so you could end up unplugging it accidentally)It has a radio.It has a thermometer.Big numbers, easy to read for poor sight.Cons-This clock is very light weight and flimsy.The power cord is very delegate so keep away from kids. It can easily break. The part that connects to the clock is also loose which I think is causing all these issues electrical issues below—The clock runs fast so every couple of weeks I have to adjust the minutes by 2-3 minutes.The light flickers at the lowest brightness. I prefer the lowest as the other settings can get pretty bright for a medium sized room. It is quite annoying. Enough to Make me just turn it off.The clock also flickers on and off— has a mind of its own.The other light colors besides soft white are too bright and kind of useless to me. I think those other colors are too sharp. I liked the idea of the multi color light but that particular setting turns off and on every 2 seconds. I do not like that. Makes the room go dark and then super bright, all night long.The buttons are very flimsy.The radio sounds are mediocre to poor. I bought it for that purpose but I don’t even use it. It is soo cumbersome to change stations that I just gave up. (Remember the clock is flimsy so that makes it challenging).The memory option for stations is not a real memory. It picks your stations on scan mode and saved them for you. You don’t have option to save your own presets. So finding your station takes a very long time. You could end up having to change 20 presets before you get to the station you want to hear.

Features

  • This Sunrise Clock comes with all the features necessary to help your family sleep better and wake-up refreshed! Sunrise wake-up light gradually changes the brightness from dark to bright yellow before the alarm clock goes off to wake you up gently.
  • Sunrise simulation, similar to a sunrise Wake Up Light : 30 minutes light up before your alarm time,the brightness be on from 5% to 100% to bring you out of deep sleep gently.
  • Benefit sleep timer function lets you fall sleep with night light for a certain time (15-120 minutes optional) then auto turn off. 2 Alarms for weekdays and everyday.

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Philips SmartSleep Therapy Alarm Clock

Inspired by Nature’s Sunrise, light gradually increases within 30 minutes from soft morning Red through Orange until your room is filled with bright yellow light. This process of changing an increasing light stimulates your body to wake up naturally. By the time light has filled the room your chosen natural sound completes the wake up experience, leaving you ready for the day Ahead.

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The manufacturer conveniently forgot to mention that you cannot replace the lightbulb. I am not interested in purchasing a product that is deigned to make you a repeat customer when the lightbulb breaks. The LED lightbulb will expire at some point. That is a fact. For environmental, moral and financial reasons designing a product that you the user cannot replace when it goes out is unacceptable. A new LED bulb is going to be a few dollars. If they seal the unit shut and make it to where you will just have to purchase a entire other unit is perfect for them to ensure the product will break and you will need to buy another one. Sorry I am not going to be part of purchasing something that contributes to a wasteful consumer market. I do not wish to throw this out into the landfill when the bulb goes out just to purchase another one. They say that for safety reasons the user cannot change the bulb. Sorry that excuse dosent fly with me.
This thing is a game changer! I got it because I got tired of being owned by my phone. It used to be the last thing I checked before going to bed, and the first thing I would check in the morning.No more. Now I can leave the phone charging across the room (or in a handbag even. Who cares?) I can set this for the "sun to set" at 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes later. So I set it, and I get in bed and read a book for an hour. Then the "sun goes down" gradually, and I go to bed. Eight hours later, the "sun" starts coming up gradually. So gradually, that at the beginning, you don't even notice. And you can set sounds in addition to the "sunrise" effect: birds chirping, ocean waves, classical music, or FM radio (although why on Earth would you choose FM radio?)You can set two different wake up "alarms". It doesn't even feel right to call them alarms, because it's not obnoxious or loud. It doesn't jolt you awake. You wake up gradually. This thing is perfect. I'm reading more, sleeping a lot better, and I don't even remember anymore to grab my phone to check social media in the mornings. In fact, sometimes I'll be at the office, and it'll be noon before I realize I left my phone in the car.Drop the dependency on cell phones. It's ridiculous. We're like that movie, Wall E. Get this and improve your life and your quality of sleep.
Waking Up: Amazing. 10am wakeup to 07:20am. And I don't wake up cranky as **** either. To be blunt, I got fired from a job because I wouldn't wake up and I was having no success waking up earlier no matter how much I wanted to - this thing is a career saver for me.Hardware: Everything is done well.- The night light puts out a soft sleepy light that's bright enough to read by but makes me sleepier rather than more awake like a lot of lights do.- The radio speaker puts out soft sound that's relaxing to listen to (in contrast a lot of speakers put out tighter sharpened sound that's exciting and clear but not sleep inducing).- The clock is amazingly non-disturbing. I didn't think anyone could make an led clock that didn't keep me awake when next to my bed, but this one does the trick. And I didn't even turn the contrast down.- Sticky rubber keeps it from sliding around.- It looks fine. Philips has a new model that...uh, it doesn't look good. This one looks fine next to the bed.What's Bad:- Controls are just awful, like other reviewers said. The buttons are located around the edges and it's difficult to find the one you're looking for. It took me a while to just figure out how to turn the alarm off. This is despite that it comes with a touch screen and menu. Everything is work to figure out how to do it, you really need the instructions that come with it. Despite this I'm not sending it back - you can figure out the controls - but as someone who does tech work all day it still took me 30 minutes to figure out how to do stuff on this.- The sound part of the alarm turns itself off after 60 seconds. Wth.- It's easy to hit the alarm control by accident which disables the alarm until you turn it on again.- No line in or sd card slot for your own music.- No automatic day/weekend switch, as the device doesn't even know the date.- You can really really dim the clock but cannot turn it off completely. Not a problem for me, but I can see why it could be for other people.- An electrical outage won't lose your alarms or settings, they're saved. And if the power comes back on it will resume the alarm still waking you up at the correct time. And the clock stays accurate through a power outage as well. However, if the power is out when your alarm it will skip it. Seems odd for such an expensive device.My advice to Phillips is to stay with the physical design, but move all the physical controls to the menu/touchscreen. And fix the other annoyances I mentioned.I'm so relieved to find a decent light that I'm keeping this and not returning it, but because of the horrid physical controls I cannot recommend it to other people. If it had good controls I would have bought it as a christmas present for other family members who also suffer from sleep issues, but I just can't see myself giving out something with such horrid controls.

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  • Light therapy lamp and natural sunrise alarm clock for improving your sleep, energy, and well being
  • Philips’ #1 best-selling wake up light alarm clock. Only Philips wake- up lights are clinically proven to help you wake up feeling more refreshed
  • Relax and drift off to sleep with dimming sunset and sounds. Colored sunrise simulation alarm clock wakes you gradually with a natural light lamp and a speaker that plays a choice of 5 wake up sounds, or FM radio with tap to snooze

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