Lumie Bodyclock ACTIVE 250 - Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Extra Audio Options
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- Lumie Bodyclock ACTIVE alarm clock wakes you with gradually brightening light - helping you feel refreshed, alert and energised all day
- 15-90 minute sunrise and sunset options, doubles as bedside light, nightlight and security light, snooze function, dimmable display
- Audio options include FM radio with digital tuning, alarm, back up beeper, dawn chorus, rooster call, waves and white noise
- Certified Medical Device (class 1) designed and manufactured by Lumie, the inventors of the wake-up light
- Comes with 2 year guarantee
- Back-ups: optional alarm beep, power failure back-up
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Lumie Bodyclock ACTIVE 250
Wake-up light with FM radio and extra sounds to help you fall asleep.
Choose a sunrise duration (15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes) and a final light intensity to create your personal sunrise. Wake up to light only or add a range of audio features. Sunray effect.
Choose a gradual sunset (15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes) that fades to off or to night-light. Sounds to help you sleep including 'white noise'. Fully dimmable display.
FM radio with digital tuning. Five sounds to help you wake-up or fall asleep: alarm beep, dawn chorus, rooster, waves, white noise.
Security options turns on the light in the evening while you're away. Standard features for all Bodyclock: dimmable bedside light, optional alarm beep, snooze, power failure back-up, Class I Medical Device, 3-year warranty.
Using Bodyclock ACTIVE 250
Every Day Well-being
Early starts, shift work, weekend lie-ins tell our bodies to be active and alert when they should be resting or vice versa. Use Bodyclock ACTIVE 250 all year round to help maintain a regular sleep/wake pattern and ensure you start each day with a sunrise - whatever time you wake.
Fading Sunset To Help You Unwind
When you're ready to sleep, relax with a gradual sunset. Fading light is a signal for your body to produce melatonin in readiness for sleep so this encourages your natural sleep response.
Bright Sunrise To Wake Naturally
Bodyclock ACTIVE 250 gently starts to brighten before your alarm time, waking you naturally as it reaches full brightness. You can add one of wake-up sounds for reassurance though many people find they wake naturally with the light alone.
Feel Refreshed and Properly Awake
Studies have shown that waking up with gradual light is proven to improve the quality of sleep and awakening. With Bodyclock ACTIVE 250, you'll wake up brighter and feel ready for the day ahead.
How Bodyclock Wake-up Lights Work
- Inventors of the original wake-up light in 1993
- Products backed by scientific research
- British Swimming team use Bodyclock to wake bright and early for training
Lumie has been designing and developing light therapy products in Cambridge, UK for over 25 years. Our lights treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and winter blues, boost mood and energy levels and improve sleep.
Feel Awake During The Day
Instead of being jolted from sleep by an alarm, Bodyclock wakes you gradually and more effectively with brightening light. By the time you open your eyes, you're properly awake, alert and feeling ready for the day ahead. Waking like this re-sets the internal clock that controls daily wake/sleep rhythm and has been shown to boost mood, productivity and energy levels.
Ready For Sleep At Night
The right light can also prepare your body for sleep. All Bodyclock have a fading sunset to promote production of melatonin and help you to unwind naturally. Bodyclock ACTIVE 250 also has additional sleep sounds; restful waves and white noise to mask background noise.
Recommended for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and winter blues sufferers and anyone who would like to wake up brighter.
|Bodyclock LUXE 750D||Bodyclock LUXE 700||Bodyclock IRIS 500 with aromatherapy||Bodyclock ACTIVE 250||Bodyclock GO 75||Bodyclock STARTER 30|
|Sunrise/Sunset customisation||Duration from 15-90 mins; Variable sunrise brightness; Nightlight option||Duration from 15-90 mins; Variable sunrise brightness; Nightlight option||Duration of 15 20 30 45 60 or 90 mins; Variable sunrise brightness; Nightlight||Duration of 15 20 30 45 60 or 90 mins; Nightlight option||Duration of 20 30 or 45 mins; Nightlight option||Duration of 30 mins|
|Sleep/Wake sounds||Over 20 inc. white noise||Over 20 inc. white noise||5 inc. white noise||5 wake-up sounds|
|Low-blue light for bedtime||✓||✓|
|Bluetooth for streaming||✓||✓|
|USB port for audio files/ charging||✓||✓|
|Light||Mixed LEDs; Glass lamp cover||Mixed LEDs; Glass lamp cover||Warm white LEDs||42W SES halogen bulb; Sunray effect||42W SES halogen bulb; Sunray effect||42W SES halogen bulb; Sunray effect|
|Fully dimmable display; Optional alarm beep; Snooze; Power failure back-up||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Size cm/Weight||H20 x W23 x D13 / 1.37 kg||H20 x W23 x D13 / 1.37 kg||H17 x W23 x D15 / 850 g||H18 x W22 x D13 / 1.0 kg||H14 x W19 x D13 / 760 g||H14 x W19 x D13 / 760 g|
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|Item Weight||1.02 kg||454 grams||0.5 kg||—||1 gram||—|
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While the Lumie does indeed do what it sets out to achieve, IE to wake you up in a less aggressive manner than traditional alarm clocks, it unfortunately has a few flaws that I couldn't get over and so ended returning it in favour of the Philips HF3531/01. The main reason for return was due to having to manually switch on the alarm every day! If you forget to press the button before bed, no alarm the next morning. Not something I wanted to risk.
- Sunrise and sunset features work well.
- Good FM radio and wake up sounds
- Clear display
- Attractive design
- Alarm as to be switched on DAILY. If you forget to press the button, you wont be woken up the following morning. Major Major flaw in my option.
- Radio comes on at set volume immediately, it does not fade in on sunrise. This defeats the gentle sunrise wake up.
- Price. I got this on offer for £65. At that price it's ok but it's really not worth the normal price of £80-90!
- Replaceable bulb = Good. Not an LED bulb = bad. Special Lumie bulb required = also bad.
- Display doesn't dim unless you set the alarm. A good reminder but a bit bright at night if you don't want the alarm on at weekends. It has an auto dim feature but doesn't seem to adjust based on the light level in the room.
- Only one alarm can be programmed at a time. OK, but means you need to change the time if you want the alarm on a weekends but to come on a bit later. At least when you press the alarm button you can set the time without messing about with menus.
The only downside is that when the clock brightens up during alarm mode, it becomes too bright and there isnt a way to dim it down without manually turning off the alarm and staying awake... but even as a light in the bedroom (cant say we use the radio) its brilliant!
Nice to have the sound options and a radio if we ever needed
The build quality of the unit is excellent - the plastic dome is sturdy and is held in place by several lugs. You will need to remove the dome to change the bulb. Replacements are readily available. Nice thinking on the part of the designers.
Now for the bad news.. The controls on the Bodyclock can only be described as 'quirky'. Getting the unit to do what you want isn't as straightforward as you'd think. Examples:
* Turning the alarm on also activates the sunset - the designers assume (reasonably) that these two functions will be used together. The unit doesn't automatically switch the light on and start dimming it when the Alarm/Sunset mode is activated - however if you switch the light and/or sounds on manually, they immediately start to fade to off, according to the menu settings. If you turn the light or sounds back on after they have faded to off, you get another sunset effect, and so on. (Bizarrely the beeping alarm is grouped with the wellbeing sounds - if you wanted you could have an electronic beep that fades away to nothing with your 'sunset'!)
* If you don't want an alarm in the morning, you can activate the Sunset mode separately (but see below).
* The LED display can be set to auto-dim along with the light, but this only works if the unit is in Alarm or Sunset mode. If neither is selected, the LED stays on at full blast even if the lamp is off, and will probably keep you awake at night as it is bright. Because of this, you'll probably want to keep the unit permanently in Sunset or Alarm mode, unless you want to use the reading light for any length of time.
* The Alarm mode deactivates when the alarm is switched off in the morning - you have to remember to activate it again. This is the 'feature' that will probably cause most annoyance, as every clock-radio I've ever used sounds the radio or buzzer daily until you switch off the alarm mode. Fortunately I've got into the habit of checking the alarm is switched on and set to the right time before I go to sleep (paranoia of being late for work) so it's no problem for me to turn the Bodyclock alarm back on, which is a single button press.
I've had the Bodyclock for a week now and fortunately I've already got used to its odd controls. It does its job so well that I can forgive it being a bit fiddly to use, but I've had to knock off a couple of stars for this as it will undoubtedly irritate some buyers. The manual makes reference to displaying the "software version" on the LED - perhaps the next-generation Bodyclock will come with built-in wifi so it can go online and update its firmware, blu-ray player style?!
However, due to the way you have to set this alarm each day, it becomes quite bothersome, because you have to press a button a few times to do it.
Even more, if you have to wake up at different times throughout the week, it quickly becomes a nightmare to change the time and set the alarm.
This ended up being a night shade for us with an auto-dimmer. A bit too expensive for that.
Also, if you have two people in the same room who wake up at very different times, this can be worse than just a sound alarm for the person who needs to wake up later.
There is also a bug in this thing's firmware that causes the buttons to become unresponsive and can only be fixed by unplugging from the mains and plugging back in. Quite annoying.
I suppose this could work for somebody who sleeps alone and wakes up at the same time every day.
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