I have been wanting a Lumie alarm for years as I have difficulty waking up in the winter when its dark. After trying less expensive versions I can confirm that making the leap to this one shows all other styles to be inferior to the Original. This alarm, its soothing light, its authentic and lovely nature sounds (Blackbird being my fav) wakes me up refreshed and happy (happy! Yes, I wake up happy!!) Read the instructions would be my best advice, its not that complicated once you have read them and experimented. This is not a 'plug in and off you go' alarm! Program it long before you go to bed! Your Lumie needs nurturing to turn it into the bespoke tool that it is for waking you up Joyously!