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Lumie Bodyclock GOing back for a refund...
18 January 2018
I've mixed feelings about the Lumie Bodyclock Go 75, great idea yes, but generally and unfortunately, it's a big disappointment and it's now on its way back to Amazon for a refund.
The pros - yes, it's been good waking up to light and during the winter months I can see the benefits of this, but, I have also slept through the wake up light (without an audible alarm set), so perhaps best to have the alarm as a back-up if you're a heavy sleeper.
The cons - there's quite a few:
Buttons: the Bodyclock 75 has 3 buttons (menu/ up/ down) to set its many functions. Firstly, it could probably do with a couple more, but more importantly, they're clunky and quite noisy, making quite a noisy 'click' when pressed (they wake my wife up whilst I'm fumbling through the settings to set it). Surely Lumie could have included soft-touch buttons?
Time: it's time-keeping is absolutely rubbish! We also have a radio controlled clock in our bedroom and the Lumie has now lost 4 minutes since we got it just after Christmas. This seems to be, that the clock stops time-keeping whilst you're in the menu settings. Really?
Display: the time display is actually really bright (too bright) in a dark room and although you can set the display to turn off, it seems you can only do this in conjunction with setting a wake-up. Not good for weekends or holidays!
Settings: you have to reset the wake-up light/alarm every evening before going to sleep. Not good if you're prone to forgetting.
Menus: the Bodyclock 75 has quite a few settings and they're all controlled through one menu button and 'up' and 'down' buttons. Makes for a very clumsy interface, which as mentioned, is losing you time!
The light: gets pretty hot after its been on for 30 mins. You'll need to be aware of this if you have inquisitive little ones or pets around (we do!)
Generally, the Lumie Bodyclock Go 75 (I'm going to be brutally honest here...) feels like cheap, plasticky tat, you'd expect to pay about a tenner for. It has many flaws and is grossly overpriced at £75.