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Best Gradual Light Wake Up Sunrise Alarm Clock

Updated on March 10, 2018
Best Sunrise Alarm Clock
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Best Sunrise Alarm Clocks

Gradual Light Wake Up Sunrise Alarm Clocks work by gradually lighting up the room, which tricks the mind and body into thinking the sun is rising. The light shining is an artificial sunrise pretending to be the dawn.

This type of technology is based on light therapy; it is literally artificial sunlight, which will slowly increase for thirty minutes before the set time to wake up.

Sunrise clocks have been tested and recommended by the National Sleep Foundation, and they have done studies to prove how effective the clocks are.

Most peoples sleeping patterns are developed by light and dark. Light, like the sunshine, is the most potent regulator of our biological clock. Our internal clocks regulate when we feel sleepy as well as when it's time to be awake. For example, during the day it's time to work. As a result, finding the balance of light and darkness exposure is essential.

The gradual light alarms may be extremely beneficial to night shift workers as they can use the artificial sunlight to simulate daytime and nighttime.

Gradual Wake Up Light Alarm Clock

Created to mimics natures own sunrises this sunrise clock uses a combination of light and or sounds to wakes you in a slower and more natural pattern. The color of the "morning" light changes from soft dawn reds through warm orange to bright yellow light. The light is a soft glow instead of a bright spotlight glare.

Changing Hues

Example of how the light bulb changes shades
Example of how the light bulb changes shades | Source
Philips Wake-up Light with Sunrise Simulation alarm clock, White HF3500/60
Philips Wake-up Light with Sunrise Simulation alarm clock, White HF3500/60

This is the Basic model of the Philips brand of light clocks 3500 and currently the least expensive. They also produce 3506, 3510 and a 3520.

For some side by side comparisons see chart below.

You can set the brightness gradually on this charming bedside clock to increases lasting a full half hour before the set alarm time.

Other models have an adjustment where you can have the light either shortened to 20 minutes or increased all the way to 40 minutes. A nice feature, but it will increase the cost slightly.

This model of sunlight alarm clock has a yellow tint light. Some people will need a brighter light to wake up while others prefer a softer waking color. Model 3520 has the most extensive ranges of colors from red to orange to yellow.

This one does not have a radio; it is only a stand-alone alarm clock. A unique feature also allows it to act as a reading light. All of the models are highly recommended and have many reviews, including one from me!

Helpful Tips to feel rested, try to stick to a sleeping schedule although it can be challenging. I know I have had a difficult time, life gets in the way, and you can not always get to bed and wake up at the same time every day.


Daylight Alarm Clock Reviews

Philips HF3500
half hour waking light
20-40 mins. flexible timing
20 to 40 mins. flexible timing
light color yellow
colors orange and yellow
red, orange and yellow
Basic Model
Slightly More Features
All The Bells & Whistles

All The Bells And Whistles

Philips Wake-Up Light with Colored Sunrise Simulation alarm clock & sunset fading night light, White HF3520
Philips Wake-Up Light with Colored Sunrise Simulation alarm clock & sunset fading night light, White HF3520

I was pleased with the 3500 series model; it worked great. But I did research all of the styles, and this is the top of the line. It does everything but walks the dog in the morning!

One of the noteworthy differences is this model also has a handy sunset feature. The sunset simulation works just the opposite and helps you fall asleep naturally, plus you can add nature sounds to soothe yourself to bed.

There are five different nature sounds to choose from

-Soft chirping birds

-Forest sounds with bird songs

-Gentle Zen garden

-Whispering piano


-sounds of the shore and sea

It's a great combination to train yourself into falling asleep when the lights and sounds, to fade and dim and waking up when it begins to brighten.

Plus there is also an FM radio if you like catching the news in the morning.

Just another good option. Watch our video below for an example.


Wake-Up Light Lamps - Video

How the lamp works.

The manufacturers completed a lengthy study on waking up with artificial light simulators. The brightness begins from soft dawn blushes through burnt orange to bright yellow light and can be set thirty minutes before the time you should wake up. These hues have been proven to be the most conducive to arising naturally.

Not only has the research shown that restful has improved it also has some noted positive side effects, that only have recently come to light. Read below on the studies on seasonal affective disorder.

Sunrise Alarm Clock Replacement Bulb

An added benefit of the Phillips brand of clocks is the light is powered by LED. The LED bulbs are said to last anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 HOURS.

That is a massive powerhouse in a little package, much more energy efficient than the old light bulbs. Replacement bulbs have become a thing of the past for these more up to date appliances.

Not only will you not need to replace the bulb, but the LED features will keep the light cool to the touch.

Some Unexpected Positive Side Effects

Some pleasing side effects are not only waking refreshed by also there may be an added benefit of helping people who suffer from SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder is often referred to the winter blues. It can be described as when a person experiences mood changes due to the decrease in sunlight.

Sometimes an increase in light, such as the kind these types of devices provide have been noted to help offset the disorder. Of course, each case would need to be monitored by a healthcare provider.

An adverse side effect that has been noted is that some people actually awake early when the light is just starting to come up, causing them to wake up too early. One should try and see if this goes away with time and getting used to the new settings. If not, be sure to buy a clock that can be refunded.

Research on the effects of dawn simulation has been completed by The National Center for Biotechnology Information, and they had concluded that there was evidence that light exposure during the last 30 min of habitual sleep can increase patients alertness and improve both cognitive and physical performance during the day.

Read the Study HERE<<

How Light Works With Circadian Rhythms

Circadian rhythms are patterns of habits or behaviors that follow the 24 hours clock rules. The practices are triggered by light (from the sun or elsewhere) and dark (either created by blocking the sun or nightfall).

These patterns are found in humans, animals, and even plant life. This cycle is also commonly referred to as the biological clock or life cycle.

The national sleep foundation and many pharmaceutical companies have completed extensive research on how and why these rhythms work.

When the sun rises, and someone is exposed to the rays, the brain seems to naturally send the body signals to wake up. The core temperature begins to heat up, and hormones start to shift. Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone in the body, has been linked to healthy sleep. When light hits the body, the brain signals the body to begin reducing the melatonin levels.

Sunlight seems to be one trigger to affect the production of melatonin. Studies have shown the that in the winter months when the days are shorter, the body seems to produce melatonin earlier in the day. Which would make sense, because the body sees the environment getting darker, which would alert it to get ready for rest.

A negative side effect of the early onset of melatonin can be the symptoms of SAD or seasonal affective disorder. I have heard this referred to the winter blues. More light, or an easier way to add more light to a naturally darker environment maybe to wake up earlier with artificial sunlight.

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    • mel-kav profile image

      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Love it - want one. I have a light therapy box to help with my circadian rhythm disorder - I wish I had known about these.

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      josietook 4 years ago

      Sounds like a good idea!!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      These light alarms are so cool, I've never heard of them before, but it's a good idea!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Great great lens!!!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Great great lens!!!

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I think these are great. I'm so glad you wrote about them. I naturally wake up to the early light of dawn. Unfortunately on rainy days or in the winter I don't wake up as early as I would like. This would be great for those times. It sounds like a good Christmas gift for me.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is the first hearing about these light alarm clocks. Interesting!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I think light therapy clocks can really help a person to wake up in a more gentle way.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I think light therapy clocks can really help a person to wake up in a more gentle way.

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      These are nice but my Phillips one broke after three years. For what it costs, I felt like it should have held up longer. Although it looks like the one you feature is a new model, so maybe it's more durable.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      I didn't know these existed - sounds great - will have to look into this a bit more. thanks for sharing.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      I need one i guess!

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      NibsyNell 5 years ago

      This is such a great idea! I really think I need one of those...

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      They're a great idea. I live in the UK and we have are at a surprisingly northerly latitude. That means very dark winters. I used to work some funny hours, early starts, and getting up hours before dawn was tough. I got one of these and it helped me a lot, but it wasn't quite so popular with the Mrs. You can't win. When I was working nights in winter, I had to get up when it was getting dark. It was just as helpful then.

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      Matt 5 years ago from Plano, TX

      I wouldn't use any other kind of alarm clock again! but has a great selection, that's where I go mine :)

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Some day I may get one, but as it is now I'm waked up by the reflection of the new light off the walls across from my windows.