The HF3470 Wake Up Light
Ever wanted an alarm clock that did not shock you into the day? Join me as I consider a gentle start with a wake up light.
A Wake Up Call
There is nothing quite like being suddenly awakened by your 4 year old daughter as she randomly puts on the light while shouting maniacally about a bad dream she just had, round about the 3am mark!
It is something of a shock to the system, let me tell you!
Thankfully, this is not a daily occurrence.
However, this sudden jolt into wakefulness from deep sleep can be a daily occurrence for most people with normal alarm clocks.
I am one of those that tend to wake up just before an alarm is set to go off (even if just to switch it off and go back to sleep) so apart from when the kids decide otherwise, I wake up when I am ready to.
People like my hubby are always woken up with a shock, which is why we came to be considering getting a wake up light like the Phillips HF3470.
Wake up Light?
What is that then?
Well, let me tell you. This seems to be one of those inventions that are just plain awesome. It is so much more tuned to the natural way of waking up.
You know in villages around the world, people wake to the sunrise rather than artificial sounds of the radio and music or maybe even a persistent beep that breaks through into that last minute dream you may be having.
Wake Up lights slowly brighten the room over a period of half an hour so that you are gradually pulled up out of the deeper recesses of sleep into waking up naturally to a bright place. If you suffer from SAD, this is another way to start off your day feeling energized and a whole lot happier.
Do you use an alarm clock to get you up each day?
Some more on the HF3470
At time of writing, we are in the throes of a gloomy winter with diminished light. I don't know about you but I find it all pretty sad and slightly depressing.
Being woken up gently by a Philips HF3470 Wake-up Light is definitely an improvement on affairs.
The HF3470 is designed to simulate the dawn so that you wake up feeling as though you are outside in the sun and it gives you a little boost before you need to step out into the day. It is also clinically proven to aid the mood and can be used as a light therapy product.
The other thing about it is that it mimics the sound of chirping birds so you can wake up to the sounds of nature. On a more boring note there is also the option of a radio or a beeping noise. The other exciting sound is the wind chimes options.
This wake up light starts to perform its magic half an hour before the set wake up time. By the time your wake up call is coming through, you have already been immersed in what is perceived by your body to be sunlight.
You can set the brightness of the lamp to whatever level you want it at and most people using this lamp are pretty vociferous in their delight. There are definitely a lot of raving reviews around the web which is what made me pay a little bit more attention to it.
- The other big issue is that the bulb can be replaced following directions in the manual. Some of the other wake up lights do not offer this and you end up having to send the light back in to the manufacturer in order to change the bulb.
Well, the only thing that I can see as an issue with this is the fact that it is rather pricey. However, the way I got my head around this was realizing that it would be replacing both my alarm clock and my bedside lamp. It also can stand in as a radio too.
The Phillips HP3470 wake up light has a great number of reviews. Take a look at the product page.