Friday Favorite: Light Alarm Clocks

Happy Friday! We made it! Boy, what a week! In honor of that, I’m going to keep it short and sweet today.

I was lying in bed wondering what wonderful item I could tell you about today. I happened to glance over at my nightstand and the proverbial lightbulb went off in my head when I saw one of my favorite purchases from over three years ago: our light alarm clock.


Ours is the Philips Hf3470 Wake-up Light, but there are a bunch of models out there for you to choose from. I originally saw the concept in a Gaiam catalog years ago and knew when I saw it that I’d want one. (As a side note: Am I the only one who wants one of everything on their website? I think  I need to work for them!) They tend to be a bit on the pricey side for an alarm clock, but to me they’re worth every penny. I ended up using Christmas money to buy it so I didn’t feel quite so guilty.

I bought it because I couldn’t stand waking up to the radio or alarm every day. I would wake up with a jolt as soon as it went off. My heart would race and I would instantly feel stress hormones coursing through my body. Not a great way to start the day. This is so much nicer, gentler, and more natural.

How exactly does it work? It wakes you up by gradually increasing the light over a certain interval of time (I believe it’s about 20-30 minutes). The idea is that it’s closer to the way sunlight would wake you up if you didn’t have to get up in the dark like we do. In case the light doesn’t wake you up, there’s a back-up alarm. You can choose from the radio, a beeping, or, my preference, chirping birds. The sound increases gradually at the time you set for the alarm to go off and gets louder over 30 seconds or so.

I actually have my light set at level 1 (the lowest) and that easily wakes me up in a dark bedroom. On the weekends, I’ll put it up to about 3 as our bedroom tends to be a little lighter thanks to being able to wake up later. For picture purposes, though, here’s what the range might look like. From this:

Philips Hf3470 Wake-up Light, low

Over the course of 10-15 minutes, it might become this:

Philips Hf3470 Wake-up Light, high

Most of the time I wake up before the alarm goes off. And even when the birds start to chirp, it’s a pleasant sound. It’s so realistic that now when I happen to hear birds outside chirping, I go to check that my alarm isn’t going off. 😉

I can’t recommend this enough. As I said, we’ve had it over three years and I’m so happy with it. Plus, it doubles as a bedside light and a radio (which I always forget it has). After daily use, we haven’t even had to replace the light bulb yet.

I’m off to re-do stage 16 this afternoon. My foot’s been bothering me a little bit and my calf has been tight. I think it’s because I’ve been sitting a bit more during the day this week thanks to training. It won’t be an easy run on account of glute and hamstring soreness from Wednesday’s workout (I ended up doing Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones chest/abs/glutes/biceps/core/lower body sets instead of Killer Abs as I had tentatively planned). Running with sore glutes and hammies always makes you appreciate how those muscles come into play when you run.

I’ll leave you with perhaps one of my favorite things I’ve seen this week: green grass on our lawn!

Green grass

Questions: What do you use to wake up every day? Do you have a favorite item you’d like to share? Anything fun planned for the weekend?




2 thoughts on “Friday Favorite: Light Alarm Clocks

  1. That’s a cool alarm clock! I use my IPad, and I love it.. I have the alarms set for the whole week, and I love I can chose the songs to wake up to.
    I usually read on it until I go to bed, so I just put it on the nightstand next to me afterwards as a clock/alarm.

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