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Lumie Bodyclock Active 250
Price: £99.95

Getting up to run on cold, dark mornings can test the mettle of even the most motivated runner. If you struggle to ditch the duvet on dark mornings, the Lumie Bodyclock ACTIVE 250 will help you to bounce out of bed and get going. The Bodyclock simulates dawn to wake you gradually with natural light – which means you’re more likely to start the day feeling refreshed, full of energy and in a good mood. Our tester really rated this light as a gentle but effective way to wake up. You can set the sunrise/sunset function to work over 15 to 90 minutes and there are also sounds features to enhance the experience – such as dawn chorus to wake you up or wave sounds to lull you to sleep. The Bodyclock also features many settings you’d expect to find on a regular radio alarm clock, such as FM radio, white noise setting, snooze button and a security option, where the light comes on randomly while you’re away.

Philips Wake-up Light HF3502
Price: £130.00

The pleasingly shaped Philips wake-up light incorporates many of the same features as Lumie’s Bodyclock with a neat additional coloured dawn simulation feature, where light gradually increases from soft red through orange to bright yellow light over your choice of 20 to 40 minutes. Our tester, who admits that he is not a ‘morning person’, found it much easier to climb out of bed after being woken by the dawn simulation, and 92 per cent of users agreed that the Wake-up Light makes it easier to get out of bed, according to independent research. There are a choice of five different wake-up sounds, such as bird song and ‘seaside sounds’, or set the FM radio to wake you. There are 20 lightness settings – up to 300 lux – so you can tailor the sunrise and sunset experiences to suit your sensitivity to light, which is highly personal.

Pure Twilight
Price: £129.99

If you’re looking for something a little different, the Twilight can sing you to sleep with a lullaby – choose from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Rock-a-bye Baby. Its six energy efficient LED lights use 5.4W (compared to the 45W of a bulb) and deliver a rainbow of lighting options, from a glowing red nightlight to dawn simulation and a coloured mood light. The Twilight also features a DAB digital radio to deliver great quality sound and an input for your iPod or MP3 player. A USB port also means you can charge your mobile or Kindle while you slumber. The ability to choose from four alarm settings and customise the light settings make the Twilight a great option.