We think it’s the intuitive app that truly makes the upgrade worth it, allowing you to program your sunrise and sunset times and other features much more easily than navigating the buttons on the clock. However, for anything but the most basic of functions, all controls rely on the smartphone app. With light color and music Bluetooth playback controls so reliant on the app, and those being the main reasons buy this option over the Lumie and Philips alternatives, it’s hard to recommend the WL90 while such problems persist. As with the TL-100, I’d be cautious to assign my faith in shaking the effects of seasonal affective disorder entirely over to the Valkee buds – or any one device without professional medical advice being sought out first. Berry, initially thought to be dead, was cut out of his car and rushed to the nearby UCLA Medical Center, where he spent several weeks in a coma with severe injuries to the head and brain.
Though the science behind the idea is a little sketchy, the company claims that regular sessions with the earphones can shake off the winter blues by triggering light-sensitive proteins in your brain – the ones which play a role in setting the hands for your internal body clock. Philip Handel joined in partnership with Adolph Eydam in 1885 to form the “Eydam and Handel Company” in Meriden, Connecticut. Like the other Lumie lamps in the list, the Bodyclock Shine 300 is a really effective device that promises to mimic sunrise and sunset. According to Lumie, its lamps are the devices of choice of The British Swimming team, who use the Lumie Bodyclock to get them up early for training on dark, winter mornings. Polarized sun glasses or welding masks are useful for reducing internal glare lens effects within the eye, but would only darken the scene in this external situation. We are a big fan of the Shine 300, not only for its style credentials although we can’t help but admire its universal chic grey hue.
Valkee’s Bright Light earphones, rather than playing music, use fibre-optics to shine high intensity brightness light into your ear canals. A farming community where people grow rice and cash crops such as vanilla, this tiny town at the outskirts of Marojejy National Park is one of the few remaining places on Earth where light pollution is not a problem. However, a crucial aspect of the findings of the new study has not been discussed in either the news stories or the paper itself: people in preindustrial societies spend much more time in darkness than people living in the industrialized world. At the time of publishing, the price was $20. At the time of publishing, the price was $130. There is also the addition of a beep sound as well as 14 others to ensure that you never miss that all important wake up time and a built-in FM radio. There is no charge; the free app can be downloaded through Apple iTunes and Goggle Play.
It’s also easier to change the settings via the intuitive app. The least flexible in terms of alarm slots (only one is programmable), alarm sound options and sunrise settings (let alone offering a sunset), it is nowhere near as feature-rich as its competition. The most compact of the wake-up lamps on this list, the HF3505 sadly proved my least favorite. That’s understandable, given the relative affordability of the HF3505. It also has sensors that detect temperature and humidity, noise, and light levels (which post readings on its app), a built-in nightlight (just tap if you need it), and a USB port. Starting Wednesday with a limited set of partner restaurant chains (Google says more will be added in the US over the next year), when you tap Order Online to begin a take-out order using the Google app on Android, put in your order and then tap Check Out, Google Assistant will automatically navigate through the restaurant’s website and fill in your contact and payment details that are synced with Google Pay and Chrome autofill. Charged over USB and good for more than a week’s worth of use against the recommended session amounts, it’s a discreet and portable alternative to the the Beurer TL-100, if not quite a like-for-like substitute for the wake up lamps listed here.