6 of the best wake-up light alarm clocks to combat dark mornings

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The alarm clock that will make your mornings brighter. [Photo: Philips]
The alarm clock that will make your mornings brighter. (Philips)

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At midnight on Saturday, the clocks go back, signalling the end of British Summer Time and those extra hours of sunlight.

Although there are many things to look forward to about autumn, from the crunchy orange leaves to pumpkin spice everything, the one change that is not appreciated is the switch to cold, dark mornings.

One of the biggest challenges ahead? Getting out of bed in the morning.

The generic iPhone alarm tone is a displeasing sound at the best of times, especially when paired with a rainy and pitch-black morning.

So, to help combat seasonal affective disorder, we’ve rounded up the best wake-up light alarm clocks that simulate a sunrise to wake you up with natural and gradual light, leaving you feeling refreshed. Many also come with a built in radio, bluetooth and reading lamp to make those winter mornings that extra bit brighter.

Here are the best light-up alarm clocks to choose from. 

1. Sunrise Alarm Clock Wake Up Light | £28.99 

Is there anything that more negates the stress of having to wake up than doing so to the gentle sound of bird song or the ocean?

Well now you can, as this alarm clock lets you choose between a variety of natural sounds such as; bird sounds, waves, frog croak and beep at the right volume for a gentle wake up call. 

Plus, the sunrise alarm clock allows you to switch the light between yellow, red, purple, blue, indigo and green to create the exact morning atmosphere you want. 

2. R+M Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock | £29.99

No more fiddling around in the dark, this alarm clock has pat technology installed so that you need only touch it in order to turn it off.

Plus, you can set the light colour, brightness, ringtones and alarm volume, so you can wake up according to your own preferences. 

3. Philips Wake-up Light | £149.99

It's certainly not the cheaper option, but this Phillips alarm clock is said to help 92% of its users wake up more easily. 

The Wake-up Light eases you into the day by re-creating a natural sunrise, while the dimming light and sound gently send you off to sleep

4. Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100 Wake Up Clock | £67.99

The Bodyclock Spark 100 gently starts to brighten 30 minutes before your alarm time, waking you naturally as it reaches full brightness. 

Simply set your preferred final light intensity and wake up to a warm glow or a bright, sunny room. 

5. Beurer WL75 Wake Up Light | £120

Whether you want a colour-changing mood light to set the scene, an evening reading lamp, a radio, or relaxation melodies, the Beurer alarm clock has it all.

You also have the option to control all these features and more via your smartphone using the free Beurer app.

6. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock | £90.20

Choose from various settings to customise your wake up. The brightness of the clock will then increase over 30 minutes, from the faintest dim yellow to 200 lux bright yellow, just like a natural dawn sunrise.

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