- 15-90 minute sunrise or sunset simulation
- 15 sounds plus FM radio
- Large: 21cm wide x 18cm high x 12cm deep
- Certified medical device
- 45-day trial, three-year warranty
Reviewed by Simon Lewis
The Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 is a slightly more basic version of the Luxe 750 DAB Lumie alarm clock, above. While it doesn’t have many of the snazzier features, the lower price will make it a better choice for many – especially if it’s the first time you’ve tried a wake-up light.
It took me a while to choose all the settings I wanted (I don’t need a seven-day alarm, for example). But I did enjoy choosing from the 15 different sounds including birds, waves, rain, frogs, crickets, purring kittens and, more surprisingly, goats, steam train, café and ping pong.
Some of these are annoying at full volume, but as they gradually fade in do a good job of waking you up. Others offer a gentler, more bucolic way to rise. They also work well when going to sleep. You can choose for the fade to take between 15 and 90 minutes. A white noise setting is useful, since it masks outside noise as well as relaxing you (or so many find).
On the negative side, the sound quality when you choose FM radio is good but not amazing, and compared to other sunrise alarms it’s quite big, so won’t fit on everybody’s bedside table. And the dim clock is designed to be unobtrusive at night but is hard to read in practice. There is a setting to make it brighter, but that kept me awake.
Still, if you want a proper sunrise alarm, this is almost as good as its bigger Luxe counterpart and over £100 cheaper.