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Rise and Thrive with a Wake Up Light

Do you feel refreshed and energized each morning? If the answer is no, you are like the the majority of Americans. What do you think contributes to your lack of energy in the morning? Ever consider that it could be the way that you wake up? The shock of an alarm clock is not the best way to start your day. Hitting the snooze button can be even worse. Getting that 10 extra minutes messes with the natural sleep rhythm that your body needs to feel rested. So, what’s the solution? Perhaps waking gently with the Philips Wake Up Light. Can a wake up light really help me rise and thrive each morning? I gave it a test drive and here’s what I think.

A New Way to Have a Morning Glow With a Wake Up Light

I received a complimentary product in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Since I live in New England, winter is especially challenging. My alarm sounds when it’s still totally dark outside. My body says, “No way! I should still be sleeping!” I’d heard about wake up lights, but actually thought they might bother me and wake me up too soon. In doing research, I found that this is false logic as it’s much better to wake gently than by a jarring alarm.

Basic Features of the Philips Wake Up Light:

Sunrise Simulation wakes you naturally

Inspired by nature’s sunrise, light gradually increases within 30 minutes from soft morning red through orange until your room is filled with bright yellow light. This process of changing an increasing light stimulates your body to wake up naturally. By the time light has filled the room your chosen natural sound completes the wake up experience, leaving you ready for the day ahead.

The Philips Wake-Up Light has a bit of a space-age look to it that is orb shaped. I suppose it’s meant to look like your own mini sun. It’s a bit big (close to 8 inches tall and wide), but it fit fine on my night stand.


I found managing the settings a bit confusing as first, but I finally figured out how to set the clock, alarm and wake up sounds. The wake up sound choices are as follows:

  • Bird Song
  • Birds in the forest
  • Zen Garden
  • Gentle piano
  • Seaside Sounds

I chose seaside sounds and a 20 minute sunrise setting. Since I am light sensitive, I was worried that a 40 minute sunrise might wake me up to soon. I also tried a brightness to 10 as the 20 setting is super bright. I found the sunrise in the morning to be a pleasant experience. Feeling like I was near the ocean with the seaside sounds was kind of fun too.

A simulation of the sunrise settings:




According to the folks at Philips, “The Philips Wake-up Light not only wakes you more naturally, but also more energized and that it improves your mood in the morning.” I do like waking up with the sun so this really helped me avoid the alarm going off in the dark at 6:30am when I need to wake my son for school. Here are the activities I found easier to “rise and thrive” each morning:

  • Get my kids ready for school
  • Take a morning walk either outside or on the treadmill
  • Play with the dog instead of telling her to go away until after my second cup of tea

The Drawbacks of the Philips Wake Up Light

  • No smart phone connection to play your own music or charge your phone
  • A bit pricey at $169 retail, although there are cheaper models as low as $69
  • Managing settings is confusing

Overall, I’d recommend the Philips Wake Up Light. My daughter has given it a try and LOVES it. She keeps trying to steal it from me. You might consider giving this light as a gift, especially if you have a friend or loved one who really has groggy or cranky mornings.

What are the activities you’d like to do better if you could Rise and Thrive with a Philips Wake Up Light?

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  1. there are days I would wake up not feeling well maybe because of our alarm clock. I hope it will be available here in Manila. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  2. krystal says:

    Wow – there are not many products that impress me like this, but I *need* this. I am always trying to get up before sunrise.

  3. Echo says:

    This is really cool. I wonder if this would really help in the morning. It’d be great if it did.

  4. Sara says:

    My kids need a Philips wake up light! They have so much trouble getting up in the morning! I am getting this for them.

  5. Dana says:

    Sometimes I have cranky mornings so I may need to check out this wake up light. It’s amazing what they think of in terms of technology simulating real life!

  6. rika says:

    I haven’t heard of this product before.. Sounds pretty useful! This would make a nice holiday gift

  7. This concept makes sense! I mean, the sun naturally wakes us up in the morning but it’s much nicer when it’s not so bright that it feels like it’s trying to put a hole in your face haha

  8. I have never heard of these before. What a neat concept!

  9. So cool! I need something like that to motivate myself to wake up every morning!

  10. Heather says:

    I think I need this! I find it so hard to get out of bed when it’s still dark out! I mean I really can’t function sometimes! This seems much better than the abrupt alarm.

  11. Agnes says:

    Omg! I could totally benefit from an alarm clock like this since i tend to hit the snooze button because I think its its late at night. love this

  12. dawn says:

    wow this is something new for me. i never knew they even had wake up lights.

  13. Bill S says:

    I have heard great things about wake up lights!!! What a great way to wake up in the morning!

  14. Lately it has become such a comfort place for me and harder to get up early and I am not sure why. I have been getting some great sleep lately and it is an excellent thing. Maybe this would help me better my morning routine.

  15. OMG. I need this in my life. Like you, I wake up and my body is like “What are you doing??? It’s dark!” And the temptation is so strong to roll over and pull the covers back over my head lol.

  16. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This Philips Wake Up Light sounds like an awesome way to wake up each morning. I love how there is different sounds and different settings for different simulated sunrises. Thanks for sharing a great review.

  17. I’m an early riser. But there are days I don’t want to get out of bed. I love that it seems to simulate more natural cicadian rhythms. I need to get one!

  18. Nancy T. says:

    The Philips Wake-Up Light sounds like a product that I’d love to have in my home, especially in the Winter when it’s so dark when waking up. Rather than being startled by the alarm each morning, this would be so much more appealing.

  19. Candy says:

    Now this sounds very interesting. It is so dark when I have to get up and this sounds like a normal way to slowly come awake.

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