Feeling SAD? Lumie introduces £125 Shine 300 sleep/wake up light

Let’s face it, this time of year can be a little depressing. Summer is over. Everything is getting back to normal and the days are getting shorter once again. For those who are suffering from the effects of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) one option is to get a sleep/wake up light such as this new model from light therapy specialist Lumie. 

Building on the essential Lumie Bodyclock functionality, the new Shine 300 features adjustable sunrise and sunset settings from 15 to 90 minutes, an FM radio  as well as daily/weekly alarms; nightlight; light-sensitive auto-dimming display and tap-control snooze. 

There’s also a choice of wake up sounds. These include  beep, tropical birds,  blackbird, café, goats, steam train, thunderstorm, waves, crickets, ping pong, osprey, kittens purring and white noise. Lumie has also included the sound of guzheng (Chinese harp) specially performed and recorded for Lumie. 

Simulating a real sunset and sunrise by closely mimicking their colours and diffusing the light 360°, Lumie Bodyclock sleep/wake-up lights are designed to help users unwind at bedtime in a low-blue light environment and letting them wake up naturally to a gradual sunrise.

Like the rest of the Lumie Bodyclock range, Shine 300 is a Class I Medical Device, which means it has been tested to European health and safety standards.

Says Stephanie Romiszewski, Expert Sleep Physiologist, The Sleepyhead Clinic:

“To sleep better…you need to get up better! Waking up with light is much more gentle and comfortable than waking up to a rude alarm. Lumie Bodyclock sleep/wake-up lights use light gradually over a period of time to wake you at your desired time gently. 

“Lumie Bodyclock lights combine the light alarm idea with acknowledged therapeutic levels of early morning light that has a high evidence base for improving sleep disorders and mood disorders – we use sleep/wake-up lights for sleep disorders in clinic all the time. Using sleep/wake-up lights also means that you no longer need your phone by your bed – so goodbye social media interfering with sleep!”

Why use a wake up light?

Multiple studies have shown that using natural light technologies improves sleep quality, 
lifts your mood, energy and productivity levels¹. It has also been proven that listening to 
calming sounds at bedtime eases the mind gently steering it away from racing thoughts, 
creating a state of relaxation and contentment². 

Designed with all this in mind, Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 utilises a range of warm LED technologies to seamlessly mimic the colours of a real sunset and sunrise while delivering  a high quality audio experience, helping you nod off gently at night and shine brightly throughout the day.

Research refs: ¹Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1993 Jul;88(1):67-71 or Sleep Biol Rhythms. 2016 Jan;14(1):47-53 
² Int J Nurs Stud 2018 Jan 77:189-196

Adds Jonathan Cridland, CEO of Lumie:

 “Since inventing the first wake-up light in 1993 our focus at Lumie has been to continuously invest in developing light therapy products that make people feel good through an inquisitive research-based approach to innovation. Our primary focus is on perfecting the nature of the light itself.

“Building on that, we have introduced new and improved light and sound technologies into the brand new range of Bodyclock products to create reliable, effective and beautifully designed state-of-the-art sleep/wake-up lights. With the intricate mix of warm white, orange and red LEDs the gradual sunrise and sunset is smoother and even more real than ever before. 

Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 is available for pre-order now on lumie.com for £125 and soon at John Lewis, Boots and on Amazon. 



Chris Price