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    So Marks post about the effects of light on sleep cycles got me to thinking about sunlight alarms again. I've wanted one for over a year now, but every time I look at them the reviews all talk about the horrible quality of them. Even the ones that do a wonderful job of waking people up more naturally seem to fall apart or burn out within a few months.


    I'm curious if anyone here uses a sunlight alarm and has found one that is durable and will last a good long while?


    Thanks!


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    You can make one with a simple light timer and an auto dimming circuit, or a light that takes a while to warm up. I can't vouch for it, since I wake up fine without an alarm, but in theory it should cost about $10-$15 to do it yourself so longevity won't be as much of an issue.


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    My fiancee bought us a light timer, it's called "Lighten Up!"; just set the time and duration and plug the lamp into the device, go to sleep, and come morning it wakes you up nice and slowly. We got the lower-priced model, about $30.


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    I've got this one:


    http://www.consumer.philips.com/c/alarm-clock/hf3480_60/prd/us/


    I don't know if it is available in the US, but it is a really good one. But pricy!


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    My sunlight alarm was free.......the sun.


    OK, OK, but I have noticed that I can, and have, trained myself to wake up within a very narrow time window. It never fails.


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    I started leaving my curtains open a while back, to let the morning light in. Woke up every morning at exactly the same time, 07:08, about 10 mins for my alarm clock. I'd always feel ready to go as well.


    I'd be tempted to hook a timer up to one of those natural sunlight bulbs (SAD?), but they are pretty expensive I think.

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    I would love to wake up to the sun. Unfortunately it doesn't shine through my window at 5 a.m. :-/


    We'll see when daylight savings hits... I have to be up by 6:30 most days, 5:15 on Fridays because I go into work early. I'm starting to see the sun before I leave for work, so that's a plus!


    Another problem at my current house... can't leave the blinds open because our bedroom faces the STREET! Great design, huh? Well it is military housing. Yeah, there's a giant street lamp that shines directly into my room at night. Right into my eyes. We're moving after the hub gets back so maybe I can work that out then!

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    I had one for a while but it started to go crazy on me flashing at strange times, turning on at 2:00am etc... Unfortunately just out of warranty period 8-( It was nice while it lasted but I haven't replaced it.


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    minxxa, that sucks about the street light. I'm personally of the opinion that street lighting is just another of the terrible inventions of modern society, for many reasons. ugh. Luckily I'm 2 floors up and back facing. Hope your new place is a bit friendlier.

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    Waking up with the sun would be nice sometimes (most of the time I prefer to get up before the sun). But yeah, it's impossible because of streetlights. I savor it when camping.


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