Chapter 10: Light
Naturebright L6060 Per2 LED.
A good all-in-one model. Its long-lasting LED lights
provide a good spectrum of color, and it’s highly adjustable so you can
position it for the best wake-up time. It doubles as a bedside reading lamp
with a night mode setting to reduce blue light.
Lighten Up. This low-cost
option ($20-40) plugs in to an existing lamp to convert it into a sunrise
alarm. That’s great if you want to keep the aesthetics of your bedside light.
The major down-side is that it does not work with LED or compact fluorescent
Smart Bulbs. These
programmable lights are controlled through a smartphone
and can be programmed to create a dawn simulator. The iphone app Sunrise and Sunset for Hue works with the Phillips Hue system. Other
options include Belkin’s WeMo
and GE’s Link.
Smartphone Apps. Several apps are
available which can help you wake up by turning on the flashlight on your smartphone. Unfortunately, most turn it on suddenly
rather than gradually, so they aren’t true dawn simulators. One exception is Rise & Shine for iphone, by
Peter Matthews. These apps won’t work if your phone is in standby mode, so
you’ll need to keep your phone plugged in to keep the battery alive.
More options are
See them in action
on this youtube video.
LowBlueLights.com has a variety of
Uvex makes the most affordable models, and Consumer Reports found the Uvex lenses offered the best protection:
Ultraspec 2000 in the SCT Orange lens, model #S0360X.
These are large enough to fit over your glasses but can be worn comfortably
on their own. Available on Amazon and Airgas.
SKYPER in the SCT Orange lens, model
#3S1933X. These are a bit more stylish but won’t fit over your glasses.
To put your lenses
to the test, look at a blue object while wearing them.If
it still looks blue, the lenses are not working as intended.
LowBlueLights.com has an array of
products to reduce blue light.
SomniLight has reading lamps
with low blue light, and the Per2 LED dawn simulator has a low blue light
feature for nocturnal reading as well.
f.lux is a free
download for windows computers which will adjust the blue light in your
monitor as the sun rises and sets.
Candlelight by Oliver Denman
performs the same function for Macs.
iPhone and iPad: the Night Shift
setting (under Settings, Display & Brightness) reduces blue light from your
device during the evening hours you specify. Choose “More Warm” on the
settings to maximize the reduction.
Androids: search for the Twilight app to filter out evening blue.
Kindle: Blue-shade is a feature on
newer Kindles which reduces blue-light for nighttime reading. It is available
on Fire HD 10, Fire HD 8 and Fire tablets. Alternatively, ereaders
with no backlight (e.g. Kindle’s Paper) emit no light at all, and could be
used with a low-blue reading light such as those featured above.
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