DIY Dawn simulator
September 2, 2008 6:54 PM Subscribe
Why are dawn simulator alarm clocks so expensive? What would I be missing if I made one myself?
posted by fermezporte to Technology (14 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in dawn simulator alarm clocks - the kind that wake you up gradually with increasing light. I wake up easily in the summer when it is light out, but in the winter it's miserable getting out of bed in a dark room. However a lot
of the ones
I've looked at seem to be extremely expensive (including those linked to on this question
). Is there something these clocks have that I would be missing if I simply attached a lamp with a full spectrum bulb to a timer? Are there timers (that don't cost an arm and a leg) that make lights gradually brighter? I don't need another alarm clock radio or aromatherapy or nature noises or any of those extras, but ideally the light would gradually increase until my room was daylight-level bright. Ideally I'd like to spend sub-30 dollars since this is an experiment that might not work, but I'd love to hear any testimonials that might convince me that its worth it.