Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 - Review

Hubby and I never have too much trouble falling asleep, but he has to get up ridiculously early for work and often sleeps fitfully, waiting for an alarm to wake him. I always wake when he does (no matter how quiet he is) and then try and doze until I have to get up, to get the monkeys ready for school! 

We've had conventional alarm clocks, mostly of the radio variety, but at 4.45 neither of us want to be woken by the radio and neither do we want to risk disturbing the monkeys at that hour! Therefore when I was given the opportunity to review the Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500, I was very pleased to give it a go.

The Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 allows you to wake and rise with a gentle sunrise and sunset, along with aromatherapy (if you wish to). I've often wondered if, in the winter, whether I suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), so I'm keen to see if falling asleep and waking to a Lumie Bodyclock will help! Obviously being summer now, I won't know the true effects of whether this helps with my (undiagnosed) SAD until the winter months.
What's in the Box?
Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500
Remote control & cell battery
Instruction booklet
  • Sunrise/sunset duration: 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes
  • Optional beep alarm
  • Dimming bedside lighting
  • Snooze feature
  • Fully dimming display
  • Nightlight feature
  • Security light option
  • Power failure back-up
  • Two chambers for sunset/sunrise aromatherapy oils
  • 7-day alarm
  • Remote control
  • Bulb(s): Warm white LEDs
  • Size (H x W x D): 17 x 23 x 15 cm
  • 3-year warranty
  • Class 1 medical device
  • Weight: 850 g
Using Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500
Set up is easy (if you follow the instruction booklet) which looks thick as it's in multiple languages. Simple plug the adapter into the wall and into the underside of the clock. Put the cell battery into the remote and follow the set up instructions on the display on the clock to set the time. For this you need to use the remote.

The Body clock can be used as a bedside light which has a variable light intensity. To alter it just press the top left button on the remote or the up and down arrows. The display will show the chosen bedside light intensity. We use the Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 as a bedside light each and every day.

Having not read the instruction leaflet fully, it took me a while to realise you could adjust the display light too! Doh! I'm so glad this is possible, as it can be set quite bright (and I did find it too noticeable to begin with). To alter the display light intensity or turn it off press the multifunction button on the middle of the unit (seen in the below photo) or use the arrow left and arrow right buttons on the remote. We tend to leave the display light off or very low.
The Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 can be used with aromatherapy oils to help soothe you to sleep or wake you in the morning. They are easy to add to the chambers. One for sunset and one for sunrise. Just lift the top off the unit and there you will see the aromatherapy chambers. Both are marked with a symbol for which one they are to be used for. The Oils must be mixed with distilled, filtered or deionised water. Remove the chambers from the unit before filling. We've used Lavender Oil for sunset (which is lush) and Orange Oil for sunrise. Before using the aromatherapy setting though, you need to set the alarm.
Setting the alarm is easy. Just decide if you need to use the daily or weekly alarm. The daily option allows you to have a sunrise and optional beep sound alarm at the same time every day. Each time you go to bed just chose this option if you want to use it the next day. 
The weekly alarm means you can chose a different wake time each day independently. 
Following the instructions in the manual, using the remote and with on screen display showing your progress makes this process quite easy, though at first the written instructions look a little daunting! We use the daily alarm (set for 04.45) and just don't activate it when hubby isn't starting work at such an early hour! 

Once the alarm is set you can then follow the instructions to fall sleep to a sunset (display light dims) and wake to a sunrise (display light brightens). Adding in the option of the aromatherapy and beep alarm is optional at this stage too. 

There's even a security mode (to set the light to go on and off when you are away). Now that's cool! The instruction booklet lists what each symbol on the display indicates.

The Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 retails for £160. It's expensive as alarm clocks go but this is no ordinary alarm clock, but a great bit of kit. If you want to fall asleep with a 'gentle hand' (15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90 minute sunset to wind down ready for bed) or wake gently (15, 20, 30, 45, 60 or 90 minute sunrise to wake you naturally) then this really is worth the money. 
We've loved settling to a gentle waft of Lavender and waking to the smell of Orange but have found it's taken time to get used to all the settings and the functions of the bodyclock. No more fitful sleeping for hubby, waiting for an alarm to go off (or indeed stirring before it sounds, so as not to wake the monkeys)! We've completely done away with our bedside lamp (as this provides all the light we need) and are loving using this product. Do read the instruction booklet and have a few practise runs if you need to. Would I recommend this product? Yes I would. There are other clocks available and spares for the Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 too.

I was gifted this Bodyclock and the oils for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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