Wake Up Light

Create an artificial sunrise with Wake Up Light for iPhone and iPad and your HomeKit enabled lights. Let the light brighten your mornings.

The App for more natural mornings

Create an artificial dawn with Wake Up Light, so getting up in the morning feels easier and more natural. Built for use with HomeKit enabled lights, now it’s easy to add a wake-up light alarm to the Apple Home app.

With Wake Up Light you create your personal wake-up light with a touch of your finger. Set a light alarm that brightens your bedroom slowly before your desired wake-up time. Let the light get you into lighter sleep before your alarm wakes you up or awake naturally by yourself without any additional alarm clock.

Get up more natural by using a smart wake-up light build on top of HomeKit.

Wake Up Light is an app for iPhone and iPad using the smart home automation system HomeKit from Apple that creates and manages your automations to create wake-up lights that simulate dawn simulation.

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Wake Up Light allows you to manage multiple wake-up lights, with different weekly schedules, times, settings and lights.

The app comes in a light and a dark mode, suiting your style.

Your wake-up style

Wake Up Light lets you easily create wake-up lights that fit your needs. Just select your light and preferred wake-up time and Wake Up Light will create HomeKit automations for you, turning your lights on gradually over time.

A dawn simulation light increases its brightness right before you want to wake up

You can adjust the duration of the brightening phase from 10 to 90 minutes (between 30 and 60 minutes is recommended) and adjust the brightness, your lights will reach. Your light then brightens to the maximum intensity by the time you’ve set, by shifting from dim warm red, ending in bright and cold white after its light up duration (if supported by the light bulb). The brighter the light, the better the effect will be on your body. The goal is to put you into lighter sleep, so that you awake easier.

Add multiple wake-up lights as a weekly schedule. Control different lights with their own custom time, duration and brightness. Everyone in the same house can control the wake-up lights, too – thanks to HomeKit.

Note: A HomeKit Home Hub is required for Wake Up Light to be able to schedule wake-up alarms.

For more Information, see Help.

Science behind wake-up lights

If you’re not a morning person, waking up to an unwelcome loud sound of a conventional alarm clock can leave you feeling groggy for the whole morning ahead. That’s why researchers analyse the effect of the dawn on the human body. A scientific paper from 2010 reveals:

In both studies, the use of the artificial dawn resulted in a significant reduction of sleep inertia complaints.

Effects of artificial dawn on subjective ratings of sleep inertia and dim light melatonin onset (2010), Gimenez, Marina Cecilia et al.
Dimming the bedroom confuses your body, as the natural sun light is blocked.

A dawn simulator alarm can save your day. A wake-up light alarm clock brings you slowly in shallower states of sleep by gradually increasing the brightness in your room. The light travels through your closed eye lids, notifying your body the same way as a natural sunrise. This gradual transition from deeper to shallower states of sleep has been found to wake you more naturally and boost your mood, energy and productivity for the whole day through.

There are many studies showing, what effect such a light can have on the body. In 2013 researchers found the following:

Our data indicate that exposure to an artificial morning dawn simulation light improves subjective well-being, mood, and cognitive performance […] with minimal impact on circadian phase. Thus, Dawn-simulating Lights may provide an effective strategy for enhancing cognitive performance, well-being, and mood under mild sleep restriction.

EFFECTS OF ARTIFICIAL DAWN AND MORNING BLUE LIGHT ON DAYTIME COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE, WELL-BEING, CORTISOL AND MELATONIN LEVELS (2013), VIRGINIE GABEL ET AL.

Now, what is a good dawn simulation light? Researches are testing bright lights which shine their lights directly on the faces of the sleeping people (100 – 300 lux) and other wake up lights are doing the same.