Do It Yourself

How to build your own smart wake-up light

You need a bright light that can change its color temperature from warm to cold light that is HomeKit compatible. It could be a standing lamp on your night table, a light strip that is attached to your bed, a lamp hanging from the ceiling or some other solution.

Make sure that the light is bright enough (see science), therefor I recommend to set it up as direct light. If your sleeping room is bright (many white-ish walls/ceilings), indirect light might also be bright enough (read about measuring your lights brightness below).

Lights and Lamps

I bought an Eve Light Strip (2 m) on Amazon* and placed it directly next to my bed. The light strip is very bright (1800 lumens) and has support for colors. This makes it the perfect companion for Wake Up Light.

The Eve Light Strip* is 2m long and perfect for more indirect light.

Alternatively you can use an Eve Flare* and place it on your night stand. This light is a spherical light that is compatible with HomeKit and can even be carried around.

Eve Flare* can be placed anywhere on a surface, is beautiful, bright and supports colors.

The Philips Hue Starter Set with Bridge* is another alternative. Philips provides a lot of smart lights that are compatible with HomeKit, but you need the Philips Bridge for these lights. They have a lot of different lights on sale, the quality is great but they are not the cheapest ones on the market.

In general when buying lights and accessories: look for the Works with Apple HomeKit badge to make sure they work with HomeKit and Siri. The smart lights listed here are compatible with Apple HomeKit and bright enough, when positioned correctly.

Measure your Wake-up

When you bought a light, make sure to test it in the dark. As the science points out, the brightness of the light is very important for the desired effect.

I used a Lux Meter from Amazon* to measure the brightness of the lights. This helped me find the best possible position and brightness settings for my smart lights.

Think about your different sleep poses, which you might end up in, when waking up. If your whole body turns away from the light, is it still bright enough? But maybe having one side, that is a bit more dim is desirable for you.

Additional requirements

You need to have a home hub in your home in order to create and manage automations (see Help). After setting them up next to your bed, make sure to use the Wake Up Light app to configure a light alarm.

Do you have any questions regarding Wake Up Light? Please contact me!

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