This device (previously known as the Somneo) is arguably the best light alarm on the market – that is, if price isn’t a factor. Still, we think it’s worth it for the feature set and design.
Instead of physical buttons, there are simple touchscreen controls built into the light itself, which you can use to customise your sunrise and sunset settings, with a range of light intensities, timings, and soothing noises from birdsong to temple gongs.
You can save two different alarm presets. However, you can’t schedule them for specific days, so you’ll have to remember to switch off your weekday alarm when Saturday rolls around.
In addition to a sunset mode, there’s a light-guided breathing mode to help you to fall asleep. Beyond that, there are modern touches throughout: tapping the top to snooze, a dedicated low-intensity light if you wake up in the middle of the night, FM radio, an AUX input if you want to fall asleep to sounds from your phone, and even a USB-A slot to charge your phone.
At the end of the day, this is an expensive alarm, with a price tag that not everyone can justify. But if you can, this is about as good as light alarms get.