So How Does the HeimVision Sunrise Alarm Clock Work?
HeimVision were named after the Norse god Heimdallr – the god who possesses foreknowledge, keen eyesight and hearing.
The company is primarily devoted to protecting people’s homes with state of the art home security solutions but they have also made a sunrise alarm clock.
So let’s take a closer look:
As is common with most sunrise alarm clocks this offers both a sunrise and sunset simulation.
The sunrise simulation uses red-tinted light and can be set to a duration of 10 to 60 minutes. The sunrise light can be set to reach 20 brightness levels to wake up to. The sunset simulation can be set to anything from 10 to 120 minutes.
The time display can be set to one of seven brightness levels or turned off completely.
You can wake to one of seven natural alarm sounds or FM radio. The nature sounds are birdsong, hawaii wave, streams, beep, wind bells, chord, ringtone and piano. These can be set to one of 20 volume levels as well. You can also set four different alarms.
It has a tap to snooze feature, a USB charging port and it can be connected to a mobile device and controlled via your smartphone, etc.
First of all:
If you are one of those people who baulks at paying $130 for a Philips Wake Up Light then this might be exactly what you are looking for.
It is at a very affordable price and to be honest, at the price you pay, you do get a lot of bang for your buck:
Let me give you some examples:
This has enough setup options to challenge its more expensive rivals.
With 20 brightness settings and 20 volume levels you can programme an alarm time, a target light intensity and a sunrise duration from anything from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. Then you can set an alarm tone (or FM radio) and target volume to wake up to.
You can do the same for the sunset duration, except it can be programmed to a maximum of 120 minutes duration.
You definitely get way more than you expect for the price.
And that of course can only be a good thing.
But what really sets this apart from other similarly priced wake up lights is the ability to connect it to wi-fi so you can control it with your smartphone/tablet/Alexa.
Just download the app and then you can fully control the clock via your smartphone. Not only can you turn it on and off, you can control all of the settings – so the brightness, the radio, the sound choices, the alarms.
I am not going to lie…
It is a lot easier to control the clock this way that memorizing what all the buttons do!
You can also connect it to Alexa and it is Google Assistant/Home compatible. In short you can set it up completely on your phone – and that is a great bonus.
Speaking of bonuses:
This has four alarms, and that again puts some more expensive sunrise alarm clocks to shame. What that means is you can set up separate alarms for different days, ie one for week days and one for weekends, and not have to worry about remembering to shut them off and turn them back on again.
You also have seven different nature sounds to wake up to. They are a little cheesy, but they do do a job and are nice options to have.
Ok I know what you are thinking:
These features are all good and well, but how well does it do its job as a sunrise alarm clock?
It starts as a red-tinted light and goes through to a bright white light, in between it produces a warm, yellow glow before hitting the white color at full brightness.
The color shift emulates the sunrise rather well.
Similarly the sunset simulation works equally well, leaving you bathed in a faint red glow as you drop off to sleep. You can use the sunset simulation with the sound options as well to further relax you.
For me this is huge:
The time display is nice, easy to read and has seven brightness levels you can set it to. But best of all, you can turn the time display off completely.
If you are like me, this is a great thing as even the slightest light disturbs me. So it is nice to have total darkness.
There are lots of other small features I like.
It has a nice big, easy to hit, snooze feature which snoozes the clock for 15 minutes.
It has a USB charger in the back and battery back up for the alarms and it also gets the time from the internet so it always runs on time.
The manual is on the whole pretty good and that helps make this relatively easy to use, with good sized buttons that are nicely spaced out, and of course if you use your smartphone it is even easier to set up!
I am going to be honest:
I do have some issues with the light color at full power. I would like it to be a little more white, because for me it is still a little yellowy at full brightness when compared to the Philips Wake Up Lights.
Also the change in color of the light, from red to yellow to white, isn’t quite as gradual as it could be, it tends to jump slightly, especially if you have the sunset duration set to a shorter time.
It isn’t terrible, just slightly annoying.
It would also be nice if you could set the alarm feature to use the light only. Instead you always have to have the light and sound.
The way to get around this is to set the volume to the minimum possible setting, it is still audible though.
Talking of sound:
It isn’t great! The sound quality is poor and the sounds are on a short loop and it is a bit annoying as it is so noticeable! You almost find yourself waiting for the loop to start again.
The buttons are around the rim of the unit, so you need to memorise them which again takes a bit of getting used to.
However if you connect this to your smartphone you can do it all via that which makes it a lot easier.
And another thing:
Initially connecting to the wi-fi is made more complicated than it should be thanks to the booklet instructions overcomplicating the situation.
The bottom line is:
All you need to do is make sure the clock is on, download the app and then hit the wifi button – yet this vital information is left out of the instruction booklet.
I thought it might be useful to point out how this differs from the (more expensive) Philips models. This is how I see it:
The Philips models dim more smoothly, whereas with the HeimVision light it is more noticeable.
The Philips models allow you to turn the sound off when using the wake-up light, the HeimVision model doesn’t.
If you select the option to wake up to sound and light with the Philips models they slowly increase the sound rather than the HeimVision wake-up light where the sound comes on at is pre-set volume.
But we have to take into account Philips Wake-Up Lights are much more expensive.
Wake-Up Lights tend to have a similar look these days. Slim, sleek and unobtrusive and this is no exception. It should fit nicely into any bedroom.
In short – the chances are it will make a difference for you!
Can fully control via smartphone/Alexa/Google Home
Four programmable alarms
Seven Nature Sounds
Emulates sunrise well
Emulates sunset well
Time display can be turned off completely
Nice snooze feature
Light a little yellowy at full brightness
Light jumps slightly when changing color
No option to wake up only to light – must have sound on
Sound quality is basic
Nature sounds are short loops
Manually doesn’t explain how to connect to wifi
My Rating - 88%
Great budget wake-up light
In short if you want a well priced sunrise alarm clock then this is one of the best budget options out there.
It is packed full of customisable options so you can tailor it to your needs, it has four alarms and best of all you can connect it to your smartphone which makes it so much easier to set up.
Best of all, despite a couple of minor flaws, it has a nice sunrise simulation.
If you are looking for an entry level wake-up light to see if the concept works for you then the HeimVision Sunrise Alarm Clock is a very good choice.
User Rating: 4.3
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If you want to check out the other budget option when it comes to wake-up lights then head over to my Best Sunrise Simulator Alarm Clock round up – there are some other good options there.
If you can afford to splash out a bit more I really like the Philips SmartSleep and the Philips SmartSleep Connected – they certainly have a better sunrise simulation and some wonderful other features as well. I also like the Philips HF3520 as well, which has a glorious sunrise simulation. However both are more expensive.
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