Lumie Bodyclocks are excellent sunrise alarms created by the company that developed wake-up lights decades ago.
Bodyclock Rise 100 and Spark 100 are solid budget options that provide fewer features but can often be found in the sub-$100 (sub-80 GBP) price range. The Rise 100 and Spark 100 are nearly identical devices to one another, and may be the best value of any Lumie product.
Bodyclock Glow 150 provides a few additional features for an additional cost.
Bodyclock Shine 300 sits solidly in the middle of the lineup, with many premium features at a price that is much lower than top-of-the-line Lumie alarms.
Depending on your budget and needs, Lumie certainly has a wake-up light that will suit you.
Similarities Between All Lumie Wake-Up Lights
There are a number of similarities between all Lumie Bodyclocks.
Every Lumie model has a similar, stylish design. The finishes are nicer on the higher-end Bodyclocks, but the overall shape and design is roughly the same.
All of the Bodyclocks have a vivid, well-made wake-up light that is the centerpiece of the entire product. Ultimately, this is why you buy a Lumie Bodyclock. Even though the Luxe 750 has some features that you can’t find in the Spark 100, any Lumie has a nearly identical sunrise feature that helps you wake up feeling refreshed.
Controls are not user-friendly, and the navigation feels very dated. In other words, it takes a lot of clicking through menus in order to set alarms and other common functions.
No Lumie Bodyclock is app-compatible, and none can be controlled with a remote. Lumie wake-up lights aren’t compatible with voice assistants like Google Home or Alexa, either.
The power cord is fixed to the device, meaning it cannot be easily replaced. The buttons are also cheaply built, and somewhat challenging to locate and manipulate.
Overall, Lumie Bodyclocks don’t strike us as very “smart” for a high-end device in the year 2022. But, the sunrise feature is the real reason you buy these products. And this feature scores extremely high marks.
Quick Buying Guide
Lumie Bodyclock Spark 100 and Rise 100 are the same product, except in different colors. Unless you have an especially strong color preference, price shop between these two. Neither the Spark 100 or Rise 100 has a seven-day alarm or any sleep sounds, but you still get the excellent Lumie sunrise feature, at a price that may be 75% less than higher-end models.
Lumie Glow 150 adds sleep sounds, and allows you to adjust the sunrise/sunset duration. It still has the plastic base like the Lumie 100, and is otherwise a very similar device to the 100.
Lumie Shine 300 adds an FM radio and a seven-day alarm. It also has the upgraded fabric device, which makes the device significantly more esthetic than the 100 or 150. Among all Lumie Bodyclocks, the Shine 300 is probably the best value. It is relatively feature-packed, but available at a price that is closer to the base models than the premium.
Lumie Luxe 700 FM adds bluetooth functionality and a low-blue light sunset. If you care about playing your own music using the Lumie speaker, this is a worthwhile upgrade. Otherwise, save money and choose the Shine 300 instead.
Lumie Lux 750 DAB (as the name implies) adds a DAB radio, as well as an aux port, bluetooth functionality, and a USB-A port. Additionally, this device functions as a power bank, meaning you can use it to charge your phone or other devices through the USB. This is the top-of-the-line device, and generally retails for ~200 pounds (~$270 dollars).
Lumie Spark 100 vs Rise 100 vs Glow 150 vs Shine 300 vs Luxe 700 FM vs Luxe 750 DAB
Spark 100 & Rise 100
Spark 100 and Rise 100 are the exact same product, except in different colors. They offer no sound except a beep alarm, which is unpleasant and jarring. Thankfully, you still have the option to turn the alarm off and wake up to the light only. And the alarm has to be set every day. Given the lack of features, some users feel that the device is overpriced. But, it is the cheapest Lumie Bodyclock wake-up light on the market.
Glow 150 has the same design and footprint as the Lumie 100. However, it gives you some additional features. Instead of the fixed duration (30 minutes) of the wake-up light on the 100, you can adjust the duration on the 150 to 20, 30, or 45 minutes. It also has 10 sleep/wake sounds, rather than the 100 which only has a beep alarm. These sounds loop on a short duration, which is annoying to some users. But the majority of us won’t notice or care that the tracks are on a loop. Although the design of the 150 is nice, it still has somewhat of a cheap appearance due to the abundance of plastic on the device’s exterior.
Shine 300 builds on the 150 by adding an FM radio and a 7 day alarm. Much of the plastic base is replaced with fabric, which looks much more esthetic. You also get better sound quality, and 15 sound options (rather than 10 on the 150).
Luxe 700 FM
Luxe 700 adds more sound options (36 vs. 15) than the 300, and includes bluetooth compatibility. The controls are improved and allow for more functionality.
Luxe 750 DAB
Luxe 750 has a DAB radio (rather than FM) and adds an aux and USB port. Additionally, the device can be used as a power bank to charge other devices (such as a phone) through the USB port. This is the top-of-the-line Lumie, but is really only worth the additional expense if you need to use the USB or AUX port.
Features & Design
All Lumie Bodyclocks have many features in common. Each device has a sunrise alarm, snooze button, and an auto-dimming display which can also be set to turn off completely.
The Lumie sunrise alarm product lineup is generally easy to understand. As the model number increases from 100 to 750, the devices become more feature-rich.
The Rise 100 and Spark 100 are simple, budget models. They lack a seven-day alarm, so you have to set the alarm each day. They also lack any audio, except for a simple beep alarm. And there is more plastic in the design, which makes the device feel cheaper. But it still has a high-quality sunrise feature.
The Bodyclock Luxe 750 DAB is the top-of-the-line model. This device has a high-end, more solid build. It also has 31 sleep and wake sounds, an adjustable sunrise, low-blue light sunset, and a number of other premium features.
The models in between the Lumie 100 and Lumie 750 have an increasing number of features, with an increasing price tag.
Lumie Glow 150 has a sound machine with 10 sound options, and also lets you adjust the length of time of the sunrise/sunset.
Lumie Shine 300 has a seven-day alarm, FM radio, and sound machine with 15 sound options.
Lumie Luxe 700 also has a seven-day alarm, FM radio, and sound machine with 36 sound options. The device is also bluetooth enabled, so you can use it to play music from your phone or other device. And the nightlight is designed to emit minimal blue light, which primes your body to fall asleep.
Lumie Luxe 750 has all the features of the above 700, along with an aux and USB port. The DAB radio is higher quality than the FM radio on the Shine 300 and Luxe 700, also. The biggest improvement, though, is the power bank ability of the Luxe 750. Using the USB port, you can charge your phone or other device via the Luxe 750. We love this feature on portable speakers. However, since the Luxe 750 can only operate when plugged in, there isn’t much point to the power bank function. If you are near an outlet anyway, why not just plug your phone charger into the outlet?
The shape and design are similar for each model, with the finishes becoming progressively nicer on the higher-end models. For example, the Lumie Spark 100 has a plastic lower half and a simple digital clock, while the Lumie Luxe 750 has a fabric lower half and a better quality display.
The design of all Lumie Bodyclocks is stylish, with rounded edges and a vivid clock display. The Shine 300, Luxe 700, and Luxe 750 are the most impressive cosmetically, resulting from the fabric base rather than plastic. With the fabric base and smooth, rounded design, these devices look quite similar to the Hatch Restore (see our reviews of the Hatch Restore here and here).
The Lumie 100 and 150 are the lightest weight of these sunrise alarms, and they tend to move and slide when you press buttons. This problem is less noticeable on the Shine 300, which is about 3 ounces heavier. And the problem is virtually non-existent on the Luxe 700 and 750, which are a pound heavier than the 300, and twice the weight of the 100 and 150. One-handed operation is easier on the 700 and 750 models, since you don’t need to use your other hand to stabilize the device.
Although the esthetics of these devices are excellent, some parts of the design are unimpressive. Considering the high price, the Bodyclocks feel cheaply built. This is particularly true for the buttons, which are challenging to press, and feel out of place for a premium alarm.
In addition to the clumsy buttons, the navigation and controls are not user-friendly. The navigation feels dated, with a lot of clicks needed in order to complete simple tasks. Many users state that the device navigation reminds them of something from the early 2000s.
Another gripe is that there is no simple “on/off” button for the light. Instead, you have to press the dimmer button numerous times.
Although Lumie states that their sunrise alarms have power failure backups, these backups don’t provide much real-world value. The clock stays on for a few minutes without power, but any extended power outage will cause the device to shut off and the alarm to fail.
The bulbs cannot be replaced, which is typical of sunrise alarms. Each light has an expected life of 30,000 hours or more, so bulb failure isn’t a huge threat. Lumie also has a service department which can theoretically replace failed bulbs, but we didn’t test this so we really can’t speak to the effectiveness.
As with the other features, you get more options and better sound with the higher-end models.
Lumie Rise 100 and Lumie Spark 100 feature no sounds, except for a simple beep alarm. And the alarm speaker is low-quality and unpleasant sounding.
Lumie Glow 150 adds a sound machine with 10 sound options. The speaker still isn’t great quality, but it is adequate. For anyone sensitive to a “loop” on white noise, you should be aware that most of the audio tracks are two minutes or less. In other words, you can hear a slight sound when the track repeats every couple minutes.
Lumie Shine 300 adds a built-in FM radio and has 15 sound options. In addition to these upgrades, the sound quality is also a step above that of the Glow 150.
Lumie Luxe 700 FM also has an FM radio, and includes 36 sound options. Sound quality is decent but unspectacular. The big improvement here is that the Luxe 700 FM is bluetooth compatible, so you can use the device as a bluetooth speaker. So, the Luxe 700 is the first Lumie that gives you the ability to play your own music, rather than the radio or pre-loaded sounds.
Lumie Luxe 750 DAB has a DAB radio and also includes 31 sound options. Like the Luxe 700, sound quality is nothing special. There are also some complaints about the quality of the tuner, with many users saying they don’t receive as many radio stations as they had expected. The improvement here is that the Luxe 750 DAB has bluetooth and an aux and USB port. This allows you to play music via radio or USB in addition to the pre-loaded sounds.
As mentioned above, Lumie wake-up lights score poorly for software. The easiest way to explain it is that Lumie devices just don’t feel very “smart.”
Only the premium models (Luxe 700 and Luxe 750) have bluetooth. The other models lack bluetooth or any way to connect to another device.
None of the Lumie Bodyclocks are app-compatible, so you can’t use your phone to set the alarm or adjust any settings. Competitors like Hatch Restore and Philips SmartSleep have apps that allow for customization and improved functionality.
These devices don’t have a microphone, and aren’t compatible with Google Home or Alexa. And there is no way to control these devices with a remote, either.
Setup is complicated and time-consuming, particularly on models 300 and above. And some software frustrations could have been avoided with small design changes. For example, the clock is a 24-hour clock (military time) and is nearly impossible to change to a 12-hour clock.
As mentioned above, the battery backup on every device is limited.
On the positive side of things, Lumie scores points by providing a 7-day alarm on models 300 and above. This allows you to set different alarms at different times of the week.
And, most importantly, the sunrise and sunset functions are excellent and work just as designed. Even though we have gripes about some aspects of Lumie devices, you are really paying for the sunrise feature. And the sunrise feature performs great. So, although the device only does one thing perfectly, that “one thing” is the most important part.
As is often the case with sunrise alarms, Lumie Bodyclocks are made with bulbs that cannot be replaced. Although Lumie customer support says it can repair or replace bulbs, we haven’t been able to verify this.
Thankfully, these devices are made with long-lasting LED bulbs which are rated for 30,000 hours of use. This means that, in all likelihood, bulb failure will not cause you to replace your Lumie.
The sunrise feature on Lumie is the real reason you buy the device. And the sunrise feature is excellent, working exactly the way you want it to. The light starts dim, and progresses through increasingly vivid tones and brighter light. This simulates a sunrise and primes your body to wake up naturally. The concept is that it works totally opposite of an alarm, which wakes you aggressively in a pitch dark room.
Every Lumie has an automatic dimmer on the clock display. Many other alarm clocks and sunrise alarms have displays that never go entirely dark, which is aggravating to certain users.
Every Lumie also has an adjustable final sunrise intensity. Other than the Lumie 100 (which has a fixed duration 30 minute sunrise), every Lumie has an adjustable sunrise length, also. Lumie 700 and 750 also add a low-blue light white light, which is designed to minimize exposure to blue light and help you fall asleep easily.
Lumie loses points for not having a simple “off” button for its lights. Rather, you have to repeatedly dim the light until it reaches the lowest setting.
Durability & Support
Lumie provides excellent customer support.
In addition to a 45 day free trial period, you get a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty on all sunrise alarms.
Lumie has a repair service for burnt out bulbs. As mentioned above, we haven’t tested this service.
If you want a wake-up light that offers an excellent sunrise feature, any Lumie model is a good choice.
Depending on your budget and what features you need, Lumie surely has a product to suit you.
For a premium product at a competitive price, the Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 is tough to beat. But the best value of all may be the Lumie Bodyclock Rise 100 (or Spark 100, which is basically an identical product), which offers most of the same features of premium Lumie alarms for a price that is significantly lower.
Overall, we love Lumie for the simple product lineup of well-designed sunrise alarms. Among top sunrise alarms, Lumie is competitive with the Hatch Restore, and provides far more value than the Casper Glow Light.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lumie Spark vs Rise: What is the difference?
Lumie Spark 100 and Rise 100 are the same product, with different device colors as the only difference. This has been confirmed multiple times by Lumie. Rise 100 has a white base with a yellow ring around the display, and Spark 100 has a beige base with a white ring around the display.
Which Lumie Bodyclock is best?
Luxe 750 DAB is the “best” Lumie Bodyclock if budget is not important. Luxe 750 has all the features available in other Bodyclocks, plus some added features that can’t be found in any other Lumie. However, Lumie Rise 100 and Shine 300 are the “best” in terms of value for the price.
Are Lumie clocks worth it?
If you struggle to wake up with a conventional alarm, a Lumie sunrise alarm clock will be worth every penny. Although Lumie software is lacking (for example, the device is not compatible with any app), the sunrise light feature helps you wake up naturally, feeling more refreshed than waking up to a traditional beep alarm.
What is the difference between Lumie 100 and 150?
Lumie 150 has sleep/wake sounds, and allows you to adjust the duration of the sunrise light feature. On Lumie 100, the only sound option is an alarm “beep,” and the sunrise feature is fixed at 30 minutes, no more and no less.