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Wake Up Light is a special alarm clock for your Mac. It wakes you up with gradually brightening light to help you feel more energized all day. The beautiful sunrise effect is a natural cue for your body to increase cortisone levels (often referred to as the energy hormone).

Wake up Light simulates sunrise at the speed of your choice, so you can adjust it to suit your personal preference. The light will be at its brightest at the time you set, and a natural alarm sound will start to play at a selected volume.

What's New

Version 2.2.1:

Note: OS X 10.6 is not supported in this version. Contact us for an OS X 10.6-compatible download.
  • Several bug fixes


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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gatovadio Member IconComment+0

my room is faced directly to the sunrise and i set my alarm to wake me up on heavy metal. and i still get late to work.

i need an alarm app which delivers electric shocks and earthquakes. THEN, i'll buy it from the appstore.

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Version 2.2
dekel Member IconReview+1

Useless, I say. Waking up to a sunrise app, seriously?
To get light therapy and start your day more energized go get a light box or an alarm clock with one. Sunlight does have a positive effect on us but the light level should be at least 1000 lux for that. With this in mind, some brands like Philips I guess developed a full range of light therapy products, like Philips wake up light. The concept is great but a computer simply doesn’t produce brightness levels high enough to imitate the sunrise. I don’t see how this is something to pay for, sorry.

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Version 2.2
Psychos Member IconComment+285

Sorry, but unless your computer is hooked up to a bank of full-spectrum bulbs, this is better described as an "alarm clock that simulates the moonrise on a cloudy." (And this software wouldn't control those, anyways.)

The minimal brightness levels produced by a computer screen vs the other light you receive from whatever source simply aren't enough to "increase cortisol."

Even if your computer screen was your primary light source, the pseudo-science behind it is still not very convincing for a paid app, especially one with no free demo available. Seriously, I'm sure SOME people would try it, have a placebo effect, and then happily pay! But more app store no-demo-ware for us.

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Downloads 1,028
Version Downloads 168
License Commercial
Date 07 Jun 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $9.99