January 19, 2015

Wake up without effort using this Arduino-controlled 600W wake-up lamp

If you have trouble waking up in the morning, and a loud alarm clock just isn't doing the trick - then another option may be to use a very bright lamp. Some can wake up when the bedroom light is turned on, so taking this theory to the next level Instructables member kerembasaran has solved the problem.

By creating a typical Arduino-controlled timing system with a real-time clock IC, the timing is takem care of - and this controls relays to switch on six 100W light globes. This combination could also be controlled gradually to emulate a retina-burning reproduction of a sunrise clock.

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