Sunrise alarm clock mounted above the bed

sunrise-alarm-from-led-strips

This sunrise alarm clock was made in a bit different form factor than we normally see. Instead of a box next to the bed it’s a bar above the headboard which slowly illuminates every morning. This was [Holly's] first electronics project. She spent pretty much all summer working on it and accumulated a skill set that included designing for and operating the laser cutter and assembling and programming the electronics.

She didn’t start from square one. The hardware and programming were greatly simplified by the availability of RGB LED strips and the Monochron clock which drives them. [Holly] altered the code to bring up a blueish hue over a 35-minute time period. Since this will be used to wake her at 5:30am she was also obliged to include some backup sounds just in case. But after the project was finished and mounted she forgot to turn them on and was pleasantly surprised that the lights woke her up on time. The mounting bracket seen above uses t-slot rail with laser cut brackets to hold the half-cylinder shade for the sconce. The final product looks fantastic!

 

Comments

  1. Evan says:

    Great build!

  2. technoguyx says:

    Nice build. :D I think I need one so I can stop sleeping until so late, hah.

  3. sneakypoo says:

    The amount of light needed to wake me up would put a serious dent in the electricity bill :D It doesn’t help that I usually wake up with my face buried in my pillow either. I hate mornings…

    Nice looking build though, especially for being the first project.

    • Blue Footed Booby says:

      All through college I was in dorm rooms with streetlights outside the window and shitty blinds. I learned to throw my arm over my eyes without actually waking up.

  4. melt says:

    That is an ace build!

  5. ino says:

    Nice job. She should use heat shrink tube for the cable connections (it’s a short waiting to happend)

  6. Grovenstien says:

    Get your circadian rhythms sorted!

  7. Hirudinea says:

    I would buy this, seriously.

  8. saw0 says:

    Why not use cheap 5050 SMD Strips?

  9. P. Almonius says:

    It needs a companion project that slowly dims my monitor until it gets too dim to read, which hopefully will convince me to go to sleep.

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