Home / News / Peripheral News / Pure Twilight: A New Dawn In Radio?

Pure Twilight: A New Dawn In Radio?

David Gilbert


Pure Twilight: A New Dawn In Radio?

Are you sick of being rudely woken up by an annoy buzzing or ringing sound every morning? Would you rather gently and quietly be roused from your slumber by a natural increase in the light around you and the sound of a babbling brook or tropical forest? Well, the PURE Twilight dawn simulator and digital radio aims to do just that.

While there are a number of dawn simulators on the market – primarily the Lumie Bodyclock and the Philips Wake-Up Light – none have a built-in digital radio like the Twilight. On sale currently in John Lewis Stores for £129.99 and in a number of independent retailers over the coming months, the device combines a number of functions into one unit on your bedside locker.

Offering dawn simulation, mood lighting, built-in natural sounds and lullabies as well as a reading light and four independent alarms, Twilight looks to create the ideal ambiance for getting a good night’s sleep and waking up revitalized and refreshed. The dawn simulator aspect of the device is what intrigued us most and seeing it in operation at the launch of the product last night, it certainly did seem more appealing than listening to a buzzer in your ear every morning.

However, so relaxing was the demonstration, that we were initially happy for the light to gradually brighten and the sounds of the ocean to gurgle away without any impulse to stop it and this could prove troublesome for the more bed-loving of us. It is certainly not a product for everyone but it will soothe some people who want to take a more holistic approach to their sleep pattern.

The light can be used for reading and can be dimmed or brightened simply by holding the device’s glass dome. It can be switched off or on just by touching it briefly. It also allows for a phone to be charged via a USB socket and you can also connect you MP3 player if you can find nothing to your liking on any of the digital radio channels.

Twilight is also pretty energy efficient thanks to its LED-based light solution, which provides the same light output as a 45W incandescent bulb for just 5.4W when the lamp is on. Twilight consumes less than 1W in standby. The Twilight can even be used as a night light in a nursery as it has lullabies preloaded on its system - though at £129.99 it could be a little extravagant.

For more information visit PURE’s website.

Hamish Campbell

November 24, 2010, 4:15 pm

I think waking to the gentle sounds of a tropical forest would just make me think I'd been kidnapped by FARC.

Brian ONeill

November 24, 2010, 4:18 pm

I am terrible at getting up in the morning. I have used one of these clocks for the past few years (a lumie one). They really do help to wake you up, but note there is cheaper options on amazon, the philips ones look very good.

Mind you, my wife is a morning person, she gives me breakfast in bed which i find is the best way to wake me up :-)

Scott 2

November 24, 2010, 4:23 pm

Philips already sell a Wake Up Light with a radio in it. I've been the happy owner of such for a couple of years. It now sells for half the price of the Pure model too. Surprisingly, it's made the most profound positive difference to how I wake up. No more jolting awake. A wife who can actually talk lucidly when she wakes up rather than grunting for half an hour. Much more pleasant all round. Highly recommended.

David Gilbert

November 24, 2010, 4:33 pm

@Scott 2 The Philips Wake-Up Light does have a radio built in, but it is a digital FM radio (which is essentially an analog radio with a digital tuner) as opposed to the DAB radio built into the Twilight - which is the hook PURE are trying to sell this with (I probably should have made that clearer). The Philips device is however half the price of the PURE system.

Sounds like you are having much more pleasant mornings though....which is always a good thing.


November 24, 2010, 6:02 pm

Funny that they all use 'gentle rain forest' sounds, actually waking up in a rainforest is anything but 'gentle' - it's a cacophonous nightmare all the time, not to mention the constant buzz of mosquitoes...and all the ants...aghhh, the ants! :)

War's over John.


November 24, 2010, 6:39 pm

A copy of the radio from Portal?


November 24, 2010, 7:35 pm

Why not just sleep with the curtains open?

Hans Gruber

November 24, 2010, 9:23 pm

"Why not just sleep with the curtains open?" I guess you're not from around here?

In high latitude countries this time of year, it doesn't get properly light till well gone 7am and that is, if it isn't totally overcast. There's so little light sometimes the gloom of the day in winter is as good as night, hence if you opened your curtains you'd miss the dawn a fair bit of the time and most people need to get up before it's light. Plus the glare of lampposts would drive you mad if your curtains were open.

The more northerly you are in the northern hemisphere, this time of year, the shorter the day is and the longer it takes for the sun to come up.



November 25, 2010, 1:02 am

Didn't Philip's make the first light like this?

comments powered by Disqus