As the great Albus Dumbledore once said, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Unfortunately, the light at the end of the winter tunnel can be a little blurry sometimes, so we picked out a few helpful products to keep the sun shining even when it’s being smothered by frigid temps and icy conditions. Whether you’re in need of a lamp to combat your seasonal affective disorder or are just looking for something to lull you into a calmer state before bed, these lamps and nifty light-up gadgets will help do the trick.
Sunrise Alarm Clock
Rising with the sun isn’t always practical (or desirable), but with a sunrise-simulating alarm clock, you can open your eyes to a glorious morning glow no matter the time or weather outside. Keep your circadian rhythm on lockdown while also making sure you don’t miss that early AM meeting.
Really, they’re more like happy lamps, but S.A.D. stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, which negatively affects those with the condition when the weather gets cold and dreary outside. Light therapy lamps use non-harmful light rays to give your brain (and mood) a boost when the temps and morale are low. Although you won’t see the immediate effects of Ilana, this light therapy lamp comes recommended by the Center for Environmental Therapeutics, so you won’t be killing mama earth either!
Color-changing Smart Bulbs
Change the whole mood of a room in an instant with one of these controllable color-changing smart bulbs. Feeling like leaning into a cool glass of wine and Adele crooning through the speakers? Find a deep navy to match your mood. Trying to let your date know what’s on your mind? How about a smooth, burning red. Wirecutter’s pick the Philips Hue works with a ton of different programs (like Alexa, for voice control) and can change between 16 million color options, and even different shades of white.
When it’s time to turn down the lights and turn down your bed, flip on your very own night sky and sleep under the stars (but without the risks of bears or bugs). This version from Sega projects 60,000 stars and even has a shooting star option. What could be more soothing than drifting off to dreamland underneath the Milky Way?