Hello instructables people,
Every morning when my alarm rings I have trouble getting out of bed.
(so I am always late)
To help me wake up I wanted to buy a wake-up light, it's supposed to help you wake up by giving the impression of a sunrise by getting brighter every minute after the alarm goes.
Unfortunately these are very expensive, that means building it myself.
My goal was to make a cheap and working wake-up light, without using my arduino for it, so I build this.

This is just a example, you are free to redesign and customize it to your preference.
This project will cost you €0 to €20 depending on which parts you have.

WARNING: You are working with high voltage here, if you are under 18 ask a adult with technical experience to help!
Do NOT work on the project when it is plugged into the wall outlet! Always check the connections and be careful!
Work in a dry environment. I am not responsible for any damage and/or injuries!

Step 1: Materials

You will need:
-a box
-a slow turning dc motor, I used : http://dx.com/p/high-torque-60rpm-12v-dc-geared-motor-91625?item=1
                                              ,but you might want to take a slower motor or see 'edit 1'.
-a timer socket
-a lightbulb socket
-a lightbulb
-a (normal wall-outlet) plug
- some cable
-two extention cords
-a cable connector
-a old (phone) charger
-small pieces of wood or plastic
-some screws
-a gear
-heat shrink tubing
fun topic and very creative!
<p>Thank you</p>
<p>Thanks for offering a mechanical solution to this. Wood and wires I can handle, electronic components mostly confuse me. I just need to figure out where I can get a motor that will turn slow enough.</p><p>Also as someone else mentioned the shape of the hole. I think it might give a better illusion of sunrise if instead of a linear motion the motor were to slowly turn a disc with a section cut out. That way it would begin with a small sliver of light gradually opening to a larger and larger triangle.</p>
<p>I am glad you appreciate it. From me an motor with a gearbox worked fine. I also thought about other ways and I think a aperture would work nicely, I like that idea too.</p><p>Good Luck! </p>
could also be used as an anti-theft device. so it looks like someone is home when not!
Thanks for a simple and clever solution. <br>I wonder if making a different shape hole in the box would allow greater control of how quickly the room lights up; for example: a &quot;V&quot; shape. I suspect that our perception of light may be non-linear.
Cool project!
Interesting project! One thing that would make it even better would be a description in the beginning of what the project does, as &quot;wake-up light &quot; is not a common term.
Let me do that for you!
very cool, I like that you found a non-arduino solution. what do the words on the top say?
My taste is most simple. I am always satisfied with the best.
In Dutch it says: <br>Mijn smaak is allereenvoudigst: Ik ben altijd tevreden met het beste. <br>In English it is: <br>My taste is very easy: I'm always satisfied with the best.
Loosely translated, I believe it says. &quot;box&quot;. <br> <br> <br>:p

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