Reviewed by Linda Curtain
Having previously benefited from light therapy with a SAD lamp to aid Seasonal Affective Disorder, I was pleased to be able to review a new children’s product – The Lumie Bedbug. This innovative product is a fully adjustable night light which emits a low-blue light (white light with very low levels of blue) to avoid stimulation at bedtime, hence allowing children to settle into a natural sleep. Research has shown that lights with a high level of blue light can disrupt the natural sleep rhythms by suppressing the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
This enchanting Bedbug was designed and produced by Lumie in Cambridge based on scientific research and consultation with child sleep expert Sarah Ockwell-Smith.
The Lumie Bedbug is very appealing in design with a happy bug in green and white colouring. Even when not in use, the lamp is a great feature to have at a child’s bedside. There are several settings which can be used, from the initial bright light which is ideal for reading the bedtime story to a lovely glowing night light.
Once plugged in, I was eager to try the various setting to see which would be the most valuable to use when my grandchildren visit. They like to sleep with a light on and I have previously struggled to find a light with the correct level of brightness. I found that the Bedbug addressed many of these issues. The brightness of the light was fully adjustable, and you can programme the bug to gradually reduce from reading light level to either complete darkness or a glowing nightlight. When in use the smiling reassuring face of the bedbug was still prominent. The transition from reading to night light took about 15 minutes and it was quite mesmerising to watch how the light faded and colour changed – just like watching a natural sunset.
Another good feature is the ability to gradually but silently increase the light intensity if you need to check on your child.
The Lumie Bedbug is well packaged and the accompanying instruction leaflet – which was written in several languages – is easy to follow.
Lumie produce many other items to aid various health issues. A look on their website will show you all their other research based products.
This adorable Bedbug would be an ideal Christmas gift for new parents or for someone trying to settle their children into a good sleep routine – every parents desire!
A great device – a happy, comforting little bug with the ability of helping to provide a calm, settled night.
A five-star rating for this enchanting product.
For more information or to buy, visit www.lumie.com.