I have always wanted an alarm clock that emitted light to wake me up “naturally,” but never wanted to pay the steep price for one, which tends to start around $80. It hit me that all i really need to make one was to find a timer that turned on an outlet at a specific time. I then realized that a device that does that should be fairly easy to locate, as they are used routinely for Christmas lights. I found one at the local mega mart that met my criteria: it had to repeat every 24 hours, have multiple time settings, and be inexpensive. After a few mornings of trials everything works out great, though the instant burst of brightness can be quite jarring, it still does the job.