Called Night Night, the prototype has a wooden base containing the electrics and a glass top containing the light source and sand.
Once inverted the cone-shaped light source comes on for fifteen minutes, while sand gradually trickles down from the top chamber to cover it up and the user drifts off to sleep.
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Photographs are courtesy ECAL.
Here's some text from Hordies:
Night Night is a lamp that accompanies people into sleep.
In this case the sand in the hourglass covers the light as it goes along and drowns the light(from the bedroom) in the time needed for someone to fall asleep.
When you turn the hourglass over, the timer switches on for 15 minutes. Research has shown that when people go to bed it usually takes between ten and twenty minutes for them to fall asleep. The objective of the timer is straightforward. Its function is to switch off the lamp, so that it is not on all night making it environmentally friendly. The lamp follows the sleeper during this ritual.
The electronics are in the wooden base. When the button is pushed contact is made and the lamp will be on for 15 minutes. It is essential that it switches itself off. This enables the sleeper to get his visa for dreamland.
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