Sleephopeful: Did you end up figuring out a better setup than Philips Hue + Huemote?
Unfortunately no, I'm not aware of a better halfway-affordable solution that is available at this time. I'm still using my Gen 1 Philips hue with one bulb waiting for a decent solution to come on the market that I'd be willing to invest heavily in. Svet, Helia, and Silk Light are the most promising so far but are all still pre-orders.
My current solution is to use a Black Diamond Storm headlamp when it gets dark when I need to leave my room or for when I want to read at night. This headlamp is pretty epic. The powertap feature lets you switch between different light intensities with a tap, this even includes the red led which is dimmable, and the lighting is even (no weird bulls eye target rings). My only wish is that it used double A batteries instead of triple A batteries. I've covered up all my electronic's led bulbs with black electrical tape which helps a lot.
The most recent change for me was purchasing a boom style floor lamp so I have a light source directly above my head. So far light and heat are the most reliable ways for me to wake up. Earphones often fall out of my ears when I wake up, and since I am deaf, the volume needed using speakers would have to be disruptively loud to my roommates.
For me, the biggest battle is to get out of bed at a reasonable time. I think becoming sleepy at night will solve itself dependent on getting out of bed at a consistent and reasonable time in the morning.
For my next project, I'd like to use a Wemo electrical switch or something similar to turn on a massage heating pad which I use on my bed, ideally cranking up the heat to levels that would wake me, and if necessary, on to uncomfortable levels to force me out of bed.
My current massage table warmer would not work with it as it has a controller between the electrical outlet and the pad. The controller is not dumb enough to just work when electricity is supplied and not smart enough to work with the internet of things. The controller might be hackable or replaceable, although I have next to no experience with electrical wiring or hacking / modifying hardware. I might have to buy a different massage table warmer.
Anyways, I'm getting way off topic, but hopefully this will give you some more ideas on possible solutions you can implement. A multi-pronged approach is best IMHO.
Hopefully we won't need such a mishmash of hackey gadgets in the future. Keep us posted on what works and doesn't work for you.