- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm ; 1.8 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
- Item model number: HF3485
- ASIN: B003Y6B4XE
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Jan. 1 2011
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,471 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
Philips Wake-Up Light Plus with 20 Different Settings, USB Playback and Dusk Simulation
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- Soft rising light wakes you gently
- Halogen lamp
- Clinically proven to make waking up more pleasant
- Up to 250 lux for natural awakening
- Choice of 4 natural and pleasant wake-up sounds & FM-radio
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The Philips Wake-up light comes on at a very low light setting & gradually brightens, then the audio (if selected) starts. I find that I wake up after about fifteen minutes (which is 15 minutes before the alarm time) and I don't feel hurried. By the time the audio starts, I'm ready to get up.
The Dusk simulation is also useful- trying to go to sleep in the morning with the sun shining outside can be a little tricky, and the lamp's gradual dimming does help.
My cat was quite intrigued by the nature sounds to start with, but now he's figured out that the birds are just a sound, and ignores them, but it was amusing to watch him tracking them down!
I balked at the price for certain - spending this much on an alarm clock is not something I usually do. However, I do not regret my purchase. The simulated sunset is wonderful. The radio has excellent reception (I live where there is generally poor reception, so that I get CBC with relative clarity is a small miracle). The wake up is smooth - I'm usually awake now before the radio even comes on. And when the radio comes on it fades in gradually, so no jarring sound.
Couple things I would like - the sunrise effect only goes as bright as the brightness that you last had the lamp at. So if I set it to 6 before I put it on sunset, then it will only go as bright as 6 on sunrise. Would be nice to be able to tweak that more. Also, a longer sunrise might be nice - but not a necessity.
Overall, I am happy with the product, and it has become a regular part of my morning routine that I would rather not do without.
The light wake up feature is superb. Makes getting up 10 times easier for a habitual late sleeper like me. The little stick that controls the dual alarms is also great.
- Volume Control is insufficiently fine grained making USB playback useless for me. I like to listen to music before I go to sleep, and the minimum volume (1 on a scale of 20) is too loud. The radio is capable of lower volume, as demonstrated by the low/increasing volume in the morning, just poor design on the volume control makes it impossible to select.
- Changing the light level when used as a bedside light changes the "wake to light" setting. These two shouldn't be tied together.
- No battery back up. Seriously, in a $150 light? This wouldn't be so bad except for...
- User controls are much too complicated. I've had to go back to the manual a number of times for simple things like time and alarm adjustment. Press the wrong button and it backs you out or changes something you didn't intend to change. Very frustrating. I'm a Computer Engineer, it shouldn't and doesn't need to be this complicated. Signs of too much "Apple"itis on this clock. I note that newer versions have more buttons, which is a good thing.
- Corollary to the complicated controls: I find the controls so complicated to use that I've never bothered to use the sunset mode, or some of the other features.
- The sound is poor for a $150 device. Very muddy, not much in the mid to upper ranges.Read more ›
The controls on the light are fairly intuitive and easy to use. There are two different time switches, allowing the light to store two different wake-up time settings at any given time. Set the wake-up time, and the light will dim on to the brightness level you selected over an adjustable 20 to 30 minute period. Then once the scheduled time is reached, the light also plays the sound you selected to ensure you get the message. All said, it works.
Highly recommended, although if I were doing it again I'd save some dollars by selecting the basic model (because I don't use it for sound, much, and I've never adjusted the length of time the light takes to fade on).
Most recent customer reviews
This lamp has helped me to manage the insomnia I have been dealing with for most of my life: both falling asleep and waking are improved with the simulated sunset and sunrise... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stella Trout
Sometimes the alarm doesn't go off as it should - namely you get light but no sound. other than that, it's fantastic. I haven't slept in for two years since buying this light.Published 21 months ago by Ryan McGuire
Very nice light to wake up to. We love the goodnight feature, allowing the light to dim slowly.Published 24 months ago by A. Cheng
I bought this lamp about 2 years ago and I am still using it and loving it! The light tower is the best part. It really does gently wake you up.Published on April 14 2014 by Tara
Love it! So nice to wake up gradually like this - especially to the sound of birdsong. Lovely. Had this for some time now and no problems whatsoever.Published on Feb. 10 2014 by Lulu
I suffer from a lot of insomnia. This didn't seem to help much at all. The light did make it slightly easier to get up in the mornings, but it was no miracle or anything. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2013 by Jeanette
Works wonderfully - my only complaint is that it should be a bit heavier - when trying to press the buttons you have to hold the clock in place...Published on Feb. 26 2013 by MJR