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5.0 out of 5 stars Really does work!, 18 Jan 2011
This review is from: Philips HF3480 Wake-up Light (Personal Care)
Yes, there are a few niggles with this product;

- I can sort of see how some people could find the controls awkward - they are somewhat modern and some people might not be used to this kind of thing yet; little jog dials that double as press buttons, however I find them quite pleasant to use, being used to these kind of things on various phones, blackberries and MP3 players etc.

- The alarm light and sound levels are shared with whatever setting you use for the reading light and radio, so if you've had it on dim and quiet before sleep, you need to turn it back up to bright and loud before you finally pass out - stupid, but at least these can be adjusted while the light and radio are off, so you don't actually have to blast your ears and eyes briefly before sleep to change them, and this is somewhat negated by the simulated dusk mode (see below)

- Lack of DAB... yeah, maybe, but see below.

- And the bulb is not replaceable (supposed to last 7 years, but seems a bit of a lottery)

But I couldn't care less! - for the first time in ages this morning, I woke up actually feeling awake, rather than staggering around feeling ill, not knowing what was going on, trying to put socks on my head and hoping someone will save me by bring me some tea. If this sounds familiar then this product is definitely worth a try - it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee so nothing to loose!

Also, the simulated dusk mode (simply the reverse of the morning alarm, where the light gets gradually dimmer and sound from the radio (if you have it on) gets quieter over a selectable time period really helped put me to sleep. It's quite a bizarre effect. It's nothing like just switching off the lights. It sounded like a gimmick, but it really worked on me - I went to bed completely awake at bed time as I often do, set it for 1/2 hour, and after 15 minutes I had to stop reading as I was dozing off!

Also, I found that using this meant I could start off with the light on full and the radio on a reasonable volume, ready for the alarm in the morning, and just let it adjust itself down and send me off to sleep.

I notice a lot of people have complained about the lack of DAB and how FM is going to be switched off in the UK soon.

Seems like that isn't actually true; Here's a quote from the first link Google produced on the subject...

"A lot of people are under the mis-conception that because analogue TV will be switched off in 2012 that also means that FM and AM radio will be switched off in 2012 as well. This is not correct, because as you will be able to read below, no date has been set for FM to be switched off by -- there hasn't even been a date set for AM to be switched off by. FM will eventually be switched off, but it almost certainly won't be before 2017, and it is more likely to be in around 2020."

So if your light is still going in 2020 and FM gets cut off it'll be time to upgrade, but 10 years is a pretty good stint for any gadget.

Yes DAB would be nice for the better selection of stations and better quality of reception, but FM going away isn't just around the corner.
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