3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great concept, poor build,
This review is from: Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock HF3500/01 with Sunrise Simulation (Personal Care)
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This is ever so nearly a wonderful product. A perfect product, even. On the face of it, it excels. It is a very handsome unit. Circular, even lighted and with a beautifully coloured orange time display. The display can be dimmed via a push-button switch at the side down to a very low level, giving a very pleasing effect especially at night. This is all a matter of taste of course, but I like to turn it up during the day, and dim it right back when I go to bed.
The controls are simple - time and alarm are easily set, as is the choice between 24 and 12 hour clock.
The huge pull of this clock is, of course, its wake up. I've found that the concept of gradually increasing the light coming from the lamp, in a sunrise fashion, does actually wake me up gently. Oddly, in the week that I've been using it, I've slept very soundly and have woken up to the alarm each day. The first day I swear that a sunrise entered my head and got into the dream I was having! In any case, this certainly does do the trick. As a failsafe, the buzzer sounds at the time that you've set the alarm for, with the "sunrise" approaching half an hour beforehand. You can, I believe, disable the alarm buzzer should you wish - but I won't be trying that out, just in case it doesn't work and I oversleep.
What lets this down is its build and light output as a bedside lamp - which is in all likelihood how it will get the most use. The reason, first, is the nature of the light output itself. As it's meant to simulate sunrise, the light is quite cool and lacking in warmth, however it needs to be at a high level - at least 8 - to light my room properly. Given the intensity of the light is high at this level, I find myself having to bounce it onto the wall to soften it and avoid being dazzled. It quickly gives me a headache if I look directly at or near it. The second issue is the lightweight construction. To change the light level you have to hold the unit with both hands as without this it is too light and will simply move around (and, of course, you have to look straight at it - cue dazzling!)
I might be expecting too much from this lovely unit, but at the price I would expect this to be able to work perfectly as both a wake up light and as a bedside / reading light without having to make fairly inconvenient adjustments.
To remedy these problems, it would need some kind of colour change facility, and a much heavier base to provide some much needed solidity, preferably with a remote control (possibly thought of for the next models up).
I will keep going with this for now, however I do rather miss my separate bedside light and alarm clock which this has replaced.