Top critical review
Attractive design and works but let down by having to manually switch on the alarm daily!
14 February 2018
Ordered the Lumie Active 250 as I struggle to get out of bed during the dark winter mornings.
While the Lumie does indeed do what it sets out to achieve, IE to wake you up in a less aggressive manner than traditional alarm clocks, it unfortunately has a few flaws that I couldn't get over and so ended returning it in favour of the Philips HF3531/01. The main reason for return was due to having to manually switch on the alarm every day! If you forget to press the button before bed, no alarm the next morning. Not something I wanted to risk.
- Sunrise and sunset features work well.
- Good FM radio and wake up sounds
- Clear display
- Attractive design
- Alarm as to be switched on DAILY. If you forget to press the button, you wont be woken up the following morning. Major Major flaw in my option.
- Radio comes on at set volume immediately, it does not fade in on sunrise. This defeats the gentle sunrise wake up.
- Price. I got this on offer for £65. At that price it's ok but it's really not worth the normal price of £80-90!
- Replaceable bulb = Good. Not an LED bulb = bad. Special Lumie bulb required = also bad.
- Display doesn't dim unless you set the alarm. A good reminder but a bit bright at night if you don't want the alarm on at weekends. It has an auto dim feature but doesn't seem to adjust based on the light level in the room.
- Only one alarm can be programmed at a time. OK, but means you need to change the time if you want the alarm on a weekends but to come on a bit later. At least when you press the alarm button you can set the time without messing about with menus.