This is a 2 month retrospective look after having purchased this from John Lewis, and I'll do what I can to skip over what the product review from the manufacturer already tells you.
PROS: - Gradual sunrise setting are brilliant. Not having a bright flash of light bursting through makes a pleasant and noticeable difference in the morning. - You have control over how long a period you want the light to slowly dim on, and how bright you want it to get to. - The lamp is BRIGHT if you want it to be, it is easily comparable to a 100W bulb. - Various different alarm clock noises, including a radio, so on the whole you'll find something that suits you. I found that the radio (when put to something easy like Heart FM) is generally the best, and I have yet to put it on snooze since. This is coming from a long-time-multi-snooze person (7am? nahhh.... 20 more minutes...). - For all you oldies, there's still that alarm noise (BEEP BEEP BEEP...) that will make you nostalgic for the 80s. But the aforementioned radio is still more pleasant. ;) - A relatively cheap replaceable bulb (£5). Now that might sound like a no-brainer, I mean aren't all bulbs replaceable? Well, if you were to buy the Philips version of this lamps, the answer is "no". So though it seems like such a non-issue, make sure whichever slow dimming/glowing lamp you buy, you can buy just the bulb and not have to buy the whole unit again. - 2 Years manufacturer's warranty included, so if your machine decides to not work, you can rest assured that someone will fix it for you. Granted you'll be minus 1 alarm clock for that duration.
CONS: - Radio is not DAB, so it doesn't have the crystal clear quality that some of you might be used to, but that said, it's not a bad regular FM radio at all. The radio receiver is a cheap looking white wire that trails from the back of the unit. It does have a digital tuner as a small compensation.... - The bird that chirps on one of the alarm settings needs to be shot. In short, I haven't put it on that one. - No battery option, so if there is a power outage, you can rest assured that you'll be late for work. :) - £100 price mark. As far as lamps or alarm clocks go, this is by no measurable means "cheap". However, as that adage goes: you get what you pay for, and I have noticed that getting up in the morning is a lot less stressful lately. Can you put a price on that? Well, yes...
SUMMARY: There are a few lumie models out there on the market at the moment, with noticeable price difference, but this was the one I settled for in the end because of 1) replaceable bulb 2) 2 year warranty 3) radio function 4) controllable dim/glow function over your own set time. Is it worth £100? No, maybe more the £70 mark, but when it's all said and done, it's the only one I could find that satisfactorily ticked all the boxes. Am I happy with this purchase? Yeah, I guess you can say that I am. :)
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