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1.0 out of 5 stars one major flaw...., 13 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock HF3510/01 with Sunrise Simulation - 3 Sounds and Radio Function (Personal Care)
even on the lowest contrast setting, the clock display and the unit itself let out a really annoying dim light during the night which keeps you awake. it's bright enough that you can see the outline of your duvet. its like a constant sunset in the corner of your room. I tried placing a large book in front of it, but still light managed to shine out from behind it.

I got this, as my room is pitch black in the morning as I use black out blinds to keep out street lighting, and therefore find it difficult to wake up in the morning. unfortunately this sunrise clock lets off too much light just from the time display resulting in a sleepless night.

It would have been more suitable if the time was just in normal black with no lighting, and if you needed to see the time during the night you could press a button to light up a back light.

If it had not been for this one problem, the item would probably have been really good. Its fairly easy to use, it has a nice design, it can be used as a bedside lamp, it has a radio, it has a big time display, it has a sunset setting as well as the sunrise etc etc
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Initial post: 13 Oct 2012 12:41:15 BDT
Something that may help: I dont have this model (have a previous version), but on mine I can set three different light intensity levels for the clock. On the brightest it sounds the same as what you are describing, but on the lowest its quite ok, so maybe play around with the controls and see if you can dim the clock. Hope that helps!

Posted on 13 Oct 2012 12:55:57 BDT
I have mine on setting 1 and find this okay. It is very dim. I also use blackout blinds and find on this level it does not light up any of the area around the unit.

Posted on 21 Oct 2012 01:04:22 BDT
Leo Gursky says:
There's definity an option to dim the display brightness. Page 14 of the manual states:
"You can adjust the display contrast from level 1 to level 4. Choose a level that is optimal for you to see the display at night. Press the display contrast button several times to adjust the display contrast level."
The lowest setting is very dim according to even my fussy wife

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2012 13:01:38 BDT
dreamer says:
yes, as stated in my review i did have it on the lowest contrast setting.

in daytime, you can barely see the clock but at night i find the glow from it really annoying, i must be one of these poeple that can only sleep in complete darkness!

Posted on 31 Oct 2012 21:34:59 GMT
P. Olsevskas says:
I know it's not a visually pleasing solution, but you could put few layers of clear scotch tape over the display. it will dim it.
Or there is more astheticaly pleasing solution: http://www.lightdims.com/

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 21:08:17 GMT
hi, thank you for your review. i am glad i read it. i find it difficult when there is something shining, even it's just only dimly, in the dark room when i am trying to sleep. so i would find it irritating if the clock is constantly projecting time into the dark room.
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