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      22.05.2011 22:46

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      once I got mine I struggled to get it working. Once it was working I left it for about half a hour and it turned itself off and so only the screen lit up when i pressed the snooze/light button. It did not even light up once. I would not recommend it.

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      19.11.2010 00:18
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      Don't bother!

      After reading a few reviews on these types of alarms I decided that I really, really wanted one! Most of them were really overpriced though (around the £100 mark!) so I didn't look into it any further. I was very pleased to see that Avon had brought out a more reasonably priced version. I ordered it when it was on offer at £15, the usual price (and current price) is £25, which is still a bargain in comparison. The sunrise alarm clock claims to begin with a dim glow, which gradually increases to allow you to wake up feeling 'refreshed'. It is a different model to the one pictured and is a tall cylindrical object which has a silver plastic base and a white top, this is where the light shines from; it measures 9 cm x 16.5 cm. It has an on/off switch and an alarm/light/alarm and light switch at the back. On the front there is a sound dial, the clock face (an digital screen), plus four buttons; the buttons are used to set the clock and alarm, the far right button is a 'snooze' button which will stop the alarm sounding for 10 minutes. The alarm requires 6 AA batteries, which is quite surprising given the size of the device. You also need a screwdriver to open the battery cover, which can be pretty annoying (and unnecessary). Setting it up is simple; you get an easy to follow leaflet which tells you step by step how to set both the clock and the alarm. You then simply flick the back button to decide whether you want the light, alarm, or both. Personally, I can't see the point of simply having just the light as I could easily sleep until it is light outside (as I assume most people could), so having a light by my bedside wouldn't achieve anything. Again, only using the alarm is pointless, as I could have just carried on using the alarm on my mobile; so I always chose the alarm and light setting. I tried the alarm on the evening that I received it to see the effect. It's fair to say that I was a little disappointed. The light begins to glow 20 minutes before you want to wake. The initial glow is barely there, which isn't an issue, as it is supposed to be a gradual process. After ten minutes, the glow brightens (apparently), again, this is barely noticeable; I really struggled to see a difference, even though standing in the dark! The light should then go onto full power, which will brighten the room enough to gently wake you... Really? Yes, the light was brighter, and it did illuminate the corner in which it was placed, although I can't say that it would help me to wake, or wake feeling refreshed. I would say that the light is as bright as a child's nightlight, which is a disappointment as I expected a little more from it. The alarm is the standard beep that most alarms have; it gets pretty annoying once you've heard it a few times although this is what I expected so I can't complain. The other issue I have is that when you press the snooze button to halt the alarm, the light goes out as well. I would have expected the light to stay on as it is supposed to be there to help you wake up, so if you are pressing the snooze button then you haven't really woken up yet! I think that it would have been better to have the light stay on until you turned the alarm off completely. One plus point is that you get an AUX cable, which allows you to plug your mp3 player in. From reading the description in the catalogue I gained the impression that you could use the mp3 player to wake up, i.e. as the alarm. I may have read it wrong, as this is definitely not the case. You can plug the mp3 player in and use the device as a speaker. You have to control the mp3 player separately though so will have to turn it on yourself, meaning that it cannot be used as the alarm. This is a nice touch, and I was still reasonably impressed, until I heard the sound quality; the music sounds tinny and echoes slightly. I therefore wouldn't bother to use the alarm clock in this way. I persevered and used the alarm for a couple of nights, but it was completely ineffective and I awoke just as slowly, and feeling just as tired as before. For £15, I was disappointed. I was glad that I'd bought it from Avon though as you are able to return any item, even if it has been used. Unsurprisingly, I did just that. I therefore cannot recommend the Avon Sunrise Alarm as it is a huge disappointment and is completely ineffective. I can't say that I'll try another brand as I don't think that they are worth so much money, I'll probably just continue to leave the landing light on at night as I think that this does the job just as well.

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        11.10.2010 15:06
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        Great idea, would be better if it did what it should do!

        When I saw this on the Avon website last year just before christmas, I thought great! £10, what a fantastic gift for someone at Christmas. I actually ordered two of these, one for my mom and one for a family friend. The idea is great: Set the alarm for the desired time and 15 minutes before hand the light will gradually get brighter and get to its brightest at the specified time. Your alarm will then sound off just like a normal alarm. The good thing about this is it is a great idea and is far cheaper than most other's you can find. The next cheapest option was a Philips one at £21.99. This product is aimed at people who find it difficult waking up in the morning, or particularly in winter when its still dark when you wake up. The idea is also to mimick an actual sunrise to help you to wake up gradually - and not feel rudely awoken by the beeping of your unkind alarm! This item is battery powered, no mains lead option available. It is also not as ugly as some of the others, its quite small (about the size of the old fashioned telephone handsets with the numbers on!). So it doesn't take up too much room on your bedsize table. Its roughly 20cm high so high enough for the light to be noticable and to wake you. The bad bits - Unfortunately the bad bits outweigh the good. Both recipients of my gift told me it stopped working properly after a couple of days. Which as you can imagine is awful as it was given as a christmas gift! Avon replaced both of these but the quality was still bad. They found that the light wasn't gradual and just came on very bright first thing. The clock then kept resetting themself. In the end I asked for my money back as with the first 4 not working we didn't hold out much hope!

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          23.06.2009 12:47
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          Fine as a normal alarm, but not much for the instant light!

          When I stumbled across the Avon Sunrise alarm in a catalogue, I was intrigued by the sight of it, and so decided to have about it. Seemed a great idea to me, as I hate nothing more than the sudden Shriek of our normal alarm clock at the crack of dawn, especially in the dark winter months. Priced at just £10 it seemed too good to be true! Before ordering the Alarm, I decided to search about on the internet to see if I could find anything similar, and came across a similar thing made by Philips, but the only obvious difference was the price of the Philips Alarm which was very close to 10 times more!! This made my mind up instantly, and I ordered the Avon Sunrise Alarm there and then. I have to be honest though, and admit that I have been disappointed with it, I only used it for about 2 months, and decided to go back to the old Alarm I used to use before trying the Avon Sunrise. The main problem I had was that the light just comes on instantly, and is very bright, I suppose it has to be like that to make sure it wakes you up, but it would have been far better in my opinion if it came on gradually, and then perhaps introduced gradual gentle noises after a short period. Another problem was that the light didn't usually even wake my partner up, and so was completely useless until the buzzing started. Nice idea, but doesn't work well

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            06.06.2009 21:56
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            Even at the bargain price it's not worth the money.

            I was rather excited when I saw this lamp. I hoped it might be the answer for myself and my partner, two comfirmed slug a beds. Alas, 'twas not to be. The sunrise alarm clock has been returned; quite frankly the best thing about it was the Avon no-quibbles returns policy. My first impression was that it looked far better in the photo. In the glossy photo it looks... well, not classy exactly, but alright. In the flesh, it's so ugly you wouldn't want it in your bedroom. The display is large and easy to read, but obviously cheap and low quality. Combined with the silver-effect plastic finish, it looks like something you'd pick up in the pound shop. The word 'nasty' springs to mind. But I am perfectly aware that a successful product can overcome it's unfortunate appearance, so we tried it for a week. The first problem was setting it up. I know, I know, how difficult could it be? Well, harder than you'd imagine, thanks to tiny screws that need one of those miniature screwdrivers you get in a Christmas cracker to open. Once the batteries were in, it took a good few minutes to locate the English instructions and decipher the miniscule print. But these are minor niggles. The main problem with the unit was that it didn't really work. The other half slept straight through the light sequence but jumped clean out of bed once the terrible buzzer back-up alarm sounded. I, on the other hand, jumped as soon as the light came on. You imagine you'll emerge gradually from your slumbers as the light slowly brightens, simulating a natural sunrise. But no, this light flicks from off to on, simulating the natural switching on of a light switch. In short, we didn't get anything from this that you couldn't get from a normal alarm clock. Maybe I shouldn't be so hard on it - the price is only £8 - £15 depending on which brochure you order it from, so it's much cheaper than most of the other light-alarms out there. But to me, if it doesn't do what it's supposed to do, it's still a waste of money.

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              18.04.2009 12:51

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              Hi, I bought one and it doesn´t work. Clock stops working, screen vanishes, alarm doesn't start,....Too many people selling this clock at eBay, I'm afraid it's another failed design from China

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              04.02.2009 20:59
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              You could spend a lot more on a lot worse.

              You know what it's like getting out of bed on winter mornings. The heating's not on yet, it's dark outside and the shrill jarring alarm clock sets your teeth on edge and sends you stumbling into the bathroom with your eyes glued shut. I started trying to make life more comfortable for myself last September, looking at the Philips sunrise alarm in John Lewis. The display model felt cheap and nasty, the staff had no idea how to even set the time on it, I hated the clock face and size and I left the shop feeling I'd saved the best part of £100. The Lumie Bodyclock seemed a good alternative, but this was bulky, fiddly and everything else I was desperate to avoid. Still looking at Christmas, I spotted another Sunrise alarm for a fraction of the price. At £10, the Avon Sunrise had everything I wanted. A sunrise alarm needs to go right next to the bed, but with no proper plug sockets in the bedroom and an abhorrence of trailing wires I was delighted to see that this took batteries. It had a digital display - another tick in the box - and a blue backlight for waking in the night and checking the time. It came with a backup alarm sound if the light wasn't enough. Best of all, the design was remarkably sleek, curvy and compact without a horrid oversized giant bulb. I loved everything I saw. Having not received it for Christmas, I bought it for myself a couple of weeks later. I hadn't seen it in action, but you can't have everything with mail order. It promised to wake you with a sunrise effect and I figured that even if it wasn't super powerful solar light, any light was good. I collected it gleefully from my pile of post at the front door and took it to The Boyfriend's house to open. Plain box, layer of bubble wrap, miniscule typed instructions in Chinese and all the rest but I worked out how to set the time myself without and did so in under a minute. The most fiddly thing about setup was getting the battery case open. Really, this needed a teeny tiny screwdriver; the kind you'd get in a cracker or fix glasses with but The Boyfriend did it swiftly enough with a nail file. They could do with including this, but we managed. The alarm was as easy to set as the time and anxious to see the 'sunrise' I set it for half an hour's time. We put it on the mantelpiece, flicked off the light switch and settled down in front of the TV with MyDogs. Ten minutes into the series of Gossip Girl I'd sky plussed, the light came on. Not very bright, but sudden and slightly shocking. Not really what I'd want 20 minutes before I had to get up, but it might not wake me. Anyway, we paused the TV and The Boyfriend went to put the kettle on. Five minutes later there was no discernible difference and we lost interest. It didn't get any brighter before the sound kicked in. If anything it looked a little dimmer. I switched the buzzing off without any problems (you can have buzzing, light or both) and played with the backlight feature which was impressively responsive. The buttons on the clock are smooth and set into the silver case, although it's plastic and lightweight it had a really nice tactile feel and I still wanted to love it. For a few minutes after the alarm went off, I could turn the light on and off by using the slider on the back. But then that stopped working. This seemed to be not because it was broken, but because it just didn't do it after the alarm had been off for a while. I set the clock before bed that night, timing the alarm for 10 minutes after I usually get up. The idea was that this way it wouldn't wake me up too early when it switched on. The following morning I woke up as soon as the initial light came on, although I felt better for being woken by a light and not a noise. I followed the same plan the second night with the same result. Although you could hardly describe it as gradual, being woken by the light lets you linger in the space between deep sleep and the breakfast rush for a little longer and I can honestly say I like it. The light's handy for getting up and finding my slippers on the dark mornings and I feel more relaxed overall. The only downside is the decision to snooze.... If I don't get up straightaway and I struggle back under the duvet, the light dims and eventually switches off. This is great when I'm in the shower at that time (as I should be), but crap when it sends me back into warm dreamy sleep with its sunset. Yes, you can see the circuit boards through the back and the box carries no brand name, but it's the best tenner I've spent in a while and I'm a lot more impressed with this than I was with the Philips Sunrise or the Lumie Bodyclock. Get a light box or pills to cure SAD, move abroad to get a full natural sunrise in winter - buy this to get out of bed in a better mood for a very good price.

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              This alarm clock starts to light up 20 minutes before the time you have set / It is great for those like me who struggle to wake up in the dark!