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      21.09.2013 19:46
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      Sunshine in your bedroom

      The winter blues, a concept that we must all feel at some point during the cold, dark months. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition which can affect all genders and all ages. The symptoms of SAD vary but generally; the disorder is associated with feelings of depression and "blues," but the symptoms do vary. Symptoms of SAD may include a change in appetite or weight, lack of energy, diminishing sex drive, body aches or pains, low self-esteem, sleep problems, loss of memory, inability to make decisions, depression or mood swings and a lack of concentration and interest. SAD is caused by a lack of natural light, as the days get shorter and I find myself going to work in the dark, sitting all day in a stuffy office the travelling home in the dark; I notice my moods changing.

      It was getting to the stage where I came from work at 17:30 hours and put my pyjamas on and spent the evening in bed. Usually on an evening after work I enjoy playing tennis, going to the gym, the cinema and restaurants. I felt generally unwell, always suffering a cold and sniffles and supplemented my diet with a tonic in order to boost my energy levels and make me feel more human. This did not work and I started to argue more with my partner as he was fed up of me moping around the house. I felt really fed up, which is not like me at all and after a few months of feeling blue and unwell, I took a trip to the doctors. He brought SAD up as a possible cause for my change in behaviour and sent me away to do some research. He mentioned antidepressants as a cause of action but I did not feel this was necessary.

      Feeling blue was a small part of my symptoms; lack of energy and feeling unwell was the main problems I was encountering. I went away and did some research before stumbling on some literature on light therapy. This led to the purchase of the Philips lamp as there has been research conducted proving that lights provide a balanced spectrum light equivalent to standing outdoors on a clear day. The use of a SAD lamp can make up for any light deficiency that you may be suffering and you can start to feel more human again.


      ==Price and availability==

      There are a variety of lamps offering similar features; what I liked about this one is that it provides a combination of light and sound to bring you round and wake you gently. This costs £90 and is available from Philips store directly online.


      ==Description==

      This is an attractive lamp and it looks modern and contemporary. The lamp stands 22 cm tall and is 17 cm in diameter. The top half is a lovely bright yellow lamp that has an intensity of 250 lux. The sunrise simulation process takes 30 minutes so it is nice and gentle and it gives you a good blast of exposure first thing. Typically, 15-60 minutes is the amount of time people need to get their sunlight fix. The bottom of the lamp is set on some little anti-slip rubber feet. The lamp uses a halogen bulb of 100 W and this is expected to last 4000 hours. The light is UV free so it does not damage your skin like the suns rays do. The lamp has an alarm and an FM radio.

      The alarm is used so that the sunrise process can start at a certain time and gradually wake you up. You can wake up to the sound of the radio or you can wake to some natural sounding sounds such as birdsong to wake you up with. The front of the lamp has the following controls, menu, select and + and - which can control the volume. The main controls though are at the side of the lamp. There is a stick lever for the alarm on and off and at the side you can also control the FM tuner. The lamp has a 200 m cable with a standard UK 3 pin plug attachment. The lamp is made from glass and chrome. I find the design to fit in well with my bedroom and I really enjoy using it. The lamp can be used as a regular lamp if you need something to read by but even when the lamp is turned off, I think that it looks quite stylish. The little LCD display pad displays the time and it also indicates if you have the alarm set.


      ==My experiences==

      This is a very interesting lamp and it looks very stylish. I am more than happy to have it in my bedroom next to my bed. In terms of waking up to light, I find this to be one of the most natural, none shocking ways to wake up. I used to set the old alarm clock next to my bed and if I ever heard that sound throughout the day, I would jump up and shudder. This does not give me the same shock, I wake up gently and feel more refreshed. I find that the lamp wakes me gently, but as a heavy sleeper I do need the sound to wake me up too. I enjoy the birdsong option, this is really subtle at first and then the chorus slowly builds and eventually you will wake to the soft gentle birdsong. This is brilliant for me as I hate getting up and although I do not relish the thought of my alarm going off, this eases the pain and makes it more bearable. The lamp upsets my partner though who occasionally has to work late shifts and this causes problems when we do not have to get up at the same time. I tend to leave this lamp on during the winter and I get dressed and ready for work by the light it provides. I find it gives me my extra sunlight fix and makes me feel more human.

      I find the lamp to be imperative to my health during the winter, I still feel tired and I don't want to go outside in the cold but I feel more human and I can do activities on a night; I do not feel like all my energy is zapped. In terms of mood swings, I will not lie as I still get a little grumpy in the winter; but if you asked my boyfriend he would tell you that I am just as grumpy in Summer! I find that winter generally makes me feel a little unwell as there are more germs with less fresh air flowing round the office and the heating pumping out. I have started to feel much more positive in the changing seasons and previously I have dreaded the autumn change as it means winter is coming. I can now look positively on it as the SAD symptoms are greatly reduced. I can get excited about winter coats, fluffy jumpers and Christmas, instead of colds, flu and early nights!


      ==Overall==

      I did not find this completely to make me feel the same as I do in the summer as I think my body will always be in tune with the changing seasons. I love Spring and I can't explain the feelings of joyousness I feel as I start to see the sun shining for longer and little daffodils starting to blossom. I know it is weird and some still think it is a new age fad; however I find this lamp works. I guess even if it is a placebo, I get a lovely stylish lamp and a much easier way of waking up. However, I do generally think light therapy works and I rave to my friends about how good it is. I completely recommend this; it is something now I cannot do without.

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        26.02.2012 11:21
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        Excellent alarm clock, highly recommended

        I have owned a Lumie Sunray alarm clock for nearly 4 years and I have been wanting to upgrade to a Philips wake-up light for a long time. Then I got one for christmas!!

        I already knew how good light alarm clocks can be from having the lumie, but I am still surprised how good this alarm clock is. The light is really bright if you have it on it's max setting, by far bright enough to not need a bedside lamp. Also the lamp is a good big area so it really lights up the room.

        You have a choice of noises to wake up to as well (birdsong, woodland, zen and cowbells or radio), I use the zen yoga one. The birdsong I find doesn't wake me up; although it is nice to wake up to, I wouldn't trust it to wake me up in time for work. In contrast to the Lumie I had the alarm comes on very quiet and gets louder, so it doesn't give you that shock of waking up to. The light generally wakes me up just before the alarm comes on, and you can vary the intensity of the light you want to wake up to as well. This takes a few nights to get set at the right level, I find 18 is just right for me.

        There is also a sunset mode which works well, the light starts off at whatever level you have it on and you can set the time for how long it takes to go off. I really do find this helps me to fall asleep.

        The best advantage over the Lumie is that this alarm clock has a radio. I do find this a real advantage. Another point it has over the lumie is that it has a "snooze" function, which I missed on the Lumie.

        This alarm clock is really great to wake up to. I have really noticed the difference, even over a Lumie. I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to get up; whereas before I would have a bit longer after my alarm, now I get up as soon as it goes off. It also acts as the only lamp and radio in my bedroom too. I highly recommend it!

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          21.02.2012 10:15
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          The Philips Wake-up Light - A Perfect Way to Start the Day!

          During the winter months with their short dark days, I had been finding it a little difficult as of recent years to remain fully awake at all times during the day. I started to find myself feeling very tired in the mornings alongside feeling like I needed to hybernate for about a two hour period of time when I got in from work every night. The near constant dark in my home was also beginning to wear on me and start to make me feel a bit down. I just had no energy when I got in. I had been complaining about this to my husband for a while so for Christmas he bought me a wonderful present. The Philips Wake-Up Light. I have loved it ever since!

          The Philips Wake-up Light is a light alarm clock to help wake you up in a more natural way in the morning. You can set the time you want to be awake for and then gradually over 30 minutes up until the set time, the light starts to come on, growing in intensity until it wakes you up. You can set the intensity you wish the light to go to, with the highest setting being 20. I have my light set on 20 and I find myself starting to wake up usually when it gets to around 17 on the intensity.

          As a fail safe, incase you are worried that the light might not wake you up alone, there are also varying alarm sounds like bell chimes, jungle noises, alarm sounds and birds tweeting. I have mine set on the birds tweeting and on the occasional day where the light does fail to wake me up alone, the birds work. If you are a person who doesn't wake up with natural light in the summer, as I know that it doesn't work for everyone, I would suggest that perhaps this product wouldn't be the right one for you.

          There is also a digital FM Radio in the Wake-Up Light alarm clock which you can just turn on and off when you fancy or you can set that as your wake up alarm sound as well if that is the kind of thing you like.

          You can use the Wake-Up Light as a normal bedroom lamp. I have actually completely replaced the lamp on my bedside table with this and it is perfect for reading with. You can change the intensity of the light to suit your needs. One thing that is worth mentioning is that if you change the intensity of the light whilst you are using it as a lamp, it changes the intensity that it will reach to wake you up in the morning so always set it back to the right intensity before you go to sleep. You can also set the light to turn off after a certain amount of minutes in incriments of 15 after you have turned it on. It gradually dims over this time until eventually turning off. I find this particularly nice to fall asleep to. I usually set it for 30 mins and I am usually asleep before the light goes out.

          The Philips Wake-Up Light is extremely easy to use to the point that I barely had to flip through the instructions the first time I used it. The top dial adjusts the light intensity, the middle dial adjusts the settings like the alarm noise and the bottom dial is for the radio. These are all very easy to use. You turn the alarm on and off and can set it to snooze etc with the switch at the bottom. To change the time you want the alarm to come on, you just flip the switch so the alarm is on and then use the middle "settings" dial to adjust the time.

          The Wake-Up Light itself is very attractive. It is basically just a light globe, with the dials on one side. The clock display with the time is clearly displayed at the bottom so you can use it as an ordinary clock as well. You can change the intensity of the clock display so it doesn't disturb your sleep by being too bright. It is really well made and solid feeling. Looks and feels like a really good quality product. The Wake-Up Light is not so huge that it takes up all the space on your bedside table. It is actually a really nice size. It takes up about as much space as an A5 piece of paper would. It just looks very attractive and modern in general.

          The Philips Wake-Up Light really has worked very well for me. It is so lovely waking up in a more natural way in the winter. It has made me feel much more awake in the morning and it isnt such a shock to the system as waking up to a horrible loud alarm is. In the summer I always wake up naturally as the sun rises so this made perfect sense to me. It's obvious I would not have had a problem waking up using this product. I am also feeling much better in the evenings as well now. I am not nearly as tired as I was before and my energy levels and general sense of well being are much better. I will continue to use this product throughout the lighter months as the sound alarm is a useful backup if I'm having one of those days where I forget to wake up. Plus it makes an excellent bedside lamp.

          The Wake-Up Light costs anywhere from about £100-£130, depending on if it is on offer at the time and where you buy it from. I think it is well work the money. At full price, £130.00 is not alot of money to pay for something that is such excellent quality and that does so much for you, especially for people suffering from SAD and struggling to get up in the winter months.

          Overall I give the Philips Wake-Up Light a 10/10. I cannot really think of anything negative to say about it, I think it is a fantastic product. It has really changed the way I wake up and feel throughout the winter months. I think it is worth paying out the money for something which works as excellently as this does for.

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            25.06.2011 15:07
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            Great alarm clock which makes waking up a little bit gentler.

            Introduction:

            Before I bought this product, I wasn't really actively searching for an alarm clock. Initially, I read about this product in an online magazine which recommended this device as something which could help with early-morning wake-ups, especially in Winter. As my job sometimes requires early morning starts on varying days, I can find it quite difficult to wake-up naturally. I had always used traditional alarm clocks but their sudden, harsh beeping isn't a great way to be woken up out of a deep sleep!

            There are other similar concept alarm clocks on the market but to be honest, they all look a little on the cheap side and a bit plasticy. This particular alarm ticked both the design and functionality boxes for me, so despite the high price tag, I thought it would be worth the money. After reading some positive reviews about this type of product and the device itself, I decided to splash out and give it a go.


            General Usage:

            In terms of design, this alarm clock is extremely eye-catching. The smooth, curved shape of the velvet-like casing will sit nicely in any style of room - whether it be modern, contemporary or classic. Some reviewers have complained about the style - but I'm not quite sure what they were expecting!? In an alarm clock market filled with tacky themed devices and boring LCD screens surrounded with plastic - this alarm clock certainly could win the award for 'Most Aesthetically Pleasing'. Others have complained about its size - Yes, it is bigger than a standard alarm clock, but then it is more than just a clock - it also can function equally well as a bedside lamp and a radio. With three bedside devices crammed into one, you actually can end up saving a lot of space!

            The LED display for the clock shines through the translucent casing in a nice way and appears more tasteful than the standard jumbo LCD displays you will find on most generic alarm clocks.

            Navigating the menu of the clock isn't as simple as it could be but with only three buttons on the side of the clock, it was never going to be easy. Still, after a little bit of practice, navigating through the options becomes easy, although tedious. Setting an alarm soon becomes second nature and the rolling buttons mean you can easily scroll to the correct hour and minute without having to press a button furiously.

            When navigating the menu, flashing icons appear (as if by magic) on the casing of the device and let you see the feature you are adjusting. A number of settings can be adjusted - including time (obviously), alarm sound, LED brightness etc. All useful features and all easily adjusted. The LED icons also appear on the device when they are activated - letting you see if the alarm has been set.

            With this alarm, you have a choice of a number of sounds to be woken up by including birds, drums (no that's not a misprint), chimes, the radio or some other strange sounding instrument. My personal favourite is the birds. The alarm can be set so that the noise of the birds gradually is introduced as your set alarm time approaches. The sound is lifelike and can actually be quite soothing. Still, the birds are loud enough to easily awake and prompt you to get up.

            The secondary feature of this clock is the light. This light serves two basic functions: Firstly, the light can be used as part of the alarm system where you can set the light to gradually increase in brightness until it is fully turned on at your alarm time. While this isn't enough to wake you up on its own, I have noticed myself gradually awakening as the light nears the maximum brightness. Secondly, the light can be used as a...erm...light. The light produced is very soft and dispersed but is more than good enough to be used as a bedside lamp. The strength of the light can be adjusted or dimmed using one of the scroll buttons on the side.

            The third function of this device is the radio. While you can't expect world-beating sound quality, the radio produces a reasonable sound and is perfect if you like waking up with the radio in the morning. Sound is provided by a single speaker hidden away at the back of the device while an wired antenna is also supplied if you need to get that little extra bit of signal.

            In terms of reliability, this clock hasn't let me down once. I've owned it now for around a year and a half and the light is still going strong.


            Conclusion:

            Some people expect this type of alarm clock to wake them up feeling refreshed and younger. It won't. What it will do though is make waking up a little bit nicer, gentler and perhaps easier.

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              09.04.2011 18:38
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              Not recommended.

              The Philips Wake Up light was, to my knowledge, the first of this sort of alarm clocks to come on the market, which was designed to mimic the sunrise by slowly lighting the room leading up to the time you've set your alarm for, and thereby supposedly help you off to a better start in the day. When it first came on the market it was ridiculously expensive at close to 100 pounds. My partner of course being a gadget lover he had to have one, so I have now had several years of experience with this very pricey alarm clock.

              I should start by saying that we've never had any trouble with the alarm being unreliable. It's good to know that even with all the bells and whistles the minimum function does actually work. We have the alarm set to a radio station and I like the way that the volume comes on very soft at first and gradually gets a bit louder - this prevents what sometimes used to happen with my last radio alarm clock where the music would happen to come on just at the moment of a massive drum solo or brass section piece in the song. That can be rather a shock!

              So, as a radio alarm clock it's good, but what's with the light? The light does come on reliably as well, the problem is, for me, it really does not make the slightest bit of difference to my mood or energy levels. Even in winter when it's still dark outside, having a light slowly go on next to the bed does not make me feel more awake when the alarm finally rings. Even some times if the light actually wakes me before the alarm, it's not that I then feel fresh and alert or am happy to have been woken up, I am just annoyed that I missed out on those precious few extra minutes of sleep! So really the concept of this whole light/alarm thing seems to be a failure with me. My boyfriend says he likes it, but frankly he's not much of a ray of sunshine when he wakes up in the morning either, so I can't say I've noticed that it has really helped him either.

              I do have a couple of other gripes with it too. You can of course use the unit as a normal light in the evenings or whenever. I actually quite like the light it gives, which is quite a soft glow but is bright enough to read by at the highest setting. You can dim the light very smoothly right down to complete darkness as well, which is good. BUT, when I am lying in bed at night reading with the light on, I am often bothered by the indistinct humming that the light makes! It is noticeable although doesn't sound like a malfunction or antyhing, it's obviously just part of the machine.

              The other problem is the LED numbers on the front showing the time, they have become significantly darker over time and now in daylight they really can't be seen at all on our unit, just a couple of years after buying it. That is really annoying.

              Plus, the way that the two main control dials are set on the side of the machine I often click the wrong one to turn the light on or off and then there seems to be no way to just click the right one and that's it, you have to wait for the menu that was brought up by clicking the first dial to disappear before you can click the right one. Not a big thing but it annoys me.

              So, all in all, at the current price of around 50 pounds - a lot more reasonable than what we paid - I suppose it's not a bad thing to have next to your bed as it does do a few things reasonably well. But personally, since I am also not a major fan of how the unit looks, I certainly wouldn't buy another one and don't particularly love the one we have. In my opinion a good clock radio and a normal bedside light is a better combination, and will probably be quite a bit cheaper, especially as if you are considering buying this you probably already have a bedside lamp!

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              14.02.2011 08:52
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              Philips HF3475/01 Wake-Up Light

              Who doesn't' have always or sometimes trouble with waking up? Everybody sometimes, I think. With a regular alarm clock or clock radio, it's like getting a shock in the morning and not really waken up feeling relaxed. Philips has found a solution, a wake up light. It is a clock radio that even goes of before you really need to wake up, very gently with a light turning on. The light is getting stronger by the minute, so you slowly awakened on a more natural way. Like sleeping outside.

              General Information
              Brand Name: Philips
              Product Name: Wake Up Light
              Kind of alarm clock: Wake up with light and sound
              Website: www.philips.com

              It looks nothing like an alarm clock, it's more a modern lamp. I think the shape has a bit of our kettle ... There's like 2 meters of cable, so you do not always have to place him near an outlet. This clock radio can also be used as a reading light. There are several functions on the device;

              * Adjustable brightness to 250 lux. The higher the intensity, the better most people wake up.
              * 4 Nature sounds and FM radio. The selected sound begins quietly, after 1 ½ minutes, the sound reaches the preset level. The four nature sounds that are standard are birds singing in the woods, cows, cuckoo and a relaxing yoga music.
              * The device has a USB input, so you can add new sounds (downloadable at www.philips.com) or you can listen to your own MP3 files.
              * It can be used as a reading light and has 20 different light intensities.
              * Zzz function. It also has a dusk simulation feature, in which light and sound gradually decreases, so you can fall away quietly in your sleep. You can set this from 15 minutes to 2 hours.

              It is possible for two different alarm times. 30 minutes before you really need to be awaken, a very soft light starts to shine and this way you slowly but surely are starting to wake up. At the set time then there is the gentle sound/music. Setting the time and alarm function is very simple.

              Specifications
              - Simulated sunrise: 0-30 minutes
              - Light intensity dimmer: 0-250 Lux
              - Adjustable simulation of sunrise: 20-40 minutes
              - Brightness Settings: 20
              - Snooze button for sound: 9 minutes
              - Alarm test function available
              - Two different alarm times set
              - 4verschillende wake-up sounds
              - Digital FM Radio
              - USB connector
              - Audio Files: MP3, WMA
              Weight and dimensions:
              - 25.2 high by 17 cm (diameter)
              - Weight 1.45 kg

              Waking up with this clock / lamp really become a lot less worse. I hate being woken up by a sudden loud noise next to me and this way I'm feeling more relaxed and at ease. I love now when I wake up slowly that before you even have to stand up you already getting awake but you know you don't have to stand up yet. You notice the light and then suddenly the music goes on. Sometimes I even stand up now before the music but I selected the birds in the woods sound and it always makes me smile now. It's just funny to wake up in your room with birds singing. I haven't downloaded any new sounds yet, so there might be some other great sounds.

              I do believe it's important the way we stand up in the morning and it influence the way we feel during the way. I for example never felt awake until I had a cup of coffee and I do notice now a difference that I feel more active when I stand up. It's does really feel more natural to stand up this way. I never have used the Zzz function, because well I never had trouble fallen a sleep. The only problem I had first is that the Wake up light doesn't come cheap and costs around 60 to 80 pounds but now I can honestly say it's worth it.

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                07.02.2011 03:34
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                Be woken by lights and Birds Tweeting for more than £50!

                I was given this product to try through Toluna as one of their test products and have to admit in comparison to some products that i've received this was a hell of a product to test. It is billed as a wake up for you which is much more healthy than the usual alarm ringing and putting you in a very bad mood from your first moments.

                This is a natural light alarm clock, meaning that you are woken up by natural light, I have to admit that from a young age I always slept with my curtains open so I could see the star's, so this isn't a particularly new idea for me, it's actually something people have done since the dawn of time, but nowadays we need some piece of technology to help us do what we have always done.

                When the alarm goes off in the morning, the light comes on and brightens over 30 seconds, this is fine for me as I sleep above the duvet, but for real heavy sleepers who hide under the duvet or people too far from their alarms they may not get too much effect from this.

                I like the light personally as i'm not allowed to sleep with curtains open anymore, what I really like are the sounds used to wake you up. You can have the sounds of the sea, the jungle, wind chimes or birds tweeting (Which again seems fairly pointless as most people get this for free), as well as your traditional bleeping or a radio. For me being woken by the sounds of crashing waves is beautiful, it's fantastic and for me, once I started to get into a routine of using this clock, the sounds really chilled me out, whilst the light woke me without my usual anger at life for taking me from my most relaxing moments.

                This is a big flashy bit of kit, it's not compact or designed to be moved about, it's not pretty, it has a big LCD Display in orange with the usual alarm clock buttons and a large light which is the area which will revolutionise your waking habits. It does look a bit fake, however, the one thing I decided from the first moments of using this product was that when I wake up in the morning I never stop to think about how good my alarm clock looks, in fact my favourite alarm clock was in a football, meaning that when it went off you could pick it up and throw it. Thus with lesson learned, this could look terrible and I wouldn't care so long as it was effective.

                The alarm clock can be run from two batteries or from a plug, which means that if you did find this light alarm clock indispensable and you had space, you could take it on travels with you.

                The instructions booklet gives advice on how light therapy can give you more energy and make your life much better, it also provides evidence of how this has been clinically proven to be effective. There is a variable volume to allow you to quietly be woken, or for something a bit more extravagant, and

                Members of my family have looked at this item, but I have recommended that it's probably better to spend your money on something you really need, this won't change your life, its pleasant, but it hasn't given me the energy it claims, it doesn't work out as good value in my mind as I wake up in a better frame of mind, but could have bought a cd of relaxing sounds for my old £9.99 alarm clock and set this to go off every morning.

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                  A great multi=purpose unit

                  This rather minimalistic, space-age looking device is an alarm clock, FM radio and bedside lamp all rolled into one. It has been very well thought out. There are scroll buttons on the side for setting the timings and the intensities of both sound and light, and of course for choosing an FM radio station to listen to.

                  The alarm sounds are varied and there is something for everyone, from your favourite radio station, through to a stimulating start courtesy of an African drum, wind chimes, beeps, and birdsong. At your pre-set time in the morning...or evening if you're that way inclined, your chosen sound begins to emit softly, growing louder gradually until you press snooze or deactivate the alarm. The light also comes on, having gradually also been building up a manner similar to sunlight.

                  As a sufferer of seasonal affective disorder, winter is a time where due to lack of sunlight early in the morning, I'm often sluggish and lethargic and struggle to get out of bed; I really think that this will make a big difference to me when that dreaded time of year creeps in.

                  You can use this device as a radio, playing constantly, and also as a bedside lamp; it goes up to a light intensity of 20, although I was happy with the level of light given at the 12 level. You can even choose three different brightness settings for the small LED time display on the front of the unit.

                  Overall, a very useful and now essential piece of kit, although it is rather too plain looking for my liking. In fact, if I was to suggest any recommendation, other than wishing AM radio was available also, I'd love to be able to choose the colour, although then again, this would probably defeat the object of the light emissions, given that they're meant to resemble natural daylight.

                  Posted originally on Amazon (same username).

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                    Borrow someone elses before you shell out for your own

                    I received this a couple of Christmases ago from my wife, as she knows how I feel each morning. The marketing blurb promises life changing effects, so of course I was very happy to receive it. Now I have more trouble getting off to sleep and staying that way than waking up generally, but I was willing to see if it would improve any aspect of my life.

                    As others have said before me, it's not the most attractive alarm clock, it's big and plasticy - which for the price seems odd. There's a big orange LCD display (about 5 cm high), some buttons and knobs on a silver base, and a rather large light hood. I'd expected Philips to have put more energy into making it look the bees knees, if we are expected to have it by our bed for the next god knows how many years - after all an alarm clock shouldn't be something that you replace as often as your mobile.

                    It's mains operataed, but also has a back up battery in case of power failure or if you want to move it around occasionally - at least you don't have to set it again. Not that setting it is a pain anyway, it's simple enough. Being mains operated means that it gives off a electrical noise, which on mine can at times be annoying.

                    The whole point of the unit is to wake you up as naturally as possible, by emulating the rising of the sun - gradually increasing the brightness of the lamp, over a period of 30 minutes. This of course only works if you are facing the lamp - and if like me your head is somewhere under the duvet, it's not going to have that much effect. The right kind of light therapy should increase your energy levels and let you wake up in tip top condition. In fact according to Philips, the product is clinically proven by a number of bods who should know what they are talking about. The idea is there, in an ideal world it might actually work for some people. Not for me. One size doesn't fit all.

                    I do like the wake up noises - the birds, the seashore and the pond sounds. In fact right now we have birds outside (we live next to woodland) which sounds the same as the effect in the unit. At times we have thought the alarm was going off, but it was real birds outside. For this reason I tend to select the seashore, as the real sea is 5 mins away from us but we can't hear it from here.... For those who actually like the traditional beep beep sound, it is here too. Alternatively wake up to the radio station of your choice.

                    The radio and light can be operated at any time, without waiting for the alarm to go off. You can change the brightness of the light and volume of the radio to suit your mood.

                    There's not a huge amount more to say, it's reasonably easy to use but you do need two hands to change settings, as it tends to slide off the bedside cabinet otherwise - despite the antislip feet. The buttons are a bit clunky too, so you need to press them quite hard.

                    Is it worth the price? Depends on what you can pick it up for. The RRP is somewhere in the region of £100, which I think unless you know it's going to improve your morning energy levels - is a bit steep. For me, it's just an expensive alarm clock.

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                    21.05.2010 07:28
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                    A really effectiveunit for helping people who are not naturally morning people

                    I've always been the type of person who never had an alarm clock of any kind and just used the alarm on my phone to wake me up. Now I can't sleep with any kind of light in my room it has to be pitch black so my curtains are always closed to block the street lights and I noticed that especially in the dark mornings when I would get up I still felt tired and was always groggy. As this has been the case for years I never really thought anything of it but when a friend told me about the Philips wake up light she had bought and the difference it had made to her morning routine I decided I had nothing to lose (well except the money it cost) to get one and give it a try. Now my cupboards are full of the latest gadgets I buy thinking they will improve my life and 9 times out of ten I go back to the more simpler way I was doing things before but I'm pleased to say that this is one gadget I am pleased I invested in.

                    The Philips wake up light basically works by gradually preparing your body for wakening up during the last half hour of sleep by gradually intensifying the light it omits to reach the optimum level to trick your body into thinking it is wakening up to a sunny morning. Once the light is at the brightness you set the alarm then goes off but instead of shocking you out of a deep sleep like a traditional alarm does the light has prepared your body for wakening and you wake up feeling refreshed and invigorated like you have had a good night's sleep.

                    The alarm itself can be set to match your mood, if you feel like wakening up to the sounds of birds it has this option along with African jungle and wind chimes. It also has the traditional beeping noise and for those that prefer to wake up to their favourite radio station you can pre tune it to go off as your alarm. The alarms all start at a gradual sound level getting louder until they reach the maximum level of sound you have selected. Apparently the gradual increase in volume helps to not shock your body.

                    A few people have reported problems with their wake up light such as the bulb breaking even though it is supposed to last for 7 years but I have had no problems with mine touch wood. There are some problems I have with the basic design though for one its pretty big and cumbersome and I find it hard to get the radio to the station I want but I normally choose the birds singing anyway as I find this to be the most relaxing way to wake up so that's not really a problem for me but may be for others. The unit can also be used as a lamp for reading which is good as it's rather bulky so I now no longer have a lamp on my bedside table and just use the wake up instead.

                    I would definitely recommend the wake up light to everyone I can't imagine anyone who has to be up early in the dark mornings not absolutely loving it and I personally wouldn't be without mine now.

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                      05.04.2010 02:14
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                      Such a great product to wake up refreshed to start the day.

                      I used to always wake up to an alarm the bleeped continuously, constantly snoozing the alarm over and over again. I always woke up in a really bad mood every morning. A friend of mine bought the The Philips HF3475/01 Wake Up Light with Radio Alarm, so I asked to borrow it for a few days. Reluctantly she did, and now I am a proud owner of one, and gone are the days of having really bad Neanderthal mornings.

                      Basically the light wakes you up naturally. You set the alarm for say 06:45 and half an hour before, the light gradually increases before the time that you have set to wake up. It some how effects your hormones and prepares your body to wake you up naturally, as the 300 LUX light falls on to your eyes. The Philips light alarm has a digital FM radio, 4 natural wake up sounds, and can be used at night so you can read in bed. I programme mine so if I fall asleep the light and radio will switch off.

                      To be honest I don't think much of the 4 natural sounds, to me they are a bit naff and seem to repeat and are not very relaxing, but that is just my opinion. Apart from that minor problem I now wake up before the set time, but I wake up with a spring in my step. I feel so refreshed, and no longer wake up with the grumps. It is am amazing product and every opportunity I have, I am always telling people about it because it is so good. If your the type of person that struggles to get up in the morning, then go out and buy this light alarm clock. It is well worth the price and is not to expensive.

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                      06.03.2010 23:16
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                      Recommend the concept but not the actual product

                      Neither my husband nor I are what you were term 'morning people.' In fact, we both hate getting up and weekdays had turned into a battle of 'whose -turn-is-it-to -play-grown-up- and-turn-on-the-light-and-insist-we-must-get-up.' So when I saw an advert for the Philips wake-up light it felt like my dreams were being answered (literally.) It promises to wake you gently, lighting up your room 'naturally' so you start the day feeling more alert. Four months on, has it lived up to its promise?


                      First impressions

                      On removing from the box it looked quite modern with no sharp angles. It was also bigger than I imagined (actual dimensions 30cm by 20cm by 13.5cm) - which is actually not that big, but definitely more imposing than your average alarm clock. On plugging it in the time glowed on the front near the base. Or rather it didn't, as you obviously had to set the time yourself. Which turned out to be quite a battle as the instruction manual is long and the controls on the side (2 turning knobs which also press in like buttons, and one lever) were surprisingly fiddly.


                      Initial playing

                      Initial playing revealed a variety of possible sounds to wake up to, ranging from Africian jungle to chimes to your local radio station. Quality of the preset sounds was good, quality of the radio station was... well, lets just call it 'nolsalgic' for the pre-digital age. The light could be altered from power 0 through to 20, with 20 easily bright enough to read by. My initial playing did not get further than this, and still hasn't, on account of me getting bored of the fiddly controls.


                      Day-to-day use

                      I'm delighted to report that the wake-up light does exactly what it says on the box, ie wake you up. And it does indeed do it gently, and I must conceed that since starting to use it morning harmony between myself and my better half has become a frequent rather than rare occurrence. We both tend to be woken up by the light around ten minutes before the sounds start, but this has suited us well. Waking to a bright room just makes getting up so much easier.


                      And to the bad points...

                      Firstly, the price. Its not cheap, even on special offer its at least £60, and usually its double that. Secondly, the buttons. The two 'turn wheels' that double as buttons require you to use both hands to use else you just end up pushing the whole clock across the surface. Also, it may just be me but I find it disconcertingly easy to alter the actual time when I'm just trying to alter the alarm time. Thirdly, it would be no good at all if you were sharing the room with someone who gets up at a different time as unlike a conventional alarm it wakes you up rather too well so going back to sleep would be quite difficult. Which is actually also one of its best points.


                      Conclusions

                      I'd definitely never go back to a normal alarm after using this, but am more a fan of the concept than the actual product, which if I'm honest I find poorly designed. Its too expensive an investment for me to buy another and its good enough, but if I was buying one from new again I think I'd seriously look at the alternatives.

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                        Does exactly what it's supposed to

                        I had been thinking about buying one of these lights for ages but putting it off on the grounds that it seemed to be a crazy price to pay for an alarm clock. Amazon came to my rescue with a half price sale and I bit the bullet. Taking the light out of the box, it doesn't feel very sturdy and nor is it particularly attractive. There is a quick user manual (in addition to the full manual) that explains the basic controls for the clock, light and alarm settings, so it is easy to set up - I had my alarm set for the next day within a couple of minutes. The following morning I was gently awoken by the alarm - a selection of alarm sounds can be chosen - none of them harsh buzzers - or the radio - and the light had obviously done the trick because I felt immediately able to get up - rather than having to keep hitting snooze and struggle. The one down side is that my wife smetimes finds it too effective and wakes up when the light has been on for only five minutes and so is quite dim! I also use the lamp as a reading light, for which it is excellent - very bright, although it is easy to change the light setting when switching on and off. While the product doesn't look or feel premium, it does exactly what it's supposed to and therefore I can't fault it for value.

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                          05.01.2010 19:03
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                          If you want it then get it now!

                          The Wake-Up Light with Radio Alarm is an alarm clock which wakes you up with a gradually increasing, natural looking light, in addition to a choice of sounds such as birdsong, African jungle sounds, soft chimes or beeping.

                          This is a high quality product that does exactly what it says on the box, just as you would expect from Philips.

                          I like the fact that with this lamp you are able to adjust almost everything - the light intensity, the brightness of the LCD display, the sound you wake up to, etc. It allows you to make it perfect for you.

                          However I am not keen on hearing the radio or bird song first thing - I would personally rather hear my own music, and if this applies to you too then it may be worth you paying the little extra for the Wake-Up Light with Ipod Dock that Philips are releasing very soon.

                          Obviously it is more natural for our bodies to be awoken by the sunrise, rather than a beeping, jolting alarm, and so it's no surprise that a light like this has a positive effect. If you are normally sluggish, overtired or irritable in the mornings then you may find this a big help and I can't imagine there are many people who wouldn't like this gentle wake up.

                          (However if you suffer from SAD, although this may provide a bit of assistance, you will most likely be best off with a specialised lamp designed to tackle the problem with a larger spectrum of light. This appliance doesn't claim to cure or help SAD though!)

                          I must say though that though this is a pretty effective light, it is quite unattractive. It has a sort of clunky, 80s look to it. I would think it would appeal more to men than women. It is also quite a bit bigger than it looks on the box. If possible I would recommend you view one before buying it, as it's certainly not a cute addition to a girly bedroom like mine!

                          The RRP of this light is £130 but it is currently selling for the excellent price of £66.66 on Amazon.co.uk so if you fancy one then now is a good time to act!

                          (updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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                          Short name: Philips HF3475/01