Philips Wake-Up Light (HF3520/01) Review

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Product Overview Testing Verdict

Featuring both an FM radio and a more natural way of waking you up in the morning, the Philips Wake-Up Light could be a great addition to any bedroom. Philips state that a unique combination of light therapy and sound will make is easier to get out of bed and start your day. However, with a suggest retail price of £130, is it worth the money?

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Philips are a company well known for their audio products and also light products, so I suppose it only makes sense to try and combine them together.

The Wake-Up Light simulates a sunrise gradually over a 30 minute period, before your actual wake-up time, until your room is filled with bright yellow light. Philips state that this process stimulates your body to wake up more naturally than if you’re used to an annoyingly loud alarm on your phone – like I, and many other, normally do. A sunset feature is also available for when you go to bed.

As well as the bright natural light, the Wake-Up Light can also play some natural sounds at the time you set to wake up. The five different sounds are a bird song, birds in the forest, zen garden, gentle piano and seaside sounds. They’re all fairly calm and relaxing.

If nature sounds aren’t really your thing, then you can also be woken up with your favourite radio station.

The design of the Wake-Up Light is quite simplistic. It sports a white colour scheme and features a display on the front, with the actual Wake-Up Light situated above it. Below the display are a selection of buttons for setting the alarms, volume and changing the radio station.

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Around the outer edge of the light you’ve got a few buttons. Starting on the right we’ve got an alarm button, some brightness adjusters for the lamp, volume controls for the radio / alarm, another alarm button and then the snooze button on the right.

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Moving around to the rear of the Wake-Up Light we have the radio speaker, power port and the FM radio antenna.

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Four rubber feet on the underside of the light stop it from moving around on your bedside table.

Verdict

Overall, from my time with the Philips Wake-Up Light, my experience has been good. I can safely say that having the light slowly build up in the morning, alongside some soothing natural sounds, did provide a much more natural wake-up experience compared to the harsh sound of an iPhone alarm. There are a few areas that could be improved though.

Where the light has the ability to play nature sounds alongside your morning alarm, this is not possible when you use the light of an evening before going to sleep. I’m not overly sure why it wouldn’t be possible to have the nature sounds play at all times, but unfortunately that’s the way it is.

The radio’s lack of ability to set in more than one radio station is also a little disappointing, but as I said earlier it’s not the end of the world as long as you know the frequency of the station you’d like to listen to.

Both the light and audio quality were very impressive. And with Philips being such a leader in both areas, I expected nothing less to be honest. The Wake-Up Light is incredibly well-built and has an extremely clean-looking design that looks great in almost any environment.

However, I’m not overly keen on the £130 cost. There’s a slightly cheaper model for £100, which has a few less features, but these prices just don’t match the product, which at the end of the day is a fancy alarm clock / light combo. There’s no denying that it works extremely well though.

    Pros

  • Great build quality
  • Audio is impressive
  • Wake-Up light feature works well

    Cons

  • Too expensive
  • No ability to remember alarms, once they’ve happened
  • Not possible to have nature sounds playing when in “sunset” mode
8 Stars

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