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Avon Sunrise Alarm
Member Name: dizzybrunette
Avon Sunrise Alarm
Date: 11/10/10, updated on 12/10/10 (146 review reads)
Advantages: Great Idea and Price
Disadvantages: Doesn't work properly - had to return 4
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!
Summary: Great idea, would be better if it did what it should do!
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