“ Type: Clocks „
Last year for my birthday my sister surprised me with the present of a Touch Light Clock Radio. I had, for some time, been having trouble with my bedside light because the switch had become extremely stiff. To be honest, I had had it a good while and though it still works perfectly well; it isn't very convenient not being able to get instant light if needed during the night.
I had seen the Steepletone Touch Light Clock Radio advertised and commented on what a good idea it was - having three items combined and therefore taking up less space.
In appearance it rather resembles a mushroom - or toadstool - with the clock and radio housed in the body of the lamp and a rounded shade. The colour is white with silver trimmings - these being the edge of the lampshade and two buttons on the base which are for "light" and "snooze".
The Light: Being a touch light, this is operated either by touching the silver edge of the shade or by the switch (also described as a touch pad). There are three light levels of brightness, each touch making the light increase. The fourth touch will switch it off. I have to say that one of my cats has mastered this operation very well and I have wondered sometimes if anyone walking past might wonder what the flashing light was signalling!
The Clock: Although the clock is mains operated it also has a battery back-up using one AAA battery. As it is also an alarm clock this is useful should there be a power cut. The alarm will either wake you with a "bleeper" - in which case you can also use the "snooze" button - OR it will switch on the radio in which case you can't! I have to admit that I prefer to be woken this way rather than by the traditional alarm. The clock has a very clear face with black figures on a white background. There is also an additional feature of LED lighting which illuminates the face with a red glow in the dark meaning that you don't need to switch on the light to see what time it is.
The Radio: This is an AM/FM radio and is worked with slide controls on the base of the lamp. There is also a headphone socket on the back, although headphones are not included.
Steepletone was founded in 1972 and specialises in retro, nostalgic and novelty radios etc. This item is apparently one of their best sellers. I believe it retails at about £19.99 but, having had mine as a gift I cannot be sure of that.
I do hope that this will be of interest - and I thank you for reading.
3 Light levels controlled by touching the base or rim. Wake to radio or bleeper alarm. 60 Watt SES light bulb. Backlit clock face.