Philips HF3480 Wake-up Light
- Gradually wakes you up by light for a more pleasant feeling
- 20 different brightness settings allows you to use as a bedside lamp
- Optional FM radio and 4 nature sounds
- Dusk simulation helps you drift to sleep by gradually dimming light and sound
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Unfortunately, today, it did not turn on to wake me up. The birds were singing, but the light was off. I was confused. I fiddled with it all morning before the sad truth dawned on me. The built-in light bulb was dead, broken or defective. After a month of use, my wonderful new alarm clock no longer functioned.
As it stands, this is a soulbreaker. I realize these things happen, but, as a reviewer, I have to be honest about it. I don't know how frequently this occurs, but potential buyers should be aware, even if this scores me "unhelpful" votes. I was unable to ascertain how to replace the lighbulb, if it's even possible, or what the cost of such a replacement would be.
I'm saddened and dismayed to have to submit this. I thoroughly enjoyed waking up with this alarm clock, but if its longevity is so brief, I cannot recommend it, and unless that somehow changes, this review will remain, unfortunately, as is.
If I have any luck with Philips tech support and/or replacing the bulb, I will gladly change this review and go back to joyously using the product.
UPDATE: While I was hoping to return with a customer service success story, it's simply not the case. I used Philips appropriate website, described my issue in detail, and gave them all my information. I was told I'd receive a reply within a day, but it's been two, and I've received none.Read more ›
++++Update on June 14, 2010: I've given up on getting a free replacement lamp or bulb. I have to believe Philips is not sending me a new lamp because I got mine through the Amazon Vine program. I really miss the lamp.+++++
The Philips HF3480 promises to wake one gently from a night's sleep. And that's exactly what it does for me. During the 30 minutes before the alarm's set wake-up time, the Philips' lamp gradually increases in brightness, to a user set level, until one simply wakes up with (or without) the help of a pleasing audible alarm.
Out of the box, the unit has a sleek appearance; most unlike a typical alarm clock. For now, the Philips has a home on top of a hard back book on my night stand. As per the instructions, it is about 16 inches from the center of my pillow. Set up was quick and intuitive. 3 function selectors control all lamp's setup functions. By pressing and moving the selectors, one can change light intensity, set the time, and choose one of the audible alarms. It took me less than five minutes to remove the HF3480 from the box, set its functions, and position it on my night stand. The test feature allows one to get a preview of the lamp intensity and alarm volume; allowing one to easily adjust those levels, if necessary.Read more ›
Here is how you replace the light bulb.
-Remove 4 rubber pads on feet and remove 4 screws.
-Try and not break plastic as you start prying the cover apart at the seams(I had to cut mine in one spot above the controls to get it to come off).
-Inside you'll see another white cover, remove the 4 screws and then the cover.
-Remove 4 small screws holding two white brackets that hold the cfl bulb down.
-Remove the two white brackets.
-Remove the metal jacket that covers the cfl bulb.
-Bend two black plastic clips back and start prying bulb off base.
-Use a flathead screwdriver to free the cfl bulb pins from the receptacles on the circuit board.
For installation just go in the reverse order.
The light bulb is a standard CFL 4 pin G24q-3 base, 26W/827.
I found one made by Sylvania at Lowe's for $7. Hopefully the Sylvania bulb lasts longer than the Philips.
From what I understand, CFL bulbs are not meant to be dimmed, they need to be full on or off to get the expected life out of them. I suspect the gradually brightning of the bulb by the alarm clock is what makes the bulb life so short.
The metal jacket that went around the bulb did not fit perfectly over my new bulb so I just clipped the wire and threw it away. The light still works with it removed. The CFL has mercury inside of it so dispose of it accordingly.
Hopefully this helps some other people bring their wake up lights back to life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the lamp initally and then after 3 months the bulb no longer worked. Simple I thought replace the bulb - apparantly not - the bulb cannot be replaced and therefore I have a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sher Zaman
It's not bright enough to be noticeable or effective in waking you up unless perhaps you are sleeping in a windowless roomPublished 3 months ago by LA Buyer
Not as good as the original to which we couldn't change the bulb to, because it's not as bright, but it works.Published 5 months ago by MOI
As many reviews before, at some point in its life spam it stops working. In my case it was not the bulb, which lasted 3 years, it was the system. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Isabel
If items came the way they were described, a lot less heart ache could have been avoided. It's harder to use than I thought. The sounds are amazing when and if it works.Published on February 12, 2014 by Unhappy mommy
I loved this product from the day I bought it until the day it stopped working properly. I purchased on 26 January 2011 and enjoyed all its functionality, daily until 14 January... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Michael Arth
Last year I bought the 3470 model, which (so far) I have been happy with. So I decided to buy a wake-up light for my kids' room, too. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by E. Michael
it's a good idea, but the first one i got didn't work right out of the box. I returned it and got a second one that worked and I loved but the light stopped working within a... Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Michelle DeCourcey