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SOLEIL SUN Alarm Ultima Clock Radio Dawn Simulator

by Soleil

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  • Alarm feature for waking or timing is accompanied with a snooze button
  • The Sun Alarm is equipped with a fully-functional AM/FM radio
  • Easy-to-read digital clock display can be dimmed or used at full brightness
  • Sunrise and Sunset feature
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Soleil
  • Model: SA2008
  • Item Height: 5 inches
  • Item Length: 2.75 inches
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 4.8 x 5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B000O20Q6C
  • Item model number: SA2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,392 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 4, 2004

Product Description

Now known as the Sun Alarm Ultima, this beautiful sunrise alarm clock, with its sleek compact design, digital display, AM/FM radio, snooze button and more, is loaded with very desirable features that allow you to awaken in a variety of ways making it the perfect Dawn Simulator. Though a light simulator alarm clock is excellent for everyone, it is also perfect for people who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which millions of people experience in varying degrees, especially during the darker autumn, winter and early spring months. But even if you never experience S.A.D and you have no need for any type of light therapy, you will LOVE this clock and how it makes you feel when it wakes you up. This new version of the sun clock combines the features of a traditional alarm clock with an even brighter simulated sunrise. The bulb in the new clock is 60% brighter than the original Soleil Sun Alarm. The new version is also gray in color as the original is black. SAME DAY SHIPPING

Customer Reviews

The light is not very bright.
David Kadavy
Better yet, buy a REAL sunrise alarm clock and not this overpriced toy.
Neon Night
The beeping alarm (or radio) wakes you.
Carol Lee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

196 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Neon Night on March 27, 2005
After I managed to break the globe on my beloved Biobrite Sunrise Alarm Clark and was unable to find a replacement, I settled for the Soleil out of desperation and against my better judgment. It looked way too small to wake even a mite and, boy, was I right! "Compact" does not even begin to describe the Soleil's diminutive dimensions. Now, to be fair, if you happen to be a light sleeper in a small space, and you're facing the clock with the bulb aimed squarely at your eyelids, and you happen to respond to its rather anemic glow, then maybe, just maybe, it will wake you up. But if not, you better use the beeper function or late to work you're gonna be. Better yet, buy a REAL sunrise alarm clock and not this overpriced toy.
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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful By David Kadavy on April 10, 2005
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While the features and adjustability of this tiny alarm clock sound enticing, I am regretting my purchase.

The light is not very bright. The radio on it is cheap. I can only faintly pick up my favorite station to wake up to, and since I like to wake up very gradually, and listen to the radio during my morning routine, the fact that this unit shuts off after an hour is not convenient. The sound quality on the radio is also very harsh and tinny - not desirable first thing in the morning.

I would probably return it if the seller weren't going to charge me a 30% restocking fee.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Caleb A. Keller on October 4, 2006
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My wife and I live in the midwest; in the winter the sun doesn't come up until well after 8:00AM. We have a tough time getting up, and thought a dawn simulator might do the trick. Long story short, this one did not. In fairness, I had to give this model 2 stars--but only from an ease-of-use standpoint. It is very easy to master, technically speaking. But in terms of functionality, this thing is a stinker. The "dawn simulator" only emits 96 lumens of light (less than a quarter of what is produced by a forty watt lightbulb). My wife and I weren't "gently awakened" by such a paltry little light (just roll away from it, and it's effectively not even there), so we awoke to the jarring sound of the buzzer every morning. The light is so weak, in fact, that it wasn't even enough to keep us awake! In addition, the digital clock display was so bright that I had to fall asleep facing away from it--it actually cast shadows on the wall! What a shame that the extra intensity couldn't have gone into the main light...

For those with SAD (or who just can't seem to wake up on winter days), I would strongly advise you to purchase a different product. This one just doesn't do the trick.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By That One Guy on November 13, 2009
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This alarm clock is wonderful. My wife hates waking up to my phone vibrating on my night stand, so she thought she'd like a more natural approach, such as a sunrise. I personally didn't think it would be that great, but, it is.

It starts with red light, slowly fading in to bright white light. What would seem merely for aesthetics, maybe underestimated. Red light is much softer on the eyes than white, so a logical gradient between the two would produce a gentle awakening. Plus, waking up due to a light source naturally stimulates the brain (and in turn, the pineal gland) to reduce the amount of melatonin present in the brain. This all translates into a more natural, gentle awakening.

Pros: Gentle awakening
Adjustable sunrise length
Radio built in
Really bright bulb

Cons: My wife turns the radio to country.

Overall, this is a great unit at a great price, given the fact that it wakes up naturally and without the racing heart. If you're a "snoozer" like me and are always setting it half an hour ahead of when you really need up, just simply lengthen the sunrise time.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By E. Ban on September 10, 2005
I own one fo these clocks, and I am shopping for a new one. This clock just isn't bright enough to illuminate my room properly. I dont'wake up. :-(
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. Eseke on November 28, 2005
The Soleil Sunrise Alarm Clock does what is advertises it helps wake you up easier and more alert that a standard alarm clock. The radio does work, but only on strong stations. I also quickly removed the translucent housing over the bulb, doing that allowed the lamp do its job. The clock works best in pitch black where the lamp will light up the whole room.

Is the alarm worth it, if you need to wake up early in the morning, and then Yes.

Could it be better, yes a clear lamp housing, and a better radio would be great additions.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Azouma on September 22, 2005
I have had this alarm clock for several years. I love it. After reading several other reviews, I have to agree that it is smaller and less bright than you might expect/want. It will not light up a whole room. But I have found that if I keep it on a nightstand close to my face, it works perfectly.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carol Lee on November 3, 2009
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I wish I could have shopped for this kind of item in person so you could see how big, how bright, generally how it works.

The light itself doesn't wake you. The beeping alarm (or radio) wakes you. In no way should this product be advertised as "an exciting new way to start the day." The total effect of this item is when you wake up to your alarm, there's a low watt bedside light on in your dark room. That's it. Ok, so you didn't sense the light come on because it was gradual... but the end result is not impressive. Even at the peak of the "sunrise," it doesn't light up the room or make you believe you're waking up to light.

Doesn't seem like the technology in this product is complex enough to warrant the price. I bought a timer for my bedside lamp for $5.99 at my local hardware and will see how it compares.

On the plus side, shipping was speedy and it arrived ahead of schedule. I bought it through amazon.com so I could possibly read reviews and have some confidence about ease of return. Amazon's list price, new, was $77 compared to the Soleil website's listing of $165, which is a laughable price point for what this is.
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