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BioBrite Sunrise Clock Advanced Model Charcoal

3.7 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • Gradual sunrise wakes you up gently and naturally
  • Gradual sunset gives your body the signal to wind down, helping you to fall asleep sleep
  • Optional backup beeper and power failure backup for reassurance
  • Dimmable bedside lamp for reading or soft lighting
  • Intelligent LCD display fades to very low level when you want to sleep

Product Description

The Charcoal SunRise Clock is derived from medical research on light and human behavior. In the early morning, the biological clock is sensitive to low intensity light. So, waking to a slowly increasing light can result in a smoother, more natural transition to wakefulness. It features an audible back-up alarm, the ability to set dawn and dusk cycles of 15, 30, 60, or 90 minutes, fade to nightlight, adjustable display brightness and more. Comes with hand made opal glass globe. One year manufacturer�s warranty.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 7 inches ; 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00196LFIU
  • UPC: 666142886300 798304138115
  • Item model number: 88630
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,138 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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We've had this for about a year now. I always have had trouble waking in the mornings. This helps a lot. We don't need to use any other alarms or even the "beep" function. By the time the light is halfway up, we're pretty much awake. (As long as no one succumbs to the urge to turn it down again mid-way!) Using the sunset function works well for limiting the length of bedtime story reading and transitioning from stories to sleep for the kids.

My only quibble is the quality of this lamp/clock. When we first got it, the light would flicker or strobe unexpectedly. Time and tinkering seemed to fix it. The white noise function barely works. It only comes on when the light is on, if I screw around with it, and goes off when the light does. There's no separate control for it, nor a volume control. I wish that were separate. Is it just me, or doesn't it seem counter-intuitive to have the white noise only run when the light is ON? It doesn't come back on when the sunrise function begins, either.

The clock also runs consistently fast. Every few weeks I have to adjust it as the time grows ten or more minutes ahead.

We like it a lot, but there are a lot of foibles to contend with for the price.
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I only wish I had purchased my sunrise lamp years ago; I love it! While it took me a couple of mornings to get the lamp and alarm settings exactly how I need them, it is so nice to wake up more easily and in a better mood. Programming the light is fairly simple, but one thing to remember is that the light will turn itself off about 15 minutes after the set wake up time. I found that extending the wake up sequence from 30 to 60 or 90 minutes made a big difference. My husband and I both have to get up early and it's always dark in the winter; our sunrise lamp really does make getting up easier and we both agree that we are actually happy instead of grumpy when we get up. We no longer need to set our audible alarms as we naturally wake with the lamp.
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Here are my 3 issues with this:

1. Low quality design and construction. As soon as you take it out of the box you wonder why you paid so much for it. It looks like it was spray painted by a child and the buttons are flimsy.

2. It is tedious to use. There are only 3 buttoms to use all of the features(not including the alarm on/off button). Just to set the time, you have to go through a menu with one button until you get to the time set mode and then you can only increment/decrement one minute at a time (no hour incrementing). Major pain in the ass.

3. It doesn't work. I was really excited about having this clock. I was so sick of waking up to the beep-beep-beep of my old alarm clock, and this seemed like it was going to make my whole day better. Unfortunately, the "sunrise" hasn't woken me up once, and I still wake up to the beep-beep-beep of it's backup alarm everyday. And I'm a very light sleeper.

I wish I had something good to say about this, but I don't. For me it was a lot of money for something that works no better than the cheap alarm clock I've had for 10 years. At least on the old one I could set the time very easily.
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Low quality, controls are not intuitive. Light was erratic--some mornings it went from off to full brightness in a matter of seconds, other mornings it came on full brightness an hour before the alarm. One bright spot--the vendor (TrueSun) gave me no problems about returning the light.
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I was so frustrated with the first clock we received. I had the clock for 1 week and it did not work once. I set it for 5am and at 4:30am instead of starting a gradual brightening of the room, it would immediately start at full brightness and then progress to dim, before strobing. Not the way I want to wake up!

I contacted customer service and the woman asked me (in a rude manner) if I had held in the Program button while I was plugging in the light. I told her of course not. She told me I should have. This was not in the manual anywhere! I tried doing that and was woken up again the next day at 4:30am to immediate full light. I waited 3 days to hear back from the company via email about what to do with this product. They said I could ship it to them (at my expense) and have it serviced.

Thankfully, we bought it from Amazon, and not the company, or we would have had difficulty returning it for a working model. We have since received a new one, and this one works fine. As long as you don't get a defective clock, it is a nice thing to have, but save yourself the hassle and buy it from Amazon, rather than Biobrite.
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I had a Soleil Sunrise clock before this and it was just a night light. The BioBrite is a 60 watt bulb--a real light. I also love the other features:

* Dimmable bedside light for reading or soft lighting

* Security option so light comes on at random intervals from 4-11pm as if the house is occupied

* Nightlight option

* LCD display fades to low level when it is in night mode

I have the one with white noise and it is wonderful.
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Wish it was a bit cheaper - would buy two. For the relatively low (but robust) technology used in this product (a clock, some timers, a small display, and a simple bulb and a dimmer) the price is really high- it should be priced at maybe 60% less of what it is (say $50) and a lot more people will buy it. Hopefully the prices will drop :-)

Besides the price part, it works fine and really does help the person I gave it to sleep earlier and better.

Another potential issue might be that the bulb does not have a standard socket size- not sure how much Biobrite will charge to replace it, or if it will be available in a regular store.
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