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Works great for me-not anymore
on February 22, 2011
I would give this a 3.5, but I bumped it up to 4. Maybe Oregon Scientific made improvements, because I don't have the problems with the light that others do. But it is a little touchy. If the alarm isn't set right, the light does come on to full brightness for me instead of gradually getting brighter, which I found out while testing it. But when everything is correct, it works perfectly for both the alarm and the sleep mode. I did have a problem with the display not showing the whole radio station number, but it turned out to be a problem with how I had reattached the shade (that's probably the worst thing about it, how hard it is take that darn thing off and put it back on, and how the pressure on the LED is touchy). And when I first started to program the time, etc. and tested it, the bird alarm wouldn't stop, even if I turned on the radio or tried to use a different sound - it just kept going like a broken record. But again, I think I caused it by doing too many test scenarios at once. Thankfully when I pressed the reset button and reprogrammed everything, it was fine and has been working great for the past 2 months. And if something goes really wrong, I'll send it back under the year warranty.
So that said, I absolutely love this alarm. My fiance hates the light, but I feel so much healthier and less groggy all day. It has everything I was looking for - the light of course, dim display setting, nature sounds, motion sensor snooze, and even iPod capabilities, though I wish it were a charger too. The yellow/orange was weird at first and is absolutely unacceptable on the high setting, but on low it is kind of soothing, not like those harsh reds or blues that keep you awake, and it matches the FIOS box :) It's definitely not the best manufacturing though, as is evident by the problems, but if it were it would probably cost like $300 (I would buy that clock if it existed, as long as I never had to buy another). But as it is, I'm happy to have found something that has what I was looking for and that has been working great overall!
Edit 4/1/14: power went out twice yesterday, and it no longer works. It's not a complicated electronic, so I can only assume it's just poor quality. All the other stuff in my house still works fine, including the 20+ year old alarm clocks.