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Philips HF3480 Wake-up Light

2.3 out of 5 stars 148 customer reviews

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About the Product
  • 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

Product Description

Introducing the new Philips Wake-up Light, a more pleasant and natural way to wake-up in the morning. Light gradually increases for 30 minutes before your wake up time to gently prepare your body to wake up and feel more energetic at the start of your day. With optional FM radio and nature sounds, waking up will be a pleasant experience. Its innovative design includes a light that can be adjusted to 20 different brightness settings, making the product suitable to use as a lamp in any bedroom. At the end of your day, set the dusk simulator to drift you off to sleep by gradually dimming the light and sound.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.7 x 9.1 inches ; 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 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
  • UPC: 075020008985
  • Item model number: HF3480
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,568 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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By Jesse Dylan Watson VINE VOICE on November 4, 2009
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I was actually about to give this a five-star review. Barring a few ease-of-use problems, and things I thought should be customizable but were not, I was immensely satisfied. It would not be an overstatement to say that this unit provided the best wake-ups I'd ever experienced, and in long, dark winters, that's incredibly valuable. A few days ago, that's the review I would have written.

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.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
++++Unhappy Update: The bulb died. I called Philips. The rep sweet talked me; saying I would soon have a replacement lamp and prepaid labels to ship back the dead unit. As the audible alarm still worked, I continued to wake up on time. Sadly, although it is now several weeks later, Philips has not done a thing. Worse yet, the darn thing made me late for work when the audible alarm, without any warning, stopped working. It is disappointing that Philips seems not to stand behind this product.++++

++++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.
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Like many others, my light bulb burnt out within a few months. Rather than send it back and get another one that will burn out just like my last one and wait a few months for the whole process, I took matters into my own hands and started taking it apart.

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).
-Remove cover.
-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.
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