Sunday, October 22, 2006

You cannot escape the brightness

My husband asked for a new alarm clock for his birthday. He wanted one that played C.D.'s, so he could wake up to his music. So off to Walmart I went to find him one. They didn't have a huge selection, but I settled on the Dream Machine by Sony. It had all of the features I wanted, and was within my budget. So I purchased it and gave it to Joe. He was very happy with it, and unwrapped it and set it up right away with the his C.D. So far so good. Until I went to bed that night. I got myself situated, under the covers, hideous machine on my face, etc. and turned out the light. Right away I noticed that the room was not as dark as it usually was. At first I thought maybe I had left the bathroom light on. Until I turned over and realized the light was coming from the alarm clock! It lit up the whole side of the bed. Now this is a problem for me, because I need the room as dark as possible in order to sleep. Not only was it casting quite a bright light, the numbers were huge! Dude, like they were so big I'm pretty sure even somebody classified as legally blind would be able to read them. Ridiculously huge. Here's a picture. The picture doesn't adequately display how huge they are. They are one and a half inches tall!(Yeah, I measured. So what? I may or may not have too much time on my hands) . I tried turning it away from the bed. I could still see the light. Sometimes it wakes me up it is so bright. So I'm not sure what to do. Joe loves it. I threw the box away, so I can't return it. I guess I'll just have to learn to live with it. Either that or get one of these.

9 comments:

wzgirl said...

Whoa. Those numbers are huge. I guess your Machine is not allowing you to Dream.

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

Hmmm,
I would consdier covering the alarm with a scarf or something.

Katie said...

Can't you dim it? I have one and had the same problem, but I'm pretty sure we dimmed the display. Either that or I got used to it.

Connie said...

I'm cracking up! You would have a meltdown in my master bedroom. I have one of those critters that projects giant digital numbers on the ceiling. I just looked and they are about 9-10 inches tall. That way, when I wake up in the wee hours I don't even have to turn my head to look at the clock ;0)

I love that stupid thing.

DAD said...

Michelle, there should be an adjustment knob to dim out the brightness. Most of these digitals have them. Mine does.from 30 yrs ago.

Kristin said...

how about sticking it under the bed? Or a pile of pillows at night?

I'm with you... DARK ROOM!!

Colleen said...

LOL!! I used to have to be in the dark too...but now with my dog loosing his sight, we have 2 nightlights in the room. I'm used to it now. You'll get used to this...give it time. :-)

Joannah said...

I think those eye masks are cool! ;-)

Shovelin' Fool said...

Ha ha, I had the same experience with my hubby's alarm clock. You kinda get used to it, but yeah - I'd asked him to use the dimmer switch on it nd he said there wasn't one. So stupidly, I believed him. About a month later, I investigated it myself and sure as shootin, there was the dimmer switch. He hadn't even LOOKED for one. Even with it dimmed, the 2 inch numbers were still lighting up the room. You just get used to it after a while, even when you need the room as dark as possible... Good luck! lol!