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New Alarm Clocks from Seiko and Rhythm available at The Clock Depot

New Alarm Clocks

The Clock Depot has introduced several new alarm clocks with very usable and interesting features. Many of our manufacturers have listened to users and have adopted many new features that customers have been asking to use.

An alarm clock with a volume control:

Seiko has a new alarm clock with a volume control for the alarm volume. Some prefer to wake to a lighter, softer alarm sound while others need a little extra volume to wake them out of their sound sleep. The Seiko QHE050KLH offers no ticking using a “Quiet Sweep” movement keeps this alarm clock quiet when it needs to be, but the volume control can be set to a faint beeping to a much louder beep for heavier sleepers. Black case with silver Tone Metallic accents with a easy to read White Dial, Black Hands and Markers Ascending Beep Alarm with Snooze button and Automatic Alarm Stop Function after 5 Minutes. Push Button Dial Light for nightime viewing. Requires One AA Battery Included. Size: H 5 1/8″ W 4 3/8″ D 2 3/4″ Adjustable Volume Alarm Clock

Alarm Clocks that do not Tick

Ticking alarm clocks are too noisy for many light sleepers. This where some of the Seiko clocks with quiet sweep movements excel. These alarm clocks offer a second hand that moves smoothly in a continuous fashion that eliminates the ticking that keeps the light sleeper awake. View all the alarm clocks with this feature at No Ticking “Quiet Sweep” Alarm Clocks .

Alarm Clocks with an illuminated Dial

There are two types of illuminated dials on alarm clocks that stay continuously illuminated during the night time hours and “Touch and Glow” alarm clocks which illuminate when a button is depressed at the top of the clock.

What Happened to Luminous Dials?

Luminous Process Incorporated (LPI) made the Radium paint for many Luminous dials and hands. It operated from 1932 to 1978 in Illinois and when the dangers of the radioactive material became apparent, the NRC shut it down. These dials would glow all night and did not pose a significant danger to the users, but many workers at the factories applying these paints became ill and later suffered early deaths from the constant exposure to this radioactive material.
There are some new, safe substitutes for the older Luminous materials, but they rely on charging from surrounding light and fade very quickly. They will stay illuminated only for minutes after the surrounding light has diminished.

The Ultimate Alarm Clock

Seiko wanted to address most of the features many were seeking into one alarm clock. They designed the Ultimate Alarm Clock.

Seiko Ultimate Alarm Clocks

Seiko Ultimate Alarm Clocks

The Seiko QXE011JLH is one of the most functional, easy to use clocks we have seen. It is easy to understand why Seiko deems this as “The Ultimate Alarm Clock”. The dial is large with heavy black numerals which is very easy to read. There are only three controls on the outside of the clock for ease in operations. On the bottom right of the dial, there is a grey, easy to turn wheel to set your alarm time. On the right side, there is a large switch to turn your alarm on or off and a “tap down” snooze alarm bar on the top for an extra five minutes of sleep. The clock is powered by 3 AA batteries which last over a year at a time.

Unique Features:
Alarm On /Off Indicator -When the alarm is turned on with the switch on the right hand side, the dial will glow “green” when touching the bar on top of the clock giving the user a quick indication to make sure the alarm was set. If you press the bar on top and the dial glows “amber”, this indicates the alarm was not set.

Night Time Illumination – This alarm clock has a light sensor in the bottom left hand corner of the front which reads the amount of light in the room. When the light reaches a low level, a very dim LED will come on a offer just enough light to see the dial after your eyes have adjusted to a dark room. You may turn off this feature with a switch in the battery compartment of the clock if you do not wish to have any continuous light in the room at night, but if you touch the top, the amber or green light will illuminate indicating the alarm being on or off and offer enough light at the touch to check the time.

No Ticking! – The movement inside uses the Seiko “Quiet Sweep” design, so the second hand moves in a continuous motion to eliminate in ticking.

The Seiko QXE011JLH has a retail price of 60.00, but can be found at some Seiko clock merchants online for about 45.00. Seiko also offers a sister clock with the same features and general look called the Seiko QXE011ALH in a lighter color.

Where to find these new clocks

Seiko QXE011JLH Ultimate Alarm Clock
Illuminated Alarm Clocks

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