iPhone alarm clock/radio that goes completely dark?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Skinfaxi, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. Skinfaxi macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2008
    I've gone through several iPhone alarm clock/radios, and while serving their general purpose fairly well (waking me up to my own music/podcasts) they all have one major flaw: they're too bright. Even on the dimmest setting, it keeps me from falling asleep.

    I've resorted to a program called Automuter on my PC to start iTunes at a certain time, and just set a dock with my phone on the nightstand to charge at night. I'd rather use a standalone radio as my alarm, though.

    Are there any iPhone clock/radios that have the ability to turn the backlight completely off?

  2. Skinfaxi thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2008
  3. NorfolkMustard macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2007
    There must be a reason you haven't told us, as to why you don't either: lock the screen or just lay it face down?
  4. Skinfaxi thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2008
  5. Laimbeersux macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2010
    My 2 year old iHome has worked great for me the whole time. I don't have a problem sleeping in even the brightest light, but this one allows you to dim it down to almost nothing, to the point where it's almost not visible. Between dimming the clock and locking the screen on the iPod, there is next to no light being put off by either product. The other option is putting your alarm clock across the room so you physically have to get up and walk over to it in order to shut it off, always worked for me in college, at least for the parts of college that I was sober enough to remember.
  6. SmithErick macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2011
    Greensboro, NC
    I use the TimeCommand from Stem Innovation. For $100 it's amazing. Even has a feature to "wake by light". It is has a dimming feature on the LED clock.
  7. Tybee macrumors member


    Apr 25, 2008
    Decatur, Ga.
    The iHome iA5, which is an app-enabled alarm clock, has four brightness settings, one of which is completely off. You also have the option of solely using your iPhone as the display, with customizable brightness.


    Two caveats:

    1) There is no built-in radio. Instead, iHome has a (pretty nice) Internet radio iPhone app that you use with it. There's also a robust alarm clock app that works in concert with the radio app.

    2) Inexplicably, there is a button on the back/top of the unit that lights up to indicate when an iPhone/iPod is connected. It is angled away from your face, but in a dark room can be so bright that it actually generates ambient light off the wall/ceiling. And even though the clock readout can be dimmed or turned off, stupidly the button cannot (unless you don't want to use the attached iDevice). I usually solve this problem by simply laying a small book or piece of paper on top of it.

    But all in all, it's a pretty nice alarm clock if you're using it with an iPhone.
  8. Skinfaxi thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2008
    Thanks for the recommendations, I'll definitely look into them. I like the "wake by light" feature of the TimeCommand.
  9. Skinfaxi thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2008
    I ended up tearing down one of my current stereos, and re-locating the LCD to the outside of the unit. This way, I can plug in the LCD to set the alarm (which I rarely ever change) then just unplug screen and set it somewhere safe. It's ghetto, but it's free. I really like the sound of this particular stereo, too.

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