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The design of the Luma Comfort HC12W Humidifier draws you in with its sleek, modern design and its claims of being near-silent and easy to operate. But does this pretty piece of machinery really deliver?
The Luma Comfort HC12W Ultrasonic Humidifier's design is very unique and contemporary. It is tall, thin, and looks very much like a vase or a design piece you might have in your living room.
This Luma Comfort HC12W Ultrasonic Humidifier comes in six pieces and includes a demineralization cartridge inside the water tank.
This is included to help avoid lime and calcium buildup within the humidifier. This cartridge will have to be replaced about every six months. The upside is that you can use your own tap water without ruining your machine!
- This unit comes with four extension pieces that are used to create the nozzle on the top of the humidifier where the mist comes out.
- The HC12W also comes with a remote control, a battery and a cleaning brush.
- The Luma Comfort HC12W Humidifier weighs 6.3 pounds.
- The unit produces up to 2.5 gallons of mist daily and can cover rooms up to 650 square feet.
- The Luma Comfort humidifier has the capability to run up to 45 hours on one tank of water.
Dependent on the nozzle pieces used, this humidifier has multiple heights.
- The first design is the shortest version using only the short nozzle. This makes the humidifier about 22 1/2 inches tall from the bottom to the very top.
- The second height is quite a bit taller coming in at 32 inches from bottom to top. This height is obtained by using the mid-pipe and the mid-nozzle.
- The third and tallest height comes in at a very large 44 inches and uses the mid-nozzle pipe and the long nozzle. I personally liked the mid-range because it allows both floor and desk placement.
The demineralization cartridge is attached directly to the tank's screw on cover. The Luma Comfort HC12W Humidifier's water tank holds 9.5 pints of water, which is equivalent to just over a gallon. This is slightly more than most models on the market.
After filling the tank and placing the unit back together, you can plug it in. It will chime loudly to let you know it is in stand-by mode.
You should wait 3-5 minutes before actually turning the unit on to allow it to fill with water. When you click the on/off switch on either the humidifier or the remote, the humidifier chimes and a blue LED light on the front comes on.
There is only one switch on the actual humidifier. This switch is a touch button that looks like a water drop.
- If you touch it once, it turns the unit on.
- Touch it again and it turns the unit off.
- If you hold your finger down on the water drop icon, it starts to change the output setting up.
- Once you reach the highest setting, if you hold it down again it starts to change the output setting down.
Increasing or decreasing the mist is controlled very easily by the remote. The remote has an on/off button and an increase(+)/decrease (-) button. The +/- button makes the mist either stronger or lighter. You can go up or down at any time whereas with the touch button on the humidifier you have to go all the way to level 8 before you can go back down.
- To increase the mist output by one level, you click the + sign once. The unit will make a high pitched chime and the light on the front of the unit turns a slightly lighter shade of blue. The color change is so slight that I didn't really notice any change until I was on the fourth setting.
- There are a total of eight settings on the Luma Comfort HC12W Humidifier.
- The light on the front of the machine is white when the unit is on setting eight, which has the highest mist output.
- Each setting also has a slightly higher pitched chime.
The unit always begins producing a cool mist on the lowest setting unless you have utilized the memory on the remote.
- The memory mode is automatic and all you need to do is not unplug the unit between uses.
- If you do not unplug the unit, then the next time you turn it on the humidifier automatically starts up at the output level you last had it.
- For example: If you left the unit on level five it will chime five times.
The noise that is made when making any adjustment to the unit is convenient if you are sitting across the room and want to make sure you've actually turned the humidity up or down.
I tested each nozzle level for mist production. There was quite an impressive amount of mist coming out of the machine at even the lowest setting and the highest nozzle height. In fact, there was so much mist production at level 5, there was condensation above the nozzle within 10 minutes when the unit was sitting on a desk under a slanted ceiling.
After running on the lowest setting for around two hours, the unit suddenly flashed a red light and alerted loudly that it was out of water, but it was clearly not out of water. It is just sensitive to slight level imbalances of the surface it is sitting on.
After shutting it off and turning it back on again, the humidifier resumed as normal. The humidifier did it again several minutes later. I determined that the unit was not 100% level and this is what lead to the out of water alert.
The Luma Comfort HC12W Ultrasonic Humidifier ran on setting 1 for around 38 hours before it ran out of water and on setting 8 for around 26 hours before it ran out of water. Both of these test results were based on my individual home humidity levels and may vary greatly from home to home.
The unit itself is quiet while running. There is only a slight hum and sounded much like other humidifiers. However, you may hear the water dripping inside the machine while it is running if you are sitting close by.
The volume of the chime, both when setting the mist output level and when the water is out, is loud enough so that if you are sleeping, you might be able to hear it so that you can turn the unit off.
This is a cool mist humidifier and therefore much safer for use around children who can pull down hot humidifiers and burn themselves. As with any electrical appliance, it is important to follow all safely guidelines as outlined in the user manual.
- The design of the Luma Comfort HC12W Humidifier is beautiful and allows for a variety of customized looks.
- It is easy to set up, clean and run. There is a remote control which makes it convenient to turn on and switch the output levels from wherever you are in the room.
- The decalcification filter on the tank allows you to use regular tap water without worrying that you are clogging up the machine with minerals.
- The Luma Comfort HC12W Humidifier runs quietly and can be used either on the floor or on a table.
- The audible acknowledgment that indicates that you have adjusted the setting is very helpful.
- The memory feature on the remote is extremely convenient.
- This is a cool mist humidifier which is great for anyone with kids since hot mist can burn little hands and arms.
- The unit is very sensitive to slight level imbalances of the surface it is sitting on, making it extra safe.
- The decalcification filter has to be replaced every six months.
- The volume of the chiming is not adjustable
Overall, the Luma Comfort HC12W Humidifier looks better than most and puts out an impressive amount of mist per tank of water. It is simple to use and is customizable. I am very happy with the performance.