“ Brand: Firebox / Type: Spa Lights „
I love my baths and I'll try anything to make it more relaxing, more calming, more exciting, more anything so long as it's not just a plain old bath, so when I saw these spa lights I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. They were in Hawkins Bazaar for I think £5.99. Last time I looked they aren't available there anymore but they are still available online for £6.99 for the plain ones and £8.99 for colour changing ones.
The plain ones are available in pink, blue and white and the colour changing ones are advertised as being available in pink and white. I only bought the blue and white ones and so can't comment on the colour changing or pink ones.
There are two lights in each box, at first sight they seem rather cheap and I wasn't too impressed however they really come into their own when you turn them on. There is a suction cap on the back to help you fix them to the side of the bath but this is removable to enable the lights just to float on top of the water.
The top and bottom unscrew in order to fit the batteries. Each light runs off two AAA batteries, they claim that the batteries will power the light for 120 hours, I haven't actually timed this but they certainly do run for a very long time.
The two parts easily unscrew and screw up again, the only thing I would note is that this is part of what makes the lights waterproof so be careful when doing them up and check the seal. I have broken one of my lights by not having a secure enough seal and so it leaked water in.
The suction on the back of the lights affix to the bath well and I have had no problems with loss of suction, if anything it's stuck so well it can be tricky getting them off! The suction cup is double sided and so is easily removed from the light too enabling the lighs to float on top of the water.
The lights are turned on by a small button on the side of each light. The light itself is warm and gentle. It is not overly bright so you will need the main light off to get the full effect but they are certainly relaxing and despite their cheap look with the lights off they come alive when the light is turned on. I'm not sure what bulb the lights use, whether they're LED or other bulbs and I'm not sure if they can be replaced, the instructions don't seem to say anything about this but I have had mine for 3 years with no problems with the bulb and so don't see this being a problem.
I personally think that you will need several packs for these to really be worthwhile. I bought two packs with two lights in each pack and I now feel I could do with at least double that. The lights are fairly small and so 4 don't seem to cover a big area, despite this I would highly recommend them they do exactly what they claim to and provide that spa experience in your own home.
(Prices, colour options and battery life taken from http://www.firebox.com/product/1378/Spa-Lights)
~Out of the Firebox into the bath water!~
I am sure we have all tried lighting candles, scattering petals, adding fizzing bath bombs and an array of softly scented lotions and potions to our baths in the hope of having the most relaxing bath time ever. When I was given a set of Firebox Spa Lights as a gift last year I was pleased to receive them, yet felt a little unimpressed by them when they were unwrapped, as they do look very boring and plasticy when they are not lighting their little hearts out. Once they are switched on and the main room lights are dimmed however they do take on a whole new lease of life and turn themselves into a set of much prettier bath friendly lights. As the Firebox Spa Lights are still available to buy I thought they were worth reviewing so a product suggestion was made to enable me to share my thoughts about them.
~How to turn your bath into a home spa~
Each set of Firebox Spa Lights come as a pack of 2 lights which are boxed up in small yet serviceable thin cardboard boxes that protect the lights when in transit. Once out of the box the see through frosted effect plasticy looking Firebox Spa Lights are quite small and compact and each one will fit into the palm of your hand with ease. The lights don't come with batteries, or at least the ones I have didn't have any in them, so you do need to fit batteries to them in order to get them working. This is easy enough to do as the lights come apart with a little fiddling about and once they are opened they make up 2 separate pieces, with one side having the fittings for the batteries.
To power up each of the small Firebox Spa Lights you need 2 AAA batteries which fit snug inside the casing. Each set of batteries is meant to be able to power one of the Firebox Spa Lights for up to 120 hours and although I haven't really counted the hours that strictly I can say that so far I have not replaced the batteries. Once the batteries are in place the 2 parts of the Firebox Spa Light can be fitted back together and when the lighting effect is required all that is needed is a quick push on the small button on the side of the Firebox Spa Light in order to get it working.
With each light you have the option to stick it in place either on the side of the bath or on the tiles or walls in the bathroom by using the supplied fitting which has suckers on both sides. The other option is that the light can be used in the bath water as it floats. If choosing to stick the Firebox Spa Lights to a surface it is easy to attach the sucker fitting needed, as one side sticks to the plastic surface of the light and the other sticks to which ever surface the light needs to be stuck to. When using the lights in water the sucker fitting can be removed in a flash and the light just needs to be switched on and placed on top of the water.
The colour each light emits when switched on depends on what option you have picked and there are a number of colour options to choose from. The lights I have are in a frosted see through plastic material and they are in a nice slightly rounded and curved shape which is roughly 6 1/2 cms x 6 1/2 cms in size and 4cms deep. My lights have a pretty and warm toned honey coloured light to them when they light up and once switched on they stay on well with no flicker at all when in use. The other options you can buy have blue or pink lights as well as white option. I think that colour I have is meant to be a white light yet seems to show as a honey tone when in use.
There are other versions of the Firebox Spa Lights which have colour changing lights. They have the same outer casing as my lights and can cycle through a range of colours when switched on. As I have not seen them in action I can only assume they cycle through a similar range of rainbow colours as the funky light up cube clock I have which was another gift from the Firebox range. If that is the case the effect should be rather pleasing although I feel I am happier to stick with the simple one colour option lights that I have already as they do give off a nice warm glow.
~Price and rating~
The price of a pair of Firebox Spa Lights is £6.99 for a set of either blue, pink or white lights with the cost being a little higher for colour change lights which cost £8.99. Having looked at the Firebox Spa Lights on line it states that the white lights glow white with a blueish glow, which is very far from the honey coloured light my own set gives off, os it might be that the colour options have been updated since I was given these. When not in use the Firebox Spa Lights can be placed at the side of the bath using the sucker fitting provided and they are small and compact enough not to get in the way when not needed. The light cases are pale coloured so they don't stick out too much when not in use.
Water can get into the seal between the 2 parts of the plastic casing if the lights are not twisted shut enough after fitting the batteries and I always check mine to make sure the seal is good prior to use. Other than that the set of Firebox Spa Lights I have require no special care and as such they are a very easy to care for switch on and go kind of item. I do feel that the lights have a slight budget look and feel to them when they are not switched on although once they are on they look nice. Over all I feel that the Firebox Spa Lights are quirky and fun and make a good safe alternative to lighting candles when in the bathroom. As such I want to give the Firebox Spa Lights a 3 star mid range product rating.