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A while back, before I started to rip sections of the house apart in order to lay some new wiring, there were some darker sections of the house that seemed darker than David Cameron's heart, due the lack of light that entered the area. Such as under the stairs, under certain cupboards and others small areas.
So, in order to see what was in the darker areas I needed to get enough light into there without having to go through the hassles of finding a torch in order to see clear enough. This meant either threading an extension lead in the area so that I could get a lamp in there or I could invest in a battery operated light fitting so that the light could be put into place and be used as a mains light would.
That was when I remembered something that I had seen on the television... no, not on that channel, they don't air that channel anymore anyway... this item I had seen on the television was something called a stick-up bulb, with this one coming from a company called JML, (who seem to bring some strange things to the market).
* Firstly, as I like to do. Let us take a little look at what this looks like..
It is shaped like a bulb that you would see sticking out of a light socket in a house, although this doesn't have a light shade wrapped around it. It's just a bulb sticking out. With that, I have to say that it is shaped like one of those old bulbs, the ones that are shaped like a pear, not the ones that we use these days, thanks to the EU and there stupid rules. Forcing us to use those 10 year life one that last only a matter of months once they actually get going as it does take a few hours for those bulbs to get to there full illumination, which is annoying.
Anyway, back to this bulb in hand, or more on the wall or under the stairs. This bulb is only 105mm by about 100mm wide and about 200mm high, and, as I said, shaped like a pear drop.
The only other thing on the bulb, or more next to the bulb, is a short piece of string with a white piece of plastic on the end. This is the on/off switch and, when pulled, turns the light on or off with a low sounding click of comfort.
* So, that's the bulb then, how do you stick it into place..?
It comes with a 'wall mounter' or 'bracket', that is what actually sticks on the walls, or under the cupboard, or where ever you want to put it, and the light section itself slots into the mountable slot section. This is so that you can easily take out the bulb to change the batteries without having to take off the bracket so that the 'stickyness' stays sticky.
* How do we use this light then..?
Firstly you have to make sure that the bulbs mounting is stuck to where you want it.
To stick the bracket onto the wall you simply rip off the little piece of paper that covers the sticky tab on the rear of the bracket. Then you simply push the bracket onto the wall, or where ever you want it, and the bracket should stays in place.
Now, before you push the bulb section into the mounted section, you have to open up the panel on the rear of the plastic section that the bulb connects to. This will reveal the battery compartment where you then have to place in the four AA batteries that you need to get the power to the bulb.
Then, once the batteries are in place and you've pushed the battery compartment cover back into place, you simply slide the bulb section in and out of the bracket without having to pull the stick tab off the wall, or where ever you have it.
Now the bulb is in the mounted section you simply pull on the string to turn the light on and off...
Simple as that really.
* What do I think of this bright idea then..?
I have a bit of a mixed opinion about this light bulb, some good, some bad, but none ugly.
The good things I like are the fact that it isn't made of glass, so it wont shatter when it is dropped on the floor, and believe me, it will be dropped at least once during its lifetime. It is actually made of a plastic type material so that it wont break on impact, plus, unlike your normal bulb. Then there's the fact that it never gets hot to the touch, so that, if it is accidentally touched, it wont strip the skin from your fingers before you have a chance to realise what you have just done.
It's got what is called Krypton bulb technology, which sounds like something that superman may have in his back pocket in case of a power cut, but it's not, it's simply what they call a gaseous chemical element that is usually found inside fluorescent lights. (I'm so clever aren't I..?).
The bulb itself is about the size of an old fashioned power draining pear shaped bulb so it can hang a bit low if you have it attached to a low ceiling so you then may have to watch you head if you pass underneath it. But, as long as you remember where it is then you shouldn't keep whacking into it.
As for actually using it, well, you can't get any easier than this one. I mean, how hard can it be to pull a piece of string? That is all you have to do to turn this light on and off.
When it is slotted into the mounting bracket it stays in place, until you give it a little push in order to get it to slide out again so that you can replace the batteries in order to keep the bright lights burning.
I do have to say that the main downside I found is that, as it takes four batteries to get going it can cost a few quid to keep running, and, unless you use the best batteries, such as Duracell, the batteries drain quicker than my bank balance at the end of the month.
Then there's the fact that the bulb itself has a ten year life span, so they say, but the batteries have no way near that. In fact, using the best batteries on the market only manages to give about 12 hours of good light in total, which then starts to become as dim as a politician being questioned about his expenses form.
Overall these lights do look the part and are so easily positioned where ever you want them, so long as you can stick the bracket to the surface of where you want to put it. Then, with fresh batteries, it can illuminate the nearby area so that you can see what you're doing. But, sadly though, those new batteries tend to go flat in no time at all, which means a lot of replacement AA's over the life time of the light itself.
I have used other battery operated lights and this one is about the same style and stamina as most of the others. Sadly though, unlike some of the others, this one has no way of plugging up to the mains using an adapter of some sort, which would make this one a lot more useful.
* And the cost of this brightening device is..?
The actual cost of this light is a mere £10, or there-abouts, as I have actually seen them on sale for half that price. But either way, even for ten quid, they are well worth the money if you need to light up an area that has no mains supply in it, although you may have to invest in some good quality batteries.
* Would I get another one of these..?
Well, if I hadn't spent hours, money and a lot of hassles rewiring areas of my home that were once trapped in the dark ages then I would certainly have a few of these hanging from under stairs, cupboards and other dark areas.
They do a good job in lighting up the area that they are in and, even if it is for a few minutes at a time, you can see exactly what you are doing.
When we moved in to this house we discovered that there was access to the loft in my son's room. The access to the loft was basically by unlocking a door in the ceiling and pulling down some ladders and as we don't really use the loft for the most part what we were left with was a cubby area with some good storage options. I popped a wooden storage unit in there and some big toy buckets for some of my son's toys but there is no light in there and so on darker days or later evenings it can be hard to see well in the cupboard and even with the main light in the bedroom on it isn't particularly well lit. When I saw the JML stick up bulb in asda one day around twelve months ago I decided to give it a shot for the room as it seemed a perfect solution.
The stick up bulb came packed in a cardboard pack which was full of information about the wonders of the product! All JML packaging seems to be quite bold and almost boastful about their wonderful products and this one is no different. They claimed that this bulb was ideal as there is no wiring or anything needed, it doesn't get hot to the touch so making it safe for use in areas where children may be, it is shatterproof and easy to install. I really am terrible with do it yourself items for the most part and so this sounded an ideal solution to the lighting issues I was having in my son's toy cupboard.
As promised the stick up light was easy to install as you simply removed the paper from the sticky label and stuck it in to place. I had hoped that I would be able to stick it on to the wall as I felt this would be the place where it would give the best light for the area but it kept falling off the wall and so I don't think the sticky pad is the best really. In the end I made a little space on the wooden storage unit and stuck it on there but again the light was liable to move around a bit as the sticky pad wasn't great. At least on the storage unit it stayed upright though so I wasn't too worried.
The bulb needs four AA batteries for use and these are not provided and so you will need to buy these separately. I felt four batteries was a little excessive really and found that it soon used them and so in terms of value for money I am not sure this one is great as you do need to frequently replace batteries. My son would sometimes forget to switch it off too and so batteries were soon drained.
The stick up bulb has a little pull cord to switch the light on and off and I have to say I was very disappointed with the actual amount of light the bulb gave off. I wasn't expecting to be blinded by light but I would liken it more to a little night light that you may use for a child as opposed to a light bulb and for me this was disappointing as we needed more light for the toy cupboard. In the end we gave this up as a bad job as it just wasn't suitable for our needs. Perhaps it would be better in a smaller area such as a little cupboard or for emergency use as opposed to a genuine lighting option.
This cost me around five pounds for one bulb on offer at asda but it can be found for £10.29 at Homebase and I really wouldn't recommend it.
Thank you for reading my review!
JML are a company that specialises in innovative products that you usually cannot find in the shops. The company started in 1986 and today has grown to a company that sells its products to more than 80 countries worldwide. There products only used to be available through home shopping channels but they have now started selling their products directly to shops and can now be found on high streets all over the country in shops such as Asda and Argos.
I have been a fan of JML for years as I find that they sell products that are genuinely useful and innovative long before the major shops get in on the act and do copies of some of their most popular products. Of course as JML sell hundreds of different products obviously not every one of them is going to be as good as the last but on the whole I have found nearly everything that I have found from them to do exactly what it says it's going to and be a genuine help around the house.
~~~~~ The Stick Up Bulb ~~~~~
When I moved into my house for the first time there was an old shed right down at the bottom of the garden which proved to be really handy for storage. The one problem with the shed was that it wasn't hooked up to the power supply so I either had to wait till daylight hours or attempt to scramble in the dark with a torch looking for whatever it was that I needed. This just wasn't practical so I began to look for a solution when I came across the stick up bulb on the JML website. It looked like the ideal solution so I ordered myself one.
The stick up bulb is just that a bulb that you stick up wherever it is that you need a light supply. Because it doesn't run on electricity it is ideal for all sorts of places such as sheds, garages and attics where there might not be a power socket or light fixture. Instead of using a power supply the bulb works on AA batteries of which it takes four.
It is so easy to use and set up. There is absolutely no complicated screwing or affixing with the bulb and all you have to do is remove the backing paper from the base and you will find an adhesive pad and you then just attach the pad to wherever it is you want the bulb. The bulb then just slides into place and that it is completely up and ready to go. Some people have complained that the backing pad isn't sticky enough and it just falls down but I have had no problems with this and from the first moment that I attached the pad to the wall it has never moved. Perhaps other people had a layer of grease or something but for me I can honestly say that I have found the sticky backing pad to be really strong and effective. If the pad isn't sticking for you then you can also screw the bulb into place but in my experience this shouldn't be necessary.
To turn the light on and off there is a cord which is like you would use in a bathroom. It like the rest of the bulb is really easy to use and doesn't get stuck or require any heavy yanking.
The bulb is supposed to be shatterproof but as I have never dropped it I can't comment on these claims and it is supposed to have a lifespan of 10 years. Again I can't comment on this but I have had mine for over 2 years and have never had a problem with it.
The light that is omitted from the bulb is never going to be able to compete with a proper high watt electric bulb but in these days of energy saving bulbs we're all used to lights not being as bright anymore and I don't think this gives off any less light than a normal energy saving bulb. The light itself is less orange than normal lights and it gives more of a glow than proper light but it is enough to fill my shed entirely.
The bulb also doesn't get hot like a traditional bulb which is a bit strange when you touch it and it is cool to the touch but I do feel safer knowing that I can leave it on accidentally and it won't cause papers and chemicals in the shed to set on fire.
~~~~~ Price and availability ~~~~~
I can't remember exactly what I paid for this but I am sure it was around about £9.99. It doesn't seem to be available from the JML website anymore but a quick google search shows that it is still available to buy and you can get it from Homebase for £10.29. This seems like a really reasonable price considering I've had mine a while and I am sure it has only gone up by 30p.
~~~~~ Recommendation ~~~~~
If like me you have a shed or a garage that needs some form of lighting and you don't want to go to the expense or the hassle of having an electrician put a socket in then this little light bulb from JML would be ideal for your needs. It gives off enough light to see by and so that you can find what you are looking for without too much hassle in the dark and it works brilliantly. It is so easy to affix it to the wall and at the money it is to buy one it is great value in my opinion. Mine has lasted for ages with no hint of the light getting dimmer or the unit breaking and the sticky back is still holding strong to the wall with no hint of movement or falling off. All in all I would say this was a great little investment and has saved me loads of hassle since having it.
I've alwayshated having to go up into my loft - not least because I'm rubbish with ladders, but also because there is no real florring and the only safe way to cross the attic is to walk along the beams - difficult when there isn't any light .
So, when I saw the JML Stick Up Bulb, I decided that a couple of these would come in very handy for lighting up my loft, allowing me to store things up there and find them again when needed to . At £7.99each, with each toughened shatter proof bulb claiming to last ten years, these seemed like a pretty good bargain .
Using these shouly be simple - there is a disc that has a sticky patch on the back of it that can be used to attach the bulb to the surface where it is needed. The bulb itself can then be screwed into this once it is fixed to a surface .
This was easier said than done, as the sticky bit will work better on smooth surfaces, which are pretty lacking in my attic. After attempts to attack it to my rough wood beams failed, I then attempted to see if I could stick it to the wooden frame of the loft hatch itself- to no avail . I really did want the bulb tobe where I could find in within seconds of entering the loft, but this was looking like it might not happen .
At this point I remembered some spare lino floor tiles I had - and , having secured one of these tiles with a nail, I then had a flat surface my bulb could stick to!
The four AA batteries required to power the bulb were easy to insert,and the bulb was then turned on and off by pulling a cord. I actually found the light quite sufficient for my attic - I wasn't expecting it to be as bright as it was, but it really helped my find my way about .
I'm never up in my loft for long, but my batteries are still going strong , and luckily when it does run out of batteries, they are easy and cheap to get hold of . I was impressed that the bulb did not get hot, and I also found that once I got the sticky bit to stick, it stayed stuck .
I think these are great, and I'm sure they have many potential uses . It is a little bit of a hassle trying to get one to stick to a non-smooth surface, for which I will deduct one star . Still, Recommended!
JML seem to have been hitting the Dooyoo headlines lately with the Ped egg, well I have never tried a Ped Egg but I can vouch for the JML Stick up bulb.
We have a large store in a neighbouring town called `Home Bargains` and in that store you can find all sorts of gadgets and gimmicks, some far better than others but at least it is fun trying them all out.
We went in to buy a small step stool and came out with a stick up light bulb, so that wasn't bad was it ?
The JML stick up light bulb is in fact a very good idea, that is not to say that there are some areas where there is still room for improvement.
The Stick up bulb cost us £7.99 and we bought it to use in our garden shed, if we need to go down to the shed when it is darker then it is normally a two man job, one holds the torch while the other one sorts through the mountains of stuff that is stored in there for the screw that we are looking for !
The JML stick up light bulb is a simple idea that does work well, it comes in two parts. There is a horseshoe shaped plate that has a large sticky pad attached to the back of it and that part acts as the holder for the light bulb.
The sticky pad is quite selective and you will find that it will only stick to what it wants to, so after trying it in many different positions only to find that is just `slid` off The Other Half managed to successfully screw the plate to the post inside of the shed.
The bulb takes four AA batteries to power it, I am sure that they are the same batteries that you use in a Walkman and it can be switched on and off using a cord.
Once the holder is securely attached to where you want it to be then you just slide the bulb into the holder, pull the cord and Voilà! There is light.
JML do say that the light bulb unit must never be used anywhere near water or where there will be steam or mist. They state that the toughened shatter-proof bulb will last you up to ten years, given that we have only recently installed our Stick up light bulb I can't comment on that.
The whole beauty of the Stick up light bulb is that you can do it yourself, you don't need an electrician to come and wire it in for you.
Neither the fitting or the bulb get hot and there are no dangerous electric wires to worry about if you have children.
The bulb gives sufficient light to enable you to see what you are doing, maybe somewhere in the region of what you would get from a lower wattage light bulb.
Having the JML stick up bulb in the shed now means that we can easily see to find anything we might which is a great step forward.
We are still running on the first four batteries but I am sure that it costs less than a couple of pounds to replace four AA's anyway.
The whole idea is a good one and it works well for us, the sticky backed pad that was supposed to hold the back panel in place needs further thought or maybe it would be better to state that the panel needs to be screwed into place. We have always had problems with sticky anything, we have stuck up countless hand towel hooks only to watch them flop onto the floor after a few days.
The JML Stick up light bulb could come in handy in many places and we have said that we are going to get another for the attic, that will save us getting the lead lamp out all of the time.
JML, this is a gadget that is very useful.
JML are without doubt the masters of great ideas, however their products do not always live up to the idea itself but with the Stick up light bulb they have hit the jackpot in my view. I was looking to run a cable out to my new shed for lighting and also looking to add some sort of lighting to my outhouse the cost of which was looking to be around about £90 but up popped JML with the stick up light bulb and my prayers were answered.
The stick up light bulb is a simple but very effective idea which consists of a back plate that sticks to whatever you want it to or can be fitted using the screws provided if you so wish and a light bulb on a fitting that slides on to the back plate (see I told you, simple). The bulb is powered by four AA batteries and is switched on and off by a cord. When I fitted the one in my shed it just stuck first time to the new wood and has been there now for around two weeks successfully but the one in the outhouse which I attempted to stick to a plastic panel on the rear wall just would not stick at all and ended up having to be screwed to the door frame.
So if I had anything bad to say about the product it would have to be that perhaps the sticky pads could be better but other than that this is a great idea. The stick up light bulb does not give of nearly as much light as say an electric 60 watt bulb would but it does give of plenty light to light up my shed fully at night, it is more of a grey light than a bright white light but it is light never the less and the two bulbs that I got on offer from my local Focus DIY shop cost me only £14.99 (should be £9.99 each) so they were a lot less expensive than the £90 I was about to part with to have electric lighting fitted.
If you need a bit of light shed in an awkward place then I would definitely recommend the stick up light bulb from JML, even if you can't get them on offer as I did you will still save a packet compared to the electric equivalent and there is no fuss either. If you decide to move them to another location you can but the sticky pad wont wok a second time so make sure you keep the screws and fit it that way the next time.
I can't vouch for certain on battery life but my one in the shed has been used regularly, sometimes for over an hour at a time and has not dimmed any yet after two weeks so I guess up till now the batteries are still going strong.
Available anywhere you see the JML sign!
Thank you for reading!
Until last Christmas when I received the Fresh Air Globe as a present, I had never really been a great fan of JML nor, in fact, was I aware of just how many items they make. The StickUp Bulb is one such, and I believe one of their newest as I first received information via their website newsletter. Since then however, it has been advertised to some extent on television.
At first I will admit that I didn't consider the item as I had seen this type of thing previously - that is, until I found a use for it, then suddenly it seemed to be exactly what I had been looking for.
At the back of our house we have a small conservatory without the benefit of electric lighting (although plans are afoot!) and trips to the back garden after dark (a necessity if you have animals) required a ready-to-hand torch.
The more I thought about this bulb the more I thought it might be the ideal (even if only temporary) solution. So, when passing Woolworths the other week, I decided to go in and see if they had it in stock or not yet. Sure enough it was there - looking exactly like an ordinary light bulb in a somewhat larger than normal box. At a cost of £9.99 a lot cheaper than an electrician!
The information on the box tells you that it requires no outlet or wiring - easy to install, just peel and stick - although you do have the option of fixing with screws if you prefer and they are included just in case. The bulb is shatter-proof - although obviously this is meant as a warning not a challenge! It uses "Advanced Krypton (Kr) technology" - whatever that might be - and a spare bulb is included which looks rather like those you get with Christmas lights. The whole thing is powered by four AA batteries.
Installing the light couldn't have been easier - the hardest part was deciding where to put it! The actual "stick-up" part if the item being a slide-in holder which comes with a sticky pad on the back or enclosed screws if that is what you prefer. The base of the bulb then slides into the holder and looks exactly the same as it would had it been wired in. It is switched on by means of a short cord of about six inches - although you still get a warning about not letting children play with it as it could cause strangulation.
We decided that the best place for ours would be beside the door to the garden and duly stuck it on the glass panel there. As it is all white it really looks very much in place there, and I'm sure no one would notice it unless it was pointed out to them. It is so easy to switch on and gives far more light than a torch, shining quite a way into the garden as well as inside although, I will admit that electric lighting would probably be much brighter. However, with electric lighting, I couldn't have taken the bulb out of the holder still alight and walked down the garden with it as I did with this one the other night.
I have seen this type of thing previously (and since) for less money. I believe I saw one offer for a set of two for about the same price however, each of these bulbs took only two batteries and there was no holder so, from what I could see, once fixed they would stay there until they decided to drop off.
Would I recommend this? Oh yes, if there is somewhere you need an extra light - for instance, a cupboard, shed, under the stairs or for power cuts etc. I shall probably get another before too long so that should give some indication of my approval.
I thank you for reading about it - and I hope it has been of some help or interest.