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I've recently given away this fabulous little product although I didn't really want to, and so I thought I would share my thoughts with you guys. I used this little book light for around 2 years. I read every night without fail and struggle to get to sleep without reading. My husband isn't much of a reader however, and for around 5 years of our marriage I read every night with the lamp on even if he wanted to go to sleep! I would go up early enough that if he did want to go to sleep then that was something he had to deal with as I couldn't sleep without reading. He didn't mind too much but on the odd occasion when it spanned on later than usual, he would start huffing and puffing. We were both fed up, me with his sighing and him with the light, so one day when I saw the really tiny book light in WHSmith, I bought it straight away.
I didn't really expect it to be all that great. I thought the light would be dim or it would be fiddly to use and difficult to turn pages but its none of those things, and I have only recently given it away as I have solely been using the kindle app on my iPad to read for the last few months.
I think I paid around £6 at the time, and online at most large retailers the price is now £6.99 but as with anything, cheaper prices do seem available if you are prepared to shop around.
Now obviously this product is small, it's got the word 'tiny' in its name, but it's also pretty stylish too. Coming in a range of colours, there's one to suit every book worm. Colours include pink, purple, green, blue, white, grey and orange. I opted for the pink one: nice and girly and wont be stolen by a man ; )To fit all you have to do is clip it onto the back page of the book and the head angles to which every angle you want. It's an LED light so bright and the batteries are replaceable. I read pretty much every night, although some nights there wasn't a need for the light as I was able to put my lamp on if my husband hadn't come to bed yet. Despite the amount I used it, I didn't ever need to replace the batteries, I found the LED light didn't dim (or not that I noticed - but it may have done so ever so gradually).
The body of the product while plastic, still feels robust and well made. It has even won an award over its short life: the GA Gift of the Year Award '08. Says it all really, for lovers of books it a fantastic little gift. Just before I gave it away I also find out there is an adapter to clip it onto an e-reader so it won't be made redundant. This is a great idea but not needed for me as the Kindle on the iPad is back lit and is bright enough on its own. For anyone struggling with brightness of e readers in the dark though, then this is a product to consider. For the brilliant price it's worth a gamble.
This product is definitely recommended by me. The light is bright but focused on one area so doesn't disturb the hubby. I have on occasion used it to illuminate a scrabble around my drawers for make up remover, etc!
I like to read a lot in bed and sometimes my lamp just doesn't give off enough light so I bought myself a really tiny book light a couple of years ago as a present to myself.
I can't remember what I paid exactly but I am pretty sure it was about £4.99 and it has proven itself to be really useful and hardwearing.
The really tiny book light is a clip on light that you clip on to the pages of a book so that the light is directly aimed at the page that you are reading. It is supposed to be designed so that you can read in bed without disturbing anyone else but as I am on my own this isn't really how I use it I just use it as I find it more comfortable to read with this than with my lamp.
The light has a rubberised texture and is available I lots of different bright colours. My one is bright pink but I have also seen them in purple and green. The light is surprisingly powerful for such a little light and it really does illuminate the page perfectly. The whole page is lit enough to be able to see and I never really need to spend ages adjusting the light so that the beam hits the right spot.
Although I now have a kindle I still read lots of paperbacks which I pick up in charity shops and the light is ideal for paperbacks. It is a little bit different for hardbacks and for my kindle as the clip doesn't really open wide enough to clip on to these but there are ways around it. With the hardbacks instead of trying to clip it to the thick back just clip it to the last few pages. The same with the kindle my one is too thick for the clip to attach too but it does clip on to place on the kindle cover I have and using this is certainly cheaper than buying one of the lighted covers.
The light is also really lightweight and doesn't cause the book to be dragged down when it is attached. It takes little batteries to work but it lasts for ages at a time and I think I've only needed to change the batteries twice in all the time that I have had it.
It would also make a wonderful gift for anyone who is a big reader as it really is a great little gadget and is ideal for people who travel a lot on trains and buses. I took it on holiday with me and it was nice to be able to sit in my seat and read my book on the landing without having to try and adjust the rubbish cabin light that was above my chair.
As a stocking filler for Christmas last year, my Mum got me a light so I could read in bed. My lamp in my bedroom is at the other side of the room so this was a perfect present for me considering how much I do read in bed. As this was a present, I have no real idea what Mum paid for it but after looking on Amazon, they are around £6 which is great value if you'll use it a lot.
My little light came in green which is my favourite colour - instant plus for me! The actual size of the light is roughly the size of my hand and the head, which is where the bulb is, bends so that you can position the light to however you prefer. On the length of the light is a clip that you obviously clip onto the pages of your book. The clip doesn't seem all that strong though and I have to be very careful with it as I'm worried about snapping it off and having this lovely light become useless.
Getting ready for my first use, I clicked the small button on the bottom of the light to turn it on and clipped it onto the book I was reading. I decided to clip it to the back page because I didn't think this would interfere with my page turning. However, I found that no matter where I clipped the light, it was a bit annoying and got in the way a little bit each time I turned the page. I don't know if I'm just using it in the wrong way or putting it in the wrong place though.
The light itself is quite bright. It lit up each page extremely well and as my room is pitch black with black out blinds, I was surprised how much light could come from something so small. I could read really easily with this amount of light (apart from the page turning problem) and didn't need to have a lamp or anything else on at the same time. I love being able to read in bed now without having any big lights on as they're sometimes too bright when you're quite tired.
Although this light isn't perfect, it is still a lot better than what I was doing before. Now I can get comfy in bed to read and not have to worry about getting up again to turn any lights out.
I thought I'd write a review on this book light, having received a pink one for Christmas. I've had a look through previous reviews and it seems that everyone else seems to think this is a total wonder product. I don't know if I got a faulty one but I have a few criticisms of this gadget.
First of all, my mum bought me this light and she knows I enjoy reading late at night and probably thought it'd give my husband a break from having a big light on. I have had other book lights in the past but I find them cumbersome and annoying and also snapped a couple of them by mistake.
The tiny book light in question is around the size of a toothbrush with a clip on the base and a hinge at the neck. The light is a blue ish hallogen light which is activated by a push bottom button at the base of the light.
My main beef with the light is that it does not cast enough light over the page to adequately read from. It starts off OK but after a few minutes it gets dim, which may indicate the batteries are not up to scratch but I have only had it since Christmas and haven't used it every night. It was sealed in plastic packaging too so has not been used in the shop to wear it out. Having said that I do tend to read for a long time so if anyone was going to put this light to an extreme testing environment it is me!
Other bad points were the battery compartment, which is hinged in a bit like a TV remote. The batteries are tiny and round and number three in total. Without even trying I opened the back and the batteries all tumbled out and it took me ages to find them and the back went missing for a few days which was annoying. Once relocated and back in place they have stayed in so it may be classed as a freak accident.
This light doesn't work well with hardbacks or large paperbacks. I clip mine on to the back page and bend the light over so it isn't shining in my eyes. It is flimsy if you try to clip it on a few pages. I struggle with trying to maximise the light and try it over the front page but even this is not very satisfactory to me.
My mum bought me the light and she doesn't shop on the internet but I don't know where she purchased it from. You can buy the lights from Amazon at around £8 depending on how fussy you are on colours! I'm sure mine was a premium price it being hot pink.
One thing I do like about the light is the rubbery material that it is made from. It sits nicely on the page with the clip and doesn't spoil the book at all unless you are really clumsy with it.
It is good that you can use this light if you know you are tired and don't have much more 'awake time' left. You can read and not get out of bed to switch off the light. This light is quite robust despite its tiny stature and won't break easily unless trod on etc.
I think I've been quite negative about this light and yet I still continue to use it so it can't be that bad! I don't know if I will bother to buy new batteries when these finally die as it's not that good a light and I do strain a bit after those first five minutes when I am getting further down the page. I like the fact that it is pink andlooks quite cute. For its size it does a good job and perhaps my expectations were too high.
I got my Tiny Book Light about 18 months ago. It's a small (as the name suggests) LED light that grips onto the pages of whatever you are reading and can be bent at the hinge and twisted so that the light can be angled onto the particular part of the page that you are wanting to see.
I like to read in bed at night but my other half gets annoyed with me having the light on so this little device has saved a load of arguing! The fact that it is so small is really handy because it doesn't weigh down the book too much, I find it stays in place better if you clip it over more than one page of the book so that it doesn't slide off, if you are wanting to look at a single sheet of paper it might be easier to just hold the light over it. For a normal paperback book the light is bright enough to be able to see the whole page at once but for a magazine you may need to readjust the position of the light as you move down the page.
They come in a wide variety of bright colours, I chose the white one which wasn't the best idea as it has become a bit grubby looking. It came with a battery included, the one in mine needs changing because the light has gone dimmer and dimmer, but I do read for quite a while so I think it's lasted pretty well.
I think I paid around £7.00 and it was definately worth it.
I first noticed this item whilst scanning the shelves of Waterstones. It reminded me of the nights I'd be reading a book, all tucked up in bed, and then sleepy time comes with the dreaded 'I have to get up from my cozy place and turn off the light'...or perhaps the lazy 'Great...now I've got to take two steps out of bed just to turn off the light.' Whichever it was, this nifty little gadget presented a solution to evade such immoral thoughts...and the two steps I'd have to take to switch off the light. And so, after receiving a £10 Leisure voucher I decided to put it to good use and purchase yet another gadget to aid my laziness.
I purchased the product from Waterstones for £6.99. It was available in a number of colours, I picked Grey. The Grey colour is dark grey, so it could almost pass for an off-black colour, which is quite neutral, and the colour doesn't distract from reading. One day when I manage to earn enough amazon cash to purchase a kindle, my booklight will match it!
Measuring 12.5 centimetres tall, 1 centimetre wide, and weighing...as light as a feather...almost...the book light could fit right in your pocket. Although to be honest I haven't yet found much use for the portability of this gadget, as I don't go many dark places outside home where I have to read...but it could happen.
There are two parts to this book light, the bottom half which has the clip required to slide onto the back cover of your book, and the top half which has the teeny light bulb. The head of the book light can be adjusted, by folding it down in little increments to change the ways in which the light falls onto your book. It folds down only till it hits the right angle mark, but no further. What might have made this product even better would have been if it could fold all the way down, so that when putting the gadget away the bulb is protected. Often I find that when leaving the book light lying around, I'm worried that I might accidentally put something heavy down on top of it, or step on it, and for this reason I think it would have been a good idea to have created a box that it could rest in, which would have also protected it from dust...but that's the neat-freak in me talking.
Barring the couple of flaws mentioned above, I am actually quite pleased with the book light. The light is quite a bright light, but it is more a bluish night light colour than the standard yellowy rays that shine from my ceiling bulb. I am however able to fold the light down enough so that it doesn't hit my eyes, only the pages of the book. The lighting for the book is more than enough, the words are very clear under this light, it's almost like reading in the sun...only without the heat. So far I have only been using it about fifteen minutes every night, before my eyes start to droop. It has been about three weeks now, and I haven't found a change in the brightness of the light.
The clip just slides onto the back cover of your book, often I've found with paperbacks it can tend to feel a little loose, so I clip it onto the cover and the last few pages of the book. On hardbacks it's just the opposite, sometimes I'm worried that the clip will snap, because the back cover is too thick for it, in these instances I just clip it a little bit rather than slide the clip right down the cover. Another point on the clip...if like me you love your books to be all neat without any marks or dents on the covers, I'm happy to say that the clip does not leave any dents on the book, although it does need to be slid on carefully so that it does not chafe the top of the cover.
The battery compartment is located on the back of the book light, with a cover that slides open, much like a T.V remote control, only teenier. Three AG3 batteries are required. The light switch is located on the bottom of the book light, much like a clicky pen, you simply push the button up to turn the light on, and push it again to turn it off.
This book light also works well as a torch, if you need to get up in the middle of the night to gets some nibbles or visit the bathroom, or you think you've seen a ghost, the really tiny book light will light the way.
Five stars for my teeny tiny book light
The Really Tiny Reading Light is an amazing little gadget - it's so small, and yet it really does work. These tiny LED-powered torches at first glance look a bit like a slightly bent ball-point pens - and in fact the whole miniature torch is actually, slightly shorter than an average ball-point pen, but about as chunky as an averagely-chunky 'fancy' pen at its widest point. The slight bend in the 'neck' of the light is to accommodate the surprisingly bright LED lamp part and to help prevent the light shining into its user's eyes while in use. In general the light is very pen-like: in appearance, as well as weight - its weight is virtually negligible. The lights are available in a range of bright colours (the casing is a slightly rubbery-feeling, presumably non-slip type of plastic), and are attractively-designed little things.
The torch tapers from the wider, battery-containing end to the far end that has the LED in; which is sculpted and somewhat delicate-looking. Half way along the length of the pen (this is in addition to the fixed bend in the 'neck') is a right-angle joint, so that when you clip the light in place on a book (using the wider end) the LED-containing part shines its light down onto the text. Fully bent at the joint, the reading light will have a 90 degree bend in it, but the joint can also be adjusted through various angles between fully bent and fully straight. The joint is designed to hold in whatever position it's been left in, and this part works very well. At the wider end where the batteries are is a thin clip just like the clip on a ball point pen, that keeps the pen upright in your breast pocket. This clips the light onto the back cover of the book you're reading - it works with paperbacks as well as hardback books - and holds it in place most effectively. There's an on-off push button helpfully marked 'light ' at the wider end - it's dead simple to use.
I went through a phase of not being able to sleep for maybe an hour or two in the middle of the night, and as putting the bedside lamp on in the bedroom disturbed the baby, my partner got me one of these LED lamps to try. I was really surprised how bright the light it emitted was, and that I was able to read without eyestrain just from the light of the LED in an otherwise fully darkened room. I haven't used it continually so can't comment on how well the batteries last - but with LEDs like this the power consumption generally tends to be quite low, so I hope it would not need replacement batteries too often. A portable reading light like this would also be ideal for use on holiday - in a tent when camping, or on a plane.
There's only one downside to this light which is that it's so tiny and lightweight that it's very easy to mislay, particularly when you're in transit. It doesn't fold up 'flat' so you wouldn't want it eg. dangling off a key-ring as it's not robust enough for that, nor would you really want it rolling about loose in the bottom of your pocket, as it might get damaged there. So it would be helpful if it had some sort of attachment like a mini key-ring ring or clip or something that you could use to keep track of it. I suppose you could keep it clipped to your top pocket if you have one - as in a biro pen - instead.
Randomly coming across booklight reviews on DooYoo, it seemed strange to me that people had so many complaints and issues with them, as they always struck me as such a simple concept. So when I eventually came across the glowing reviews of this product, The Really Tiny Book Light, I was intrigued and immediately bought it for my boyfriend as a present.
Joe and I live in basically different timezones; I go to sleep around 11pm; he goes to sleep any time up until 4am. So to prevent him from waking me up or keeping me from sleeping, I thought this booklight would be ideal as he's a huge bookworm.
The Really Tiny Book Light is available in a series of colours, including white, orange, green, pink and purple, although prices may vary slightly depending on which colour you're after. Mine cost around £7 on Amazon, which makes it a good stocking filler or additional birthday present for someone. I picked green for Joe because it's his favourite colour, and although I think a vivid shade of green would be nicer, the mushy pea colour is fine and he's not complained about it!
The booklight is basically a small, thinnish bit of plastic with a light attached to the hooded top. That doesn't sound too complimentary; to be fair it is made of reasonably high quality plastic and the bulb looks very modern. It's definitely a functional object though, and to that extent I think it looks fine. To use The Really Tiny Booklight, you clip it easily over your book and it casts the light you need to be able to read. If you're reading thicker/bigger books, you may need to switch the light from the front to the back cover as you progress - it depends on what you like to read.
The booklight is actually bigger (longer) than I expected, although the light/bulb itself is tiny. It partially bends in the middle, presumably to angle the light better, although I think they missed a trick here because having a proper hinge to fold it down to half the size would be fantastic.
It takes three LR41 batteries, which are the really small ones, and it does come with a set that haven't run out over the past few months, although that is ultimately down to how much you use it. I have to say that I watched Joe fiddling with the back and the batteries, and this might not be the easiest thing to do if you have big fingers or anything like arthritis in your hands. However, you won't need to change the batteries too often so it shouldn't be much of an issue.
The light is white, and extremely bright. So much so that if your loved one shines it in your eyes to wind you up, it's going to hurt! (Guess how I know that...). Joe spent a good few days 'training' me, Pavlov style, to shut up when he shone the light directly in my eyes. This set off quite a few (play) fights with him, particularly as my eyes are still a bit sensitive to bright lights after having laser eye surgery in April...although our friends seemed to find it amusing when we went on holiday. I really don't think the light needs to be this bright, although it may be useful if you're reading particularly tall books. Not to mention that it defeats one purpose of it - to avoid distracting other people in the room - as most other lights are softer. Although if you're a police officer and interrogating a suspect, then this light will probably make them confess all within a few minutes.
*Small and easy to transport
*Light is bright enough to not worry about straining your eyes
*Book light is of good quality
*Bulb is white rather than yellow, which it better for your eyes
*Easy to attach to your book and no problems with slipping
*Light is extremely bright
*Battery changing is a bit fiddly
*Would be infinitely better if you could fold it in half
Overall, it's a good little buy but it's not for everyone. It really depends on how and where you plan to use it. If you plan to buy it for torturing people, then it's a great idea (can you tell I kind of regret buying this?!). If you're using it during travel or as a replacement for a lamp, then it does a good job. If you're using it to avoid annoying your partner at night, then it's not ideal but still better than others on the market.
I'm rounding this one off with 4 stars because ultimately it's a good design, but there are a few little niggles.
I received this little gadget last year from my mum and dad at Christmas in my stocking. Yes, despite the fact that I'm 25 and my fiancé is 26, my mum insists you're never too old for a stocking! Anyway this little light has turned out to be a really good little gadget. I love it!
The Really Tiny Book Light is just that! a tiny little book light. Its such a simple little idea but so effective. Its designed to use while reading in bed or really anywhere where the light is dim. Travelling for instance. This little gadget looks like a cross between a toothbrush and a pen. Its approximately 12cm's long and comes in a variety of colours, orange, purple ,grey, white, blue, pink and green. The one I have is pink.
On the bottom half of the light is a clip, just like the clip on a pen. This is used for clipping on to your book. The top half has a slightly curved end to it, this is where the little light is. Its a bright white LED light. Although the light is slightly curved towards whatever you are reading there is a small hinge in the centre of the light that allows the head to bend a full 90 degrees. This means you can angle it right down to the page should you need to. Actually when the little light is bent over it reminds me very much of ET, but that's probably just me!
The light works by batteries and needs 3 x AG3 batteries , which are like little round watch batteries. To be honest I haven't changed the batteries yet. Although I received this last Christmas I only got round to using it when we went on holiday this summer.
Apart from using this to sometimes read in bed, I often use it to read course material ( Open Uni Course) in the evenings. Mark likes to watch TV with just a little lamp on so it means we can both do what we want quite happily. I also use it at night sometimes as a little torch.
Its a great little gadget that would make an ideal gift for both children and adults alike. Its small enough to fit in a handbag and takes up no room if you take it when travelling.
Although mine was a gift I have seen them on e bay and Amazon, they cost £6 to £7.00.
I would not hesitate to recommend this light. Its small, neat, and works very well. The light is plenty bright enough to read with and you don't need to strain your eyes.
With Christmas rapidly approaching it would make an excellent stocking filler, I was certainly pleased to find it in mine!
I love reading books. It's amazing good fun to proper immerse yourself into a well-written book. In a way, they offer so much more in terms of characterization than a film ever does. To me, books have always been one o my top hobbies.
So I like to make sure I'm well prepared when I read. Bookmarks and all. When I read at night, my ceiling light and bedside table lamp are horribly positioned when I've got a book raised to my face. It's annoying and I can never see the page properly. This is where the Really Tiny Book Light comes in.
As the name so obviously suggests, the Really Tiny Book Light is a really tiny book light. It clips nicely to the back flap of the book and stays there. It's not much of a bother either, due to its small size and unlike some clip on book lights, you don't feel like it's going to fall off anytime soon.
The light is bendy and easily opposable, meaning you can put it whatever position you find best for reading. The light comes in all kinds of colours and the whole thing is 12cm long, weighs close to nothing and takes three of those tiny batteries you use for your watches. But not to worry as it comes with some included and they last long enough for it to not become a bother.
It's a great gift to a friend or yourself and if you love reading at night or anywhere dark this is for you, and from 5 to 10 pounds at all kinds of electronic gadget shops or online, it's not a big dent in your pocket
As anybody who knows me would attest I am a big reader. In fact my compulsion is so bad that i physically cannot fall asleep without reading no matter how tired I may be much to the chagrin of my oh who hates having the lamp on. In my quest for a proper book light i have bought and discarded many lights down the years for lots of different reasons from not being bright enough to being too awkward to use.
I received the really tiny book light as a present from a friend who knows about my reading addiction, she had seen it and thought about me and said she had to buy me it. I thought it was really sweet of her but when i seen it i didn't hold out much hope that i would find it useful.
It looks cute as a button but it lives up to its name and is absolutely tiny so i thought it was more of a novelty gift rather than something that was truly practical. My friend bought me a blue one but they are also available in Green, Grey, White, Pink, Purple and Orange. It is made of plastic and you just clip it onto the back cover of the book you are reading and her presto let there be light. It has a bendable top so it is able to reach forward and illuminate the largest of paperbacks. This means you can also adjust the brightness on the page by moving it backwards or forwards. It is extremely easy to use all you have to do it remove it from the box add the battery and your ready to go. There is a switch to turn the light on and off and that is it so perfect for all those technophobes out there.
I'm not so sure how well it would work with hardbacks as i rarely buy these so haven't yet tried it with one but the way it works with paperbacks is fantastic.
Once it clips onto the book it is really light so this makes is especially comfortable to hold and after a couple of minutes you forget it's there. It takes small round batteries which helps keep its weight down so a long reading session won't be any problem for people. For something so small the light it gives off is impressive and is more than bright enough for me to read by. I'm actually really impressed with the really tiny book light and i think it would make a great present for any readers out there. It is not only a funky looking object but it is also very practical and at a price of around a fiver it is a complete bargain. It's nice to have a product that is so simple and does what it is supposed to instead of being overly complicated and not up to the job.
The really tiny book light is a must have product for all readers out there and is perfect for people who travel, go camping, has a partner they don't want to disturb, likes reading in the garden, pretty much any reader out there. Highly recommended.
I've tried a few different book lights and really struggled to find a good one. Some don't stay on the book and some don't shed enough light, so every single one had ended up in the bin. This reading habit was starting to cost me more than I thought it would!
Imagine my delight when I read a review on DooYoo extolling the virtues of the Really Tiny Book Light! The clip is nice and solid, the light it sheds is bright and covers the whole book, or so the review claimed. I couldn't wait to see if this was the book light I'd been looking for all my life, so off I trotted to Amazon (well, opened a new tab in my browser) and searched on, added to my basket and bought a Really Tiny Book Light. I ordered my light in pink, whereas the writer of the review I'd read had their book light in orange, but I'm a girl and I like pink. I figured that the colour wouldn't affect the performance of the light anyway...
So a few days later, the book light popped through my door and I eagerly ripped it out of the packet, ready to give it a test drive, only to realise that it was still the middle of the day and testing a light would be better done when it was actually dark. So I waited, rather impatiently.
Once it was dark, the book light was duly attached to my book and switched on. It was easy to clip onto the book, as it has a clip for just that purpose, rather like the clip on a pen, which attaches to the pages of your book. The head then bends towards the book, so that it forms a 90ᵒ angle, with the actual light on the inside of the top part. This gives it a very wide angle of light, especially as the actual bulb has a mirrored insert around it, to reflect the light to the maximum effect.
The light is switched on by pressing a button located on the bottom of the device, so it's easiest to switch it on before you clip it into your book, as if it's clipped into some of the pages, it could prove troublesome afterwards. You might also need to be a little careful with the clip, as I feel that it could quite easily snap off, although that could just be me, as I also tend to snap the clips off pens as well. I found it easier to clip the light around about ten pages of the book (the part that I've already read) rather than the cover, simply because that gives the light a better range. The pages that you read can then be turned over as normal, as the clip is fairly flat.
The light is very wide-ranging and covers the whole of the book. It covered the whole of my book anyway, although I only tend to read paperbacks (simply because I sometimes like to read whilst I eat and hardbacks don't fit under the plate as well as paperbacks!). But I digress. Unless you're reading a very large book, this light will light up the whole of the two pages, which is fantastic and essentially, just what I've been looking for. It means that once you've clipped the light on, you shouldn't need to take it off the book too often.
When you come to first use the book light, you need to open up the battery cover and pull the tab out from between the batteries, to enable it to work. It's easy to get the cover off, but, once you've got the light working, I would suggest not opening it up again until the batteries run out. I did. I opened it up to show Mr. Nykied what sort of batteries it uses (three watch batteries, by the way) and as soon as I opened up the cover, ping! All three of those little round watch batteries were on the floor. And let me tell you, once they're out, they're then very fiddly to get back in! Just don't do it, kids!
Other than the 'batteries all over the floor' incident, I am really, really pleased with this book light. When Mr. Nykied snores and I can't get to sleep, which is practically every night, I can read a few pages of my book and then when I'm done, use the light to find my way to the bathroom without having to switch on the bedroom light and blinding myself. A winner all round!
This Really Tiny Book Light is available from various gift shops (it was voted gift if the year in 2008) and from Amazon for £7.78 for the pink, orange and green versions, slightly more for the blue, white and purple ones. It's not eligible for free delivery, but to be honest, for this light, I'd pay more than the price and the delivery put together!
On a Thursday afternoon in November one of my most epic searches finally came to and end in the most unlikely of locations. In the Christmas stocking filler section of our local garden centre, nestled amongst other little gadgets and gizmos, I found "The Really Tiny Book Light".
Let me get something straight from the get go - it wasn't as if I was searching for something perfect - I just wanted a serviceable book light to allow me to read at night when my wife preferred to go to sleep. However, my quest for a reliable book light stretches back three Christmases and two birthdays and I have a pile of rejects and failures that would justify a car boot sale table all by themselves.
So it was with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that I took this little gadget to the cash desk, hoping it would finally turn out to be "the one". At its RRP of £6.99, it seemed a worthwhile gamble and my confidence was boosted further by a little sticker proclaiming it to be the "GA Gift of the Year 2008" (not that I had any idea what that meant at the time - I had to look it up - "GA" is the Giftware Association (http://www.ga-uk.org/) and this product was also awarded a "Highly Commended" in its category for 2009 as well).
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
The Really Tiny Book Light (RTBL) is made by a specialist gift company called That Company Called IF (http://www.thatcompanycalledif.com) founded in 1996 and based in North Yorkshire. The product comes in a trim, form fitted plastic box and is available in various colours (Purple, Pink, White, Orange, Green, Grey and Blue). The only instructions you need are printed on the box, but the product is intuitive to use.
I plumped for the orange version. The housing is in hard plastic, with a matte finish and is hinged around halfway along its length. It is extremely lightweight and takes three tiny LR41 batteries to power its strong, slightly hooded LED light which sits in the middle of a small reflector which amplifies the beam. The whole hood get-up is vaguely reminiscent of the "neck" of the alien spacecraft in the "War of the Worlds" films.
The batteries are covered by a slide on/slide off battery cover at the bottom end of the unit, and all you need to do to get going is to remove the cover and pull out the insulating tape that keeps the batteries from working while in storage. It's the ability of the unit to use such small batteries that contributes to its light weight and form factor and makes it stand out from competitors.
A small switch at the bottom of the unit, labelled "light", allows you to turn it on and off with a pleasing little click. The RTBL is really quite attractive to look at and has been built to an excellent standard. Although it is quite small, it feels very durable and robust. The clip on the front of the base attaches to the back cover of your book and as the unit is very well balanced, it keeps quite stable.
The RTBL is currently available on Amazon for £7.69 from various marketplace vendors and I have also seen it at John Lewis for its RRP.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
The RTBL is a triumph - at least from a design point of view - but the real proof is whether it does the job for which it was so elegantly designed. The simple answer is yes - it is without doubt the best book light I have ever used - but it does have one or two limitations.
Firstly, while the clip is perfect for paperbacks, it does not sit proud of the unit far enough to deal with hard back books in equal comfort. When attached to a hard back, the clip looks worryingly strained, so I compensate by clipping it to the first few pages instead. The downside is that the back of the unit, which holds the battery, is sandwiched between the front cover and the inside of the book, making the book a little awkward and uncomfortable to hold. In addition, you lose the stability which makes it such an excellent solution for paperbacks.
Secondly, the light is actually quite bright. Although the throw and the angle are much better than using a tableside lamp, the glow is actually quite illuminating - but I account for this by reading on my side, so my body acts as a shield to keep the light spill to a minimum. The upside is that it's a very handy mini-torch, which makes night-time checks on the toy strewn floor of my toddler's bedroom much less of the hazardous pastime than it used to be. I have also used it to illuminate the back seat of our car during dark hours to be able to find and fasten my daughter's booster seat belt.
Lastly, its effectiveness depends on the size of your paperback. I am currently on the last few pages of a six hundred page thriller and find that the head of the lamp doesn't quite stretch far enough, casting a glare onto the page rather than illuminating it. However, moving the RTBL from the front cover to the back cover seems to solve this issue most of the time.
Despite these three issues, on balance, the RTBL is a brilliantly designed and executed piece of kit and a real steal at its RRP. It is, without doubt, worthy of its accolades and makes a fine solution for reading in dark places, especially when conventional lighting is not an option (for example, where it risks incurring the wrath of your other half). It would make a perfect stocking filler for Christmas, and despite is minor limitations, is a cracking bit of engineering. As they say - good things come in small packages.
© Hishyeness 2009