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A really tiny (yet really fantastic) book light!
The Really Tiny Book Light
Member Name: nykied
The Really Tiny Book Light
Advantages: Illuminates well, is as tiny as it claims
Disadvantages: None so far, possibly the clip might snap off
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!
Summary: Something to put on your Amazon wish list
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