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An inexpensive torture device
The Really Tiny Book Light
Member Name: jennikitten
The Really Tiny Book Light
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.
Summary: 4 stars
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