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My lego brick light was a bit of an impulse buy - whilst browsing through my local Wilkos I happened to look at the reductions shelf, and this light ws just sitting there, amongst the battered boxes of hair dye and nearly out of date lemsips, priced at just £3.
Essentially, it is a light designed to look like a Lego brick, that can be mounted on any flat surface, or carried about as an emergency light . I knew of somewhere I could make use of this, so although it was a novelty item, I actually did need a light for my outside storage cupboard, which houses the gas meter . Topping the meter, which is prepay, up with gas in the evenings was a tricky affair as there was no light in the cupboard, meaning I'd have to take a candle with me .
With this light easily attached to the door of the cupboard (though it can be placed freestanding on a shelf, and can be carried whilst on) it was very easy to turn the light on, pressing the Lego logo in the centre of the brick. I really like the way the switch is so cunningly disguised. This gives out a decent amount of light - enough to illuminate a small space, or to provide mood lighting in a larger room, but not enough light to read by . I can see this being useful as a childrens nightlight, or in power cuts .
This light takes 3 AAA batteries , which are not included . My light is still going strong, although it is usually only on for a minute or two once or twice a week. I imagine that if you used it often the batteries could run down quite quickly .
The normal retail price for these is around 9.99 . I actually think that is incredibly expensive for what this is . However, shopping around shows this is 6.99 on Amazon.co.uk - still a little expensive, in my opinion, bt this light would make a good gift for any Lego fan .
From reading my other reviews, you will know I have a fascination with buying "cuter versions of real things". Ie: Lego cutlery instead of normal cutlery; my Alessi Geronimo toilet roll holder, instead of a dull white holder.... So, when I read a review about this Lego Light recently, I almost fell off my chair as I did not know these even existed!
That is normal for Lego- they DO make homewares (sometimes I think it is other companies who use their license; for instance La Cie who make a Lego Brick hard drive for your computer) but all these inventions are not sold from one stockist so you normally have to trawl through pages and pages of "Lego" things on e-bay just to work out what you can buy.
I thank Dooyoo for bringing this to my attention! I managed to track one down on ebay where the prices were from £9.99 to £15 without postage. The size states 8cm square so I though this might be a bit small when I was trying to picture an 8cm square item. When it arrived, I took it upon myself to show everyone at work (they were not bothered- some people just do not appreicate beauty!!).
It arrived in a Lego branded yellow box with "IQ Hong Kong Limited: Made in China" printed on the box. All the Lego logo's are on the box so this does seem like an official product- maybe as I pondered before other companies can use the Lego license? I don't know how licensing/ copyright/ patents work. All I know is it looks like a genuinely lego isue item. The box notes suitable for ages 5+ and batteries NOT included. I have no idea how long the led bulbs will last or if they will be easily replaced so I cannot comment on the bulbs. The instruction leaflet is more a 20 language translation page about not using different batteries together and disposing of batteries safely and does not mention bulbs either.
Anyway, once opened the light is exactly 8cm square. You have to do some minor DIY when you first get this as it takes THREE AAA batteries (not supplied) and these have to be screwed into the back of the light. I left the DIY bit to Mr Norton. The brilliant feature of this is is it not only a LIGHT but it can double up as a sort of TORCH as the back plate can be affixed to a wall (ie behind your child's bed). The light will merrily sit there to be used as a light (you simply press the lego logo on the front of the light for the light to switch on or off).
But- if your child then needs a torch, they just pull the front part and this comes off to leave what looks like a square four pronged lego brick on the wall. The light "torch" part then fits back onto this in the same way as lego bricks slot together. It is ingenious. The "torch" is an exact replica in 3D of a square 4 bit lego piece. These come with different coloured backing plastic so mine is blue but I have seen them sold in red also. This coloured part is the part that affixes to the wall. You do not get the screws to attach this, but there are teardrop shaped holes in the plastic.
Unfortunately the walls in our house seem to be solid concrete so we cannot screw anything into the walls or it generates a torrent of sand and the screws still fall out of the wall! So, despite me (at the age of almost 30) wanting this as a night light by my side of the bed, it has ended up as a roaming light currently residing on Mr Norton's bedside table.
To use the light, as mentioned you just press the lego logo and it switches on/off. There are four almost daylight bulb effect LED bulbs already inside this light. The effect is a more blue-ish light (like daylight bulbs if you have ever experienced one of these) but dim enough to be used as a night light. Mr Norton tells me he has been using this light to read and do crosswords by whilst I am asleep in bed and it has not woken me up as his normal ikea Mammut bedside lamp (which is dim) would do. So this is perfect as a through night source of light.
If you had a power cut, it also makes a viable torch as it does not have a small fine beam- the entire 8x8cm surface of the light is giving out the light so this would make a more useful torch than those small round beam torches most people keep in the house. This is a light first, but the fact is is portable and takes batteries makes it just brilliant.
For the price, I would certainly recommend this. The dooyoo photo is exactly how the light looks when you hold it in your hand as a torch. It is around 1-1.25 inches deep. This is I suppose designed for children as a night light/torch but Mr Norton and I love this for ourselves! So it is not something only children can enjoy! 4 stars, recommended.
This Lego Lights Brick Light is an absolute must-have for Lego fans everywhere! It's amazingly reasonably priced, compared to a lot of Lego products, and it's very cleverly designed too. It's available in store at Toys R Us for £6.99, and online at the same price from Amazon and Play.com.
The really novel thing about this light is that it's actually in two parts. There is a base to the light, which seperates from the main brick light in the style as a model does from a base board. This light base can be fixed to the wall by being hung on screws and slid downwards, so that it holds firmly but could be removed without the need to unscrew it if desired.
The light brick can then be pulled on and off this base section as desired. The grandson has this fixed besides his bed, and he removes it to charge up his glow-in-the-dark Cars which are stuck on the wall by his bed. Then he can clip it quickly back onto the base board, lay down and see his Cars glowing in the dark.
He can also use this stationary as a light for reading his books by in bed, or he can unclip it from the wall and carry it around as a torch. How handy is that?! Perfect for children who might need the loo in the middle of the night, or those who can be a bit jittery of the night and need ocassional reassurance that there really aren't any monsters under their bed.
To operate the light, you just click the Lego logo button in the centre of the brick. It's got four bulbs in it, one behind each of the pins, so it gives off a surprisingly powerful light considering it's small size. It runs on three standard AAA batteries, which are secured into the back of the light using two little screws, so they shouldn't (hopefully) go missing when the light is left in the charge of inquisitive little hands.
I've seen some online reviews suggesting that this is disappointingly small, but actually for a child I think this is the perfect size. It fits neatly into small hands for use a portable light, and if it was any bigger, a younger child would struggle to get it easily off the base plate. It is small, but it's powerful, and it's just the right size for children aged between around five and twelve years of age.
I think this is a brilliant little bedroom accessory that's also great value for money. It's sturdy, well designed, convenient and powerful. And of course it looks great too! I'm really impressed with this and recommend it highly to all the little Lego fans out there.