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Jan. 25th, 2010 | 04:50 pm

See, this is what I was talking about.

Book light - 1 Book light - 2

A very small thing with an LED light that sits on the back of the book. None of this power-cable nonsense.

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Joshua Kronengold

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from: mneme
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Power cable?

Yeah, I'm very fond of booklights. I use ones that look a bit like that one (though I prefer bendy ones that'll curl over and not shine any light into my eyes); I've also been known to use one that's a small head-lamp marketed as a booklight (which doubles as a hands-free flashlight).

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Now a head lamp sounds useful, as I imagine it is harder to fall asleep with it turned on and use up the battery (which I worry about here).

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Joshua Kronengold

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from: mneme
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
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It might be; I'm not that worried about using up the battery -- particulary since at least some automatically turn off the light if you close the booklight.

The headlamp one I use mostly for reading while walking (in the dark; the streetlight coverage in my home neighborhood isn't good enough to work reliably for reading), but it might work well for your purposes -- certainly, it's got a built in convenience of not needing to use a hand to adjust it when turning pages; adjusting where you point your head is far easier (that said, I wouldn't use it when reading if not alone; having a headlight (literally) is not friendly).

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I was just thinking that a hand dynamo-powered light might be a good idea (not while walking obviously ,but for reading statically). I'm not sure quite how practical it would be in terms of size, but even with conventional bulbs you can get a long period of light from a very short amount of squeezing or turning - an LED would be even more efficient. If you fall asleep it would just turn off, and if you were awake and it started to dim, you could pull the cord or turn the handle or whatever and quickly get back to power.

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from: anonymous
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Sorry but the (cabled) one I recommended lights up both pages easily not just a tiny bit which means that you have to move the book all the time.
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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
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But it's on a cable. I might as well use a table lamp.

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from: anonymous
date: Jan. 26th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
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The current LED 2W replacements for tungsten-halogen 20W bulbs run from 12 volts. They provide the coverage OP mentions and could run from a rechargeable batterypack in your pocket - or a hand dynamo, if you like to squeeze while reading.

OB

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