Yes, Kindle lovers—real books are still sold, to the tune of over 820 million books in 2021.
But–say the Kindle lovers—on a cold night we can snuggle under the covers and when we’re done, turn off the Kindle. You need to climb out of bed to turn out the lights. Plus, how can we sleep when the light is on?
Book lights to the rescue. With the right light you can stay under the blanket and won’t bother others in the room trying to sleep. These are our picks of the best lights for reading in bed.
Traditional Book Lights
A traditional clip on book light should suppress melatonin production, which has been linked to poor sleep. Here are other must haves:
- A long-lasting rechargeable battery is a must.
- A flexible neck and portability for travel.
- Settings for different light levels.
Although not a necessity, a timer is a helpful addition to make sure you don’t stay up all night reading.
The following three lights are reasonably priced, with an average of 4 star ratings by thousands of users.
- Vekkia Amber Rechargeable 7 LED Blue Light Blocking Reading Light
- Vekkia 14 LED Rechargeable Book-Light for Reading at Night in Bed
- Agearsuk Clip On Reading Light with 30/60 Mins Timer
Neck Book Lights
Sometimes we have no choice but to take our work reading to bed. A traditional clip light doesn’t work well on a tablet or paper reports. Enter a neck book light.
A neck light sits on the back of your neck, and its arms point forward onto what you read. Over Nearly 86,000 people have rated the Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light with an average of 4.7, and it’s the one we recommend. Features include
- 3 color modes and 6 brightness adjustments.
- Separate switches for each head.
- Up to 80 hours reading time between charges.
- Narrow beam angle so your partner’s sleep is not disturbed.
Glocusent has a broad range of book lights. And they were the first to manufacture neck reading lights and have applied for an original patent.
And if you don’t like any of these choices, here’s what Chat.OpenAi (read my post about Chat.OpenAI here) wrote about Reading Lights.
What is a reading light?
A reading light is a small light designed to provide illumination for reading in low-light conditions. It can be a separate device or built into another object such as a book or e-reader. Reading lights can be powered by batteries or electricity and can be adjusted for brightness and direction.
What kind of batteries will I need?
The type of batteries required for a reading light will depend on the specific device. Some reading lights use standard alkaline batteries, while others may use rechargeable batteries. Some reading lights can be plugged into a power outlet, so it does not require any batteries. It’s important to check the manufacturer’s specifications or the instructions that came with the light to determine the type and size of batteries required.
What is the best reading light?
The best reading light will depend on personal preferences and the specific needs of the user. Some factors to consider when choosing a reading light include:
- Brightness: Make sure the light is bright enough to comfortably read by, but not so bright that it causes eye strain. (This seems obvious)
- Color temperature: A warm color temperature (around 2700K) will be more comfortable for reading, while a cool color temperature (around 6500K) will be better for tasks that require high visual acuity. (This article is about reading lights, so why high visual acuity?)
- Flexibility: A light that can be adjusted for brightness and direction will be more versatile and useful in a variety of situations. (An adjustable light will be versatile. Who would have thought?)
- Battery life: If you are looking for portable reading light, you may want to consider one with long battery life or a built-in rechargeable battery. (They make rechargeable batteries. Raise your hand if that is news to you.)
- Durability: Look for a light that is well-constructed and durable, so it will last for a long time. (And what do I look for to make sure it is well-constructed and durable?)
- Price: There are different price points for reading lights with different features and quality. You should consider your budget and the features you need before making a purchase. (What a sentence. I never thought I should consider my budget.)
Some popular reading lights include the Amazon Kindle Lighted Leather Cover (not a reading light), the Philips Hue Go (not a reading light), and the Anker Rechargeable Foldable Reading Light (type that into the Amazon search bar and see what comes up).
Nope. Not worried about my job.
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2 thoughts on “Book Lights for Nighttime Reading”
Interesting post. I’d agree about the ChatGPT text … I found parts of it condescending
Yes–that is a good way of putting it. And then it recommends products that aren’t booklights! Thanks for your comments.