AB Moonbeams, built by AB of Candlepower Forums
Last updated 07-11-03

The "AB Moonbeams" isn't a flashlight like you might normally think of. Instead, you hang it on the wall in a place like a bedroom or bathroom, and just tap it when you want or need an extra little bit of light.

The Moonbeams runs on three ordinary AA cells, and features six screaming green LEDs along the edges, and a white LED inside the translucent white dome that you tap to turn the light on and off.

The green LEDs are positioned along the edges of the light to project beams on the wall you hang it on.
Moon-shaped light, moonbeams, get it? ;-)


To use the AB Moonbeams, just tap the translucent white dome to get light, and tap it again to not get light. It works like those "tap lites" you see on TV and might find in dark closets or similar locations, except the Moonbeams is outfitted with energy-conscious LEDs instead of with the wasteful and breakage-prone incandescent bulbs like other "tap lites" are equipped with.

You can just place the Moonbeams on a flat surface like a dresser, night table, or cistern lid; or you can hang it on the wall. If you decide to hang it on the wall, you'll need a pan-headed drywall or wood screw to go in the wall; the light has a keyhole opening on the back that you hang it from. Be sure you get a screw with no larger than a 3/8" diameter head and a 1/8" diameter shaft so it fits the light.

The light weighs about 6 ounces fully loaded, and that shouln't be a problem whether you use a drywall insert or just screw the screw into the wall.

Battery changing in the Moonbeams is just a little different than it was before AB changed this light. To install the 3 AA cells this light feeds from, use your fingernail or a coin to press the door catch towards the back (towards you as the "crescent" part faces forward. The door should swing up and come off at this point. Set the door aside. Remove the dead batteries and get rid of them as you see fit. Install three new batteries with their negative (flat) sides facing the springs in their chambers. (In the above picture, the green stripe on each cell is the negative end). Place the door back on by putting its back edge in first, then swing it down until it snaps into place. Your Moonbeams should be ready to go again.

Because this is intended for use as a night light for children, I'll keep the test unit out of rivers, ponds, lakes, seasides, toilet bowls, tubs, and other sources of water that flashlights might encounter. I'll also dispense with throwing it, running it over, smashing it with a steel rod, and other punishments that I bestow upon most flashlights. :-)

The Moonbeams is not made of a super tough plastic, so you'll no doubt want to be reasonably careful with it while hanging it up or changing its batteries. If it's dropped, it *could* crack, or one or more of the green LEDs along its edges could get mashed inwards. So please try not to drop your Moonbeams.

Picture of the Moonbeams in action.

Unit was purchased for $20 (shipping included) from a Candlepower Forums member a few months back. It was already "on" when I opened the box - a new set of batteries fixed that little issue. :-)
I guess the postman thought he'd be cute when he squeezed the package.

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