QUIK BRITE



Quik Brite, retail $14.98 (www.harrietcarter.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 03-20-07





Wel, thuh kompeny thatt maiks thuh Quik Brite kant spel thuh werds "quick" orr "bright" , and I had to intentionally misspell the filename because my HTML editor and FTP client are restricted to 8-character DOS filenames, but this company DOES produce a nice little "stick up" LED product that can light up dark little cupboards, cabinets, drawers, and other places you might need a little light.

In my order there were two oval ("egg-shaped") units with foldable LED arms & hook-and-loop fasteners, and eight oblong (shaped like a large vitamin tablet) units with magnetic switches designed to light automatically when a drawer or cupboard drawer is opened. They are used a bit differently from one another; I'll explain just below.


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To use the egg-shaped units, choose a place where you want to use one, remove the paper backing, and press it into place. The unit is activated & deactivated by just pressing on it. It swivels 360 by just spinning it. You can also unfold the little LED arm from it to increase its brightness somewhat; the LED itself has a very wide viewing angle so you won't just have a spot of light somewhere and none everywhere else.


To use the oblong unit, position it in a drawer, cupboard, cabinet, etc.; remove the paper backing, and press it into place. Place the magnet on the door or on the stationary part of the dresser, etc. so the Quik Brite turns off when the door or drawer is closed, remove the paper backing from it, and press it into place. You do have to be careful here regarding your placement of the Quik Brite and its companion magnet - "careful" meaning that if the two are not installed correctly, the unit will not turn off when the door or drawer is closed, and since there is no external "on/off" switch, the Quik Brite would quickly use its batteries up.



To change the batteries in the oval unit, turn it upside-down, and use a small phillips screwdriver to unscrew & remove the screw holding the battery door on. Remove the battery door, throw it to the ground, and crush it out like a cigerette using a twisting motion while wearing old or used spiked golf shoes...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip out the three used LR44 button cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new LR44 button cells into the three chambers for them, orienting them so their button-ends (-) negatives face down.

Place the battery door back on, and screw that screw back in.
Aren't you glad you didn't crush out that battery door now?


To change the batteries in the oblong unit, slide the battery door off (on the front of the unit), throw it to the ground, and kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the used LR44 button cells from the compartment, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new LR44 button cells into the compartment, orienting them so their button-ends (-) negatives face the larger of the two spring contacts - toward the left as the product is facing forward (lens-end toward you and the battery compartment at the bottom).

Slide the battery door back on until it snaps into place.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?


Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

Unable to measure current consumption due to how the Quik Brites were constructed.



The Quik Brites are meant to be used as household lighting devices in dry areas, not as flashlights meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused; so I won't try to drown them in the toilet, bash them against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a patio, send them to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, let my housemate's kitty cats go to the bathroom on them, run over them with a 450lb Celebrity electric wheelchair, or perform other indecencies on the Quik Brite that a regular flashlight might have to go through. So this section of the Quik Brite's web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The egg-shaped unit *CAN* be used as an emergency flashlight by removing it from wherever you have it mounted, extending the little folding LED arm, and then activating it. The light produced is a dim, flood pattern, but is definitely bright enough to be truly useful for navigating the house after dark.

The light emitted by the Quik Brite is a cool white, with just a touch of blue tint. This is a perfectly normal characteristic of 5mm white LEDs though, and is nothing whatsoever to be concerned about.



Photograph of both versions of the Quik Brite illuminated.


Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the LED in this product.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.





TEST NOTES:
Test units were ordered from the Harriet Carter website on 03-03-07, and were received on the afternoon of 03-19-07.
I received eight oblong units and two oval units.

Product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:



CONS:



    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Stick-up LED lights
    LAMP TYPE: White LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Very diffuse flood
    SWITCH TYPE: (oval unit) Push unit on/off (oblong unit) Magnetic on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED protected by diffused plastic window
    BATTERY: 3xLR44 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splatter-resistant at maximum
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: Magnets for actuation of oblong units, batteries for all units
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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