Hollywood Moonspot Desk Lamp, retail $55.00 (www.zweibrueder.com...)
Manufactured by LED-Lenser Optoelectronics (www.zweibrueder.com...)
Last updated 10-17-05

The Hollywood Moonspot Desk Lamp, part number 7948, is a nice looking metal desk lamp with a weighted base, and a 1.2 watt Luxeon LED in its head who's beam is modified by a biconvex lens, producing a wide circular beam with a sharp perimeter (edge).

The head swivels a full 360, so you can direct light exactly where you need it - even if you need it on the ceiling.

My desk is kind of a mess, so the photograph of the product near the top of this web page was taken with the lamp lying on a bed. For purposes of testing though, I have it to the right of my computer keyboard.


Fairly firmly press and then release the button on the lamp base to turn the lamp on.

Do the same thing to turn the lamp off.

The head rotates a full 360, so you can aim it exactly where you need the light - even the ceiling if that's where you need it.

The unit I'm evaluating today did not come with a battery pack, so I cannot describe how to change the batteries in it or which part you need to kick into the weeds.

The unit also comes with an AC adapter. This plugs into any two- or three-slot 110-130 volts AC household receptacle. Find the plug on the end of the AC adapter's cord, and plug it into the plug at the end of the short (18") cord on the lamp itself, then plug the AC adapter itself in.

Photograph of the unit's head, showing the LED and the lens.

This is a desk lamp meant to be used as a household lamp in a dry area, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, and abused, so I won't try to drown it in the toilet, bash it against a steel rod or against the corner of a concrete stair, let my housemate's kitty cat's ghost go to the bathroom on it, run over it with a 400lb Rascal, or perform other indecencies on it that a regular flashlight might have to go through. So this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

Water-resistance is very minimal at best. Although it is at least sprinkle-resistant, it is not waterproof or submersible. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of St. Bernard dog pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, set the unit in a warm dry place for a day or so just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you use it again.

If it fell into seawater or if somebody or something peed on it, douche it out with fresh water before setting it out to dry. You don't want your desk lamp to smell like seashells or wee-wee when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or urination) can't be very good for the insides - the electrical contacts and the LED.

Physically, the desk lamp is very nice to look at, whether it is on or off. It has a modern, yet retro appearance, and would be at home on most any desk you place it on. It has a handsome brushed aluminum finish. This finish isn't mirror smooth, but it isn't rough either.

The head reached a temperature of no less than 95F (35C) after approximately an hour of "on" time. This is far cooler than what you could be burned on, plus there are no delicate filaments to break when the lamp is bumped or falls off the desk.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 29,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
Remember, wider viewing angles always equal lower mcd readings.

Beam photo (with the camera held back to show the entire spot) at ~12".
Light is slightly bluer than this photograph makes it appear.

Product was purchased from a website fan and was received late on the morning of 08-12-05.

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. A sticker on the bottom of the package indicates it was made in China, even though LED-Lenser is a German company.

UPDATE: 09-20-05
Product has failed after falling from the top of a TV to the floor; a distance of approximately two feet. I was able to restore partial operation, but it's rather unstable (electrically) and can turn itself off without warning or when the illuminator head is touched.

The problem has been isolated to the illuminator head and the arms that attach it to the rest of the lamp. One of the contacts appears to be intermittent; bending the arm with that contact on its end slightly inward restored partial operation.

UPDATE: 10-17-05
I have decided to rate the product just 1 star and place it in "The Toylet Bowl" section of this website.
Although it is beautiful to look at, it's just too fragile to use in any location where it might be accidentally knocked to the floor, yet it was intended to be placed on a desk where just such an accident can occur.

Very beautiful to look at, whether on or off
Produces a useful pool of light

Fragile construction - that's what knocked so many points off its rating

    MANUFACTURER: LED-Lenser Optoelectronics
    PRODUCT TYPE: LED desk lamp
    LAMP TYPE: White Luxeon I LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Very wide spot with sharp perimeter
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on base
    BEZEL: Metal; LED protected by a biconvex lens
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells (optional)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at best
    ACCESSORIES: "Wall wart" AC adapter, 3xAA battery pack
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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