Robotic Reading Light, retail $5.28
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Fancy It Agencies Ltd. UK
Last updated 03-08-07

WE ARE THE BORG. YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE...o wait, these phrases belong on Star Trek, not on a web page about a reading light. But this was the first thing to pop into my mind when I ripped open the package I got today and then pushed the button.

This is an LED book light that has an articulating arm that slowly extends by itself and turns on by itself when you push the button on its side. It comes in a matte silver finish and black body; and operates from three L1154 button cells.


The reading light is almost ready to use as soon as you remove it from the package. All you need to do is remove the battery door, gently but firmly pull that white insulating tab out, and replace the battery door.

Press the chrome colored button on its upper right side, and allow the arm to extend. The LED will automatically come on as this arm is extending.

With the unit rightside-up, open the book you wish to read, insert the reading light into the cover or back of a book using the steel clip already attached to the product, and tip the part containing the LED forward or backward as you see fit.

Read some more.
Read yet some more.

When finished, remove it from the book. Grasp the base in one hand, and use the other hand to grasp and lower the bottommost part of the arm into the body of the...o the heck with it, let's just show you with a short movie.

Quicktime movie (.mov extension) showing how to close/turn off the unit.
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It will take no less than several minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

Turn the unit upside-down (so the black portion faces up). Remove the battery door and get rid of it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the three used L1154 button cells from the chamber, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new L1154 button cells, orienting them so their button-ends (-) negative face the rear (the rounded portion) of the unit.

Place the battery door back on, orienting it so the two little plastic tits on it fit into the two square openings for them at one end of the battery chamber, and push it gently until it snaps into place.
Aren't you happy you didn't pitch that battery door now?

Unable to measure current due to how the product was constructed.

Battery types AG-13 and LR44 are the same size and voltage as L1154 cells, and may be used with confidence in this product.

This product is meant to be used as a reading light in a dry area, so I won't try to drown it in the toilet, bash it against the corner of a concrete stair or a steel rod, let my housemate's kitty cat's ghost go wee-wee on it, run over it with a 400lb Rascal, or perform other indecencies on it that a regular flashlight might have to have performed on it. 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.
Most of the remaining content will just be the photograph & movie below.

I tested it with a spiral-bound insulator price guide (12.5"W by 9"H when open), and although it did illuminate the pages adequately, I'd prefer to use it in a book with smaller pages, such as a paperback novel. I do not have such a book though (they were left behind after I moved on 10-11-04), so I cannot test the reading light in that manner.

Photograph of the unit illuminating the pages of a book about used up old insulaters.
Measures 20,200mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

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

Quicktime movie (.mov extension) showing how the unit opens.
This clip is approximately 1.2 megabytes (1,328,524 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than five minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

This movie was taken with an ambient temperature of 77F (25C); the
mechanical action may be faster or slower depending on the temperature.

Test unit was purchased on Ebay and was received on the afternoon of 10-08-05.

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.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Reading light
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot with dim corona
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED recessed into cell for it
    BATTERY: 3xL1154 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    ACCESSORIES: 3 batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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