X-Lite Ear Light, retail $14.98 (www.taylorgifts.com...)
Manufactured by Sierra Electric (URL not known)
Last updated 05-18-08

The X-Lite Ear Light is a reading light designed to be placed on your ear to light up only the pages of the book you have your nose buried in and nothing more.

It uses a Nichia white LED (intensity rank unknown), uses three AG-13 (LR44) button cells to power that LED with, comes in a plastic body, and both the earpiece and short LED stalk are somewhat adjustable for maximum comfort and to allow you to direct (aim) the light wherever you need it.

The LED is behind a positive (magnifying) lens, so the product produces a smooth, circular beam with no penumbra and a sharp perimeter - it kind of looks like a full moon.


The X-Lite Ear Light comes almost ready to use right out of the package - batteries are included and already installed. You do need to pull a plastic insulating strip out of the light first - this prevents the unit from "going off" during transport and ensures that you'll have fresh batteries in it when you receive it.

Loop it over your ear, so that the larger portion of the light hangs down and the little illuminator head faces forward - as shown in the photograph directly below:

Photograph of it on my Phoam Head Phred.

Press & release the button located directly behind the illuminator head on the light's body to turn it on; do the same thing to turn it back off.

On the back of the light, you'll see a battery door secured by a small phillips screw, Using a small phillips screwdriver (the #1 with a 2.9mm shaft diameter from my set of jeweller's screwdrivers did the trick here), unscrew the screw until it no longer becomes any looser (it's captive, so it will not come off the door itself), remove the battery door, very gently place it on the floor, and kick it under the couch so that the angry carpet beetles will think it's something yummy for their insect tummies, drag it to their nest, then find it unpalatable so they just squat over it and pee on it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Using a nonconductive instrument such as a round toothpick, gently pry the three used LR44 button cells out of the light's body, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new LR44 button cells into the light's body, orienting them so their button-sides (-) negatives face upward (as the side of the light with the three screws in it also faces upward). Gently but firmly push in on them until they won't move inward any more.

Place the battery door back on, and use the screwdriver to tighten that screw finger-tight only (do not use pliers on the screwdriver handle in an attempt to make it tighter), and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door under the couch with all those pissed off carpet beetles with full bladders now?

The X-Lite Ear Light is designed to be used as a reading lamp in a dry area, not as a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, use a large claw hammer to bash it open in order to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannonada (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central), a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or a pack-of-cards-sized instrument that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannonada (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that a flashlight may have inflicted upon it.

So this section of the X-Lite Ear Light's web page may appear more bare than this section of the web page on a web page about a flashlight that was born to be a flashlight and nothing but a flashlight.

This product is labelled to be RoHS-compliant; this simply means that heavy metals like lead, mercury, or cadmium are not to be found anywhere in the units' construction.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
That bluish color you see does really exist, but it was exaggerated quite a bit in this photograph.
Measures 24,900mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

This light has a slightly but somewhat wider beam than most, and if I've told you one time, I've told you 10,000,000,000 times:
Wider viewing angles always, always, ALWAYS equal lower mcd values.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this light.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Test unit was purchased on the Taylor Gifts website on 05-06-08, and was received on the afternoon of 05-16-08.

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: Ear-mounted reading light
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/sharp perimeter
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on top of unit
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LED inset into hosel for it & protected by plastic lens
    BATTERY: 3xLR44 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 3xLR44 cells; already installed
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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