13" Fiber Optic Lamp, retail $6.95 (www.myvirtualzone.com...)
Manufactured by Creative Motion Industries (www.cmi-co.com)
Last updated 03-24-08

This is a nice, inexpensive fiber optic lamp that uses four brilliant blue LEDs and three AA cells instead of being line powered and using a hot incandescent light bulb.

It will look nice almost any place you put it; of course, it looks even nicer when it's on.
The base is a shiny chrome-finished plastic, which contributes to how nice it looks even when off.


To use the lamp, install batteries in it first (see directly below), and THEN you can go to town.

Insert the fiber optics bundle into the opening at the top of the lamp (the narrower end of the lamp). DO NOT TWIST IT!!! Insert it by pushing it straight into the opening only until it stops. Be certain the end of the fiber optics bundle you insert into the lamp is the end that's fastened together; not the end that's loose.

On the bottom of the lamp, there is a slide switch. Slide it to the "ON" position, set the lamp on a flat surface and a location relatively free of breeze, and enjoy it.

To turn the lamp off, slide the switch to the "OFF" position.

To change the batteries, remove the fiber optic bundle and set it aside. Turn the lamp upside-down, unscrew & remove the phillips screw holding the battery door on, and set it aside. Remove the battery door, gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy for their insect tummies and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove the used up old AA cells from the compartment, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new AA cells into the compartment, orienting them so their flat-ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each chamber.

Place the battery door back on, insert & tighten that screw, turn the lamp rightside-up, and insert the fiber optic bundle into the opening on the top of the lamp's base.
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 usage due to how the lamp was constructed.

This lamp is meant to be used as a decorative lamp in a dry area, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toilet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a scanner-type device on a platform with a large readout or with a handheld wand), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that flashlights may have inflicted upon them. Therefore, this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The lamp is rather sensitive to breezes; the fibers will wave about slowly and with large range of motion when it is even lightly blown upon. You can set it on the patio (turned on, of course) in a very light breeze, and the fibers will wave about slowly - this effect is especially stunning at night or in very subdued lighting.

My sister loves this lamp - and she doesn't have interest in any other product on this website.
She's had it on the coffee table (turned on) since mid-afternoon today (08-09-07) - it's now 8:43pm PDT.

There's a very high degree of probability that this product will receive quite a high rating on this website when all is said & done.

Photograph of the product - illuminated, of course.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this lamp.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the product on our coffee table, light intermittent breeze was applied.
This clip is approximately 3.5 megabytes (3,608,610 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than fifteen minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

That sound you might hear is a TV commercial; the product is not
sound-sensitive, so the sound may be ignored or muted if desired.

Video on YourTube showing this lamp swaying with only the slightest breeze.

This clip is approximately 14.573453454552 megabytes (14,704,100 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than seventy three minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Test unit was purchased on the My Virtual Zone website on 07-15-07 and arrived on the afternoon of 08-09-07.

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: 03-24-08
I have decided to award this product five full stars and a place on The Trophy Case on this website!

Beautiful to look at
Uses LEDs so you don't have to worry about hot, fragile incandescent bulbs
Appears to be at least reasonably sturdy

None that I have yet been able to detect

    MANUFACTURER: Creative Motion Industries
    PRODUCT TYPE: Decorative household lamp
    LAMP TYPE: Blue 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 4
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/off on bottom of unit
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

13" Fiber Optic Lamp * www.myvirtualzone.com...

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