GE Book Light, retail $3.25 (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for GE (
Last updated 07-22-07

This is a book (reading) light that allows you to read a book, newspaper, magazine, or other printed material at night. It is marketed on the idea of your being able to read in bed without disturbing your spouse, lover, sleeping partner, etc.

It uses an incandescent bulb, not LEDs.
So the light produced will have that urinous yellowish-white color we've all come to know and love {cough, sputter, sound of a wall-mounted porcelain urinator flushing}.

It's easy to use; just stuff it into a book and swing up the hinged top.


This reading light is remarkably easy to use. Just stuff it into a book or magazine (sliding it into the cover works well; alternately, you can slide it over several pages of the book if the cover is too thick) - the transparent plastic base and clip is pretty self-explanatory - and swing up the hinged blue section...presto! You've got light.

Fold the blue piece back down and the unit automatically shuts off.

To change the batteries when necessary, turn the product upside-down. Remove the battery door by placing your finger or thumb where it reads "PUSH TO OPEN", and do what it says...push. 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 little insect tummies and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the two used up old AAA cells as you see fit.

Place two new AAA cells into the compartment, orienting them so that their flat ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each chamber.

Place the battery door back on, and press firmly on it 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.

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 floor of a concrete patio or a steel rod, let my housemate's kitties go wee-wee on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity, bash it open 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 scanner-type device on a platform or a handheld wand), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, 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 and the spectrometer plot below.

I tested it with a book about used up old insolators (17"W by 11"H when open), and although it did illuminated the pages adequately, I'd prefer to use it in a book with slightly 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 book light in that manner.

Beam photograph of the unit lighting a book about used up old ''insulaters''.
Measures cd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the incandescent bulb in this book light.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.

Test unit was purchased on the TX Micro website on 07-13-07 and was received on the afternoon of 07-18-07.
It cost $1.49 at the time of order; it now costs $3.25 so it must have been on sale when I made the purchase.

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: Book (reading) light
    LAMP TYPE: Incandescent bulb
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium flood (~160°)
    SWITCH TYPE: Lift top of product to turn on
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; bulb protected by prismastic transparent piece
    BATTERY: 2xAAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

GE Book Light *

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