Flex Neck Reading Light, retail $10.00 {pkg. of 2} (www.biglots.com*)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Great Point Light (www.greatpointlight.com)
Last updated 02-22-12

The Flex Neck Reading Light is an LED reading (book) light that has a wide plastic clip that attaches to things like books, laptop computers, maps, etc.

It has a flexible metal gooseneck which allows the illuminator head to be positioned and directed (aimed) just about anywhere.

It has two very wide-angle white LEDs in its illuminator head, and feeds those LEDs with a pair of CR2032 lithium coin cells.

The package contains two Flex Neck Reading Lights; one colored black and the other colored matte silver.

* Not found on the Big Lots website; so this URL simply leads to their front door.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

Electrically, the Flex Neck Reading Light is extremely easy to use...just press & release the large "button" on the upper surface of the illuminator head to turn it on; repeat the same action to turn it off...yes, it's really that easy.

The Flex Neck Reading Light comes equipped with a generously-sized spring-loaded clip that opens at least 1.250" (3.20cm). This allows it to be clipped to books, thin laptop computer screens (to function as a keyboard light), maps, and similar articles.

The gooseneck is quite flexible, so that you may direct (aim) the light pretty much wherever it's needed.

When not in use, you may loop the gooseneck around so that the illuminator head fits into the hole in the clip for exactly this purpose.

To change the batteries in the Flex Neck Reading Light, look on the base for a door secured with two phillips screws. Remove them with a large size 0 or small size 1 phillips screwdriver, carefully toss the screws to the opposing pitcher at a Seattle Mariners game, allow him to pitch them to the Mariners batter currently at the plate, and let the batter smack them out of the park with the basses loaded so that Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Niehaus exclaims "Get out the rye bread and mustard grandma!!! It is grand salami time!!!"
* O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THOSE!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the battery door, and set that aside too.

Remove the two used CR2032 cells from the chamber, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new CR2032 lithium coin cells into this chamber, orienting them both so that their button-ends (-) negatives face up.

Place the battery door on, and insert & gently tighten those screws.
Aren't you glad you didn't let a Mariners player hit those screws out of the park now?

The Flex Neck Reading Light is designed to be used as an occasional-use reading light (which also comes in a plastic body), not used as a super sturdy "barrel-style" flashlight in a metal body that won't mind you abusing it. 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 front porch, use a medium claw hammer to bash it open in order 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 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 cannoņata (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, shoot it into a cosmic string fragment
*, or inflict upon it punishments that a flashlight in a metal or sturdier plastic body may have inflicted upon it.

The Flex Neck Reading Light is not very water (or other fluid, for that matter)-resistant.
If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, remove the battery door & batteries, dump out the water if necessary, and set it 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, got thrown into a glass of milk, if it fell in a root beer float, if it fell into a bowl of "soft-serv" ice cream, if somebody squirted a Massengill brand post-menstrual disposable douche or a Fleet brand disposable enema at it (and hit it with the douche or the enema), or if somebody or something got "pist off" at it and subsequently "pyst" on it, rinse it out with fresh water before setting it out to dry. You don't want your Flex Neck Reading Light to smell like seaweed, sour milk, flowers, fresh butts, or rotten pee when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater, disposable douches, disposable enemas, or uranation), lactic acid (from moo juice), glycerol (from antifreeze), or sugar (from root beer & ice cream) can't be very good for the insides.

The Flex Neck Reading Light is actually a decent product; it has a very wide angle of light output when compared with many other products designed to be used as reading lights. If you can get past the bluish-tinted color, the Flex Neck Reading Light would be a very good thing to have in your Arsenal of Freedom...er...uh...ARSENAL (there I go thinking about Star Trek: The Next Generation again!!! ); and it truly deserves the high rating (4― stars) I gave it.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 2,510mcd on a Meterman LM631 (now Amprobe LM631A) light meter.

This is a wide viewing angle LED product (~120°), and if I've told you once, I've told you 2,458,770 times:
Wider viewing angles always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS equal lower mcd values!!!

Photograph of the unit lighting up the pages of a book about used up old insulaters.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this reading light.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this reading light; one of the LEDs has turned distinctly greenish -- this is a spectrographic analysis of that.

Spectrographic analysis
Narrowband spectrographic analysis of the (now-)greenish LED.

Spectrographic analysis
Even tighter narrowband spectrographic analysis of the (now-)greenish LED.
Spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 460nm and 500nm to pinpoint native emission peak, which is 478.522nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this reading light; I took a reading from the other LED this time so that you may see the difference. Note that the broadband "hump" is more prominent here.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.

The "spot" that queered this test shows up at the same location no matter where I aim the ProMetric beam profile analyser, and it isn't the instrument's lens either - so there is a defect in the instrument's CCD imager that I cannot compensate for.

Test unit was purchased at a Big Lots store in Federal Way WA. USA on 06-03-09.

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.

* In baseball, a "grand slam" is when a batter hits a home run with the bases loaded; this results in the score of the team currently batting to increase by four (4).
Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Niehaus shouts the "Get out the rye bread..." line whenever a Mariner hits a grand slam.

* From the Star Trek: TNG episode "The Loss".

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Wider-than-usual LED viewing angle - this is very desireable to have in a reading light!!!
Clips to more than just books thanks to its large clip opening
Flexible gooseneck allows for versatile positioning

Distinct bluish tint (that's what happened to that last ― star)
Tools needed for battery change (product not intended for wilderness use; will not affect rating)

    PRODUCT TYPE: Cordless reading light
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm very wide angle white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2
    BEAM TYPE: Wide flood with somewhat abrupt edge
    SWITCH TYPE: Press top of illuminator head on/off
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic w/metal gooseneck
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs protected by transparent plastic window
    BATTERY: 2x CR2032 lithium coin cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    SUBMERSIBLE: For God sakes NOOOOO!!!
    ACCESSORIES: 8xx CR2032 lithium coin cells
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star RatingStar Rating

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