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Old 12-27-2007, 05:15 PM   #1
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Tensor Full Spectrum Book Light

One try and I've got the (almost) perfect booklight for my Cybook. I have a Tensor full spectrum floor lamp for reading, so when I spotted this little Tensor book light in Staples for a reasonable $14.99, I snapped it up in a second. Staples doesn't seem to have it in their online catalogue, unfortunately, but I did find the same one (albeit with some extra accessories, like an AC power adaptor and carrying case) on QVC, either singly or as a pair. The only drawback that I can see is possibly the weight, since it takes three AA batteries (which, after three long evenings of use, are still going strong, and the alkalines I'm using are cheap Rayovacs, which I find better value-for-money than Energizers or Duracells). I don't have any problem with the weight (either with a pbook or my Cybook), but I gave one of these lights to my mom for Christmas and she found that, with a hardcover pbook, she needed to use a pillow behind the book as a support for longterm comfort.

My only other observation/concern with this, or any other clip-on for that matter, is that it's going to mark the leather cover. When I removed the light, there was a definite indentation in the padding of the front cover (which I'd folded back and attached the light to). The indentation gradually faded over the next little while, but I'm concerned that it will eventually become permanent, with repeated usage of the clip.

If anyone's interested, I can try to take & post some photos of the light in use. The gooseneck makes it ultra-positionable and the length of the light itself gives extremely even coverage.
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:43 PM   #2
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Tensor Gooseneck Book Light

This ad says it weighs 2.3 pounds.
http://www.amazon.com/ACE-TRADING-LT...xp_grid_pt_1_2

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The only drawback that I can see is possibly the weight, since it takes three AA batteries (which, after three long evenings of use, are still going strong, and the alkalines I'm using are cheap Rayovacs, which I find better value-for-money than Energizers or Duracells). I don't have any problem with the weight (either with a pbook or my Cybook), but I gave one of these lights to my mom for Christmas and she found that, with a hardcover pbook, she needed to use a pillow behind the book as a support for longterm comfort.
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:57 PM   #3
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Nope, that's a completely different light. Just compare that one - very bulky looking, with a round shade - with the ones in the QVC links in my original post - slender and delicate-looking, with long, narrow shades. The QVC ones look exactly like mine, except that mine didn't come with any accessories and I really don't see where a power adaptor would even plug into it.

The model number on this one is 17161-000. It's a Tensor "Portable Multi Functional Natural Daylight Lamp", featuring "Vision Max Natural Daylight Lighting". Tensor is a brand of Catalina Lighting. The bulb's a 2.5 watt CCFL, not Halogen.

My scale's not very accurate for really lightweight things, but this light is definitely under 1/2 pound (with 3 AAs; without them, my scale won't register its presence). It and the Cybook are very close in weight. The two of them together tip the scale at just under one pound.

Here's several pictures. The contrast between the light level nearest the bulb and further away is rather exaggerated by the camera, unfortunately. The brightness across the screen is really much more even than the camera causes it to appear in the first picture in particular. The last picture is just to give an idea of exactly what the light looks like and how far the gooseneck can be extended (in contrast to the in-use photos, where the gooseneck is bent to bring the light as close to the Cybook as possible, in order to reduce light leakage to the surrounding area, as one would prefer when trying not to disturb one's companion).
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Really useful post! Thanks for sharing with us. I'll have to go look for the light.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:56 PM   #5
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These Full-Spectrum lights seem to be very good for e-ink, and I'm glad to see another one crop up. Especially at about 1/2 to 2/3 the price of the ones we've seen previously.

If anyone does find a link for buying this rascal on-line, please do post it.
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:38 AM   #6
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If anyone does find a link for buying this rascal on-line, please do post it.
The two links in the original post are to QVC's online shopping site, and I'm (reasonably) certain that's the same light - well, as certain as I can get when it doesn't list the model number. However, the QVC "extras" like the adapter and case do jack up the price, unfortunately - though the price for the set of two isn't too bad a deal.

If anyone really wants one - sans case and adapter - I could check and see if the local Staples store has any left, I suppose. (Err, the Staples store in question is in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, in case that's of significance to anyone reading this.)
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The two links in the original post are to QVC's online shopping site, and I'm (reasonably) certain that's the same light....
Ah, yes, thanks for pointing that out -- I missed the links the first time.

I love the toggle switch!
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:04 PM   #9
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have a look at http://www.biggerandbrighter.com/boo...FQP4lgodskXcaA

they have a range of LED reading lights - I got the Lightwedge from a shop in York UK and it works well - takes 4 AAA cells - spec states 40 hours life

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I have tried the LightWedge Paperback LED Book Light with my Cybook gen3 and in my experience it does not work particular well because of the size not the LightWedge is to big and the batteries get in the way.

The concept is promising, but a bespoke edition made for 6 inch ereaders / readpads is needed for this to work.

Edit: I use the
Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 DUAL SUPER LED and its works very good!

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i agree that the lightwedge is not ideal for the cybook although it works ok if you rest the battery compartment over the top edge of the cybook. the advantage that it does have is a minimal light scatter - therefore more acceptable for your partner if you read in bed. it also only cost £6 so that helps.

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