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Old 09-27-2006, 06:46 PM   #1
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Backlight alternatives

I vaguely remember having a light that clipped onto the headboard of my bed when I was a kid. It plugged into the wall socket so no battery issues. And it would seem to be both convenient and a sufficient light source. The looks... well, that might be a problem. Don't know if that would bother a spouse or not either.

What do you guys think? Is that a reasonable alternative, and are there any that don't look really out of place on a headboard?
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Old 09-30-2006, 12:34 PM   #2
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I'm looking for something that won't bother my wife so a headboard clipon is out.

I have in order in for the $9.99 Flex-Neck Reading Light that was posted about (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7745). I'll let people know what I think when my reader and light arrive.

http://www.biggerandbrighter.com/mm5...ry_Code=clipon

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Whatever you choose, LED lights should be a prerequisite to make sure you don't accidentally burn yourself or your Reader.
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For the trekkies under us:

The "Borg" earlight



Find it here

It uses two CR2016 button cells and lasts 18 hours. Price $12,00

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Here is another one:



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This one uses one AAA battery so that's a big advantage over the Ear Light that uses two button cells. It lasts 25 hours. Price $24,95.

You can find the "same" light under a different name at Curcuit City but instead of $24,95 they charge you $2,99. It looks the same but it could be that it's a cheaper imitation.

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This one looks good also:



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It also has button cells but this one uses CR2032 and I can get them for free on my work. It lasts 36 hours. Price $12,95.

It's clear you can get a lot of these ear lights on the internet and I think it could be better instead of trying to clip something to your Reader. I will go for this type of light. I only need to decide which one. I'm also planning into modifying it so it is possible to dim the light.

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I ordered the I-Sight from Radtech. And if it doesn't work with reading I have many other uses for it.
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Old 10-01-2006, 01:11 PM   #6
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Ahh, but is it possible to get them in red? ;-)
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I'm planning to have ago at making my own LightWedge type light. I'll let y'all know how it comes out -- I'm not sure when I'll get around to it, though....
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No, but you can get the I-Sight in green.
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I'm planning to have ago at making my own LightWedge type light. I'll let y'all know how it comes out -- I'm not sure when I'll get around to it, though....
I also thought about the LightWedge but I will wait and see if they will develop one for the Reader.
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Old 10-04-2006, 10:09 PM   #11
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Did anybody think about using lightwedge (http://www.lightwedge.com/)? I don't have sony reader yet; so I don't know how it will fit with the reader. Anyone have any idea?
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Old 10-04-2006, 10:37 PM   #12
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I also notice the lightwedge which can distribute the light onto the page but it is no appropriate size for Sony Reader or iLiad now.
I DIYed 'The "Borg" earlight' diabloNL post with a ligher LED.
It needs 2 CR2016 3V battery.
I perfer the type with one AAA battery like my Jabra BT110 bluetooth headset.

I also DIYed a lightwedge-like frontlight module for my EBK reader.
However, it was not good near the LED.

I hope the new EBK with white display would be good for reading.
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Old 10-05-2006, 02:48 PM   #13
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Thanks for the link to the I-Sight -- I ordered one as well. Reading in the dark, here I come
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Old 10-06-2006, 02:41 PM   #15
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I like that bean bag light, Slava. It certainly wouldn't have to be moved for page turns with the Sony Reader page turns. And I guess it would work with std rehargeable batteries just fine. Kind of pricey, but a nice alternative!
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