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UltraOptix Ez-Reader Book Light
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness
Book lights are wonderful when you a reading in dim light, or when you are in situations where a brighter light might disturb others, such as when reading in bed. Few people, however, are aware that book lights can also assist people with low vision to read better. Many people with low vision need more light than normal to read comfortably. A book light allows you to direct extra light directly onto the item that you are trying to read. This method also helps to eliminate glare, by directing the light onto the page, at close range.
The UltraOptix Ez-Reader Book Light is a very fine product. It is made of hard, black plastic. It has a sturdy clip that allows you to firmly clip the light onto almost any book. The light itself is shaded, thereby minimizing glare from the light. As an added feature, the light head swivels from side to side, and up and down, so that you can direct the light exactly where you want. And the light provides enough light to cover an entire page at once.
The UltraOptix Ez-Reader Book Light is batteried powered. The light does not come with batteries, so you will need to purchase them before trying out the light. As well, UltraOptix also sells an AC/DC adaptor that can be used with the light if you'd prefer not to use batteries. They also sell replacement bulbs for the light. As well, one very nice feature of this book light is that can be quickly folded for storage. When folded, it is small enough to fit into a shirt pocket.
When using the book light on paperbacks, I found that it worked best when it was clipped onto the cover, plus several additional pages. This way, the light does not wobble, or pull the paperback's cover downward. Another technique for using the book light with a paper back is to give the cover a little extra support by resting the bottom of the light on your hand. Or, you can clip the book light onto a clipboard or other solid surface, and place your book on the clipboard while you read.
In short, this UltraOptix Book Light is well-made, and should provide years of use.
This review was originally published - June 21, 2001
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