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VINE VOICEon January 10, 2008
The power in my house goes out on a regular basis, so I finally figured out that maybe getting a book light or two would be a worthwhile investment. After reading the reviews, I decided to get both a Great Point Light-Flex-Neck and a Multi Flex from Fulcrum. Each has its pluses and minuses and which one is better for you depends on what you want to use it for.

The Fulcrum light is brighter than the Great Point and covers a larger area. The switch is also much easier to use since it slides. On the Great Point, the top presses down and it's hard to get it to stay on. Sometimes it switches off for no apparent reason. It's either a poor design or I got a defective unit. The Fulcrum also takes 3 AAA batteries, which fit into the base, making it both heavier (about 2 1/2 ounces compared to about 1 1/2 ounces for the Great Point) and as a result making the clip a lot bulkier as well. The Great takes lithium batteries, much lighter, but also harder to find.

The Fulcrum is too heavy and too bulky to make it easy to attach to a paperback, and if you want to attach it to any book and hold the book up to read, it gets heavy very quickly. Its brighter light and greater weight and area make it a good choice for when you want to set a larger and heavier book on a table or for attaching to a very sturdy and prominent back rest, plus the easy availability of AAA batteries means you probably have a spare set around when the ones in the Fulcrum run out or at least you can grab replacements at the grocery store. The Great Point is better if you want to attach it to a book you are holding up to read, or to a paperback, or for when you want a little less light so as not to disturb a partner in bed. In any event, since they are both better than reading by candlelight both suit my needs, but one or the other is probably going to be better for most people depending on what you want. Or spring for both so you always have a spare. At this price, you could just about afford one for every room.
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on February 24, 2007
I have a drawer full of book lights. This is by far the best. Long flexible neck that stays where you put it. Enough batteries to keep it going. Wide, evenly dispersed light with no hot spots. It will even light a book with large pages. This is it.
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on November 17, 2007
Though I've bought many products through Amazon, this is the first that I've provided a rating for. Who would have guessed of all the items I've purchased I'd be moved to rate a $10 light.

I previously purchased a Phorm Light Voyager Book Light. Though I like the Phorm light, it adds a noticeable weight to the book (noticeable on paperbacks especially) and for reasons I can't explain takes up to several minutes to actually come on when I first turn it on and towards the end of its life, as I shifted the light "arm" in certain positions it would "wink out".

After my first Phorm light lit its last book I decided to order another but I also decided for $10 to order the Multi Flex LED Book Light too.

When the new lights arrived I decided to start with the Multi Flex. I quickly noticed that the Multi Flex light provides superior light to the Phorm and as it is more directional, over spray light doesn't light up the room and disturb my wife's sleeping.

But what is most amazing is that I've not replaced the batteries I put in to this light since I first put the batteries in it more than two months ago! I use the light most every night sometimes for as little as 10 minutes, sometimes for as much as 45 minutes. Through more than two months use, the light STILL shines as brightly today as it did two months ago! How does it do that?

At less than half the price of the Phorm this light is a great value. If your shopping for a book light, this light is an absolute slam dunk!

UPDATE 01/04/08: The arm that holds the light has become significantly less rigid than it was when first purchased. It's now at the point that it barely holds itself in its position requiring frequent re-adjustments. I would have to now downgrade my original rating to 3.5 stars.
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on July 13, 2007
This book light is very bright, but unfortunately, not well made. After just a few days of light use the "neck" on my light will not stay in place. It is loose and just falls on top of the page I am reading. I would not recommend this product unless an improvement is made.
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on July 27, 2007
I found this item awhile ago at another vendor for twice the price. Even at the higher price it was worth it! I've had many book lights over the years and this one is THE best I've ever used. I first bought one for using at home for reading and quickly returned to buy another for my office. It is great for travel or in the library to supplement low or uneven lighting and it makes a wonderful gift! The soft rubber pad on the base and the gentle-but-firm tension in the clip allows it to be attached instantly to the edge of a book, a music stand, or a clipboard without leaving marks when removed. One of the nicer features is that, unlike many other book lights, it can stand easily on its own on a flat surface. The light beam from this tiny lamp is powerful illuminating a whole page rather than just a small portion. The flexible gooseneck allows the beam to be adjusted easily. Battery life is extraordinary. Using the lamp daily for hours at a time, the beam stayed strong and steady for over 4-5 months. The design and capability of this tiny lamp is just about perfect! Even nicer, it is available in red and blue as well as standard silver. (You can see all colors offered by searching for 'Fulcrum Multi Flex' on Amazon.)
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on May 6, 2007
I was so pleased with this reading light so I boutht another. The product is light weight, nice looking and gives off tons of light. This is perfect for reading at night in bed while your significant other is sleeping. The light emitted very bright which is good because it makes seeing the pages easier.. The bulb gives off a blueish light like an LED (as it is an LED). The battery life seems excellent and I haven't had to change the batters and I use this light all time. The light clips easily onto the back cover of hardcover book or multiple back pages on a softcover boo... good product.
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on January 21, 2007
Face it trying to put a light into a bed is always going to be a problem. I have stepped on this light, slept on this light, fell asleep with the light on and this light works almost flawlessly. It gives a nice even light that you could position easily as needed. There is very little overspill. The LED is a little "blue" but it is not distracting in anyway. Well, after 6 months of nightly use and abuse it has finally started to flicker when I move the goose neck sometimes. Also, the feel on the switch was never very satisfying. After looking at all of the available lights now I am going to buy the same one as a replacement.

I had a Itty Bitty for years but when it finally died I decided that a LED was the way to go. Long battery life and even light were my main concerns. I am still waiting for the perfect light but until then this is my favorite.
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on October 15, 2009
I was so impressed by the other reviews that I bought two. Yes, the LED is bright and has a nice spectrum, but after only a couple hours of use, it started flickering and won't stay on. The switch is completely flaky, and has lots of wiggle. Even the slightest movement causes it flicker, and I have to adjust it continuously to get it to work. Sometimes it comes on really bright and nice, but usually it's dimmer (when it's not flickering). And BOTH of them are like this. The spring in the clip is weak, and the body is made of a cheap, brittle plastic. It's unfortunate that there are few other choices available. I'm going to spend the $24 to get one from Levenger and hope for the best. Don't waste your money on this one.
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on May 19, 2008
I have this light, and I also have the Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 Light, which Amazon recommends for the Kindle. I prefer this one. The light spreads a bit more and therefore it is easier to adjust for less glare. And this one is cheaper, by almost half.
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on December 3, 2010
I am very disappointed with this light. It is bright enough, but it has a blue cast (I think that's the LED) that really casts a strange light on what you are looking at. My biggest complaint though, is that it creates a shiny reflection on whatever it is over, including books and notebook paper! Moving it farther away and closer, or angling it from the side or straight down, does not help, it's the stark quality of the light itself. It literally makes it difficult to see what you are looking at. Waste of money. I have other booklights in a range of qualities, but none that put a cold, bluish shine on whatever you are looking at. I much prefer the softer light of a standard bulb (or standard booklight), even if it is less bright.

In fairness I will add that the quality of the item itself seems fine, the neck is flexible and long enough to direct in a number of positions.

Still, if you are doing anything but knitting (could it reflect off of yarn?), this is not recommended.
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