03 April 2008

Baseball cap + a clip-on light = a better bedtime reading lamp

Energizer LED Book Light Brian's a smart guy and a good storyteller:

Thing 1 wants the bedtime story. Thing 2 is kept awake by the light spilling into his room from Thing 1's light. Can't turn off the light in Thing 1's room, though. A flashlight means giving up the use of a hand, and those mini-gooseneck lamps that clip on to books tend to lose their "gooseneckiness" over time. But if you don't mind wearing a baseball cap for a few minutes before bedtime, the tiny clip-on lamps from Eveready you see at point-of-purchase displays work wonderfully.

Another option: the head-mounted flashlight. Did you know there is such a thing?

Related: Record yourself telling stories to calm bedtime fears

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THANK YOU BRIAN!!! My 7-yr-old reads and reads and reads some more. This is great, but bed time is a struggle with the light. I will definitely try to talk her into wearing a hat.

Woohoo, my first hack!

Since submitting, I've noticed that there are smaller clip-on lamps that work even better with baseball caps...here's an example: http://www.getflashlights.com/energizer_eveready_00780_hat2bu1cs_led_hat_light.html

And if you've got one of those night-hiking headlamps, they work quite well too - except that their red-light setting sometimes gets the kids riled up when you're trying to get them mellowed out.

I use this to read in the dark: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5741
It was especially great when I was nursing. I tried the headlamp thing but it gave me a headache and was a little too bright.

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