Top 7 Best Book Lights of 2017 – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

A book light is so much more than a simple gadget.

Do You Love Books?

To an avid reader, it’s like a friend that keeps their accompany on their bookly adventures late in the night. It allows them to be the night owl book lover that they are without disturbing the bedmate’s sleep.

To a musician, the light is a quiet supporter during their hours of practice. It shines on their music sheets and the keyboards, allowing them to lose themselves in flows of emotions without distractions.

To a handcrafter, it is a faithful companion. It offers a clear view on their embroidery stitches or knitted scarf, making sure what they’re creating is perfection.

Thus, if you’re one of them and you’re doing the activity long-term, you’ll want to be as careful when choosing a book light as you are your partner.

This article serves to show you which light is your best choice of book lights in a market flooded with innumerable products, and recommend some of the highest-rated for your consideration.

Top 7 Best Book Lights 2017

Based on a thorough comparison and relative evaluation, we would like to recommend the following book lights for your consideration:

Product NamePower SourceBest Book Light for
LuminoLite Extra-Bright
(Editor’s Choice)
Rechargeable Lithium2017's Best to Buy
Ecologic Mart's Eye Care
(Editor’s Choice)
Rechargeable LithiumReading in Bed
Mighty Bright 47012Rechargeable LithiumTravels
Mighty Bright 426101 AAA BatteryPaperbacks
iKross3 AAA BatteriesEreaders
Lumiens L93 AAA BatteriesMusic Stands
RaniacoRechargeable LithiumClip Reading Lamp

1. LuminoLite Extra-Bright – Best to Buy in 2017

Highly-rated by Amazon customers, the LuminoLite also won its hard-earned nomination from us for the best book light of 2017. The light may not be the most perfect to serve a specific purpose, but when various criteria are taken into consideration, it is our favorite item on the market.

Pros

  • Strong clip
  • Rechargeable battery included
  • Can use for various activities
  • Bright white light to enhance alertness
  • Excellent customer care

Cons

  • Non-common connector (barrel connector)

The LuminoLite produces white light similar to daylight, which stimulates the brain and helps you stay alert and energetic. Its 4 LEDs shine where you need it, enhancing your focus on the job, be it writing, reading a book or an ereader, working with your computer, knitting, or other handcrafting activities.

As the light is designed for work, it’s worth to note that even the lower intensity mode could be quite bright. If you want one solely for reading before sleep, consider a serious bedtime book light.

The thoughtful engineers of LuminoLite make this light with a padded hinge on the upper clip. That allows it to hold firm without tearing your book or leaving an ugly mark on your delicate table surface. A 1000mAh battery, rechargeable using just about anything with a USB port, is integrated for your convenience. Used an hour daily, a single charge can last more than a week – a bonus point if you are to make it your travelling companion.

This LuminoLite comes with a 1 year replacement/refund guarantee. Judging from the customer reviews, the company seems to have put real efforts into making sure every customer of theirs is satisfied with the product, and the service that comes with it.

2. Ecologic Mart’s Eye Care – Best for Reading in Bed

When choosing a book light for reading in bed, the warmth level of the light illuminated is one of the most important criteria you should care about. You’ll want to make sure the light is pleasant to the eye, but won’t mess with your sleep hormones.

Pros

  • 8 LEDs
  • 8 brightness levels
  • Eye-friendly Warm light
  • Has branches that work independently
  • Rapidly rechargeable battery
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Slightly heavy

With its warm light illuminated at 5Lm to 40Lm, this Ecologic Mart’s item wins our vote for the best bedtime reading light.

The Ecologic Mart Eye Care light consists of 2 branches that can work independently, or simultaneously when you have a big book or an intimate reading partner. Try various lighting options – there are 8 in total – and both of you can now read in your desired shade of amber. Be it your time with a romance fiction, your parents’ mini chess game or your child’s comic adventure, this light promises to make it a moment of coziness.

Despite having 2 light heads, it takes only one and a half hour for this beast to fulfill its rechargeable 1000mAh batteries via a USB cord.

Depending on how you use it, one charge can last from a few days to several weeks. You won’t have to worry about it dying out of a sudden though – there are light indicators to show you the charging and battery status.

Another impressive feature of this product is that its charger head comes with two ports; so you can simultaneously use and charge the light and/or even your phone as well using the same block.

One thing to note, however, is that the item can be slightly heavy if you want to clamp it onto the book or ereader and hold in your hands for a long time.

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3. Mighty Bright 47012 – Best for Travel

Our nomination for the best book light for travel is made based on the criteria of portability, battery durability, and charging flexibility. The Mighty Bright 47012 doesn’t miss a single of all the listed requirements.

Pros

  • Even light
  • Long flexible neck
  • Standard recharge cable
  • Rechargeable battery included
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • The thin clip is not suitable for large hardcovers

This Mighty Bright item is very compact. The manufacturer seems to consciously make the design of this light as simple and space-efficient as possible. At 0.3 ounce and dimensions of 1.2 x 3 x 5 inches, you can put it anywhere in your laptop bag, backpack, or suitcase, and won’t even notice it’s there.

The light’s flexi neck and its 2 brightness levels ensure focused and pleasant light on your page when the surrounding lighting condition changes as you’re on the go. It uses power from a built-in rechargeable battery that can last from several days to weeks after a single one-hour charge. Never lug around those extra AAAs anymore! Just plug in a standard USB cord whenever the light indicator turns red.

The clip of this light also nails it. It is firm enough to secure its hold on a book, but thin and small enough to not create any lump when you turn pages. As it is humble in size, however, the clip won’t clamp onto thick objects like your table side. Not that it’s made for that purpose, but it could be a minus point for some people.

4. Mighty Bright 42610 – Best for Paperbacks

If you ever tried reading with a book light on a paperback, you’ve most likely been annoyed having to adjust, or re-clamp the light every now and then as it moves and threatens to fall off when the pages bend. The Mighty Bright TravelFlex 42610 is made to solve the problem.

Pros

  • Bright
  • Flexible neck
  • Thin upper clip designed for softcovers
  • Energy-efficient (1 AAA lasts for 25 hours)

Cons

  • Has a single LED
  • Comes with only one brightness mode

At 0.3 ounce (8.5g) and very reasonable size, the Mighty Bright TravelFlex is extremely portable (hence the name “TravelFlex”). But that’s not the main reason it’s become the editor’s choice for the best reading light on paperbacks.

This TravelFlex has a long clip, which is composed of a thicker bar where the battery is, and a movable metal piece. The bar is long and heavy just enough to support the light to stay sturdy on the book, and prevent the soft, thin book from folding or bending.

The movable part, meanwhile, is small and very thin. This allows it to stay inside the book without creating an obtrusive lump, causing difficulties when turning pages, which usually happens when you clip a normal light on a small and thick book.

The TravelFlex book light has an LED that produces bright, but soft and even light, thanks to its thoroughly designed optical grade lens. While the number of LEDs is limited, the light comes with a long and very flexible neck that brings the light head to wherever you want it on a large book.

5. iKross – Best Kindle Reading Light

Not every ereader on the market comes with built-in LEDs. That’s when a separate reading light becomes a must-have item for ebook fans.

If you’re a passionate book lover who spends several hours reading every week, consider an advanced ereader with better lighting. But if you love your current unlit device, this iKross item would be a more financially effective option.

Pros

  • Has 2 brightness levels
  • Handy, portable
  • Specifically designed for ereaders
  • Energy-efficient

Cons

  • Dim mode is still quite bright
  • No rechargeable batteries

From the look of it, the iKross is designed exactly for ereaders. It is small in size, and modest in weight (1.6 ounces). On the head are 2 LEDs, whose brightness has two levels for you to choose. It has a flexible neck that you can fold easily and put into your pocket. It’s the perfect light that you can bring along anywhere for reading on a small device.

One of the problems with normal reading lights is that they need a very big clip to keep themselves from falling off the book. If used on an ereader, the clip may cover a part or create shadows on the screen, which is extremely annoying. This is where the iKross stands out.

Thanks to its small size and lightweightness, this reading light can have a thin, long and narrow clip. It clamps exactly onto the side of your ebook reader without touching the screen. As its very strong, the clip can keep the light still even with a cover on.

The only minus point for this iKross is that it does not have built-in battery. However, used around 45 minutes a day, the light can go 3 to 4 weeks with 3 AAA batteries. That’s just about as long as a Kindle does.

In addition, some users have complained about the light being a little too bright to read at night. That is, however, a matter of personal preference.

6. Lumiens L9 – Best Music Stand Light

A light for the music stand must have strong enough a clip to clamp firmly to the stand, and should be broad and bright enough to shine evenly across the pages of a wide open score. In these respects, the Lumiens L9 is an excellent candidate.

Pros

  • 9 lights, 2 brightness levels
  • Powered by battery/AC adapter
  • Fully adjustable arm
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Low energy consumption

Cons

  • Rechargeable battery not included

The Lumiens L9 comes with 9 LEDs aligned in a row on its head. This allows its light to be evenly distributed on both pages (or 3 pages even) of a music book or the piano keyboard. Around its head is a ridge, which prevents excess spill even when the light is on the higher intensity. Thanks to that, you can rest assured that the light won’t annoy other band members and the audience with a relentless glare.

This product has a great clip, which can open up to 1.75 inches – wider than most normal clip reading lights. Its strong grip promises not to loosen a bit when you adjust the extraordinarily long (10 inches or 25.4 cm) flexi gooseneck. Inside it, there is a silicone pad to enhance stickiness and protect the gripped surface against scratches.

The Lumiens L9 comes with a 78 inches (2m) power cord to flexibilize your position on the stage while plugged in. The cool thing is, it can also run off the AC current with rechargeable 3 AA batteries, which can last 20 hours of continuous use.

Especially, the manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty policy for this product.

7. Raniaco – Best Clip Reading Lamp

Only available on Amazon since July 19, 2016, but this item has become the new star with regards to clip reading lamps.

Pros

  • Compact, portable
  • Large and strong clip
  • Compatible with various chargers
  • Triple light intensity
  • Can stand firm on a surface

Cons

  • Takes 4 hours to charge

At first glance, the light looks fashionable. It comes as a beauty in white with a sleek ABS shell. The lamp is compact – it is designed to take as little space on your desk as possible.

On the lamp head are 12 LEDs with 3 levels of brightness: soft, bright, and strong, adjustable via a sensor. Holding the head is a graceful neck, which is flexible enough to bend into to an O, but is strong enough to never shake when you move it.

The best part of this lamp is its clip. It looks as sleek as an Macbook mouse, but once it gets hold of something, it will fasten it as tight as Warren Buffett holds onto his money.

But that’s not all about it. Despite not looking and weighing like a bulky cement flower pot, the base of this light can stand very firm on a surface. The secret? There’s a super anti-slip silicone pad underneath it. This offbeat design distinguishes it from all other portable clip lamps, which threaten to lose their balance every time you adjust the neck.

The only downside of this lamp, as I see it, is that its built-in battery takes 4 hours to charge. Then again, once it is full, the lamp can shine up to 12 hours at the lowest brightness level.

How To Find The Best Book Light

Below we have listed several criteria which a buyer should consider when choosing a booklight:

  • High light quality and multiple brightness modes: this is the most important requirement for a best reading light. Some lights are too bright or uneven, some are too harsh or too dim or flickering, all of which are not good for your eyes. A good booklight is an even one, illuminating equally the entire page. Different brightness settings allow you to adjust the brightness mode to obtain the desired light level in a suitable conditions.
  • Ability of non-disturbance: Stray light might awaken your bedmate or other travelers, thereby leading to interpersonal strife. That will not be tolerated. The light should shine on the page and nowhere else.
  • Sturdy clip and flexible neck: The Clip must be big enough to attach to your book (or music stands, or whatever you want) but soft enough to not rip the pages. It should adjust to the pages nicely also. The neck of the book-light should be adjustable and stays where it is put, so as to position the light exactly where you want it and keep it there.
  • Battery life: When choosing a reading light, pay attention to how long the light lasts on a single charge, and whether a battery replacement will be necessary. Remember that if you don’t have good battery life you don’t have a light. This depends on the quality of the book-light, quality of the battery as well as the brightness setting in use. If you hate having to buy new batteries every time your reading light dies out, the rechargeable book light will meet your convenience and help you save your money on the battery cost too. It is important, however, to follow the instructions from the manufacturer on charging the battery to keep its lifetime as long as possible.
  • Lifetime and warranty period: Notwithstanding advertisements from the distributor or manufacturer, it’s hard to feel completely secure about the product’s lifetime. Your booklight may stop working at any time due to the breakdown in any part of it. A long warranty period will always be helpful, with which you may be offered a refund or a free-of-charge replacement in the granted period of time.

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