TOY BOX: LightWedge is a bright idea for readers

I tested the LightWedge in our windowless boardroom with the lights turned off. Perhaps it was the contrast between the pitch-black room and the white lights illuminating the page, but the words actually looked clearer to me than in a normally lighted area.

I tested the LightWedge in our windowless boardroom with the lights turned off. Perhaps it was the contrast between the pitch-black room and the white lights illuminating the page, but the words actually looked clearer to me than in a normally lighted area.

The acrylic lens, designed to deliver the light directly onto the reading surface, really seems to make a difference. The focused light also ensures that anyone reading in bed will not disturb his or her partner because no excess is emitted outside the page. Users can switch between high- and low-light strengths, which is useful for sensitive eyes, or for reading in areas where less direct illumination is necessary. The manufacturer suggests protecting the wedge by using it as a bookmark. This makes your book a bit bulky to tote around, but if it remains on the nightstand, it's a practical suggestion. A smaller, lighter version, made especially for paperbacks, is due to come out next month. The verdict: Great for any member of a couple who enjoys reading in bed. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $34.95 Available at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Tower Books, and levenger.com Specs The 6.75" x 9.25" wedge weighs 8.5 ounces with all four AAA batteries inside. It uses LED lamps, which are warranted to last forever, and comes with an attachable page rest

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