The Best LED Reading Lamps

by Justin Thomas •


The small size and directional light output of LEDs make them ideal for personal reading lights, and they are energy efficient too. Here are some of the best LED reading lamps:

Modern LED Candle: The Havaleena

by Justin Thomas •

It’s a 1 watt LED lamp called the Havaleena by Tayo Design Studio. These lights only require three AAA batteries to run, and fully charged batteries provide 20 hours of illumination. Each light comes with four colored filters and they are priced at $59.


Smart LED Candle Light

by Justin Thomas •

We featured some LED candles from Phillips previously but these lamps are available for only $9.95. The LEDs inside this lamp simulate a real candle. It’s powered by three rechargeable or regular AAA batteries. Available from CB2. Found via Better Living Through Design.


Man Retrofits Freezer to Make an Ultra-Efficient Fridge

by Justin Thomas •

An off-grid experimenter in Australia, Tom Chalko, has retrofitted a chest freezer to create a fridge that uses only 100 watt-hours (0.1 kWh) per day! Why a chest freezer? Tom points out that vertical door refrigerators are inherently inefficient. As soon as you open a vertical fridge door the cold air escapes, simply because it is heavier than the warmer …


Efficient Booklight: LightWedge LED

by Justin Thomas •

The LightWedge is another LED book light. We like the night vision-friendly red LED illumination version. The light has two illumination modes, and can be changed at a touch. If it were not made of acrylic, it would be that much more meta-efficient. Takes four AAA batteries. Thanks to Thomas for the tip. Available from: Amazon

LED Booklight with Flexible Neck

by Justin Thomas •

This booklight has a flexible neck that works well to illuminate the entire page. It uses a single bright LED bulb. I accidentally left this light on and it was still burning bright after about 40 hours. It takes AAA batteries including rechargeables. Available from: Always Something Brilliant ($28.95)

Brunton Lamplight

by Justin Thomas •

The Brunton Lamplight is a tiny but powerful LED-powered lamp and flashlight in one. Brunton managed to focus a single LED light into a highly focused beam with the Lamplight—plenty for finding a trail in the darkness or hunting down the mouse that’s been stealing from your campsite. The Lamplight makes full use of the LED efficiency with 200 hours …