Because it’s Monday, and I Love Mondays – and because Christmas is coming – and because we all need a little light in our lives – today, I’m giving away a Beam ‘n Read light, courtesy of the Beam ‘n Read folks who make it!
If you’re unfamiliar with this little light, you can read my review of the Beam ‘n Read light here on Needle ‘n Thread. It’s definitely a handy light, especially if you’re prone to electrical failures right when you’re in the middle of stitching – not too uncommon during the winter months!
I’ve received a lot of feedback since reviewing the Beam ‘n Read light.
Some folks absolutely love it. Some want to love it, but find that it doesn’t project the light at the right angle for them. One store owner wrote and said that they call it the (ahem…’scuse me) “boob light” because it seems to sit at a better angle for those who are somewhat endowed.
Well, not to get too personal here, but…it works for me. And I’m not. At best, we’re talking about a B here, unless I happen to lose some of those extra pounds that invariably cling to every part of me, and then we’re talking A. I think one of the difficulties people may have with it is that they try to hang it too low. If you shorten the strap so that the light sits between the chest and the chin, it works.
I see the Beam ‘n Read as a provisional light. It’s not a light I’d use every single day or in every single circumstance. It’s definitely a light I’d use for needlework or reading while traveling (in the car, in the hotel room, on a plane) or in classroom situations; it’s a light I’d use when I’m trying not to be obtrusive in the living room, when other folks are watching movies or whatnot; it’s a light I’d use in emergencies (power failures!); and it’s a light I’d use for circumstances like camping or whenever I’m away from any regular electrical source.
It shines on a good area. One reader said she likes it because the area the light hits is much broader than most small clip-on travel lights. I agree with that!
While I find little use for the magnifier, two readers noted that the magnifier works great for them. They said it’s the perfect amount of magnification for them, as long as the work is held in just the right place. One reader noted that the magnifier seems to “brighten up” her work even more, when used with the light.
So a lot of positives came in from readers who already use this light!
I also heard from a couple shop owners who suggested checking local needlework or quilt shops for it. Apparently, many carry it. The company sells the Beam ‘n Read light directly on Amazon, so if you don’t have a local source, you can check there. For less than $30, you can’t beat it as a travel light!
Beam ‘n Read Light Give-Away
So, the folks who make the light liked my review and wanted to offer a light for a give-away – to which I happily acquiesced, thinking it would make a nice Christmas gift for one you!
And on the bright side (ha! no pun intended!), whereas a give-away like this is normally only open to folks in the States because of steep shipping prices – or, in some cases, with some lights, because of differences in electrical sources – in this case, the give-away is open to everyone, wherever you are! Just keep in mind that the light requires AA batteries to operate.
If you’re overseas and the light is not available in your country, if you win the give-away, you’ll be the envy of all your stitching buddies.
To sign up for today’s give-away, please follow these guidelines:
1. Leave a comment below, on this article on Needle ‘n Thread (not via email, not on any other article). Just follow this link to the comment form. Comments received elsewhere don’t qualify.
2. Please make sure you leave a recognizable name either in the comment box or in the “name” line on the comment form. For example, if your name is Mary, there are lots of Marys out there, so adding a last initial, last name, location (Mary in Madagascar, for example) or a nickname will help avoid confusion when the winner is announced.
3. In your comment, please answer the following:
Do you take needlework with you wherever you go? Or are you a stay-at-home embroiderer?
4. Leave your comment before 5:00 am CST (that’s Kansas, USA) Saturday, December 21st, and I’ll announce the winner that day. The winner must contact me with a mailing address, so keep an eye out on Saturday! The light probably won’t make it to the winner by Christmas, but it will arrive shortly thereafter, so you can savor it as a final gift of the season!
So – leave your comment – and then go enjoy the rest of your Monday!
I hope you’re not too caught up with Christmas Franticism right now – wishing you a quiet, peaceful, and relaxing week!