People on my Facebook may have seen this on my status last night — I learned a new word, librocubicularist, which means “someone who reads in bed.”

Because I am an unabashed librocubicularist, I often read in the dark, because I like drifting off to sleep in the middle of a book. In the latter half of 2010, though, my nocturnal reading was severely curtailed (maybe this explains the drop in last year’s reading figures) because I was without a book light for some period of time: my Lumos lightwedge went out of commission (batteries leaked and stuck in the narrow terminals, and their customer service could not give me any advice on how to get them out!); the Really Tiny Book Light turned out to be the Ridiculously (Expensive but) Flimsy Book Light that conked out after a less than a dozen uses; and the lightwedge clone turned out to be, well, a dud.

My book club friends and I were making our rounds of the bargain bookstores one day when I spotted a row of little rectangular boxes on a shelf full of toys and school supplies. It was labeled: Mighty Bright Flex II and when I saw it was a book light at an amazingly low price, I quickly called everyone over and we happily trooped to the counter with at least one box each.

The Mighty Bright Flex II is a compact book light with 2 LED Lights, and it really is mighty bright!

It comes in different colors (at the store there were black, lime green, and pink lights to choose from), and it has a standing base with a built-in clip (the kind that won’t ruin the pages of your book), a flexible neck that bends in any direction but holds its shape when you adjust it, and a power switch that gives you the option to use two LEDs or just one LED light. The device is powered by three triple A batteries, but there is an adapter jack so you can also plug in with any AC adapter.

Here it is in action:

I’ve been using it for about three weeks now, and I must say I’m loving it so far. The light is bright and even, and I like that it stands on its own so I don’t have to keep adjusting it every time I turn the page. It feels sturdy, and the push-button power switch presses firmly, so I don’t have to worry about accidentally jostling it in the middle of the night and turning it on by accident.

I love that it offers different options in terms of lighting (one light – two light) and power source (AAAs are so much easier to find than round batteries, plus I can get rechargeable batteries, too; and I simply adore them for the AC adapter option!). I also love that I can fold it down into a compact size that I can easily slip into the pocket of my carry-all when I travel.

Not bad, for a bargain bin find! Must remember to get some spares next time I’m at that store.


The Mighty Bright Flex II book light, 4/5 stars