Monday, August 3, 2015

Review & Giveaway : Beam n Read Personal Light for Hands Free and Anywhere Crafting

By on Monday, August 03, 2015 76 Comments

As long as I can remember, I have always crafted.  The force to be creative is very strong in this one! So every spare moment I have is spent making jewelry or doing crochet. That includes while watching a movie/tv at home or on long journeys as a car passenger.  I've tried all sorts of personal lights in the past so as not to annoy others with bright overhead lights.  None were ideal - flashlight (awkward),  clip-on lights like book lights (too dim) and Ott-lite lamps (not convenient if the table is too far or if one is in a car; floor models are also expensive).


So I was pleasantly surprised to come across the Beam n Read LED 6-3M Hands-Free Personal Craft Light ($35 from Amazon) made by ASF Lightware Solutions.  The manufacturer sent it and a power kit to me recently for review.  This is their new BNR LED 6-3M model ($35 plus S&H from ASF Lighting) which comes with 3 magnifiers.  It available through some craft stores as well as Amazon. They also have the  BNR LED 6-3F which is the same light but with orange and red relaxation filters.

The main unit comes with an option of 6 or 3 LED lights depending on how much light one needs. As soon as the light section is flipped up, 3 lights come on.  The rocker switch actually refers to the 6 light option. The amount of light one gets is excellent for crafting.


The printed instructions (no photos) were pretty minimal so I was briefly stumped looking for the battery compartment.  Removing the filter holder reveals the arrow on the slide out cover.

It seems like a small thing but I liked how they marked the filter holder with "BACK". This makes it easy to remember to place the holder over the arrow of the battery compartment.


4 AA batteries are required which gives a runtime time of 100 hours (3 lights) or 50 hours (6 lights). There is also a separate USB/AC power kit USB/AC Power Kit available if an outlet is nearby - this will save on batteries. The outlet can be the USB port of a computer (or that of modern cars) or with the 2 pin adaptor into a wall socket. International users will have to use a USB adapter for local outlets. There is an extension cord to add a further 6 ft, for a total of 12 ft.


It's hands-free because the light is worn around the neck.  The strap is adjustable.  I found it best to wear it high on the chest as demonstrated by Lola, my mannequin. The manufacturer did think to make that strap elasticated for easy wearing and taking off especially with a shortened strap.  Both the light section and the magnifier holder do pivot as shown by the red arrows so I was able to get just the right angle for both.


The Beam N Read personal light can also be used as an additional table top task light as the base is stable. However, I found that it is really too low for practical uses unless the height is boosted for e.g. with some books as I did.


The magnifiers are fresnel lenses (2x, 4x and 6x). Each lens has two tabs which allow it to be placed in either portrait or landscape orientations. There are ridges in them because it means these can be made much more compact (and lighter) than the conventional convex lens (see comparison below).

Fresnel lens vs plano-convex lens

The circular ridges of the fresnel lenses do cut down on visibility somewhat although it is less obvious in actual use with the LED lights on - I took the photo below in daylight.


I preferred to use the light without the fresnel lenses as I had a clearer view.  There is always the option of popping one on when I got to a tricky part and needed to see more clearly what I am doing.


This is the best solution I have seen so far for a very bright and portable craft or reading light. It is great for all sorts of crafting like quilting, knitting, sewing besides jewelry making.   There are also many other potential uses to this handy device.

I  wish I had this light years ago when we did a lot of camping as a family.  It would have enabled me to properly read and craft around the campfire! Not to mention negotiating my way to the camp facilities in the dark with children in hand.

I would certainly keep this handy for when there is a power outage as the light leaves my hands free to do tasks safely wherever I go. Lit candles in the house with 3 cats around is just asking for trouble!

Giveaway

If you'd like to a Beam n Read Personal Light - the BNR LED 6-3M model  like the one above,  please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is for US and Canada only.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, August 10, 2015 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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I used my iPhone 5 with the camera+ app and the Modahaus TS320 tabletop studio mostly in natural light except for the dark pictures.   Check out more about my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar class.

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76 comments:

  1. The portability of this light/magnifier is perfect. I've been looking for this combination but didn't want a large table top light/magnifier. I'm surprised at the reasonable price. Thank you for the review.

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  2. That looks like a pretty handy tool for beading. Would love it.
    tinareabob@gmail.com

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  3. What a great Idea! I could certainly use and want one :) !!

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  4. What a great idea for 24/7 crafting!

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  5. This light looks like something I could use. I am always looking for better lighting for my beading and needlepoint.

    auntmeanie682 at optonline dot net

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  6. I was looking into getting something tho help with finer detailed work & was seriously considering an Ott light. This seems like a better solution since it also has the magnification built in! Thanks very much for sharing!

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  7. Could definitely use this...eyes aren't getting younger.

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  8. Boy, could I use this light! (Couldn't we all?) I'm doing a shout-out on my blog!

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  9. Would lovw to have this. Jrgkuhn@gmail.com

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  10. OMG I need this as my eye sight isn't what it used to be.

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  11. This looks superb !
    trish128@gmail.com

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  12. I would really love to win this light . Even with the lights on my eyes don't see clearly enough and I use a 3.75 glasses when I 'm making my jewelry.

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  13. Would love that
    Karyn.weintraub@gmail.com

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  14. With my eye sight getting worse each year, I am always trying to find something that would help me see the tiny 15 0 and 11 0 beads I use. This looks just the ticket.

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  15. Very cool! Not only for crafting, but to have on hand during a power outage.
    datmine2009@hotmail.com
    Donna

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  16. What a great price and review! Sounds like a super product! If I don't win I will definitely be on the lookout for one...vkimbradshaw@gmail.com

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  17. Thank you for an excellent review of the Beam n Read. You commented on everything that could bring a question. This product would be an ideal addition to my "must have" tools.

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  18. Great review! Sold me! It is such a headache getting older! As a crafter specializing in beading & other jewelry making, I find myself straining to see what I'm doing!!! Would love to receive this and give MY review! My email: GeeBall6@yahoo.com

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  19. Another great find. This would be great when I'm stringing seed beads. It always seems the light is in the wrong spot. I follow on bloglovin, tweeted, g+, pinned and emailed.

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  20. Just what I need!! Love this unique product! tcardillo@gmail.com

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  21. I would love to receive this item! It sounds great. My elderly mother would probably end up getting it because she is an avid reader. I would just have to buy my own!

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  22. This is a perfect solution for us crafters. I could really use it while the family is watching tv.
    Great giveaway, I am a faithful email subscriber.

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  23. You cannot imagine how much I need and love this. I would love winning one. Thank you.

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  24. This Beam and Read is wonderful, a must have for crafts. I am so thankful for finding your web site. I have seen so may wonderful things and have learned so much already. It has give me a real boost. Thank you for all your hard work.

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  25. I love to make jewelry outside in the pleasant evening weather and often continue making earrings past dusk. This light seems like it would be very helpful. Thank you for the review. Mary www.Jemsjewelry.net

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  26. This would be a wonderful addition to my beading tools!

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  27. Boy, I sure could have used this the last time I traveled. Hotel lighting leaves a lot to be desired. The price is right, too. Thanks for a chance to win one.

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  28. I have been looking for a light/magnifier that works for me; for a few years and have made a couple of purchases that do not provide the light/magnification needed for beading and wirework, and also finer knitting. I will also google this as it does sound very interesting...patricia@savage.ca

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  29. This looks great and very helpful. Would love to win it.

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  30. This could be a great addition to aiding the sight issues I have as I get older. Blog follower: zoowatcher10@yahoo.com. Thank you Pearl.

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  31. Thank you for this opportunity! Would use this always. bethyb00p.bb@gmail.com

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  32. Fantastic and looks years ahead of forehead lamp. I would really love to win this. Your review was clear and interesting. The Beam and Read Looks like a lovely Christmas / Birthday present too. Placing some on my wish list.

    Blog subscriber too

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  33. Hi pearl!
    I am a subscriber, follower and pinned your giveaway. Another fantastic giveaway. I could put this to good use.

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  34. What a handy tool! Can think of many uses for it!

    Blog subscriber also

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  35. What an absolutely 'brilliant' idea!!

    Love it! Love it!! Love it!!

    How many times have I added more light to what I am working on and still feel I can't see and can actually feel the eyestrain happening as I work!

    What an excellent find Pearl! Wowza!!

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  36. Thank you Pearl, have been on the same hunt for a versatile, reliable light like this myself!! Would love this for crafting and reading! I am an email subscriber and I am posting this to Facebook and Pinterest.
    Thanks, Michelle

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  37. What a GREAT light!! And I can't wait to try it out or read about it more!!
    I have to tell you how my crafting regime starts out, as turning on four individual lights, including 1 Ott Lite to attain just the right lighting effect! I am sure that I would only need this one light to get the job done!! Thanks for this wonderful review!!

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  38. This idea's time is long overdue! What a fabulous idea, and it's possibilities are endless! I love how the light is exactly where you need it, regardless of position!

    I sure could love a light like that, and I will keep my fingers crossed that I will be the lucky artist.

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  39. Wow that sure would beat the lamp I have. What a wonderful and unique invention. The led light and magnifier together would make beading a whole lot easier let alone it's hands free.awesome

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  40. Light and magnification make beading so much easier. Looks like a handy addition to any crafter's supplies. Thanks for the review. Liz beadcontagion@gmail.com

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  41. I didn't know the Beam N Read existed, but I was Just searching for something like this! I strap a hunting type headlight on top of my magnifier goggles, which are on top of my eyeglasses ... sooo cumbersome! The whole get u gives me a headache and I can never get the light to shine in the right place, so my posture really suffers. Yes yes yes - I'd love to win! My eyes thank you in advance :)

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  42. Yes, this would be nice to have. Have you ever tried to hand sew mini quilt squares by campfire. It's not pretty when you look at it in the morning!!

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  43. What a great product! Seems I need more light as the months go by...
    cmbmattos@aol.com

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  44. I am a subscriber and am sharing on Facebook.

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  45. Ohhh - I could do beading on my porch in the evening! There is not enough light there now, and no outlets. What a great tool!

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  46. This would be awesome because a lot of times, I'm beading in places where I can't put a lamp.

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  47. Glenda RutherfordAugust 4, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    That looks like the answers to my prayers!!! I have a heck of a time seeing. Would love to win this
    Thanks, Glenda
    pglenda@yahoo.com

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  48. Ohh this is perfect! It would help in so many different areas!

    brendapenton(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. This would be such an addition to my crafting! Do a lot of it in the evening and light is always a problem - and to have it focused - a dream!!

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  50. Would love this! keira.mackinnon@hotmail.com

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  51. Greta gdmar@comcast.netAugust 4, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Oh, how I would love to own this! I am a blog subscriber.

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  52. What a great find. Sounds like an excellent addition to any crafter. Thanks Pearl!

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  53. I have tried several different types of lights and none have been satisfactory yet. I do a lot of work with size 12 and smaller beads so it is needed when the sun goes down and natural lighting is no longer an option. I would love to win one of these.

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  54. I can't tell if my first comment worked on not - I've been having problems with my computer. So just in case it did not....

    What a great idea and not just for crafting! Who knows maybe it will cut down on all my headaches from working on crafts in poor light! Perhaps it will help with my painting at night, too. Thanks for another great opportunity to try out and win a new item. Also thanks for the great reviews, I have purchased many of the things you have reviewed and your reviews are always spot on.

    I am a blog subscriber.

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  55. Love that this is portable + hands free + the magnifiers are the "bees knees"

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  56. This light looks very convenient! I would love to have one!

    I am an email/blog subscriber.
    catnpr@aol.com

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  57. I would love to win this, it looks like it would be a great tool to help me bead, especially when I'm travelling!

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  58. Oh, forgot to add that I am a subscriber via feedly.

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  59. This would be perfect! I need something to help me with my chain maille - I haven't found anything that really works the way I would like. I would love to win this! I'm a blog follower, as well as a follower on Facebook and Twitter. My email is adrian10104@yahoo.com.

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  60. Would love to win this. Am always looking for good lighting when trying to do my crafting.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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  61. I have a tremendous need for lighting. I have an older home with very poor lighting, situated so that very little natural light is available. I have a table light and stand light I try to bead under, but the heart from them is HOT!

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  62. I am also a blog subscriber, Newsletter subscriber, follow on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest

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  63. What a great little mag light. I have an inexpensive headband magnifier which makes a mess of my hair and offers no lighting. This would be an improvement!

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  64. this would be so neat.. As a senior citizen, that loves to work with tiny beads, this would be soooooooo helpful.

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  65. Forgot to leave my e mail on my post.. so again I say I would love to win this ...carolhettenbach@msn.com

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  66. I love this product and I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance to win!
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  67. I am an email subscriber
    sally0630@frontiernet.net
    I follow on Facebook
    Sarah Scott Oswald
    I follow on pinterest
    pinterest.com/sally0630
    I follopw on Google+ and Youtube
    Sarah Oswald
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  68. What a marvelous tool! Would love to win as these old eyes don't see as well as they used to!! LOL. THANKS.
    Am a blog subscriber and shared on facebook.
    Marlene
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  69. So glad I read my email! It's great to get a chance to win one - thank you for that! When I'm sitting in my living room working on a piece, the lighting is never sufficient enough. This will be perfect!
    mderr295@sc.rr.com

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  70. This light looks ingenious. Also looks perfect for my dear mom who, at 86, needs a bit of extra light for her knitting. Am a subscriber and will share on FB. Thanks for he offer, Pearl.

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  71. Hi Pearl,

    First off this light looks wonderful and very handy to use.

    And second, I am curious, I have commented on many posts of your giveaways and just regular posts and my comments are not showing up. Do you know the reason for it? I hope that it is not anything that I have done.

    Thanks for letting me know,
    Heather M
    Enchanting Accents

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    1. Don't worry, Heather. Your comments do show up. The comments are moderated which means they have to be approved first before it appears on the blog. I only moderate a few times a day so that is why it doesn't seem to show up immediately. You can come back and check later. I have to do this otherwise I get a lot of spam coming through.

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  72. I really would like to win one of these. Especially when I work with small beads and cannot find the holes. Thx

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  73. would really like to win one of these , as the lighting where I bead is very limited. Oh my I
    could bead anywhere if I had one of these. Can you buy them in a store? In Canada?
    thank you for the most generous offer!!!

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    1. Alas the giveaway is long over. I do not know of any store which carries this. You can get it through Amazon Canada.

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