A few weeks ago, I was sent a Beam N Read light to try. I hate to admit, but I actually need this light myself and found it most useful when doing some hand stitching recently. My eyes are older than I’d like to admit!


In my studio, I have pretty good focus lighting that I use, but it sure is nice being able to sit in the living room with the puppy and have the Beam N Read light on to help me see the tiny whip stitches for my hexie quilt. I’ll do a more complete blog post about this quilt one of these days. It’s my relaxing quilt that I only get a few minutes here and there to work on.


The Beam N Read light I was sent has 6 LED bulbs in it. I have the option of using it at full strength with all 6 lights on, or with only 3 lights on, at a time. Additionally, there are two filters available that can be attached in front of the lights. The red one is for maintaining night vision and the orange filter produces a softer light. For reading, I’d probably want the softer orange filter.


There’s a clip available on the light to add the included magnify glass too… not me yet! You can see how it works in the photo on the right.


The light has an elastic band on it that you can adjust so that the light is sitting at the level you want it at. For me, I need the light to be pretty high as I stitch without my glasses on and fairly close to me. It’s band is an elastic so that you can slip it over your head. I do think the elastic could be improved with a softer one or even have the elastic encased in fabric for added comfort. But really, it’s a minor complaint. The elastic seemed to me to be strong enough to hold the light in the position I wanted, so that’s very good.


The light is very centre-focussed, so if you’re on a plane you won’t be disturbing your sleeping neighbours. There are also three angle positions for the light. So, in addition to having the flexibility with the elastic for height, you can change the focus of the light’s angle too. Most helpful! You can sort of see in the photo below how the light’s focus is very narrow as not to extend too far and disturb other, yet its focus is wide enough to be used for embroidery and quilting.


Visit the Beam N Read web site for more information on its uses and the different products available.

I was hoping to entice Milo into wearing the light so that I could find his poopies easier in the dark. He’s too busy napping, so I’ll have to try again another day.



I have one Beam N Read light to give away to my readers. All you need to do to enter the give-away is leave a comment below answering the following: If you won, would you keep the light for yourself or give it away to someone else? If you’re keeping the light for yourself or giving it someone else, why? What do you, or they, need the light for?

Winner will be randomly selected November 26th.

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221 thoughts on “Product Review and Give-Away: Beam N Read Light

  • November 25, 2012 at 4:25 am

    I would use it myself for quilting. I can’t quilt without good light, so no quilting in the evening for me. The setting of my living room doesn’t give me the space to put a daylihgt floorlamp next to my couch. A lamp as this wouldn’t give me any exuses to go on with that pile of quilting to do …

  • November 25, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I would keep the light, because I’m the only one I know that sews.

  • November 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

    My friend has one. I’ve tried it and like it. There are so many places that don’t have good lighting. I’d keep it so I could do my hand work anywhere I go.

  • November 25, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I have old eyes and strain to see, even with a lamp by my side. This is the perfect solution for my quilting, knitting, crochet and needlepoint needs. I really like the fact that it gets up and goes with you without a lot of fiddling with cords. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and for showing us a new item to help us in our crafting.

  • November 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I would keep the light for myself. I bought one for my mother as a Christmas present a couple of years ago, and am kicking myself that I didn’t buy one for myself. Why would I like this? My eyes are getting ‘tired’ and I find I need bright light to do hand stitching – for sewing bindings down and reverse stitching when needed! I could also use this on the go!

  • November 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I would selfishly keep it for myself!
    I need it for cross stitching especially on BLACK aida cloth!

  • November 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I would love to win the Beam n Read light for myself. I need to wear “cheater” eyeglasses to see up close and I always need a light to see what I am doing, whether it is knitting, hand sewing, hand embroidery, hand quilting or reading. I think this would even help when sewing or quilting at the sewing machine too. I would love to be able to try one of these lights so the light would go with me instead of having large lights all over the house or having to drag a large light around with me wherever I sew or knit.

  • November 25, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I would so keep this light for myself. That way I wouldn’t have to burn so much electricity to see what I’m doing and I could use it at night to read in bed too. Thanks for the chance. By the way hate to tell you this but Milo is awake and so cute.

  • November 25, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I would keep it for myself. I do quite a bit of hand sewing and it would really come in handy. Thank you and thank Milo too, for the chance to win.

  • November 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Wow, looks like a fabulous light. My evenings are spent cross-stitching, and like you the eyes just keep getting older, so I’d probably use the light for that, and for hand-quilting when I do that – so that I can make things for other people. Thanks for the chance!

  • November 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I would give the light to my husband to use when he was at the dark site observing- of course he would have the red light night vision piece on it. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  • November 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    i go to a senior citizen center to quilt. and while most of these women are proficient in quilting, they are having problems with their eyes. most are 80 and older. they still have it in them to teach us younger quilters (65) a few things. so i would donate it to the center. thank you for any consideration. have a great holiday.

  • November 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I would definitely keep it to help my old eyes with those same tiny stitches you are using. The magnifier would help in the sewing room to identify stray machine needles and to read the “fine print” which seems to be all print these days. I would love it for my car and plane when reading while hubby drives.

  • November 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I would keep it. I am legally blind, and intense light helps me work. My vision is sporatic, but when I have it, I need really good light to do anything. I am currently not working, so I cannot buy the lighting I need.

  • November 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    This light is exactly what I need so I would keep it for myself. I find that as I’ve gotten older it’s so much harder to see small print and also to sew and quilt using very dark fabrics. I also love to cross stitch and haven’t been able to do it as much as I’d like because I can’t see the stitches unless I have a very bright light. Thank you so offering such a great giveaway.

  • November 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I would give the light away since I already have one and LOVE it! I use it for embroidery work, hand quilting, reading. It is the best thing in my gadget arsenal, since slice bread! The person I plan to give it away to does cross stitching, and this will be very helpful to her!

  • November 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I would keep it to help me see to put binding on my quilts.

  • November 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Hard choice to keep or give away, but to be honest I have a eldery friend who had gloguma and having a hard time reading and any hand sewing, so guess I would give it to her
    to make reading easier, says lamps throw a shadow and make it diffucult

  • November 26, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Looks like a great light!

  • November 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I would be very selfish and keep the light for myself. I am finding it more difficult to see small ,tiny work and this light sounds like it is ideal to make stitching easier.

  • November 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    i can’t think of any friends who need one that don’t already have one!! i think i would keep it to use in travels when it is dark and i can’t turn any lights in the car or motor home.

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