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Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway: Beam N Read

Reported by Susie Ziegler

The Beam N Read Hands-Free Light from ASF Lightware Solutions is a portable, personal LED light worn around the neck to illuminate the area in front of the user. So useful is this little light, it should also be called Beam N Craft, Beam N Stitch, Beam N Camp, Beam N Check-on-Baby, even Beam N Do-Latenight-Housework, as I did late one night when the urge to sort laundry in our bedroom came over me as my husband and kids drifted off to sleep. The manufacturers explain, “For Light Anywhere, Anytime That Wonโ€™t Disturb Others.” Exactly!


I tried three kinds of Beam N Read lights. All three use LED lights that are white color-balanced. White light is essential for me in my crafting, and I loved the clear light of these lamps. All three have an adjustable neck strap, and adjustable, aim-able light, and require AA batteries. Turning on the Beam N Read is simple: simply tilt up the adjustable light and it illuminates immediately.

The BNR LED 3 is the simplest with 3 lights, and a detachable red, night vision filter. It seems to me that the red light filter is really sort of pink and not quite red enough for safe night vision. This 3 LED light version was plenty bright for me and since I don’t need the magnifier, this is the one I preferred.

Some users may like a wider and brighter lighting field, so the BNR LED 6 is for you. This light has one removable 4″ x 5″ clip on 4X magnifier, and a removable clear yellow filter for people who are accustomed to the spectrum of traditional incandescent lighting. The magnifiers are not ideal as they are inexpensive, flat, Fresnel type lenses with concentric circles that may or may not be irritating to you as you work. I am prone to headaches and cannot even observe fish in fish tanks without getting a flash of migraine, so I didn’t use the magnifiers.

However, magnifiers are essential for many crafters whose eyesight is less dependable for their detail work. The BNR LED 103M was a 3 bulb version that I tried had a set of three magnifiers: 2X, 4X, and 6X.

Neck straps are adjustable, but on one of my Beam N Reads, the straps fell off the first time I used it and I had to tie knots to secure them. My husband and I wore our Beam N read lamps completely differently. Husband preferred it to hang lower, while I liked it cinched up high.

We brought our three lamps with us when we were out of town with our kids and we all thought they were terrific. Our sleepy family members rested in the darkened hotel room while I worked on my stitching project until late into the night and my son used his lamp to read books. You can use the lamp sitting up in a chair, in a reclining position, and even while walking around.

I’ve used lightweight LED headlamps when camping to read and work, but the Beam N read is vastly more comfortable. With the Beam N Read, the light is aimed down at the floor when you get up from your work to stretch or get a snack.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable
  • Bright
  • Convenient
  • An item you weren’t sure you needed quickly becomes indispensable
  • Superior to book lights or headlamps

Cons:

  • Strap breaks easily, although still useable
  • Lines in the magnifier take getting used to. You might never get used to them.
  • Some of the lamps have many removable parts. A storage sack for all of them would be helpful.


I really love the basic Beam N Read. Since I received it, I use it all the time for my late night bouts of creativity. My sleeping husband is so grateful!

GIVEAWAY!
Leave us a comment and let us know what YOU’D use a Beam N Read for, and you’ll be entered for one of your very own. One comment per person, per Beam N Read post, winner will be selected on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.

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71 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway: Beam N Read

  1. Pam May 10, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    I would use the Beam N Read when I work on my Cross Stitch and Crocheting. It would help a lot when I doing my needlework.

  2. Debbie May 10, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    I would use it for my Cross Stitch.

  3. sandyh50 May 10, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    As I am getting older I don’t see as well, so I would use this while crafting and reading. Since my husband put those energy saver bulbs everywhere in the house I know the lighting is not as bright as before. Sigh….save money or see more clearly, what a choice!

  4. Michelle May 10, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Looks like a nifty product. Would DEFINATLEY use for reading!!! Would also use for cross stitch and other craftiness late at night!

  5. GirlyGirlBags May 10, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    That would be awesome for hand embroidery or any hand sewing!

  6. Anna May 10, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    It could be used in so many different things. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  7. patricia May 10, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    I’d use the beam n read for both crafting and reading. I tend to be creative at night when others want to sleep so this would be ideal.

  8. Irene Lenihan May 10, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    I’d use the Beam N Read when we are on the road doing craft shows. My husband has a tendency to want to go right to sleep after the show and I need the time to unwind. Using the light would let me read or work on my beading projects without disturbing him.

  9. luluvision May 10, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    I’d use it for embroidery and making felt brooches. This would be great!

  10. kittykill May 10, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    I would use it for embroidery or for reading in bed.

  11. Patchi May 10, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    I would use it for scrapbooking and reading in bed. Thanks for pointing this out, I would never have found it otherwise!

  12. StampinCathy May 10, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    OMGosh! I’ve been wanting one of these for a while. I would for sure use this for the details things on my cards. Thanks so much for a great review and a chance at this great giveaway.

  13. Samantha T. May 10, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Wow, I think this would be great for reading in bed and when stringing jewelry.

  14. Savannah O'Gwynn May 10, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    Super fun–never heard of these! I think it would be great to use for extra lighting when working on crafts and reading! I am always looking for more light:) This would make my husband very happy (I am always saying, “I CAN’T SEE!”). Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. rudie2shoes May 10, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    I think I would use it to read at night while the bf is asleep. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Axes DesigNs May 10, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    I always think I need something like that for my sewing! thanks for the giveaway!! I hope I can be the lucky girl!

  17. karenz May 10, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    This little beauty has so many possibilities!!! pick me pick me

  18. kmassman May 10, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    I would use it for basic scrapbooking! Sometimes, it is hard to see the little brads and embellishments to get them attached to the paper! I’m getting older and just don’t see as well as I used to! YIKES! Thanks for the chance!

  19. H.Tsai May 10, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    I would use the Beam N Read for hand sewing

  20. stampers7 May 10, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    I would use the Beam N Read light for reading, doing crossword puzzles, & for when I’m cutting out small paper projects. As I’m a night owl, the light would really come in handy.

  21. Anonymous May 10, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    This looks great! I have used the little lights that you clip to your book, but find the light jumps all over the room (and inevitably into your sleeping companions eyes!) when you flip a page or move at all. What a perfect solution! Plus it would light your path to the fridge for that midnight snack… heehee
    Kathy W.

  22. celticmystyc May 10, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    These would be great to create you’re own little light box or glow to photograph projects to post online! I get so frustrated with my overhead light and the shadows it creates or the glare..these little lights would be perfect to back light, side cast..you name it! Can’t wait to get me one or two!

  23. pyesquire May 10, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    I do a lot of very small cuttings this looks like it would be a great help
    Pye

  24. Melinda AKA medialady May 10, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    I occasionally cross-stitch so I would use it for this.

  25. Carole RB May 10, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    I would use the Bean N Read when I make my japaneese embroidery at night. I can’t embroid at night because I don’t have a good light source. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win one!

  26. wilcoxdesigns May 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    I would love to use it with my bead work. Those tiny seed beads are so hard to see!

  27. Penny D. May 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    I’d probably use it with my Kindle at the gym! It’s hard to read on the cross-trainer machine because the thing that you put your book on is too far from your eyes… lol

  28. Kim May 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    I go to a lot of crops where the lighting isn’t the best and for some, they actually tell us to bring a light. It seems like this would be much easier than taking up supply space in my tote for an Ott Lite! Would love to see a picture of someone wearing it to get an idea of size

  29. Janet L. May 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    The Beam N Read sounds just perfect for details in card making and especially for reading at night in a motel/hotel room so as not to wake up anyone with a big light.

  30. loyaz May 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    Oh my gawsh, would I ever love to try this – I probably would by one of every size and style too. I have a clunky magnafying glass plus drug store enlarging glasses, and still can not see what I need to so this would be a real trip. Awesome. Thanks so much for this opportunity.
    DianeL
    loyaz1@wbhsi.net

  31. Frippery May 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    I could actually embroider or read in the middle of the night without getting out of bed to turn on a light in another room so that I don’t disturb my hubby! Plus, I have really been noticing the need for magnification lately.

  32. Linda Deline May 10, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    After buying many other types of lights and not being satisfied enough, I’d given up looking for a light that will not disturb my husband while I read in bed. Could this possibly be it? Thanks for the opportunity. God bless.

  33. Donna VW May 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    What a cool idea – I think it would be great for beading. As my eyesight gets worse I need more help while I do all kinds of crafts.

  34. Cindy May 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I’d love it for those nights when I can’t sleep and want to get something crafty done without disturbing the rest of the household.

  35. Katherine May 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    I could definitely use this for needle work, crafting and reading. The older I get the more I need extra light!

  36. Betty aka ZacksNana May 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    OMG! Since I’ve had diabetes for the past 12 years, my eyes have progressively gotten worse. I use 3 different strength pairs of magnifiers. I also use the strongest pair in tandem with a lighted magnifier. I really think the Beam N Read would be such a relief for my late night cardmaking and my all day cardmaking and paper crafting, not to mention reading a good historical romance novel, which I have had to give up because I can see. Thanks for a chance to win!

  37. Anonymous May 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I would love this to read while my husband drives at night.

    TFS
    Ang@todybran.com

  38. Dorothy May 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    I would love to have one of these! I use a head lamp every night as I read before going to bed. The head lamp can give me a headache if worn too long. This would be the perfect solution. Thank you for the oportunity!

  39. melaniesilver May 10, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    i would use this so i could see all of those little glass seed beads im so fond of working with.

  40. sucor May 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    I would love one to use for my late night crafting and reading. I don’t like disturbing hubby and good light makes all the difference.

    sucor_2@hotmail.com

  41. Shirley May 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    I would love to win the Beam n Read to help with scrapbooking, making cards, crocheting, and doing crosstitch. I’m in my sixties, so can’t see as well as I used to!

    sfread171@hotmail.com

  42. Lia May 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

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  43. Lia May 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    Well, tornado season is upon us, so I would use it to chainmaille in the deep recesses of my closet underneath my matress in my bathtub.

  44. Gail May 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    I would use it for crafts, but really need one for camping & fishing!
    Sometimes when we get back in the boat it’s getting dark, and we need to clean the fish!

  45. craftirn May 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    I would love a Beam N Read. I have tried all kinds of book lights and reading lights that didn’t give me the light I needed. This sounds like it would be different. I also need extra light when doing my needlework. I like to read in bed while my husband is sleeping.

  46. barbs May 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    I would use the light do all sorts of paper crafting. In recent years my eyesight is not as “keen” as it used to be and this little light would really be a fantastic help.

  47. Concetta May 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    This seams like something I could really use for a variety of crafts and reading.

  48. klasickewpie May 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    I use to enjoy reading in the evening, but as my eyesight is aging I find the low light in the family room to much of strain. Our only lighting is a table lamp and floor lamp, both too far from my chair. I would certainly use the Beam n’ Read for reading, and also some crafts that I wouldn’t have to run upstairs to use the desk lamp in my craft room for.
    Would love to win and give it try!

  49. Fourth Class Artwork May 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    I would use this for my marker work. I don’t get to sit down and do it until almost 9 at night, and trying to blend colors without a great light source is about to make me cross eyed.

    I HOPE I WIN!!!!

  50. angie May 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    I would have the Beam N Read around my neck most of my waking hours! I ned a good light for my papercraft which is over my desk – fine for daytime. I’m in a wheelchair and have poor sight but manage happily and really well BUT when it gets dark, I transfer to my ccmfy armchair and watch TV. DH (Mr. Grumpy LOL) doesn’t like my lamp on to work on my papercraft. I’ve gotta have one! Thank you for the chance of winning one. I’m sure DH would thank you too to stop my whinging!

  51. Maria Matter May 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    wow, this sounds great! I find myself readjusting lamp shades for better light constantly while reading and crafting!

    My husband would be grateful too! lol
    Blessings!

  52. Lindsey May 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    Right now I only do my card-making in the daytime, for the natural light. so I would use the Beam N Read to extend my crafting day!

  53. baglady May 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    I would use it for …reading! I have tried lots of book lamps but they aren’t very good for reading at night. I also like to bead but only do it during the day because of the light- maybe I could do that at night too. Thanks for the great review. If I don’t win, I will probably pick one up.

  54. Lori May 10, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    I would love to give this to my mother in law, who is my on call seamstress and clothing designer for my kids. She would definitely appreciate it for the magnifying aspect.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

  55. Nanmar May 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    I would use the Beam N Read for reading (never can remember where i leave my glasses), sewing (glasses just don’t magnify enough) and craft. our house lights just don’t provide enough illumination (i AM NOT getting old..lol)

  56. AmbreRose May 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    I make jewelry and sometimes I use seed beads which are so tiny. This would be so helpful to me! ambrerose(!at)aol(dot)com

  57. Amy May 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would use this for my beading projects … my tired hubby would also be so happy to have the lights turned off ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Janette May 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    For sure I would use it to read, and probably on some crafting projects as well.

  59. Carol May 10, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    Looks like a great product. I would use it for many things. cross stitch, reading in bed, crafting scrapbooking. Thanks for the chance to win.

  60. BarbaraH May 11, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    This light sounds wonderful! How many lights have I tried for those middle of the night times when I would like to read without waking my husband? Too many. This one sounds perfect. The fact that it hangs around your neck makes it so perfect for my painting projects too. Where do we find it?

  61. Angel May 11, 2010 at 1:49 am #

    I love all your reviews. I would use mine to see my iPod touch. I like to use it at night when the kids are asleep. My husband says I spend more time on it then I do on dinner every night. I would have to use the magnifing beam and read. I think I’m going blind my eyes get all blurry after a night on my iPod touch. I thank you for a chance to win.

  62. christina #4635 May 11, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    This looks wonderful! I would use this as a book light when we go on vacation- the hotel rooms never seem to have lights in the right place!

  63. Rebecca Ednie May 11, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    I’d use mine when the lights are on! I’m always lugging an OTT light around when I want to colour with my Copics because my colour choices suck in incandescent or halogen lighting like in my family room where I colour while watching TV. The white balanced light would help me see the colours correctly!

  64. rush8888 May 11, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    i like to make small things, like tiny little books. using this would help to be more accurate in placing things.

  65. Donna May 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I do lots of stitching projects but also make intricate paper cuts also. These look like they’d be so helpful for all kinds of crafts. Using them to read at night would be great too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  66. Martha May 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    I would like to have one so I could work on my tiny embellishments in more than one place in the house. My paper and cutting materials are downstairs and my one good light is upstairs. It’s really the pits to have to run up and down. These old bones are getting weary. Thanks for giving us the chance to get one of these lights. You’re a doll.

  67. Liz S. May 11, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    Oh, I would definitely use the Beam N Read to “Read N Beam” because I love reading in bed to catch up on my papercraft/cardmaking magazines,but my side table lamp disturbs You Know Who!!

  68. nopinkhere May 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    reading in bed (baby shares our room), knitting or crocheting while in a dim, TV lit room, sewing in my dim sewing area

  69. Sally Sotelo May 12, 2010 at 1:11 am #

    Very cool little device! I would use it while sanding my polymer clay pieces at night, while my boyfriend sleeps. If I don’t win one, I think I need to buy one for sure!

  70. Jen May 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Oh my gosh, what will they think of next…I color with Copics and always have to find a light that will help me see the image..LOL! This would allow me go anywhere in my house to color! *smile* Thanks for the chance!

  71. shauna May 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    I would use the Beam N Read for all kinds of things, but the first things that come to mind would be jewelry making and when working on very small works such as inchies and mini atc’s. I would love to have one of these!