Updated November 19, 2019.
I often stitch at night while we watch TV. Sometimes my DH doesn’t like the light on, so off goes the light and thus my stitching ends for the evening.
But not now. With the Beam N Read LED Light, I can stitch without any other lights and see my needlepoint just fine.
I tested both the 3 and 6 light sizes. They run on AA batteries (included with the 3 light size but not with the 6) and hang around your neck with a webbing strap.
I found that while the 3 light size was just fine when using the unfiltered light, the 6 light size was far too bright when unfiltered; brighter than the regular light I use.
The lights come with filters as well. The 3 light comes with a dark pink filter for night vision. I found that it worked well, making things nicely clear at night. While the colors of my needlework were not true, the contrast was good.
The 6 light comes with two different filters, shown in the picture, one red and one yellow. I loved the yellow filter. When I used it, my DH didn’t even know that I had a light on and I could stitch in comfort.
I didn’t like the red filter much at all, I felt as if it left things too dark for the kind of fine details needlepoint requires.
The 6 light also comes with a magnifier which I didn’t try, because of my MS magnifiers enhance my vision problems.
The only fault I could find was in the strap. One side came undone almost immediately. I tried rethreading, and even tying it on, but nothing works for more than a few minutes. As a result, I just rest it on my chest. Resting it on my chest works well for many of my projects. I have several of these lights and the strap problem ha only happened with one of them.
These lights, in either size, will be great additions to your needlepoint tool kit.
UPDATE: I must say that I am impressed with the company and their product. When I found a problem with my neckstrap in the model I reviewed, they replaced it right away.
2019 Update: This article was written in 2013. I’ve been using these lights for over six years now and I still like them every bit a much as I did initially. I keep mine in my tool caddy next to the stitching chair.
Please note: These lights were provided to me by the manifacturer for review purposes.