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When the Raspberry arrived at the beginning of the year and after putting other useful junk on the table, the space was reduced a bit and the lamp, which was not very high, ended up behind a monitor “enclosing” the light. Also, the room has the main lamp far away from the table. This was something to be solved. To draw in analogue you need good lighting.
After looking around and comparing all kinds of table lamps with foot, without foot, articulated and fixed. I got bored and postponed the purchase because all the ones I found had no spare bulb or LED bar.
This is a bummer because even though they advertise 50,000 hours of life for the bulb, in which case you would have more than paid for it (about 45€). If it gets knocked or a contact breaks or something else that prevents it from turning on, there is no brand replacement and it is not a universal format (another form of programmed obsolescence) so it won’t even serve as a paperweight. You would have to make a creative and improvised handicraft to replace the bulb, something that almost nobody tries to do.
At home, taking advantage of the fact that I had survived another cycle in which the Earth makes a complete revolution around the Sun, they decided to give me one.
And it was one of those with an LED bar and a flexible arm that attaches to the table with a clamp. It’s from Hokone (a great missed opportunity to call it Kohone).
Here’s a quick review.
As for the use, there’s not much to comment on. It’s very simple.
Its three front buttons are used to turn it on and off and to change the intensity to one of its five levels which can be combined with the usual five shades of hot and cold. One of these buttons (M) has a dual function and allows, with a 1.5 second press, the selected combination to be set in memory and to illuminate with that combination when switched on.
It doesn’t look badly built, perhaps the plastics around the buttons are what looks a little flimsy, the rest seems well finished.
The bar measures about 44 cm and the maximum height of the tube is 66 cm without bending (more than enough to save up to a 29 ultrawide monitor on an elevation stand). I have tested it by making different bends like a crazy snake to save a shelf and there is no problem to tame it, it keeps its rigidity.
The clamp can “bite” tables up to 8.5 cm thick.
- Reasonably priced if the advertised lamp life is true.
- Flexible arm is quite mouldable.
- Correct clamping.
- Its 9W may seem short, but it lights up quite well at maximum.
- Five levels of intensity and five levels of hue.
- Three front buttons with basic actions.
- If the bulb/rod breaks, there’s no replacement, so the lamp is a waste of time.
- Missing is a traditional setting for dimming the light to the ambience known as “I’m taking a nap”.
- Does not retain the selected memory if disconnected from the mains.