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Coffeecat
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Tips on setting up a well-lit reading area?

Hey,

My eyes get tired really easily when reading (maybe because I have fluorescent lights?).  The problem with having a lamp on just one side of my chair is that the screen of the Nook is illuminated unevenly.  

 

Does anyone have any tips on setting up better lighting?  Is getting one of those clip-on lights worth it even if I won't be reading in the dark?

 

 

 

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Re: Tips on setting up a well-lit reading area?

Switch it out with a LED bulb. Softer more clean looking light, glare proof, better energy savings, will screw in your standard or compact florescent bulb slot. Been happy with the one in my reading lamp.

 

 

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Re: Tips on setting up a well-lit reading area?

I've had to switch out a bulb in the lamp by the couch where I read. I had a new compact fluorescent bulb in there, but the light just wasn't bright enough. So I went back to the old style incandescent and it works much better. My eyes :smileywink: have gotten older & worn out!

 

I've also found a table / lamp combo where the lamp part swivels so I can swing the light exactly where I need it. Very handy.

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Re: Tips on setting up a well-lit reading area?

Hi Coffeecat, You may be interested in the Nook Matte Screen Film Kit. Here is a link on our website that will provide you with more information on the item.

 

http://gifts.barnesandnoble.com/nook-Matte-Screen-Film-Kit/e/9781615600632/?cds2Pid=35725

 

As you would with paper books when reading, take breaks to reduce eye strain. If you use eyeglasses to read paper books, you should wear them to read your NOOK.

 

The optimal reading distance varies depending on your eyes, but somewhere between 13 and 16 inches is probably ideal. You can change the text size on your NOOK so that you can read at an optimal distance. The light level should be adequate. Make sure you have enough light, and position your NOOK relative to the lights so that there are no direct reflections.

 

I hope this information has been helpful with reading on your NOOK. You may find these suggestions located in your user guide.

 

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Re: Tips on setting up a well-lit reading area?

 


cork_dork_mom wrote:

So I went back to the old style incandescent and it works much better. My eyes :smileywink: have gotten older & worn out!


I read a news article a while back that Obama has passed legislation to do away with incandescent bulbs. I don't remember the timeline, but it's like June or July, and there will no longer be such a thing as a cheap incandescent bulb. They will all be those spiral-type flourescents or LED bulbs.

 

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Re: Tips on setting up a well-lit reading area?

 


Desert_Brat wrote:

 


cork_dork_mom wrote:

So I went back to the old style incandescent and it works much better. My eyes :smileywink: have gotten older & worn out!


I read a news article a while back that Obama has passed legislation to do away with incandescent bulbs. I don't remember the timeline, but it's like June or July, and there will no longer be such a thing as a cheap incandescent bulb. They will all be those spiral-type flourescents or LED bulbs.

 


 

2012 - 2014 is the faze out. There simply will no longer be manufactures allowed to make them inside the US. And this change go back beyond the Obama administration, been in the works since the last 2 years in the Bush administration. It's just the Congressional blocks finally got removed. Only state still fighting it is SC, and that's because they have 14 incandescent bulb manufacturing plants; that were never modernized.

 

Problem is a lot of people bought the wrong compact fluorescent bulbs. They usually got the "soft white" version or bought the wrong watt for their needs. Want the equivalent of a normal ordinary incandescent 60 watt bulb, get a 100 watt (it still only uses 14 watts) bright lite compact fluorescent.

 

What I suggested however was the led bulb, night and day compared to the compact fluorescent. You can lump them together in energy conservation, but not light output. Led's put out clean bright light, period.

 

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TiggerBear wrote:

 What I suggested however was the led bulb, night and day compared to the compact fluorescent. You can lump them together in energy conservation, but not light output. Led's put out clean bright light, period.


Don't the LED bulbs also last a lot longer than the fluorescents? I  know my little LED flashlight is almost 6 years old and still going strong. Have only changed the single AAA battery once, and that lasted almost 5 years.

 

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Desert_Brat wrote:

 


TiggerBear wrote:

 What I suggested however was the led bulb, night and day compared to the compact fluorescent. You can lump them together in energy conservation, but not light output. Led's put out clean bright light, period.


Don't the LED bulbs also last a lot longer than the fluorescents? I  know my little LED flashlight is almost 6 years old and still going strong. Have only changed the single AAA battery once, and that lasted almost 5 years.

 


 

WAY longer, approximately 10 times longer than an ordinary bulb and 6 times longer than a compact florescent. I say approx because personal never had one burn out yet. I have had 5 burn outs with compact fluorescents since switching household over 5 years ago. They also use as low as a quarter to close to half the energy of a compact fluorescent. Got one in the bathroom, 4 watts an hour. They also don't cause faster milk spoilage like florescents do. Not to mention if the delayed light up of the warming compact fluorescent bugs you, Leds are as instant as a normal bulb.

 

Their one and only draw back is the top quality ones (don't buy the substandard ones for pete's sake) is their initial cost. It's going down and expected to go down dramatically as usage increases. But a single led 60 watt equivalent bulb is going to run you around 4 bucks. Of course just one will save you 50 bucks or more in electricity that first year, so...:smileywink:

 

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Re: Tips on setting up a well-lit reading area?

 


TiggerBear wrote:

 


Desert_Brat wrote:

 


TiggerBear wrote:

 What I suggested however was the led bulb, night and day compared to the compact fluorescent. You can lump them together in energy conservation, but not light output. Led's put out clean bright light, period.


Don't the LED bulbs also last a lot longer than the fluorescents? I  know my little LED flashlight is almost 6 years old and still going strong. Have only changed the single AAA battery once, and that lasted almost 5 years.

 


 

WAY longer, approximately 10 times longer than an ordinary bulb and 6 times longer than a compact florescent. I say approx because personal never had one burn out yet. I have had 5 burn outs with compact fluorescents since switching household over 5 years ago. They also use as low as a quarter to close to half the energy of a compact fluorescent. Got one in the bathroom, 4 watts an hour. They also don't cause faster milk spoilage like florescents do. Not to mention if the delayed light up of the warming compact fluorescent bugs you, Leds are as instant as a normal bulb.

 

Their one and only draw back is the top quality ones (don't buy the substandard ones for pete's sake) is their initial cost. It's going down and expected to go down dramatically as usage increases. But a single led 60 watt equivalent bulb is going to run you around 4 bucks. Of course just one will save you 50 bucks or more in electricity that first year, so...:smileywink:

 


Do they work with dimmer switches?

 

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Re: Tips on setting up a well-lit reading area?

 


Nallia wrote:

 


TiggerBear wrote:

 


Desert_Brat wrote:

 


TiggerBear wrote:

 What I suggested however was the led bulb, night and day compared to the compact fluorescent. You can lump them together in energy conservation, but not light output. Led's put out clean bright light, period.


Don't the LED bulbs also last a lot longer than the fluorescents? I  know my little LED flashlight is almost 6 years old and still going strong. Have only changed the single AAA battery once, and that lasted almost 5 years.

 


 

WAY longer, approximately 10 times longer than an ordinary bulb and 6 times longer than a compact florescent. I say approx because personal never had one burn out yet. I have had 5 burn outs with compact fluorescents since switching household over 5 years ago. They also use as low as a quarter to close to half the energy of a compact fluorescent. Got one in the bathroom, 4 watts an hour. They also don't cause faster milk spoilage like florescents do. Not to mention if the delayed light up of the warming compact fluorescent bugs you, Leds are as instant as a normal bulb.

 

Their one and only draw back is the top quality ones (don't buy the substandard ones for pete's sake) is their initial cost. It's going down and expected to go down dramatically as usage increases. But a single led 60 watt equivalent bulb is going to run you around 4 bucks. Of course just one will save you 50 bucks or more in electricity that first year, so...:smileywink:

 


Do they work with dimmer switches?

 


 

Ok had to go look that up.

 

For a LED to work properly with a standard dimmer switch you need a specific LED bulb designed for dimmer controls. They are more expensive than a typical LED bulb. So one's going take longer to pay for itself. but still a uber long lasting non toxic manufacture bright low wattage drawing bulb that will work on 5 dimmer setttings, is a pretty cool thing.