From green gadgets and gizmos, to DVDs and loose-leaf teas, I get the occasional product sent to me for a review. In most cases, I like to give it a thorough once-over before I’m comfortable putting a stamp of (dis)approval on it.
If I take a long time to review a product, it is usually because: the product stinks and the manufacturer wouldn’t want me to publish anything anyway; the product really stinks and I don’t want to waste my time or my readers’ time with it, or; the product is actually quite good and the length of time spending reviewing it is extended because I’m trying to find something bad to say about it — but can’t. In the case of the DOT-it LED lights Sylvania sent me, the reason for my slow turnaround is definitely the last one. These lights are great.
The first of the two lights sent to me by Sylvania was the DOT-it Golden Dragon (pictured top). The ninja-sounding Golden Dragon is the Cadillac of Sylvania’s puck-style LED lights.
Sylvania says the Golden Dragon offers 30x more light and 8x more coverage than a typical push-on light and can be expected to last for years to come with a typical life of over 50,000 hours. With extensive use of this light over the last six months, I have yet to see any decline in performance. But the best part is that it isn’t a push-on. See that little red oval next to the bulb? That’s a built-in infrared motion sensor. One wave of your hand over the sensor and the light will come with bright white beam of light, wave your hand again for low power and a third time will turn it off.
The LED light can be mounted to almost any surface using the built-in magnet or by using the included Velcro adhesive. After using the bright light around the house a couple times when the power went out, I mounted the Golden Dragon to the underside of a shelf above my bed for night-time reading (see pictures below). While the focus of the light is not exactly where I want it (mostly because of the shallow depth of the shelf), this little sucker provides plenty of ambient light for nighttime reading.
The Golden Dragon retails for $16.99, but a cursory survey of online outlets turned up lower prices and volume discounts.
Perhaps the best feature of the second of the two lights, the DOT-it Original, is its flexibility. This light is compact with a low-profile, easily fitting in the front pocket of my jeans. While this light can also be mounted to almost any surface using the enclosed Velcro, I have used the light more as a flashlight while walking the dog, camping and working around the house. As opposed to a traditional flashlight, the DOT-it can just sit flat on its back, creating a lantern effect (especially in a small tent). The push-on DOT-it is also waterproof, meaning you can use it on your boat or in other wet applications.
The light’s three AA batteries will give you 100 hours of bright, white light. Retailing at $9.99, the DOT-it Original is priced for consumers to have several scattered around the house or workplace for quick, easy and reliable light.
Photos: Tim Hurst