When I discovered the blogosphere it felt like I had come home. I find education and entertainment here. I have been privileged with invitations into people's homes and lives. I have made wonderful friends here too, some of whom I have met, and many of whom I would love to meet. Another very real benefit (to me) is that my introverted self can interact in ways which suit me, and can step away without offending people when I become overwhelmed.
A few weeks ago another blogging benefit presented itself. I received an email from a representative of BenQ, a technology and solutions company based in Taiwan. Their representative had read my blog (particularly focusing on the Words For Wednesday posts), noting my 'passion for encouraging readers to write'.
BenQ believes that reading is an important source of joy, reflection and lifelong learning (and who could argue with that). Their representative went on to say that BenQ believes that lighting was a particularly important component to safe and pleasurable reading. With that in mind they offered me a free e-Reading desk lamp to review, saying that it is particularly suitable for mature adults.
I accepted, and remarkably quickly a parcel was delivered.
It was beautifully packed (and yes Jazz had to investigate too).
Putting the lamp together was a breeze. I don't think I have ever come across a kit which came together so easily and well. The instructions were clear and had only three easily followed steps.
Next step, plugging it in.
The lamp is designed to suit either screen reading
or reading books.
Not only was it easy to put together, it is easy to use. Tapping the silver ring turns it on and off. If you wish to change from reading books (orange indicator) to screen reading (green indicator) touch the metal ring for two seconds. Brightness can be adjusted to suit by rotating the knob. There is absolutely no flicker and the light is soothing to read by.
The swing arm is very flexible. The pedestal base is strong and stable - and a table clamp is available if that suits you better.
I was completely unaware of this product before I received the email and I am very, very impressed.
As a further testimonial, each time himself goes past it he says 'that is such a stylish lamp' and adds 'and it works really well too'. I can see that I am going to have to buy him one to call his own...