My 6 year old has set his dream of becoming a pilot since like 3 years back and this is one thing that he has been very consistent with.
We all know how crucial it is for pilots to have perfect eye sight and apart from hereditary genes, straining the eyes over long period of time is the surest way of damaging the eyes.
As parents, we often emphasize on the harmful effect of excessive electronic games and TV, yet we may have over looked on what makes a good reading lamp. I was one of the guilty one until recently when I was introduced to 3M table lamp.
These eye catching icons summarize the special features for 3M Polarizing Light CR 2000 which include enhanced brightness and reduced glare with their innovative proprietary DESR reflective film and polarizing light filter.
After going through their product features I realized how inadequate our current reading lamps were.
What we had at home were standing halogen lamp (from IKEA), energy saving bedside table lamp (from IKEA) and a small portable LED reading light (by Energizer).
For the standing halogen lamp, I could direct it in the desired direction, but I found it too hot. It gets uncomfortably warm after a while plus I think it is not energy efficient.
For the bedside table lamp, a stylish and trendy looking one from IKEA which in fact is more of an ambient light than a serious reading lamp It is too dim and the direction of light can’t be adjusted thus does not illuminate the book very well.
For the portable reading light, it is useful when I don’t want to disturb the sleeping kids. But it does not provide adequate lighting. After a little while of reading, my eyes get really tired. It is also a chore trying to adjust the light continuously to illuminate the right spot of the page.
Common to ALL of these lights is glare. Biggest problem is that Malcolm’s books all tend to be colourful and printed on somewhat shiny paper.
So what is the problem with glare?
Why do we spend hundreds of dollars on sunglasses other than trying to look good?
Glare tires the eyes needlessly. It reduces visual acuity. It could increase the incidence of myopia as well.
So short of cranking up the lights and putting on polarized sunglasses, 3M proposes an alternative solution.
The idea is simple enough. Instead of polarizing the reflected light like in a lens filter or sunglasses, they put a 3M proprietary polarizing filter in front of the bulb, allowing only “good” light to come out. The “bad” light gets filtered out and “re-cycled” back into good light. The result is supposedly a 50-80% reduction in glare.
We were glad to bring back a 3M Polarizing Light CR2000 for testing
First look, the 3M Polarizing Light CR2000 is actually quite a handsome looking table lamp.
The quality of the build is good.
With a heavy base, the lamp sits firmly when the structure is pulled and tugged
My 6 year old can easily adjust the light so that it points to the direction he wants
The light is especially bright with its 20W energy saving light bulb which can save up to 80% of its energy used.
Unlike the flimsy table lamp we used to have, this one, with its strong structure is able to withstand the man-handling of my 8 month old baby
We like the lamp for its many special features, not to mention that we have always been very impressed with the quality of 3M products
So now, the CR200 sits in Malcolm’s room, next to his bed.
And we use it every night for his bedtime reading.
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