The Lumie Bedbug measures 16x10x10cm and is supplied with a 1.5metre micro USB to mains plug lead. However should it be required it could run off a standard micro USB to USB lead which could be powered from a charging port on a notebook or other device. As an experiment I also ran it using a ‘PowerBank’ mobile phone charger as the input and this worked correctly as well. This would be ideal when mains power is not available. It would also be good when the child is able to move about by placing the Bedbug out of their reach without any cables.
It has a green rubber front ring with a smiley face the rest of the lamp is white and rubberised the exception is the eight tiny green feet that it sits on. The input voltage is only 5v and 1amp and for that the full blue white light you get is strikingly bright.
While I have reviewed several ‘Wake Up Lights’ this is the first to be used at the end of the day. Strong white light is ‘anti sleep’ so this has a blue element and while it is fine for reading stories to the young child it also keeps the light in the vicinity allowing the night to close in.
It has an ‘up to’ fifteen minute timer when the blue light white will slowly become yellow then orange and finally red before fading to off. Red light has been proved to be soporific.
Below the smiley face is a line of four buttons and to the left of this a three position slider.
The slider button controls the units Nightlight setting off/half/full. The first button has a ‘-’ symbol to reduce the lights intensity. The next is the master on/off button. Next the ‘+’ symbol to increase the lights intensity. The Final button starts the ‘Sunset’ where the light fades to off. The first time I tried this I found it faded to off in nine minutes as I did not start from the brightest setting.
The nightlight control gives a glow especially at lower starting levels.
While this device works well I worry about the lead and if placed too close to the child the possibility of it being pulled over and while rubber covered the Bedbug itself is unlikely to get damaged the child might and any lead could get round its neck.
As an old man my fears are many and for that reason I would favour building a rechargeable battery into the device such as I tried with a ‘PowerBank’ it could still be charged by USB but only the Bedbug could be pulled onto the child if it was too near. As stated a higher shelf would mean this would also not be possible.
A nice lamp and the fading to red is good even if it needs to stay on as nightlight.
The Lumie Bedbug is available from the link below for £59.95 with free delivery.
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