Best Book Lights For Reading In Bed

Last Updated on September 28, 2020

While many people have moved on to lighted tablets you simply can’t beat the smell and feel of a real book. A lot of the time the only available option is to sit and read at the end of the day when you want to wind down. But when your partner is sleeping keeping the light on can be disturbing and trying to read with a flashlight is impossible. If you’re not ready to switch over to an eReader then you need something that lets you see properly without lighting the whole room and disturbing your partner. While page light readers look awesome they very rarely provide enough light to see the page and they are specific to paperback or hardback only. Clip-on lights might look basic but they provide a better reading experience overall. Anyway, let’s jump in and discover the best book reading light! Keep in mind that all our top picks are also portable reading lights.

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Here Are Our Top 5 Best Book Lights For Reading In Bed (And Reviews) In 2020:

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Rechargeable Reading Lamp for Bed and Music Stand

Our Choice Item

Coming in at number one on the list of our best book lights is the Lamborghini of Book Lights! With an option to have one or two arms you can make your page as bright as you need it. This is a cheap light for the price and it allows for three different light settings as well. This rechargeable led book light is charged via USB so you never have to worry about replacing batteries.  The gooseneck arms can be positioned to suit you so that they’re not in the way and the clip has rubber on both contact points so it won’t slip or damage your book. It has a 1000mAh battery with a charging indicator and 2m cable so you can have it plugged in while using it. It charges quickly and lasts anywhere from 2.7 to 20 hours. It uses cool light LEDs which help to reduce eye strain, though you can also get a warm version too which is less harsh.

Pros
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Lightweight enough not to weigh your book down

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The clip opens to approximately 2” wide. 

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The four levels of light add convenience and help prevent you getting eye strain

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USB Rechargeable

Cons
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The USB is a mini-USB which isn’t a standard shape anymore

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Vekkia BH-01 Rechargeable 12 LED

Top Quality Item

When it comes to the best book reading light, this is the bestseller of the group and has been featured in several publications. It’s very similar to the Rechargeable Lamp but it’s only got a single gooseneck design. It’s also charged by USB and has three power modes for the 1000mAh battery. This LED reading lamp lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge giving 28 lumens of light. It has a padded clamp to prevent damage to your book or headboard which opens up to 1” and is lightweight. There’s also a 30-day money back guarantee.

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High Quality

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Bright Light

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Up to 10 hours battery

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2 light levels

Cons
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Less of an opening for you to clip it onto things.

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3.

CeSunlight Rechargeable LED Book Light

Best Value Item

This small reading lamp is the cheapest light and has the most LEDs and with two arms this can light up both pages of your book at the same time. Each arm can be controlled independently so you can have one page dimmer until you’re ready to read it. This neck book light has the same 1000mAh battery as the others but it also has a protective circuit to prevent it overheating. It only takes 2 hours to fully charge which is the quickest of all. It’s light like the others and also charges via USB. Both arms are on adjustable goosenecks and the clip will open to about an inch. The clamp is also padded to protect your book or whatever you clip to.

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20 Hours Battery Life

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Is bright enough to see clearly without lighting up the whole room

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Lights up multiple pages at once

Cons
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It won’t clip to a beveled surface and tends to slide down on a smooth one

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Reading Lamp LED TOZO Clip

When it comes to the best bedside lamps for reading this large overhead lamp from TOZO that clips onto the headboard or onto the bedside table is your best choice. It’s significantly larger than those that clip onto the book directly and weighs 0.28kg. It has a wide flat light and comes with an anti-skid base that can be used to stand alone or as a clip on bed lamp. The design is a USB plug and has 3 brightness levels including reading and sleeping.

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It’s cheap and the spectrum of light is impressive

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The neck is adjustable so you can angle it to work for you

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3 Color/Dim modes

Cons
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The controls have a bright blue LED indicator on them which is disturbing when you’re trying to sleep.

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5.

Kootek Clip On Book Lights Music Light Stand

With a design that’s similar to the TOZO but lighter this is smaller and rechargeable. It has 9 LEDs and 3 different power modes so you can use it while it’s plugged into the AC or plug it into a USB socket. There’s a single button to control both power and brightness for 2 dimmer modes. The clip works as an anti-skid stand as well as a wide clip for tables or headboards. It’s a little thick to clip directly to a book. The light is on a flexible gooseneck so you can direct it right at your book and the long bar design means that the light is even across both pages without hotspots. There’s also a slight shade around the light to prevent light getting out and going elsewhere.

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It’s a nice bright light

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The gooseneck allows you to move the light around

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Produces plenty of light

Cons
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You can’t use it while it’s charging as this damages the battery

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Conclusion

It’s quite tough to choose one of these, a lot of night reading lights have such different designs and perform much the same function. The Kootek is certainly the most versatile but the Tozo provides a better selection of light, even if it has to stay plugged in. If you want something that’s small and definitely won’t disturb your partner then the GRDE is the best reading lamp since it’s small and simple. 

Lauren Hall
Head of Content at Sleepedia

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Lauren is Sleepedia's Head of Content and is a certified sleep therapist who loves her sleep. Lauren helps people to get back to those deep, dream-filled nights they once had by helping to identify problems with their routine and sleep setup. Whether it's a mattress or pillow, Lauren researches the best products in the industry to provide you with an in-depth review of everything you need to know to encourage your buying decision.