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.
Best Book Light for Reading in Bed: Comparison Table
|Fullest LED Double Arm||Hands Free Clip||3.1 x 3.1 x 3.9 inches||6.4 ounces||4.7/5|
|LuminoLite||Extra-Bright||1.8 x 4.7 x 5.5 inches||4.5 ounces||4.7/5|
|8LED Rechargeable||Rechargeable/Multi-Purpose||4.2 x 3.1 x 2.6 inches||2.4 ounces||4.4/5|
|TOZO LED Lamp||3 Brightness Levels||3.2 x 12.8 x 4.8 inches||9.9 ounces||4.6/5|
|Kootek||Simple Design/Multi-Purpose||9.1 x 2.7 x 2.4 inches||13.4 ounces||4.7/5|
Best Book Light for Reading in Bed: Reviews
Rechargeable Reading Lamp for Bed and Music Stand
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.
It's 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.
-2 or 1 arm design
-4 light levels
-Up to 20 Hours Battery
Pros: Lightweight enough not to weigh your book down this will also clip onto your headboard so you can read without having it in your face.
The clip opens to approximately 2” wide. The lenscover is frosted to soften the light so it's not so glaring while still providing the same amount of light as exposed LEDs.
The four levels of light add convenience and help prevent you getting eye strain from reading in dim light.
Cons: The USB is a mini-USB which isn't a standard shape anymore. There's not a lot of bad to say about this light at all, it's simple and functional.
Unless it's at the brightest setting you will see the shape of the lights on your page with a dimmer area between them but the page is still bright.
LuminoLite Rechargeable Extra Bright LED Book Light
This is the bestseller of the group and it's 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.
There are 4 LED lights inside the bulb that last 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.
-Up to 10 hours battery
-1 arm design
-2 light levels
Pros: While this is similar to the Rechargeable but with a few less features the quality of the built is slightly better.
It has the same number of LEDS but does not have the hotspot issue of shadows on the page from them not being as bright. It gives a brighter light and while it only has two settings they should work for everyone.
Cons: This has less of everything than the Rechargeable, less battery, less arms, less settings, even less of an opening for you to clip it onto things.
The single arm also doesn't light as much of the page and it's not wide enough to clip onto the headboard so it has to be attached to the book.
GRDE 8 LED Rechargeable Light
Despite being the cheapest light it 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 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.
-2 Hours Quick Charge
Pros: For half the price of the other lights this is just as good and gives you the best of both worlds. The battery life is close to 20 hours and it charges very quickly in comparison.
The light itself doesn't produce hot spots on the page and is bright enough to see clearly without lighting up the whole room and there are more settings than the LuminoLite for dimness.
Cons: It won't clip to a beveled surface and tends to slide down on a smooth one. The charging cable is unique to this light and its not one you can get elsewhere or on it's own so if something happens to the cord you won't be able to charge the light at all.
TOZO Reading Lamp Clip
This is a large overhead lamp from TOZO that clips onto the headboard or onto the bedside table. 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 standalone or clip onto things. The design is USB plug and has 3 brightness levels including reading and sleeping.
Pros: For a lamp that is as good as a small desk light it's cheap and the spectrum of light is impressive since it goes from blue daylight through to a light yellow which helps promote sleep. The neck is adjustable so you can angle it to work for you and away from anyone else who might be trying to sleep.
Cons: The controls have a bright blue LED indicator on them which is disturbing when you're trying to sleep. The clip is very stiff and the light itself is very bright even on the sleep mode.
It's tall and can stick out too much from the headboard even though it's adjustable.
There are also no pads or rubber stops on the clip so it can damage wood. It's also not wireless and has to be plugged into a USB socket or adapter to work.
Kootek Portable Clip on Rechargeable 9 LED Light
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 in to 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.
-Battery and AC option
-2 Brightness settings
Pros: It's a nice bright light and it's convenient to have a rechargeable battery option even if the life isn't impressively long.
The light is big and produces plenty of light and it's convenient that you can unplug it and keep going if you want to move without having to turn the light off and on again.
The gooseneck allows you to move the light around and the shade definitely helps keep the light on your book instead of the room.
Cons: You can't use it while it's charging as this damages the battery. It's not quite wide enough for some larger books and it's almost overkill for small paperbacks.
It's quite tough to choose one of these, they 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 book light for reading in bed since it's small and simple.