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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Beam N Read Blog Hop: Giveaway closed


The IHAN Beam n Read Blog hop started this past Monday and you can visit two blogs each day, for fun & insights on the cool Beam n Read light, and a chance to win one of your own.  And, today, SewCalGal is able to share insights and host a giveaway too, thanks to Kelly of I Have A Notion and Beam n Read.    

Before I share my insights on the Beam n Read light, I want to emphasize that I was introduced to this light from Kelly of IHAN.  She  has always given me great recommendations to products that are perfect for me.  And, she'll also let me know when she thinks a product isn't a good fit for my interests.  Thus, I respect her opinion 100%. When I first learned of the Bean n Read from Kelly's blog, I thought this was a great light. I was even more excited when Kelly invited me to particpate in this blog hop and share my perspective on this light.

As a quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiat for many years, I've certainly used many well known brands of lights.  Thus, I can truly say that the Beam n Read light is the great product.  It has a bright LED light, yet soft on the eyes.  To clarify, it is much easier on the eyes than any other bright light sewing light I've ever used previously. 

The Beam n Read light is perfect for those doing handwork such as knitting, hand applique, cross stitch, etc..  I've also found that I prefer this light for when I'm doing reverse sewing (ripping out).   Unlike any other lights that I've used, it comes with filters that provide great versatility in different light settings (e.g. outside bright lights, etc), and also comes with a magnifier that is helpful.  And the retail price is quite reasonable.

I asked my friends to try the Beam n Read so that I could also share their perspective with you.

My friend Mario definitely agreed that the Beam n Read light with magnifier helped his eyes.

My friend Olivia loved the elegant lighting, and ability to read menus in restaurants.  She even said it was helpful to find her lipstick that fell out of her purse, while dancing.

Larry the Lion liked the Beam n Read for these ease of reading books while in the dark forest,  late at night.
And my friend Ely the Elephant really loved the Beam n Read for doing hand work, when good lighting is very important to create beautiful stitches.

I, found I enjoyed the Beam n Read for these easy feeling it left on my eyes. Truly it has become one of my favorite lights.  And I love the portability. Great, great light and a very reasonable price.  I has six LED lights and is designed to be a hands free light, as the device allows you to easily angle it to direct the light where you need it.  It uses 4 standard alkaline AA batteries (not included) that last 48 hours at Full Brightness.  There are also 2 clip-on filters:  Red for maintaining night vision, orange for a softer light.  Plus, it comes with a 4"x5" acryllic Fresnel Magnifier for detail work that can be attached to the light in either vertical or horizontal position.

I hope you will check out this light at Kelly's IHAN store.    I do think if you do much handwork you'd really fall in love with this light quickly.

Now, time to learn about how you can win a Bean n Read of your own. You can leave a comment on this post to be entered.  Quite simple.  As Kelly is the mastermind of this bloghop and giveaway she has also made arrangements to ensure that anyone, in any place of the world, can enter and win.  The ultimate winner will simply need to pay shipping costs.  And you can specify what shipment method you want (e.g. UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc). 

SewCalGal will randomly select the winner, from all the comments on this post, on Saturday., July 2nd.  This post will be updated to show the winner on the 3rd of July. 

Here is a list of all the blogs that are participating in this blog hop.  I hope you will take time to visit each of these blogs, as they will be sharing their insights on the Beam n Read Light, as well as hosting a giveaway for this light. Ten chances to win a Beam n Read light of your own, and each chance can have different terms & deadlines.

Visit the website for the Beam N Read light too, for more info on this cool product.


www.readinglight.com



WINNER:  NinaLise Moen (Mrs. Moen)


96 comments:

QuiltSue said...

This looks great, and I'd love to win one. Thanks for the chance.

Janet said...

If your stuffies like it then it must be good :) Thanks for a chance to win.

Kate R said...

Love it! (Both the light which looks great, and your friends' opinions on it..)

Teresa Felgueiras said...

love it. I wish I can be one of the lucky winners.

Lisa Marie said...

This would be such a handy thing to have. My "over 40" eyes need all the help they can get!

Vickie said...

What a fun and lighthearted post! Thanks to you and your friends for sharing such helpful information and a chance to win!!!

Madame Samm said...

I followed the beam of light and here I am...and I could not agree more Darlene and friends..this is one LED light that will be in bag where ever I go...I have invested sew much in other lights...( always disappointed) this Beam N Read...by far my last purchase...yes I see the light!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like just the ticket for my old tired eyes ;)

Gene Black said...

Kelly is just great. I need to be able to see when the power goes out-as it has done here so many times this spring. The eyes need more light for evening work as we get older.

Quiltbug said...

I'm not going to admit the age of my eyes but I'll just say that they are way over the hill. I love this light and would love to win one.

Quilter in the Gap said...

Well if all those friends of yours think it is a great product then it must be LOL thanks for sharing.

Lee said...

Thank you for the review and giveaway.

Nina Lise Moen said...

Sounds like a brilliant product, I can never have too much light!

Sandy said...

Would love to win one of the lights so that the eyes don't tire out before the body does.

Stray Stitches said...

I would love to have a Beam n Read to work on my stitcheries in the evenings. Thanks for the opportunity to enter you giveaway!

Barb said...

What a cute post......!!! You are right about Kelly, she talked me out of one thing because she said I didn't need it...she is awesome!!

Deborah in Atlanta said...

These 58-year old eyes need all the help they can get! Awesome givewaway.

KatheG said...

I just love your friends! And love this new light. Thanks for the giveaway.

Renea said...

Love this light. Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to own one of these lights.

Carol C said...

I would love to have one of these. Would really come in handy when I'm doing handwork! Thanks for the chance.

pinsandneedles said...

The more reviews I read, the more I really want one of these lights. It would come in handy for sew many things. Thanks for a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Giggling at your awesome helpers! It has been fun learning more about this cool lighting tool! Thanks for the chance to win!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Donna~~ said...

Looks like you'll be buying lots of lights for your friends--reading in the dark forrest is a must! ;) Going on my wish list too!

robin said...

I'd love to win this - would be so handy!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wonderful review Darlene. Your insights are always so thorough. So glad to be part of Kelly's team :-)

Kathy H said...

Enjoyed your friends comments on the light. I am always looking for better lighting to use to do my handwork, or even read. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jeanne said...

Would love to win this! Anything to make better lighting for the eyes is great to have!

gmaofthree said...

The light from my lamp is just getting dimmer and dimmer. I do need some help from Beam n Read! Thank you for the offer!

JCnNC said...

More I learn about this light, the more I need it. Wonderful opportunity and thanks for your input. Judy C in NC

Sam said...

Hi from Western Australia. Thanks for making this possible. I would love to win this as I need lots of light to sew these days. Sam sdownes@oceanbroadband.net

Needled Mom said...

With such high recommendations from such respectable individuals, I think I really need one of these. I can see it coming in handy in many cases.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

This would be perfect for me to use while cross stitching in our camper! It would also be great for using in places we visit that don't have good light for sewing or reading.

DebrafromMD said...

I love all the uses the testers have come up with for these lights. I definitely need one of these.

Mama Spark said...

I would be so thrilled to win this light. Thanks for the chance!!

Kate said...

Well...if it has been endorsed by Larry the Lion...lol...

Sherry said...

Well if Mario gives it a thumbs up, it must be awesome:)

Cori Lewis said...

Awesome! thanks!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

TEST- Just testinf if I'm no more a no reply blogger.
Teresa

Darlene B said...

This would be great to have in the car - especially now that my daughter moved out of state. I'll be able to keep working in the car (unless my DH makes me drive)....

Kathleen C. said...

I know I would like this light and would find it really useful in my hand applique and hand quilting. Your review-and the recommendation from Kelly-is all I need to know the light is great. Thanks so much for this chance.

sewmeow said...

Thanks sew much for another chance to win one of these lights...yippee! Sounds perfect for handwork at night while sitting in my recliner watching tv. Looks like your "friends" like it too..so that's good enough for me.

VickiT said...

This looks like such an amazing light. I really can use this for so many things because my eyes are not as good as they used to be. From what I've read so far, this is exactly what will help in the low light areas and while travelling it will be excellent. I don't like having the overhead lights on in the van while driving as I feel it can bother the driver and distract but with this, I might be able to do some stitching or reading at night now. Thank you for your review and chance to win one myself.

Karin said...

You have the coolest friends! And now I'm a follower & hope to heavens I'm the lucky girl that wins your Beam n Read! My poor ole eyes just can't seem to see the stitches so well anymore, and Jack the Ripper has a tendency to wander a bit. Plus, Driver gets cranky when I keep the light on too late at night. Thanks for helping in the giveaway!

Blogger hates me, so you can send email to kcallander989(at)gmail(dot)com please.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win one of these lights, as I've needed more and more light to do hand work, over the last few years.

kc said...

Just trying out a new remedy for the blogger issue - please don't count as an entry! Hope it works!!!

Robbie said...

Great light AND magnification all in one package - can help for these squinting eyes be here? Would love to win and find out. Thanks for the opportunity.

Pam said...

Wow, I could really use one of these, thanks for the chance. The eyes aren't what they used to be!

Yvonne said...

Again a lovely give-away, what nice. I like to handquilt in the evening and this light will be very useful. I have never seen it before.
Greetings.

Mary Jo said...

I would love a light like this. Thanks for your review.
mjlarson@wisper-wireless.com

Barbara said...

Thank you for your review on this light. I was wondering how many batteries were needed for it. I would love to be entered into your drawing for a chance to win the Beam N Read. Thank you.

Mommarock said...

What a super cute post! I would love to be enered for a chance to win the Beam N Read!

Sallie said...

I would love to win this light! Thanks for the chance!

Becky said...

Please tell your "friends" thank you for testing this light for us:) Looks like a good new notion!

Gmama Jane said...

As I get older and unfortunately being newly diagnosed with diabetes, my eyesight has taken a real turn for the worse. A Beam n Read with Magnification sounds like an answer to my tired old eyes prayers!!
BLessings
Gmama Jane

tpott said...

Getting old is not for sissys. Count me and my tired old eyes in. Thanks it sounds like a great invention. ;>

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Beam me up Scottie!

Kathy MacKie said...

This sure looks like a great product for my eyes of a 50 yr old+ so thanks for the giveaway.

WoolenSails said...

I like that you said it was easy on the eyes, that is one concern I had. I really need help with detail work and this sounds like the perfect thing for me.

Debbie

Nancy B said...

Your post is just so cute...such an imagination. I would love to be the winner of one of the BeamNRead lights. Here's hoping!

LynCC said...

Yep, the more I see, the more I can tell - this light would be a really great tool to have!

Beth said...

Well if this light is good enough for your friends, it is good enough for me! My tired old eyes could use some help. Very cute post. Thanks for the chance to win. I hope I'm lucky.

Dianne Giles said...

I would love to win one of these awesome lights. Thanks for the chance.

The Village Queen said...

What a great product! I need one of these, thanks for the chance!

sandra said...

This could become my favorite product ever. I really want one of these one way or another.

Linda in PA said...

This light looks great! My aging eyes could really use one. Thanks for the chance to win one.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Oh, I could really use this. Thanks for a chance to win! Great giveaway!

Pam said...

What a great light!!! Fingers crossed, thanks for the chance!!

jennifer said...

Looks amazing.

Marcia W. said...

This light would help me hand stitch and embroider better in the evening when my ole eyes need the help. If win, will rename it beam-n-sew.

evelyn said...

I would love to win one of these. If I had one, I would be sewing on a binding right now! It is late, and my eyes are too old and tired tonight.

Patti said...

What would I do with this GREAT gadget? Well I could stitch or sew at night comfortably as I am getting older my eyes aren't great anymore and I really need a great light like this. Thanks so much for the chance to win and I too have seen the light.
Love
Patti xxx

Grams said...

This light would really be a useful addition to my hand sewing basket. Thanks for having the giveaway.

vail in tn

Deb said...

Looks like a great addition to my tool collection! I'd love to win!

LizA. said...

I could definitely use one of these. I never have enough light to sew when we are camping in our VW bus.

Penny said...

Sign me up. My tired eyes could use a little help with hand sewing.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Dare I say... "enlightening review?" ! Thanks for the drawing! I would love to try one out!

Brita said...

Oh, please send this to me, please!! I can't ever seem to get enough light to read by at my living room chair!

marth225 said...

That would be great when I hand quilt - I can never seem to get enough light

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

I have to say those are the cutest friends I've seen in a long time! So nice of you to share...I don't....am I bad? LOL

Smiles,
Kelly

StitchinByTheLake said...

Since Medicare is coming it seems only fitting that my eyes are going - right? Not! I'd love to win one of these lights because it takes waaay more light these days to make up for "that time of our lives when our vision fades" as my optometrist put it. :( blessings, marlene

Vesuviusmama said...

I do lots of hand work, so this would be great!

mblittle5 said...

What a cool light, thanks for the chance to win.

Nanbon44 said...

You light up my life, I can wish can't I....

Quilts And Pieces said...

You know, I was really not sure about this when I had read on Micki's blog that she would be reviewing it. But the more I"m reading from everyone with their reviews the more I know I need it! One of the best things I think is how cool (as in temp) it is. I get so hot under hot lights beaming down on me. This would so solve that problem! And wow, it sure seems to light up a lot! I need one!

Susan Entwistle said...

Okay, I love the light, but I really loved all of your models in their carseats. :) Thanks for the giggles this afternoon.

tich said...

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw your 'models' to show off the giveaway. i think I need one of these lights to see properly. Thanks for the chance.

Wendy said...

What fun models!! :) I would so enjoy using this bright light of wonder on my hand stitching and my new Kindle, but most of all, :) I'd love to use it for my late at night sewing when the family is sleeping and I'm stitching my the sewing machine light :) :) lol Thank you so much for this chance!!

rebecca said...

Very fun post. I need helpers like yours!!

Quilt n Queen said...

Oh yes I would love to win one of these lights. I do a lot of embroidery and these old eyes are not what they used to be. Thanks for the chance to win a Beam n Read!!!....(o:

Laine said...

The more times I read about this light the more I want it. Yes I am telling myself "I need this light". I think my embroidery work would much improve and if Mario likes it I know I would too. HaHa.

lsandes@comcast.net

Linda E in AZ said...

Now that my eyesight is getting "aged" I could sure use one of these lights! It's tough to admit, but I can see less and less at night and under low light conditions.
thanks

Debbie said...

Great review, Darlene! Thanks for counting me in.

Kd said...

Hi Darlene! What a great giveaway! The Beam and Read looks like a very smart and necessary tool.
~ Kd ~
www.KdQuilts.com

WandaFish said...

This looks like just the thing to keep me sewing into the night! So many evenings I put something away as I can't see clearly enough to do a good job. If all your friends give it the thumbs up then it must be good!
Thanks for the chance to win :)

Nina Lise Moen said...

Hi Darlene! Thank you, thank you for drawing my name and thank you for setting up this giveaway, I know where I'll keep the light!

Bob said...

Thanks for the Beam N Read review. Your friends are so cute. And Thanks to all who commented and to Kelly who organized the Blog Hop. Congrats to the winner.