The vintage Book Light

To Delight In Small Things

One Christmas when I was a child, my mother gave me a charming clip-on book light. As a voracious reader, the little lamp allowed me to read at night without putting on the bedside table lamp. With a 150 watt bulb it could guide plans in from JFK. The book light gave me a bright, but directed light, it was perfect.

The lamp was all metal, with a jaunty shade that resembled a helmet. It was adjustable to turn in all directions, putting the light where I needed it. It was a perfect light for reading without illuminating the whole room. I loved it.

In my late teens, my lifestyle changed, so I read less at night, and in time, misplaced the light and the memory.

Recently, I picked up my love of reading and writing while in bed. It was time to find a book light, but all the interviewed styles emitted an unpleasant blue halogen light which was a bit irritating. Thinking back, I remembered my little clip light and the way it cast a soft yellow glow across the page.

I searched for it on eBay and other similar sites but couldn’t find anything like it. Undaunted, it now became a quest. Then, a few months ago, I remembered my childhood light had a shade resembling a helmet. I Googled it. Bingo! It popped up on a page with many like it available on eBay. Later I found a few on Esty

I let out a joyful yell.

Here it is! I can’t tell you how happy I am with this little book light. It’s perfect — Twenty-five watts of golden light. Every time I pick it up to attach it to my book or writing clipboard, I smile. It has a personality.

Let me know if there is something you delight in every time you see it or use it.

Sometimes it’s the little things that bring us joy.

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