Need reading (flash)light for visually impaired

scs_in_nj

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My 94-yr-old aunt in a nursing home wants a handheld or close-range reading (flash)light. She has macular degeneration, is legally blind and only sees out of one eye. She wants to read a book at night and needs better illumination than provided by overhead fluorescents and side task lamp. She does almost everything from bed and just has a cart table to put things on. She asked me to get her a 4D flashlight lantern, but I thought that could be rather cumbersome to hold or use for any length of time. Any ideas?? I understand that with macular degeneration, contrast is important. I'm a newbie here but have searched thru the posts and did not find an answer for a comparable situation. Price is a consideration - Max $40? Durability, ease of use, perhaps easily obtained batteries also considerations. Things get moved around on her cart a lot and things can fall... Thanks...
 

yoyoman

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There are 2 AA lights I can suggest. Get her a pack of Energizer Lithium primaries - better capacity and they won't leak.

The FourSevens Atom AA is pure flood - a mule type light. It is a progressive twisty - tighten to L and keep tightening to H. Magnet on the tail so she can stick on things and it won't get lost (so easily). If she can handle the twisty, a good choice.

The ThruNite T10 Aluminum is an AA light with a reverse clickie. 3 modes: Very Low, Medium and High. I believe you can order this light with a neutral white emitter, which might be better than a cold white emitter.

There are several reviews of these lights on CPF and you can learn more and decide if they meet your needs.
 

Fragarach

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If she is reading consider a head lamp ? that way she can hold the book with two hands or pick up a cup without having to put something down ?
Wouldnt need to be to bright to read a book at under half a metre from the light.. Something from the hardware or automotive store should be sufficent I would think.
 

wjv

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Spark SG series 1xAA light. Comes with a headband.

Super floody and VERY bright. great for reading.

Get her that and a set of Enloop batteries and a charger and she will good to go.
 

rcbobsignin

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I would stay from Four Sevens Atom AA it's a very nice flood light but I just don't see a 94 year old being able to work the twisty.
 

Timothybil

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How bad is her macular degeneration? Is she using a magnifying glass? If she is, try one with a built-in light. My dad didn't have MD, but needed a magnifying glass to read with. His recliner had a nice bright light that shone over his shoulder, but sometimes he needed a flashlight as well. I got him a lighted magnifying glass, and it worked great. I know you won't be able to get one in a magnifying glass without a custom mod, but strongly consider that any flashlight or headlamp you get has a high CRI emitter. The extra color rendition will bring up the contrast and should make things more readable. In the same way, if she is using a table lamp or side light, put one of the 'sunshine' bulbs in it that are supposed to be closer to natural light. Every little bit helps.
 

Garanddad

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Thank you. I just received a Mr Elfin (Sunwayman M11r) in the mail and mounted it on a ballcap for her. She can manipulate the magnetic ring easily. Put a couple layers of frosted tape over the lens to diffuse the beam. We''ll see how she does. I will be doing all the battery changes for her so I need to get some RCR123s.
I will try a high CRI emitter when I get one.
 

scs_in_nj

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Thanks for suggestions. She does use a magnifying glass. I have tried buying illuminated ones in the past, and the lighting wasn't that great or didn't last.
Am checking out the other suggestions. :)
 

GatorMedic

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Honestly my recommendation would be a Kindle. Lighting built into the screen, can adjust font size as desired, and lightweight for her to hold.
 
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