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This review is from: Rolson 61770 72 LED Camping Light (DIY & Tools)
My girlfriend had purchased a new car (new to her, but second hand!) and to our surprise, despite it being a fairly modern car (less than five years old) it did not have any form of lighting in the boot!
I had previously purchased several of the smaller Rolson Lights Rolson Tools 60702 24 LED Magnetic Lamp with Hook and found them to be surprisingly efffective (having used them in sheds and the loft); so I suggested giving this larger model a go as a possible solution to the 'dark boot'!
The light itself is approximately 215mm in length, 60mm wide and just 35mm deep, and most of the body is covered in a rubberised plastic (a quite pleasant material to the touch).
The lighting section of the lamp consists of 72 super bright LED's, these are between 25 and 40% brighter than normal LED's, and it is genuinely surprising just how bright they are; one lamp is sufficient for lighting a tent or shed and it can also be seen from some distance, the only negative is that it doesn't emit much light for you to see very far in the dark, so it is very much a lamp rather than a torch (I believe this is a downside of the LED's rather than the lamp itself).
The use of LED's in this lamp offers several advantages; they don't give off heat unlike traditional incandescent bulbs, they have a considerably longer lifetime (often outlasting the torch or lamp they are part of!), and they are shock resistant (meaning this lamp can be dropped and it is unlikely 'a bulb will blow!').
There is an on/off button at the bottom of the lamp, below the LED section; this lamp just simply offers on or off, no strobing or flashing effects.
The lamp comes with a hanging hook and this is complimented by three magnets on the back for securing it to metal objects; the magnets are pretty good, certainly enough to hold it's own weight in place, but they weren't suitable for the main reason the lamp was purchased in the first place (my girlfriends car boot). Although we found a suitable place in the boot for the magnets to hold the lamp in place, when the car was in transit the movement proved to be too much and the lamp would fall off; not too much of a problem overal though.
The lamp uses 4 AA batteries, a set comes supplied with the lamp on purchase, and they certainly appear to last quite some time; we have had the lamp for about a year now and use it several times a week, with it being on for an average of between 5 and 10 minutes a time, I have yet to change the batteries!
The RRP on Amazon is £15.90, this is a bit steep, but with regular use could be justified; however, as is the case with Amazon it is frequently being sold at a reduced price, at the time of writing this review it is being offered at just £6.85 including free Super Saver delivery.
At this price it offers pretty outstanding value, you would be very hard pushed to find a lamp of these specifications that can be used for so many purposes at anywhere near this price elsewhere!