Philip’s new range of pen-sized inspection lights

Now here’s one gadget Christmas gift range that couldn’t go ignored! Philips’ new range of handheld inspection lights. Hmmm, sounds like one of those presents that your Dad opens and the rest of the family breathe a sigh of relief that they didn’t receive such a ‘sensible’ gift.


Mocking aside, Philips’ new range of inspection light pens could prove to be an ultra-useful gadget. Picture this, you have broken down on a cold winter’s night, you have no source of light to look under the bonnet, except of course, your new Philip’s pen light! Owning a rust-ridden Mercedes from 1994 (although it still has its badge), scenarios like this one happen to me all the time, so maybe I should put a Philips’ inspection pen on my own Christmas list!

No seriously, Philip’s latest range would make a great stocking filler, particularly for car and their mechanical functions enthusiasts. The so-called ‘baby’ of the range features six LED lights, the same, Philips inform us, as the ones used on many of the world’s leading super and executive cars for their Daytime Running Lights. The ‘baby’ also features a ‘seventh’ light at the top of the pen so that it can double up as a torch. This waterproof, damage resistant (Philips’ inform us that it endured a 1.5m test drop without sustaining any damage), pen-sized inspection light provides a light output of 250 lux (about twice as bright as other similar products for those who don’t understand the lux measurement), and comes with batteries that will last up to 11 hours of continuous use.

At £21.99 the Philip’s new inspection lights could definitely prove to be a popular choice of Christmas gift, especially for Dad perhaps, who’s always a difficult one to buy for.

Three of the best: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lights

SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – is a condition where the ‘winter blues’, can cause stress, depression and and considerable disruption to a sufferer’s life. However, the condition is treatable and can be combated in a number of ways. One of the most common is to use a SAD lighting product such as a special lamp or lighting device. SAD lights work by emulating natural light, in order to boost the levels of serotonin in the brain, as it’s when these levels get too low that SAD can really take hold.

Here’s a round-up of the three of the best SAD-beating lights currently on the market.

The Philips GoLite Blu,  around £128
This energy lamp emits a subtle, refreshing, ‘skylight’, which helps to regulate the mood and encourage pro-activity. It uses blue LEDs which, based on average use of 30 minutes a day, can last for an impressive 50 years. Its compact size also makes it ideal for travelling. The GoLite Blu is a good, long-term investment, perhaps best suited to those who take their light therapy very seriously and who are looking for reliable results from a trusted brand name.

The Quincom Lightsleeper, around £125
This egg-shaped, futuristic-looking gadget is billed as a sleeping aid, rather than a energy-booster. However, the low, natural glow the light emits could also prove beneficial to stressed-out SAD sufferers who are having trouble switching off at night. It works by projecting light in a circular, controlled manner aimed at boosting relaxation and soothing you to sleep. For a basic sleeping device, it’s a pricey purchase, but the product is practical, mobile and simplistic. It also very discrete, as it can be used without disturbing other people in the room and is programmed to switch off every 30 minutes.

Naturebright PER3 Deluxe 3-in-1 SAD therapy lamp, around £143
This is the perfect option if you’re looking for a multi-functional SAD product.  It combines a light therapy lamp, with a body clock, built-in digital alarm and a daylight reading lamp. The device is fully portable and the therapy lamp is fitted with a swivel head. It works by mimicking the gradual light of a natural dawn, which is designed to be less harsh on the eyes. It also comes with glare-free daylight rendered LED bulbs that stay cool and use only a tenth of the power of normal bulbs, yet are ten times brighter. A great all-rounder, with an eco-friendly edge.