In the world of novelty lighting, tap lights (or touch lamps) are a uniquely versatile product. They incorporate a power source, a lamp, and a switch into one unit, which can be mounted anywhere. They make excellent accent lights, and there’s no drilling or heavy-duty DIY involved in putting them up--just peel off the backing on the self-adhesive tape, apply to a suitable surface, and they’re ready to go. This guide lays out some things to keep in mind while picking up a pack of tap lights.
Place and purpose
There are countless ways to use tap lights, but they excel where the user needs a small, bright light somewhere they can’t bring a bulb--think stairwells, closets, car trunks, attics, and the like. A tap light also makes a great nightlight, as there’s no need to fumble for a phone. Tap lights come in cooler, brighter white light for general purpose lighting and warmer colors for bedside use. Some varieties come with dimming functions, which can be useful in a dark environment. They also come in various shapes, though circular is standard.
Let that little light shine
Tap lights almost always use LEDs, as they are long-lived, energy-efficient, and stay cool to the touch. However, these lamps may not be very powerful; they are only intended to illuminate small indoor spaces, so they may only have a brightness of 20 lumens or thereabouts. Being low-light also helps conserve energy, which is critical for a battery-powered light! While they should have a long life if used within specifications, look for a manufacturer’s warranty.
A pocketful of stars
What makes tap lights so portable is their power source: they are always battery powered, so you don’t need to feed it wiring from an outlet. Some take AA or AAA batteries, standard or rechargeable, while some more expensive tap lights come with internal batteries that the user can charge using a MicroUSB cable. Each has its upsides and downsides. A user accustomed to keeping spare batteries on hand might find those tap lights more convenient to use.
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