How to pick a good task light | Review of 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light

Everything is makeshift for us now. Joy has a proper table and chair at a place where there is some white ceiling light but, every time I clear it, it gets loaded with more stuff in no time. The location of the desk is also not ideal in any case, because 2 TVs are usually on at the same time, very distracting.

I find that Joy tends to prefer reading in our bedroom room and I don’t blame her but the lighting is equally bad. The white ceiling light doesn’t really reach where she can sit down to read while the one which can, is orange. Other than moving out, the next best alternative for us at the moment is to get Joy to read under a task light. I couldn’t be happier when 3M invited us for dinner to learn about our lighting profile at the launch of the 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light.

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The learning started when we were presented with a question at the door.

Did you guess correctly? The 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light consumes just 7.5 watts but a fluorescent lamp like the one in the picture consumes 20watts. I didn’t know this answer but picked the LED light because it was an event for the 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light, so surely, the lower wattage is the LED, right? Despite that, I prefer the LED just because my eyes feel a lot more comfortable looking at the (very light reflective) glass bowl under the LED as compared to the fluorescent. It was too glaring for me to look at the glass bowl under fluorescent light for long, is it the same for you?

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Turns out, all these talk about wattage has got nothing to do with brightness actually, because brightness is measured in illuminance (lux), not watts, which measure power consumption. Different levels of luminance is needed for different tasks generally, the more detailed the task and the older you are, the higher the luminance required. My takeaway is that a good task light must have adjustable light levels to custom optimal light for the task at hand.

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I found it interesting when we were asked which position did we think it best to have our task light at. My answer was the centre because I thought it would give better luminance to the task at hand. However, we were advised that it is better to have task lights on the adjacent side of our dominant hand for reading and writing because of shadow cast. I compared my comfort level for the two positions after I learnt of this and it is indeed true that the position on the adjacent side of my right hand is more comfortable on the eye. So, a good task light should be portable enough to have it’s position adjusted without hassle.

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I asked the question when the opportunity arose. So, what is “polarised light”?  I was told that lighting is not just about having a source of light because unfiltered light contains both comfortable and harmful light rays (or glare, like the glass bowl under fluorescent light). Based on my understanding polarised light is optimal light that has been converted from light of undefined or mixed polarisation (if I understand correctly, it means the light ray direction) and polarised light rays are aligned in one direction. The best task light should be one that throws optimal polarised light down on what you’re working on, like so.

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At the session, I also learnt the need to take note of reflection of light off surface and contribution from room lights. A good light professional pays attention to the contrast ratio of different layers of lights in the space. I’m no expert definitely but it makes sense to me.

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I’m very glad that 3M has launched the 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light, because it was made with all the requirements of a good task light, even down to cost savings, since it’s energy consumption is 7.5 watts only. The product itself is very minimalist, sleek – one of the nicest designs I’ve seen. I picked the beautiful white version because we’re going to have a very light colour theme in our new home but I like the very hansem black version as well.

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3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light is super slender for a light, great because it is space saving. It is light weight, so you can adjust the position of your lighting to suit but doesn’t topple over easily because of the wider base. When closed up, you can hardly guess that it’s a lamp.

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Most importably, you can adjust luminance up to a total of 5 levels by way of a touch screen panel. So easy to use, even for Joy. I have no problems allowing Joy to operate the task light on her own because it does not heat up.

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I know, her reading corner is hardly ideal but until we move to our new place, I’m very thankful that Joy has at least proper lighting to read under in her favourite reading nook. Thank you, 3M!

If you’re interested, the 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light is now available in two colours, Sleek White and Jet Black, to comfortably illuminate with style. It retails at $239 (with GST) and is available at Best Denki, Popular Bookstores, and other leading retailers.

Disclosure: We were invited to the launch of the LED5000, and gifted with the white LED5000 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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