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Nebo’s latest light operates in a hands-free mode by clipping onto your ear, just like one of those why-are-you-wearing-that-in-the-grocery-store Bluetooth headsets. Nebo touts the light’s “dual mode” functionality because besides the expected ultra-bright white LED light, it also features a green LED which they claim helps you to maintain your night vision. (Though I suspect maybe it just helps them to see more green.)

The light includes a unique twin-lens setup that helps to focus the light beam. Once you attach it to your ear and aim it forward, its bright light will effortlessly follow your gaze. And the earpiece is reversible, so you lefties can wear it on your left ear — or you can buy two for a real “dual-mode” setup.

The whole thing runs on 2 long-lasting CR2032 lithium batteries. Street price is about $13 — but it can be tough to find online unless you just order it from the manufacturer. Highland Woodworking has it, but you’ll pay more in shipping unless you’ve got other items you’re ordering from them.

Hands-Free Work Light [Nebo Flashlights]
Nebo Hands Free Work Light [Highland Woodworking]

 

9 Responses to Nebo’s Hands Free Work Light

  1. Ben says:

    Human eyes are more sensitive to green light than other colors of light, this is why green laser pointers appear much brighter even though they are still outputting the same power as their red counterparts. So maybe there is some truth to their claim… All said, it is still pretty silly looking-I think head mounted lights are the best solution for this purpose.

  2. Eric Dykstra says:

    i saw one of these and thought it was too silly to write up. Silly me. 🙂

  3. eschoendorff says:

    I have two of these… neat little things, but I never remember to use them.

  4. I have the AAA-powered version, which I believe I found at Circuit City. It’s much cheaper to feed than anything that takes coin cells! My only complaint is that the beam has a very sharp edge, no side spill at all, so it’s not good for walking around. I should just open up the end of the light stalk…

    Their night-vision claim is backwards. The pigment rhodopsin, which builds up in the retina’s rod cells, is most sensitive to green light like Ben says. Using a green light source will give you a lot of perception for very few watts of power, but doing so prevents the buildup of rhodopsin that leads to the highly sensitive scotopic vision we known as “night vision”.

    To preserve night vision, all the light sources near you need to be red, 640nm wavelength or longer, because rhodopsin does not react to deep red light. This allows you to view instruments, read, or otherwise work up close on reasonably illuminated objects using your cones’ iodopsin pigment, which is responsible for photopic “day” vision. When you need to see dimly lit objects, your rods are ready with their buildup of rhodopsin, which can be so great after prolonged adaptation that you may be able to perceive single photons.

    Using a green light or a green laser will appear remarkably bright, but it’ll spoil your night vision. (So will blue, white, or anything other than pure deep red.)

    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/vision/visioncon.html

  5. Found the AAA version, white LED only, online:

    http://www.sportsimportsltd.com/hafrbeearled.html

    and cheaper as ebay item number 130158652365

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