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Fulcrum 30015-301 9 LED Tap Light

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1 review about Fulcrum 30015-301 9 LED Tap Light

A bright, if average, tap light

  • May 4, 2011

The Fulcrum LED tap light is an evolution of the "wire-free light for anywhere" idea. It's 9 LEDs is the most I've seen in this type of product--most offer 3 or 5. It offers both 2 sided tape and screws as means to affix it to a surface. The tap feature works without much pressure making it easy to turn on even if not pressing it directly. Just be careful to not look at the light when turning it on because those LEDs are bright! Especially if you are in a dark space, you'll be blinded for a several moments. The LEDs shine with a cold brilliance, so don't expect warm, cozy illumination from this unit. The cone of light is not overly wide, but perfectly adequate for most applications.

The double sided tape is quite sticky, and will probably be what most folks use. Some surfaces might not play nice with the adhesive though, and the screws then offer a more permanent and sturdy solution. You need to be a little handy for this option though, and popping the light off a screwed-in base to change the batteries requires lining it up just in the right spot. Tricky. In an unscientific test, I put 3 full rechargeable AAA batteries in and left the light on. After approximately 72 hours of constant use, I came home to find the LEDs still shining but very dim. Your results may vary.

While a decent product, there some areas where it could have been more thoughtfully designed:

* The heavy-duty blister packaging made for difficult, even dangerous, product removal.
* The housing feels flimsy but has held up well so far. It doesn't inspire confidence in the tap light's long-term durability though.
* I actually had to read the instructions to figure out how to get to the battery compartment. It wasn't that hard after I figured it out, but it was challenging the first time. I don't look forward to doing this every time the batteries die, especially if the unit were screwed onto a surface (see earlier).
* Once you've stuck it somewhere, it is there to stay. Velcro instead of 2-sided tape might have been a better option. Make sure you get where you want, because you can't pivot the beam, a feature available in some other tap/puck light models.
* There is no dimming mode, just on or off.
* No light or motion sensor.
* It is pricier than many comparable tap lights.

The 30015-301 from Fulcrum is a bright, easy-to-use tap light for those areas that need illumination and wiring is not a good option. Make sure it is the best fit for your needs though. I also have a set of Rite Lites and though not as bright, find them more versatile, attractive and a better value overall. I may just keep my Fulcrum model loose and use it when I travel, or as a back-up in my car.
A bright, if average, tap light

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