A Taiwanese start-up company, Bask, have launched the Bask Blade, a lightweight LED utility lamp that “runs so cool that you can carry it in the palm of your hand”.Â The Blade is 300mm (1 foot) long and looks a bit like a fluorescent tube. It is claimed to run continuously for “up to 50 hours” before its battery needs recharging.
Why not just use a normal torch? The Bask Blade has a 240Â° viewing angle, allowing it to fill wide areas with light rather than emitting a small focussed beam. A “bare-bulb” effect, if you like.
After you’ve tired of having Star Wars-style light sabre battles with your friends, you might use the Blade in surreal long exposure effects such as light painting. It may also work well in video lighting. More simply, it could help find a lens in the dark after taking photographs at sunset.
The device weighs just 300 grams (10.6 ounces) and has a hanging hook at each end.Â According to the manufacturer, the Bask Blade emits 400 Lumens.Â You can run the light at four power levels: Full, Three-Quarter, Half and Quarter. There is also a flashing Strobe mode.
CEO Richard Brown says,
Whether itâ€™s for lighting up your tent when camping or looking underneath your car, the Bask Blade is perfect for an almost unlimited range of indoor, outdoor, and emergency lighting applications. Itâ€™s also great [as]Â an indispensible back-up tool for unexpected power outages.
AÂ single Bask Blade lampÂ costs US$79 fromÂ www.baskblade.com.
Bask, based in Taipei, state they want to create “exciting new products and applications that harness the latest advances in LED lighting technology”.