Published on March 7th, 2012 | by Greg0
Energizer: Not Just Batteries!
LEDs are everywhere. Sure, your electronics will include a few to indicate power, and your appliances will use them for clocks. But they’ve found their way into every niche in the home, from projectors, televisions and monitors, to regular home lighting. It’s this last category that interests us today, with three items from a company best known for their batteries.
As part of the International Housewares Association product preview show, we visited with Energizer. The best place to start is probably with the most general use of the trio- the Edge 6″ Flameless Candle. We’ve seen other flameless candles before and been a bit disappointed, but they’ve greatly improved- both the color and flicker of this model will almost certainly surprise you if you have any lingering negative impressions of others. Powered by three AAA batteries (one guess at who makes them), this one is flexible enough for bedroom, dining room, and living room use, and is rated to last 300 or so hours until the batteries need changing. We liked the easy touch control, though it wasn’t always obvious to visitors, as well as the sturdy build and balanced weight (no worries about knocking this ‘candle’ over). Finally, it includes a four-hour timer that turns off the candle automatically- a nice feature, perhaps, but it did annoy us once or twice since it doesn’t appear to be controllable. At $30, it’s a pretty good deal- and they make a few other less expensive models as well.
Next up, the Glas Path Light is their entry into a pretty widely needed category- the night light. Technically, they’re aiming it at a more specific audience- those who need a light for staircases and hallways- but it’s more or less a standard nightlight albeit one with a very down-focused beam. The color on this one is more standard white, but is nice and dim, perfect for late nights when you don’t want something bright waking you up. A 90 second timer automatically shuts it off, and the motion activation works even in darkness. $12.
Finally, an item that was a bit more divisive. We have plenty of lighting options in most areas, but some spots- underneath cabinets and shelves primarily- a little extra illumination would be nice. Hence the Glas Under Cabinet Light. You can chain them together, and the color is a neutral white which is pretty good for kitchens. But the black, somewhat thick base wasn’t nice-looking under cabinetry, and though the lights stayed cool and worked well, we would’ve liked dimming ability. LEDs are energy efficient, of course, and last forever, and the price on this unit is a reasonable $60.