Cheap Light. Check out GLÄNSA LYSA — a LED lantern from IKEA that is an obvious response to the popularity of Candela...It's suitable for indoor and outdoor use. GLÄNSA LYSA costs $17.99 and is supposed to last 20,000 hours! Anyone tried it yet?
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AT LAST! A more economical version of the Candela. I'm surprised IKEA didn't come up with this earlier.
Why is IKEA so dreadful about making products available for sale online? It's so not worth going to Jersey for this, but I'd buy it online.
Shannon - I know. What is ikea's problem with ecommerce? that annoys me. Although it's nice that there is finally an ikea within 20 miles of my house.
Shannon, a number of years ago I called IKEA's 800 number to inquire about and order something and was told that ANYTHING in the catalog can be ordered over the phone and delivered. WHY they still don't extend that to online orders I have no idea, but try giving them a call (the 1-800 sales number, not the store number) to avoid the long drive.
it looks like you still need to plug it in though...what i am looking for (because i live in an old victorian house with very few electrical outlets) is a lightbulb that i could plug into a regular lamp that doesn't use electricity. does such an animal exist? or, perhaps a more trad looking lamp that is battery powered? can anyone help?
Hmmm... I'm seeing a plug. From Ikea's website "Transformer included". So, this is a lamp, not a "Candela".
haha, that explains the 20,000 hours then.
petro: Candela has a plug too. Also with a transformer. They have to be plugged in to be recharged.However, IKEA's site doesn't say whether or not the GLANSA LYSA only needs the transformer to charge and can operate unplugged. Nor does IKEA's site give the dimensions. AND it appears the $17.99 is for ONE, whereas you can buy a set of 4 Candela's for $69.00, or roughly the same cost. BUT, the big key here is there's no comparison on size between the IKEA and Candela products.
I just bought a set of Candelas and I LOVE them. They last from the time I get home from work, to dawn easily. They come on automatically when the power goes out and are strong enough to use to see in a closet or under the bed. And they are cheery and fun to look at.I would be concerned about quality and price when it come to gadgets like this... you want to be able to use them for years and not have them end up in a landfill shortly after purcahse. So I would not buy the Ikea version until I knew the quality of the product.
I also really dig candela. The new oxo ones last for many many hours, and look great placed randomly on shelves in front of books, or by an open window (they won't blow out!). The ikea model may be cheap-- but does that also mean disposable? That would be unfortuante.
Daily Nuance: Candelas come with a charging base, not a transformer. There is a difference there, I'm 99.999% certain. Also, the product page does not say anything about it being rechargable, only that the LED light will give you 20,000 hours of life before burnout. The item is also listed under "table lamps"... I'm afraid for all you folks looking for a candela cheap alternative, you'll have to look elsewhere.
To add to the thought that this may be intended more as a table lamp than a portable option, isn't that a cord in the background of the pic?
I bought it because I was looking for a lantern-type thing for mood lighting on my porch, and possibly on my dining room table since I can't put in lighting overhead. It's 13" high and 7" in diameter, and is very light. Doesn't feel solidly made at all. It plugs into the wall and includes a very long thin cord so you could put it pretty much anywhere.However, the light is very, very blue. It looks like a big bug zapper, especially if you hang it up. I'm trying to sell mine because of this. It's not what I had in mind at all, and you couldn't tell how blue it was from the store model. sigh...
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