Best clip-on lamp for reading? Reader Q+A

I just got a bunk bed for my kids and was trying to figure out a good clip-on reading light that could just clip onto the sides of the bed. Have you come across anything like that? Thanks! -Maryann

Funny enough Maryann, I could have written this question myself about a year ago! After much perusing and querying and reading reviews, I finally came across a great clip-on light that we’re really happy with.

The Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 Craft Light has been exactly what we needed. This company has a great reputation, making well-reviewed LED lights for Kindles and more. As for the XtraFlex2, it gives my girls the right amount of light for reading in
the bunk bed with the lights out, without disturbing the other one. It really does light up both pages perfect, and we’ve had no issues with battery life yet.

In fact the biggest problem has been insisting my girls keep it in their room. They want to clip it onto everything and walk around with it non-stop.

Another tip: while the light comes in a ton of pretty colors to match any room, I got both of my girls blue ones. That way, no fighting over whose is whose.

For the perfect reading light, look no further than the Mighty Bright Clip-On Lamp, available from our affiliate Amazon for just under $12.


Liz Gumbinner is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cool Mom Picks network. This makes her very happy.


  • Reply November 1, 2012


    I bought one of these after seeing it here. The lighting in my son’s room is terrible and I needed a quick fix now that he’s obsessed with books. It’s brilliant! He tells me how much he likes it every day, and I find him reading in his room without being prompted.

  • Reply November 2, 2012


    Easier, get a Nook! What I need is a mobile light for knitting I the car after dark, now that the lighted knitting needle company was bought out by one of the biggest needle conpanies who then discontinued production. Can’t find anything to plug into the car dash that works.

    Hi Gloria, if you need a light for the car, this one plugs into the lighter and gets great reviews:

    Not all children are ready for Nooks (especially because they’re often reading books they take home fro school but it is a great idea for adults!

  • Reply November 3, 2012


    I don’t need a light for reading, I need one for knitting in the car after dark . I have one with a flex neck that plugs into a USB port but it is too flexible. I have the light up knitting needles but it seems they are always the wrong size that I have with me and the cost of batteries for them is insane. Trying to figure out where I could clip this thing…maybe to the slots in the heater/AC vent? Does it have a padded grip to avoid damaging the surface it is clipped to? I bought some of those USB adapters that go into the cigar lighter but they don’t work in that. The other “hole” is too low although it works great for charging my phone! This might be my solution if it doesn’t ‘t mar the surface. Help.

  • Reply March 14, 2015

    Jenny B.

    I know this post is a few years old now, but I’m also on the hunt for the perfect bunk bed light. :) I’m wondering, did your girls clip the light to their books or to their bunks? I went to read about it on Amazon, and it seems most of the reviewers were clipping it directly to their books. I would like a light that is not only for reading, but will softly light up the area inside the bunks.

    • Liz
      Reply March 15, 2015


      Hi Jenny, we still use ours! My kids often clip them to the bed rail of the bunk itself, or to a bookshelf adjacent to the bed. I think it’s perfect for your needs.

      • Reply March 15, 2015

        Jenny B.


      • Reply January 10, 2016


        This was my exact question – I am looking for a light to clip to my son’s bunk bed so he can read in bed. Do you think the light is bright enough for reading when clipped to the bed, rather than the book?

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