We love our Micro Lite.
But when it comes to the end of the day, and we want to read in bed, there are some problems.
I’m guessing the designers of our Micro Lite never read in bed. We do. Nearly every night. Reading is one of my joys in life. But here’s the issues:
- The lights are positioned right above our heads. So, the page of the book being read is in a shadow. In order to see the words, the book must be tilted. This leads book butting by Dan and I. Some married folks butt heads. We do, too, once in a while. But, in our Micro Lite, we butt books. Regularly. We manage, but it ain’t pretty.
- We read until we are ready to drift off. At this point, it’s a quick kiss good night and lights out. Apparently, the designers must not read in bed to the point of being ready to fall asleep. The issue is the light switch is at the end of the built-in night stand. Dan has to get up to turn off the light. Hey, he picked that side of the bed, so it’s on his side. He manages, but let’s just say someone does some grumbling.
But now, thanks to the Micro Lite Owners Facebook page, I learned about some goose-neck lamps which can turn the page on these issues. Ha Ha. Micro Lite camping couples can now read in bed until their eye lids turn off the day, and the reading light can be turned off almost as easily.
Thanks to Amazon, the goose-neck reading lamps arrived lightening fast. But now we had a new issue. They needed to be installed.
No wiring was required. Each reading lamp plugged into a nearby outlet. Fortunately, the Micro Lite designers did make an outlet available on each side of the bed.
Sometimes, when Dan and I put our heads together, we can actually fix something. We always have a celebratory dinner when this happens. Once we went out to Longhorn Steakhouse when we replaced our toilet tank flapper. We were so happy! We did it! We did it!
But even without wiring being required, we still couldn’t quite figure out the directions which came with few words. Or at least, not enough words for us.
Fortunately, I have a son in my back pocket who can do almost anything. So, on our recent visit to Dallas, I asked him if he could help out a couple of senior citizens, and install these goose-neck babies, so we could read at night. Michael happily agreed to do the job for us. He even said he likes doing stuff like this. Lucky us!
Michael completed the job with ease.
The lights are installed on the bottom of each upper cabinet and are positioned at just the right spot. The light is on the book, the switch is just an arm’s lift and a light finger touch away, and the goose-neck is easily moved to be out of the way when our Murphy bed goes up.
Life is good. And you could say, we’ve started a whole new chapter.