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Gadget Freak Review: Wearable Device Reduces Migraines; LED Outlet Replacement

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Daniyal_Ali
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SnapRays Guidelight
Daniyal_Ali   3/28/2014 7:05:48 AM
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Thanks for sharing Lauren. The SnapRays Guidelight looks wonderful. Not only does it draw very less power (around 5 milliamps of current) but the lifespan of the LEDs is more than 25 years. No wonder they outdid their original goal of $12,000. A perfect example of how a uniquely designed and easy to install solution having a large lifetime with very less initial cost can get the consumers interested in the product without second thoughts

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Nancy Golden   3/28/2014 4:17:34 PM
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Oops Daniyal_Ali, I do have second thoughts. The one issue I see with the SnapRays Guidelight is that it operates off of a photosensor which is nice - but there is no way to turn it off if for some reason you wanted total darkness, unless you disassemble it - which would be inconvenient. Hopefully they will also expand the color spectrum that is available.

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Re: SnapRays Guidelight
Daniyal_Ali   3/29/2014 12:19:11 AM
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Oh, i never saw it from that perspective. But still, i don't think it's a light you want to turn off, unless you really are a darkness loving person which most of us aren't. Everyone needs small lights that are always ON in the homes, just to provide enough illumination to see things clearly. You can always choose to install them to the limited areas you do want to see lighten up at nights and leave the rest as it is.
But yes you are right, it's a very small detail but very useful and they should consider adding a tiny ON/OFF button in the upcoming models.

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Nancy Golden   3/29/2014 12:31:43 AM
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Scenario: You have several guests staying with you so the couch in the living room is being used as a bed. The SnapRays Guidelight in the hallway is positioned so that the person sleeping on the couch can see it. While falling asleep is not insurmountable, it is a mild annoyance to try to block out the light...and by the pictures the light is pretty bright.

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NadineJ   3/29/2014 8:48:50 PM
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I can see your point, Nancy.  I think if it's like a standard night light, it wouldn't be too disturbing.  Or, selective placement may be the best solution.  Putting them in the hallway and bathroom make sense. 

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Re: SnapRays Guidelight
William K.   3/31/2014 7:58:14 PM
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I really can't imagine a light that small and close to the floor being any problem, except for those who view everything as a problem. What I find quite interesting is the method of power connection. That would work in at least 80% of normal outlets and probably be a breaker-popping disaster in about 5% of the installations. I am certain that the folks who cross-thread lightbulbs will find a way to have a problem or three with it. There are a lot of maladroits making disasters out of almost everything.  BUT it certainly looks like a good idea from what little is shown.

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Re: SnapRays Guidelight
Norm   4/1/2014 3:56:12 PM
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Neat idea, and an interesting method of connection.  I wonder if they are going to come out with a "Decora" version (the "modern" style with a single large rectangular hole for both outlets, and the mounting screws at the outer ends)?  Our entire house, like many others, is entirely Decora-style switches and outlets.  Retrofitting a "classic" style outlet just to add a "no-install" night light would be ironic, to say the least.

 

William K.
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Re: SnapRays Guidelight And what is the big advantage?
William K.   4/1/2014 4:08:02 PM
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Norm, I have been wondering about what the advantage of the switches and outlets using the single large rectangulat opening really is. The only one that I see is that it uses two screws, which, if the plate is removed for painting then paint gets into those screw holes and makes it hard to start the screws. So I wonder what other benefit is claimed. And I also wonder, given that sometimes the wires are alongside the outlets, how that situation is handled. Although it probably would fit 80% of the installations.

Norm
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Re: SnapRays Guidelight And what is the big advantage?
Norm   4/1/2014 4:23:11 PM
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William, AFAIK the name says it: "Decora" - a more modern, clean look.

I do much prefer the large rectangular light switches though - much easier to hit with an elbow (or even shoulder) when your hands are full than the old toggle style.  Given that, I guess it makes sense that the outlets mimic the switch style.

The Decora opening also leaves room for lots of other kinds of outlets: network, video, USB/5V+120VAC, and my personal favourite: Smarthome Insteon keypads, with 6 or 8 buttons in the space of a single switch.  Saved me a fortune in rewiring.

Larry M
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Re: SnapRays Guidelight And what is the big advantage?
Larry M   4/1/2014 5:28:28 PM
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Norm wrote: "The Decora opening also leaves room for lots of other kinds of outlets: network, video, USB/5V+120VAC."

Not to mention GFCIs.

William K.
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Re: SnapRays Guidelight And what is the big advantage?
William K.   4/1/2014 6:41:48 PM
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Larry, OK about the GFCI devices Thatr is the one that belongs in a standard outlet box. I have installed plates with video, cable TV connections, phone, and network connections, and not a single one of them used that rectangular opening format. Using that type of cover adds to the cost and complexity of the installation and adds no value at al, only expense. I have seen the USB + outlets devices and really I don't feel comfotable with a device like that. It may have UL approval, which means that it won't start fires or electrocute people, but I can't think of a single USB charged device that I would choose to leave near an outlet. In addition, how does one know if that USB outlet is 5 volts ot 3.3 volts? I do wonder about that, I think that it would matter. At least it would matter to me.

Larry M
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Re: SnapRays Guidelight And what is the big advantage?
Larry M   4/1/2014 7:54:29 PM
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William, I'm not really defending Decora, just pointing out that even if your house has the older style fixures, if you have a GFCI, that will be the one Decora product in your house. I've never seen them any other way.

Umm, I don't believe there is any such thing as 3.3volt USB. There's 5 volt USB at a variety of current levels. Obviously if you plug in a device that doesn't draw much current, no problem. If you plug in a device that wants more, it senses how much can be provided and just charges more slowly if the source can only provide 500 mA, the lowest level. Pretty much foolproof.

USB 3.0 has some other voltages, but uses a different plug/jack, so no room for error there either.

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Re: SnapRays Guidelight And what is the big advantage?
ndjalva   4/2/2014 5:19:01 AM
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USB 3.0 a strange Pup

USB 2 is not anything other than 5.0 

 

William K.
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Re: SnapRays Guidelight And what is the big advantage?
William K.   4/3/2014 1:42:38 AM
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I have at least one USB cell phone charger labeled 3.3 volts. I am not going to try it with a 5 volt USB charger or just a straight adapther cord. A fried phone would be a pain.

AND I am fairly certain that I have seen 3.3volt USB devices other than phones.

Daniyal_Ali
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Re: SnapRays Guidelight
Daniyal_Ali   3/30/2014 3:55:25 PM
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Your concerns are valid Nancy. Though the socket height in most homes is very close to the ground and that is where these lights will be mostly installed. So even if a person is sleeping on the couch in a living room, the light should not be much of a problem. But yes, like i said in my earlier post, a small ON/OFF button doesn't hurt anyone and should be integrated.

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The couch sleeping houseguest, UL
KGround   4/7/2014 11:12:55 AM
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1) If I were the couch sleeping houseguest I would simply move a piece of furniture to block the light, lean a book against the wall over the outlet, or throw a pillow at it. Innovate and overcome...

2) I find it doubtful that UL would ever approve the proposed Snaplight connection method.  In years gone by that would be the kiss of death for any electrical product intended for the US market, but not today I guess.

The migrane device is a valid and useful product. If I am not mistaken it is a modern and stylish version of a treatment method that has been in use at least in migrane research for decades.

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Re: The couch sleeping houseguest, UL
Cabe Atwell   5/13/2014 12:06:11 AM
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The Cefaly may make you look goofy but if it truly alleviates at least some of the pressure associated with a migraine, I'd wear clown shoes.

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Re: The couch sleeping houseguest, UL
Cadman-LT   5/13/2014 5:02:09 PM
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Yep Cabe. I myself do not suffer from migraines, but my mom does. I want some more feedback to know if it really works though. $300 is a lot to ask.

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Re: The couch sleeping houseguest, UL
Cadman-LT   5/13/2014 5:03:39 PM
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Those other devices don't do much for me.

NadineJ
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Migranes and vertigo
NadineJ   3/30/2014 2:51:23 PM
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The numbers Cefaly posts are impressive.  The studies were double-blind but the latest is relatively small with only 2300 participants.

Migraines often induce vertigo.  I didn't see anything on their site about helping the second tier of severe symptoms migraine sufferers often have.

Daniyal_Ali
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Re: Migranes and vertigo
Daniyal_Ali   3/30/2014 3:49:28 PM
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I hear you NadineJ. I guess this device is made to focus more on reducing the number of attacks of migraine for the users and less on the actual curing of the symptoms. Furthermore they should formulate a method to make the sensations of Cefaly less painful, especially for the sensitive people.

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SnapRay
bpenfold   3/31/2014 11:59:50 AM
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SNAP RAY: I bought a similar product at Sam's Club (SC). They used to sell for 3 for $25. But it didn't sell well so it was knocked down to $10 for 3. The differences are: SC version can be installed over GFCI outlets; has an on-off switch (photo-electric sensor still included); is brighter (10 LEDs); has a 3-hour battery built in for power loss; do not need to turn off breaker when installing the plate; also has a 'dim' setting. I put these in my garage and now I can see everything in my garage at night w/o flipping on the garage lights and accidentally leaving them on all night. The drawback is the SC version leaves only one outlet open – which is fine for me. Since the brighter version with battery backup didn't sell well in SC I wonder if Snap Ray will sell.

-Barry

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Re: SnapRay
Pubudu   3/31/2014 1:28:31 PM
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Any way this is great informative news for me as a person who is suffering from a migraine.

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