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M&C Lighting has added two new models to its range of LED desk lamp which all feature integrated device charging ports or iPod/iPhone docks
M&C Lighting has added two new models to its range of LED desk lamp which all feature integrated device charging ports or iPod/iPhone docks
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The original t'Light LED desk lamp with integrated iPod/iPhone dock and USB charging port
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The original t'Light LED desk lamp with integrated iPod/iPhone dock and USB charging port
The t'Light also includes a DC power out port for charging notebook batteries and seven user-selectable output voltages
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The t'Light also includes a DC power out port for charging notebook batteries and seven user-selectable output voltages
Close up of the adjustable LED lamp of the t'Light
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Close up of the adjustable LED lamp of the t'Light
Close up of the t'Light's base showing on/off switch for the lamp, an LED display which indicates which power output level is selected and a button for changing the DC output voltage
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Close up of the t'Light's base showing on/off switch for the lamp, an LED display which indicates which power output level is selected and a button for changing the DC output voltage
The t'Light comes with multi-tip connection cables for various brand mobile phones and notebooks
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The t'Light comes with multi-tip connection cables for various brand mobile phones and notebooks
The t'Light S LED desk lamp
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The t'Light S LED desk lamp
In addition to the 30-pin dock for iPod/iPhone, the t'Light S also features a USB charging port and DC power out port
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In addition to the 30-pin dock for iPod/iPhone, the t'Light S also features a USB charging port and DC power out port
The angle-adjustable lamp casing also includes built-in stereo speakers for lsitening to a docked iPod/iPhone while it's charging
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The angle-adjustable lamp casing also includes built-in stereo speakers for lsitening to a docked iPod/iPhone while it's charging
The t'Light S is available in red, black or white
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The t'Light S is available in red, black or white
The t'Light S comes with multi-tip connection cables for various brand mobile phones and notebooks
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The t'Light S comes with multi-tip connection cables for various brand mobile phones and notebooks
The t'Light E1 LED deskp lamp doesn't have a built-in dock but does come with an Apple-approved USB charging port
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The t'Light E1 LED deskp lamp doesn't have a built-in dock but does come with an Apple-approved USB charging port
The t'Light E1 LED desk lamp
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The t'Light E1 LED desk lamp
The t'Light E2 LED desk lamp features a dimmable 250 lumen, 5W LED light
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The t'Light E2 LED desk lamp features a dimmable 250 lumen, 5W LED light
The t'Light E2 LED desk lamp
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The t'Light E2 LED desk lamp
M&C Lighting has added two new models to its range of LED desk lamp which all feature integrated device charging ports or iPod/iPhone docks
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M&C Lighting has added two new models to its range of LED desk lamp which all feature integrated device charging ports or iPod/iPhone docks
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Unfortunately, as our collection of consumer gadgetry increases, so does the number of different power charging cables piled up at the edge of the desk. Hong Kong's M&C Lighting t'Light desk lamps promise to help reduce the tangled mound by incorporating charging ports in the base. Each of the company's four models packs a USB charging port and comes supplied with multi-tip cables compatible with various brand mobile phones and notebooks. Two of them also have an integrated iPhone dock and a power outlet for notebooks, and there's one with built-in stereo speakers.

The original t'Light is itself powered from any 100–240V (50/60 Hz) outlet and has a standby draw of less than 1 W. The base has a built-in 30-pin charging dock for most iPhones, iPads and iPods, as well as an LED screen that displays output voltage, a button for selecting one of seven output voltages for the power outlet next to the USB charging port, and an on/off switch for the light. To avoid accidental voltage change, users are required to press the adjustment button for five seconds to unlock the feature.

The t'Light also includes a DC power out port for charging notebook batteries and seven user-selectable output voltages
The t'Light also includes a DC power out port for charging notebook batteries and seven user-selectable output voltages

The onboard charging technology benefits from short-circuit/thermal/over-voltage/current protection, and the t'Light is shipped with multi-tip connection cables for various brand mobile phones and notebooks. It's available from M&C Lighting's online store for US$119 (including shipping).

If you want to hear sounds from your docked iPod or iPhone then you'll need to opt for the t'Light S, which packs built-in stereo speakers into the angle-adjustable lamp casing. This model also features dimmable LED light output from 0 to 5 W and gains a 3.5-mm Aux-in port for connection of non-Apple players via the supplied audio cable.

The t'Light S is available in red, black or white
The t'Light S is available in red, black or white

It also has both a USB charging port and a 5 V/3 A power output port to the side of its base but also comes supplied with a remote control unit for the LED light and the docked iPhone or iPod.

The t'Light S is priced at US$169 (including shipping).

M&C Lighting has just announced two new energy-efficient additions to the range in the shape of the E Series. Suitable for both reading and task lighting, they feature a dimmable 250-lumen 5-W LED light, an Apple-approved USB charging port (5 V/2.1 A) for topping up an iPad, iPod, or iPhone, and a DC output port (5 V/3 A). Connection accessories are included and standby power consumption is less than 0.5 W.

The t'Light E2 LED desk lamp
The t'Light E2 LED desk lamp

The E1 model is priced at $119, while the E2 comes in a little cheaper at $99. The company reports that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has ordered hundreds of t'Lights E Series desk lamps "for the purpose of enhanced business productivity."

It should be noted that owners of the latest generation iPads and iPhones will need to buy a separate USB-to-Lightning connection cable.

Source: M&C Lighting

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