As soon as Bright Lab launched, I knew that I wanted a strand for Greta’s room. Ca-ute! Their “Sorbet” strand matched her floral duvet almost perfectly. Sold. I thought I’d give you a little unsolicited review since they are new and a hot item.
The strands come in 2 different sizes–24 balls ($29.95) and 48 ($49.95). Initially, I admit, I had a little bit of sticker shock, especially with the $10 shipping on top of that. But (!!), once I looked at it as a sort of piece of art for Greta’s room, I immediately sprung for the 48 ball strand which is 10′ long with a 5′ cord.
My box arrived within a week, and that was even with my second guessing. Oy. I originally modified my strand, which is a really great feature of the product. They have 38 different colored cotton balls and you can make a strand completely your own or modify one of the pre-made designs. Initially, I modified the sorbet strand swapping out the pumpkin orange for ruby red. Submitted my order and then the next day unpacked Greta’s duvet to see it definitely had orange in it and not red. Curses. I sent a quick email to see if I could possibly change it back to their perfectly pre-designed strand, as it were, and Erin emailed me with a, “No problem! It’s on its way!” Whew.
So they arrive and I was expecting to just pull it out of the box and drape it in Greta’s room, but there is some assembly required. You see, there’s a small hole (too small on purpose!) in the back of each ball for each LED light to fit into. The instructions say to snip each hole 1/4″ and the ball will pop in. I found snipping a little tiny bit on each side of the hole to be most effective. Easy enough to get my light in without denting the ball, but still tight enough where the ball won’t come off. I did this successfully 47 times. Snip! Slide on! Tug the strand a little to make sure it’s not going anywhere. The 48th time (which was really like the 19th, but still) I snipped a little too far. The ball went on really easily, and, well, it has fallen off a couple times too. A touch of sticky tac is holding it in place.
The wire is clear so it really disappears (much more in real life than in that iphone pic above!) and it is also a circle, instead of a straight line–which makes draping so much more natural, but also has been a little bit of a challenge trying to make sure the cord leading to the plug stays put while I am trying to drape it. Could just be me?
There is no one more excited about these lights than Greta. She has already flicked the switch on (no need to unplug! woot!) in broad daylight and at night–which gives off the prettiest glow–and just smiles and talks to them.
They are positively sweet and I am so glad Jordan Ferney (of Oh Happy Day!) started this company to bring designer lights to our corner of the world. 4 and a half stars from me–I do wish they came pre-snipped–I would buy them again in a heartbeat. :)
Anyone else trying out Bright Lab? Greta’s room is coming along and I can’t wait to show you more next week. :)
Ps. This was unsponsored and unsolicited. With such a new product, it always helps to have a few of those kind of reviews, right?