My experience with LED lights
for reading is that they don't give uniform illumination across a surface. If you want to check this out, many marine stores (I know the West Marine in Bremerton, WA does) have a display of a variety of lights
That is not to say that all LED lights
are equal, I'm sure they aren't.
The real advantage of LED lights
is their resistance to vibration failure, since they don't have a fragile filament heated white hot. As to their conversion efficiency from electrical
power to light
, I have read they are just so-so. Better than incandescent, worse than flourescent.
At about forty bucks, that's only about half a fuel filling on my Diesel Jimmy. If it doesn't work out as a reading light
it might be just the ticket for general overhead lighting
, then you could use a small halogen or fluorescent for reading.
It would also be a cool back-up light
Since I'm a early morning person and my wife is a late evening type and we both like to read, we have a couple of those book lights that clip to the top of a book page. Ours are LED, but have a special reflector that spreads out the light to overcome the blotchyness fairly well. You see them for sale
in book stores as well as other places.