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Viewing a menu in a dark restaurant

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by jefemente, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. jefemente

    jefemente Loaded Pockets

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    hey all, I'm finding it more and more difficult to read menus in poorly lit restaurants. I've looked at LED pocket magnifying loops and folding reading glasses but I'm not really sold on either one. The LED loops are kinda big for pocket carry and the folding reading glasses don't add any light which I think I also need.

    Anyone have experience with either?

    Thanks, Jeff
     
  2. garza

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    I use an app on my phone to read in those situations which provides a light and magnification
     
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  3. jefemente

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    Thanks, that sounds like a great idea. One less thing to carry. I'll check it out.
     
  4. jefemente

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    I just installed an ad free magnifying app on my phone and it works great! Thanks again.
     
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  5. shmook

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    If you don't want to get your phone out all the time, you can get fresnel lenses with a small LED in them. Dirt cheap too so not an issue if you don't get on with it :)
     
  6. garza

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    I saw a mother on my son's basketball team using an app to remove a tiny splinter from younger son's foot.

    The app I have installed allows you to zoom in with the finger touch.
     
  7. jefemente

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    Thanks, I saw a few of those online. I may get one. As you stated they are cheap.
     
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  8. jefemente

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    I wish I possesed an imaginative mind like that mother.
     
  9. RoadWizard

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    These are great, have pair stuck on back of my phone case, thinoptics.com, can pick up at Target or walmart
     
  10. jefemente

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    Those look great. Just ordered a pair in the keychain model. It will give my Victorinox Rambler some company.
     
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  11. intocoman

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    The magnifier app is great! It will come in handy for communicating issues at work. Thanks for the tip.

    Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
     
  12. echo victor

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    not that what I'm about to say moves this discussion forward in any meaningful way;), but whenever I'm sitting in a dimly-lit restaurant and handed a menu that looks as if it was copied to parchment paper by a monk using a sepia-inked pen, I invariably ask the waiter/waitress -out loud- "is this a menu or a vision test"?
     
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  13. jefemente

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    Haha, good one.
     
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  14. smokingfish

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    You're likely to carry your phone with you anyways, why carry extra gear????

    Most phones don't even need a light app, there's probably one already.
    You could easily just open any app or page that is bright, like a web browser.
     
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  15. In restaurants with subdued lighting and in movie theaters I use a Photon Micro-Light II which emits Red light. It's not as startling as the light on my iPhone which, if held at the wrong angle, would have people seeing stars ! Also, I find the red light makes it easier for my eyes to adjust after I have finished reading, or once I have found whatever I needed in my bag.
     
  16. echo victor

    echo victor Previously "YankeeHotelFoxtrot"

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    Yes. Red light is a good idea since we don't want to lose our night vision in the restaurant lol


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  17. garza

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    Most apps provide enough light for a dimly lighted restaurant.

    I recommended the magnifying app since I can no longer read all the print on product labels. An app works great for that and saves the label information for additional research/recall.
     
  18. this_is_nascar

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    Sorry, but if it's not light enough for me to read the menu, it's not light enough for me to see what I'm eating.

    I'd be out of there.

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  19. Especially if you are dinning Noire at the Fairmont Dubai ! lol :bounce: (Search Noire at Fairmont Dubai to see the videos). But yes, I just find red light so much easier on the eyes. My partner's vehicle has red illumination throughout the cockpit as standard, on all the controls and dials, and red map reading lights. I much prefer that to the bright white lights in my truck. I find the red lights far less distracting.
     
  20. ArkansasFan30

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    Phone or small flashlight always in my pocket.

    I have no social reservations about whipping out a flashlight to illuminate anything.
     
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