Four AA batteries
Living in dry West Texas, spring rains are definitely one of the things that
I hope for every year. Unfortunately since about 1996, the spring rains have not
been consistent and we have "enjoyed" hotter than usual weather and drier than
usual conditions. This year, things seem to be looking up. If rainfall continues
as it has been, 2004 may be the year in which we see an end to a long
For once, our area seems to be experiencing
normal rainfall. What this
means is that people are actually carrying umbrellas around, almost in
anticipation of the possible storms.
Y’all know that I wouldn’t be caught dead carrying just any ol’ boring
umbrella, or one that just (gasp!) repels rain. This wonderfully wet spring I am
carrying the Bright Night
Illuminated Umbrella, available from
Wishing Fish. Available in
Black Droplet and
Blue-Brown Geo, there
is an eye-catching design for almost everyone.
I was fortunate enough to be sent the green version, which as most of you
know, is my favorite color.
Picture courtesy of Wishing Fish
Before I even begin to describe the umbrella, I want to tell you about the
case in which it arrives. Composed of a heavy weight clear plastic with
removable black plastic end-caps, this reusable 36" long x 4.75" wide tube features an adjustable
shoulder strap which makes it convenient to tote around.
Buying the umbrella and getting this storage tube is like getting two items
for the price of one. I tend to keep my umbrella by the front door or behind the
rear passenger seat in my ranch truck. I don’t want anything covering it that
would hamper easy access, so I am free to use the tube to store large paper
items in a rolled position. If you are an artist, draftsman, architect or anyone
that carries large paper items around, you will immediately see possible ways to use this
Now let’s take a look at the umbrella, itself…
Including batteries, the umbrella weighs just over one pound. It measures
three feet long and approximately 3" in diameter at it’s thickest point when
closed, this is a full size umbrella that opens to a generous 43" across. This
is plenty of room for two people to comfortably share. The canopy of the
umbrella is comprised of denier nylon and is securely attached to the spokes
radiating from the central shaft.
The comfortable handle is 8" x 1.25". Four AA batteries (not included) fit
inside behind a trap-door secured with a flathead screw. A rubberized button
that controls the the light is installed in the middle of the grip. There is a 6.5" wrist-strap attached to the handle, ending in a silver
The umbrella is kept closed with a metal and nylon branded strap which fastens
with a patch of velcro.
At the top of the umbrella’s inner shaft is a silver cylinder which holds one
bright white krypton bulb. The umbrella comes with two, so you have a backup.
As you have no doubt figured by now, when carrying the umbrella you have the
option of turning on the bright krypton bulb to illuminate your path. How
awesome is that on a dark rainy night? The umbrellas canopy lights up, as well
as the entire area beneath, all the way down to your toes.
This picture did not focus properly because it was taken in a very dark hallway
with no flash. You can see by the light thrown that the umbrella’s little light
bulb is no slacker! According to the information at the Wishing Fish web site, the four AA
batteries should provide four hours of light.
The Bright Night Illuminated Umbrella is a gorgeous display of color in a sea
of otherwise boring umbrella canopies. The addition of the light-bulb makes it a
convenient gadget for those that want the security of a lighted path while they
are walking in the rain on a gloomy night. I can’t tell you how much I have been
enjoying mine. If I had to pick one con it would be that I wish there was a
compact model available that could fit in my gear-bag.
Looking out of my window at the overcast conditions we are enjoying today
(along with the cooler temperatures), I can only hope that I will have many more
occasions to use this umbrella before another one of our notoriously hot and dry
The Bright Night Illuminated Umbrella is available from
The Wishing Fish
and other retailers.
Generously sized umbrella with comfortable grip
White krypton bulb lights your path
Eye-catching canopy that stands out in a crowd
No compact version available