Since moving to the Forest of Dean in December, Sean and I have enjoyed exploring the local area which is completely new to us. It’s such a beautiful place to live; very relaxing, amazing scenery, and lots of outdoor activities to take part in. Being outdoors more is one of the reasons we moved here. It’s also been fantastic to finally have our own garden to spend time in. As we live in a very rural village, outdoor lighting has been something we’ve been focussing on a lot. I love festoon lights and hurricane lamps to add ambience and atmosphere to outdoor spaces. I’ve never seen anything quite like the Menu Carrie Lamp, however.
I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time trying out this lamp at my home, and you can read on for my full review. Spoiler alert: I love it. I’m also really excited because, at the end of this post, I’m running a giveaway so one reader can win their own Menu Carrie Lamp from Nest.co.uk.
What is the Menu Carrie LED Lamp?
It’s a thing of beauty, really. The Carrie Lamp is both an indoor and outdoor LED lamp which is easily portable so you can take it out with you whenever you leave the house. It’s basically an LED lamp that has a removable handle, so you can leave it sitting on a surface or carry it around with you. But it’s also a very beautifully designed item. The body and handle are black powder-coated steel. The lamp itself is mouthblown opal glass with an acid finish. It’s stunning to look at. It’s also lightweight and easy to carry with you. Designed by Norm Architects, it is inspired by the Danish word Hygge, meaning warm and cosy. It has the simplistic design characteristic of Hygge, and emits a warm LED light which is a perfect replacement for candles.
The lamp’s main features
Aside from looking gorgeous, the lamp is really well designed for its purpose. It is lightweight, and easy to carry around. The handle is really easy to take off and put back on with its little chrome screws. It is charged via USB, so it’s easy to charge up and take out with you wherever you go. The lamp also has three settings, controlled by a little button on the base. It has three light strengths and at its brightest setting is extremely bright and able to light up the darkest area with its warm light.
We took it out on an evening walk which passes through an old railway tunnel. You can see here the lovely warm light it casts around it to show the way. This is the lamp at its brightest setting.
Ideas for using it
Since it works both inside and outside, it’s really versatile and has a lot of uses. It’s been lovely to take out on walks, and actually is a bit of a conversation starter with other walkers who want to know what it is. We’ve not yet taken it to the beach but it would work really well there (just be careful with sand in the little hole where the charger plugs in). We are also going to take it to a festival this summer.
Outdoor picnics are also the perfect location to use the lamp. You don’t have to worry about lighting candles or having them blow out. The warm glow creates a really romantic atmosphere if you’re having a picnic date, too.
We’ve also loved it when having dinner al fresco (a.k.a. in our garden). We have a space at the end of our garden which has a gorgeous view, but it’s a distance from the house. There’s no light out there whatsoever so we’ve placed it on the table in the evenings. It creates the warm Hygge feeling as dusk rolls in.
I also really like it as a bedside lamp and for when I’m reading in a corner in the living room. It’s so cosy and I can’t wait to use it in the winter when the nights set in earlier. I’m picturing blankets and hot chocolate while catching up on Netflix.
My final thoughts
The possibilities are endless with this lamp due to its portability. Unless you’re looking for an extremely high powered torch when out and about at night, this really is an ideal piece of outdoor lighting. Its light is bright, but gentle at the same time. The different brightness settings are a lovely feature. I’ve found the lowest setting is perfect for when having outdoor drinks with friends. It’s not dazzling to look at and instead just casts that characteristic warm glow that creates atmosphere.
The powder coated steel handle softens the feel of it, and it has more of a luxurious feel than an industrial feel when you carry it around. At one point, I hadn’t tightened the screws to the handle well enough and the base spun around. I was terrified the glass orb was about to drop out as it flipped upside down, and smash on the floor. It stayed put however, as it is secured very strongly and will not fall out.
I also like the simplistic design of it, and the unobtrusive charger port and on/off switch. I’ve also found that I’ve not needed to charge it yet despite it being on for several hours over several days.
At £119 this is not an inexpensive lamp. This is balanced out, however, by the versatility of the lamp and its craftsmanship and design features, I believe. If you are looking for an LED lamp that works both indoors and outdoors, is easy to carry, reliable and well-made, plus looks stylish and beautiful at the same time, the Carrie Lamp is one I would have no hesitation in recommending to you.
As I mentioned at the start of this post, one lucky reader will win their own Carrie Lamp from Nest.co.uk. All you have to do to enter is complete any or all of the options in the Gleam app below. At the end of the giveaway I will select a random winner and pass the winner’s details on to Nest.co.uk for delivery of the lamp.
The giveaway will close at midnight on Thursday 31 August, and is open to readers in the UK only.
The lamp was kindly gifted to me by Nest.co.uk for the purposes of publishing my review, and to enable me to run this giveaway. As always, words and opinions are my own and are 100% honest. For more information, please read my full disclosure here.
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