Rainbow Light Lulls Kids to Sleep

Looking for a unique light that may help children who have trouble sleeping? Rainbow Light projects a rainbow onto any surface and seems to soothe children with sleep difficulties.

Created by Douglas Magyari of Birmingham, Mich., Rainbow Light uses a leaded crystal prism, precision-ground optics and a custom-designed, 12-watt bulb to show a lifelike, arced rainbow as high as 30 feet onto a wall or ceiling. It can project the rainbow image more than 60 feet.

The light is being used with success for pediatric patients at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Childrens’ Hospital in Ann Arbor. Hospital representatives say the light has been most effective when projected on the ceiling.

Clinical psychologist George H. Kates said the light is “a soothing, calming, comforting experience . . . particularly at bedtime to help children more easily fall asleep.”


Rainbow Light is a compact, 4-inch cube; it can be plugged into any household outlet. To order (for $39.95, plus $5 shipping and handling), contact Rainbow Light Co., P.O. Box 138, Birmingham, Mich. 48009; (800) 262-2002.

Keeping Watch on Environment

Los Angeles-based Priority Earth Co. has introduced Earthwatch, a new sport watch with a recycled plastic band and package. It’s the first item from the company’s Earthcessories line (watches, sunglasses and jewelry made from recycled plastics), which will be released next spring.

The watch, with a Japanese quartz movement, has a green band, and its face displays a blue and green globe that reads “Earthwatch.” At 15 minutes past the hour, it reads “Reduce”; half-past, “Recycle”; 45-past, “Reuse.” By spring, the watch also be available in brown, black and blue, says Susan Boyer of Priority Earth.

Boyer and her husband, Wayne, founded the company in 1989 to market environmentally sound products. A portion of sales goes to environmental groups.

Earthwatch ($24.95 plus $2 shipping) is water resistant and has a one-year warranty. Contact Priority Earth Co., 11684 Ventura Blvd. 363, Studio City, Calif. 91604; (818) 783-5024.