Its 9:00 pm, the sun set an hour ago, and the Wisconsin’s state bird, the mosquito is buzzing about. Standing in the dark, swatting mosquitoes, exhausted from a four-hour twist fest, and the remaining kids in line still want a balloon. I only do a couple of these events each year that has me working in the dark.
Several years ago, I was introduced to the idea of a grill light as a solution to working in the dark. Unlike a DJ working a dance bar, you are not looking to flood the entire area with light. You need a simple light that you can attach to a table and is powerful enough for you to see what balloon you are trying to grab.
When I know I will be line twisting, my balloon setup consists of a table for my balloons, my mat to stand on, my Peewee Pump, and, if it’s an evening gig, my grill light. If this is a private party, my apron is strapped to me and I am moving about. There is no need for a grill light, table or mat.
The grill light comes with a built-in clamping system that makes it easy to attach to and remove from a table. The digital lights do not drain the battery, and I was able to get several years usage before I needed to replace the battery. The unit I purchased has an adjustable neck, so I can bend or position the light to where I need it. The majority of the year the light sits in storage, but when a job takes me late into the evening, the grill light helps light my way.
Another idea for light is to consider the reading book lights. They are small, lightweight and can be clipped to a waistband or clothing. They are maneuverable and can be adjusted so they are out of your way for balloon twisting. This is an untested idea, so if you do try it, let me know how it works.