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Would this portable LED light array which has 30 LEDs spread over an area of around 6 inches by 1 inch be suitable for bedikat chametz? If not, why would a traditional beeswax candle be better? The LED array would be far more effective.

  • dupe? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13239/759 – Double AA Mar 25 '14 at 18:09
  • @Double AA The "LED light array" is a more extended light source (less focussed) than the head lamp. – Avrohom Yitzchok Mar 25 '14 at 20:03
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    It's not clear in either case that the scope of the question is a specific angled light beam. Perhaps you should clarify that with some edits? – Double AA Mar 25 '14 at 20:24
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Rav Moshe Mintz, a posek in Ner Israel, told me that you can ideally use any light that can be focused in one area (as opposed to the sunlight or the main light in a room, which lights up the entire room), as the purpose of the candle at night is to contrast with the dark in the rest of the room.

  • What does "focussed" and "one area" mean in this context? The LED light array in the question would illuminate an area of say several square feet. – Avrohom Yitzchok Mar 25 '14 at 20:05
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    @AvrohomYitzchok Candles aren't so laser-sharp either. It means a small area which will still leave an unlit area around it. – Y     e     z Mar 25 '14 at 20:10

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