Home Bargains Cinema Light Box Review

You have probably seen these cinema light boxes around this year. A must have accessory not just for bloggers it would seem. In a true case of keeping up with the Jones’, I so wanted one. Like really, really wanted one. So bad. However being the complete and utter cheapskate that I am I never bought one. Always something better to spend my money on!

Then whilst aimlessly wandering around my local Home Bargains what did I spy in their Star Buy baskets but a cinema light box. Oh my days! It was only £7.99. AB-SO-LUTE bargain! I didn’t even think about it. In my basket it went. No, it wasn’t what I went in for. Who seriously ever just gets what they went in for in Home Bargains! Not me that’s for sure.


After snapping this bargain up I thought I would share it with you all in a mini review type post. OK, OK I really want to show it off. But……. just because it’s cheap it doesn’t mean it’s not any good, does it? Or does it.

Home Bargains Cinema Light Box Review.

The thing is I have no frame of reference for other makes so all I can go on is how this looks. It goes without saying it is light and compact but not small. As you can see from the main picture above it’s a really good size. Not too big for what I want it for.

I think I should mention now that although it is mains and battery powered, neither are supplied. This was pointed out to me on Instagram but I had noticed. I have 2 battery packs that power it already and it lit up with only 3 of the 6 batteries required inserted. Again see the main picture at the top of the post for it fully lit. Just to prove my point I of course took a picture from behind the scenes too.

You can see the light clearly through the back of the box and only the 3 batteries installed. Worth bearing in mind especially if you’re not going to have it on constantly. I will definitely have it plugged into the mains when Olivia gets her hands on it. So although the £7.99 appears to be an amazing price for this, if you don’t have the battery pack at home for mains charging, it could get expensive to have on battery wise. Also if you decide to buy a battery pack to use via the mains again that’s an added expense too.

Does it come with anything else?

As the box says 85 interchangeable letters, numbers and symbols for you to make up a whole host of different words and sentences. I would say that’s plenty by any standards. You can fit 8 on each row and you have 3 rows to put your words, phrases, anecdotes or notes on. I can imagine Olivia will have a ball thinking of little messages to leave me on this!


So far I love it. I have plans for it to reside on a little shelf above my ‘desk/office’ in the kitchen. I think it will look great there. It could say things like ‘Blogger At Work’ or ‘You Can Do It’ or something equally cheesy motivating. We haven’t really used it all that much yet but for what we paid and what we want it for I am pretty pleased with my bargain.

Quote courtesy of Olivia!

What do you think? A Star Buy for me or not? If you fancy picking one up yourself you can order them online or take your chances instore. Or do you already have a lightbox you love?

*Disclaimer: I purchased this myself and I haven’t been asked nor compensated for writing this post*
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  1. Yacon Root

    August 30, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Great Blog. Really enjoyed reading.

  2. Bev

    February 13, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Have always fancied one of these!

  3. Alison

    January 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Had mine two weeks, batteries ran out and now with new batteries only half the box lights up. Not worth the money

    1. tracey bowden

      January 29, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Oh no I’m sorry to hear that. I haven’t had any issues yet fingers crossed I won’t. Have you taken it back for a refund? I would, they have to take it back if it’s not working even with no receipt x

  4. Crystal Green

    January 23, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    This is a neat little gadget to have on the shelf. I like that you can change the message easily too. It’s like having your own personal neon sign to display messages on.

    1. tracey bowden

      January 29, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      It’s great isn’t it I really like and it’s perfect for my shelf too!

  5. HodgePodgeDays

    January 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    What a bargain! I’m looking for one so I’ll have to pop down to Home Bargains and see if there are any left!

    1. tracey bowden

      January 29, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Did you get one? They’re not bad for the really

  6. Steph at Mental Parentals

    January 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    These products seem quite popular at the moment and I’m toying with buying one. I like the font style on this one – thanks for sharing! #TriedTested

    1. tracey bowden

      January 29, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      They do seem to be the thing to have don’t they! Normally I wouldn’t jump on board but I couldn’t leave it for that price

  7. clairejustine

    January 18, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Whoo I love this. Also love Home Bargains, you can pick up some really good things here 🙂

    1. tracey bowden

      January 29, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      It’s great isn’t it! They have so many good things in there recently.

  8. Jan

    January 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    What a bargain! It looks great on your shelf.

    1. tracey bowden

      January 29, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Ahh thank you, I think it looks good there too

  9. Louise Fairweather

    January 17, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I love Home Bargains! I don’t have a lightbox yet…..

    1. tracey bowden

      January 29, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      I love Home Bargains too, I wouldn’t have a lightbox if they didn’t sell them but for that price……

  10. Becca Farrelly

    January 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    What a great price! I really want one but like you, always have other things I need to buy first! I really must get one and I love the price! 🙂

    1. tracey bowden

      January 29, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      It is such a great price isn’t it. It’s what definitely convinced me to buy it!

  11. Kim Carberry

    January 17, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    What a great bargain….It looks fantastic!
    hahaha! I have never been in Home Bargains and bought just what I went in for. lol

    1. tracey bowden

      January 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Does anyone really lol! It is such a bargain I bet they’ve been very popular x

  12. Anne

    January 17, 2017 at 11:13 am

    It looks fab and what a bargain. I’ve seen them around too, one of my facebook friends takes photos of hers to put on FB. I might get one one day.

    1. tracey bowden

      January 29, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      They do look really good don’t they! I’m glad I finally got round to buying one.

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