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iphone lightOur good friends over at Rade | Eccles just released a new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that we felt you all would like. It is called Retro Light, and is only free for a limited time (normally $0.99).

Retro Light 1.0 “joins vintage analog hip with a modern ultra-lounge vibe to create the best multipurpose light app on the market“. This iPhone light app truly is ‘multipurpose’ in every sense of the word, offering functionality as a flashlight, mood light, or whatever else you could think of in the way of using vibrant lighting.

In this article, I will go over the features included with Retro Light, focusing on its usefulness as a power utility on your phone or iPod. I will also show you where you can get this new app.

Where Can I Get Retro Light?

Rather than make you wait all the way until the end of this post to show you where to get this app, I figured I’d get right to the point. After all, I did say that it was only free for a limited time.

If you’ve already heard enough and want to test this app out for yourself, head on over to the iTunes page and download it. If on the other hand you are craving a little more detail, I can oblige you.


LED Flashlight

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The first thing that really stood out to me with this app is the LED flashlight capabilities. For iOS devices that have an LED, this feature produces an ultra-bright light to help you navigate in the dark. You can turn this feature on or off very easily from a single button on your screen. The button is well placed, so if you’re in a hurry you won’t have to spend much time searching for the flashlight feature.

This is a good feature to have if you have a compatible device. If your power goes out or you find yourself in a dark place you can just reach for your phone and use it as a flashlight. Chances are it will be close by anyway.

If you don’t have a compatible iOS device, don’t worry. You can use this next feature to light your way.

Bright White LCD Display

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Devices without an LED will take advantage of the full LCD screen. Among other things, which I’ll get to, you can display a bright white background on your LCD screen, which also functions as a pretty useful flashlight. Most people use their phone’s screen as a makeshift flashlight anyway, but having a completely white screen makes it that much easier to light your path.

If you have an LED device, you can choose between the two options.

Mood Lighting

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Retro Light is more than just a simple flashlight, and I did say it was multipurpose, so you’ll like this next feature. If you play around with the settings, you can effectively turn Retro Light into a relaxing ambient mood light as well. Whether you’re holding your device, have it docked in the cradle, or placed somewhere else in your room, it can provide a random oscillation of vibrant light.

You can have it cycle through color, intensity, and brightness through the settings and it will produce a stream of soothing colors to enhance your mood.

As it states in the description, you can enjoy “the euphoria of a mood light using a classic interface that evokes 70’s era Hi-Fi stereo systems to provide a blissful and groovy user experience”.


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Additional settings include an ‘always on’ option to prevent the device from sleeping, realistic sound effects for button presses and switch toggles, and hiding the surrounding frame and user interface for full-screen ambient light.

This iPhone light app really is one of the better flashlight applications out there and the ambient mood lighting definitely adds that retro feel. If you missed the download link at the top, you can get this app here.

You can also find more iPod/iPhone apps here, or by searching our site.

What will you be using this app for? Leave your thoughts, ideas, and comments below!

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  1. Chris Leonard
    September 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    When exactly was it free? Because it no longer is.

    • Steve Campbell
      September 20, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      Is it? When the article was written and posted it was free. Sorry if you missed it. Honestly it's still worth the 99 cents if you're in need of a light app.