I figured I might as well check a few sites while I finish listening to Afro-Cubism and came across the Stanley Tripod LED Flashlight over at Cool Tools.
I'd never heard of a tripod flashlight before, but what a great idea. You can orientate it to illuminate just about anything, leaving your hands free. This one, being LED based, provides up to 200 hours of light from a set of AA batteries.
Strangely, the site says you can use 3, 6 or 9 AA batteries. I guess they mean that, in a pinch, you can use the torch even if you only have a couple of good batteries ... or that you can economise on power usage when you don't need a lot of light.