A question was asked about my preference in magnifying lamps. I’m still not 100% sure I’ve found the perfect lamp but these are the ones I’ve bought so far, along with my opinion of each.
I sit in a recliner while stitching and the recliner isn’t a super wide one, nor is it a really skinny one. The arm of the magnifier doesn’t reach nearly far enough from the base to be very helpful when stitching. The bulb isn’t LED, which isn’t a problem. This is the first light I bought and it’s the one I use the least.
This one has the same problem with the not reaching far enough over to where I need it to shine. The base isn’t nearly heavy enough and I find myself having to re-position it 100 times a day to keep it from falling over, depending on which direction I have the light facing. If it isn’t right over the base, the whole thing wants to fall. Also, there’s a very flimsy connection to the electric plug and any movement at all and this one comes unplugged (where the cord plugs into the base of the lamp).
The one saving grace and the only reason I didn’t send it back is that it will also work of batteries (3 D cells I think) and it’s supposed to work for 60 hours off those batteries. If ever there’s a time we don’t have power for an extended time, it might help keep me sane so I can stitch.
So far, this one is the one I like best. it has a wire support that comes out from the base and that keeps it from tipping over if it gets extended too far. The base is quite heavy. I love that it has a built in cover that I can close to keep it from starting a fire if the sun shines on it. It has several brightness levels. It will reach way across the chair. The plug is very secure.
The top comes loose from the base, the long pole can be removed and the light itself screwed into the base, making it a table lamp. I love that feature (though I’ve never used it as a table lamp).
The only thing I don’t like about this one, and there may be a fix that I just haven’t figured out yet – I sit in the chair with the floor stand in front of me and the lamp in front of the floor stand so the lap is hanging over the floor stand. If I wanted it on the side of my chair, the “head” of the lamp isn’t turned correctly to give me a good field of vision through the magnifier. The glass area I look through is oblong and there’s a sweet spot where I have the best vision through it. If the lamp were on the side of the chair, it would be turned so that I’m looking through the narrower part of the lens.
This one was also the least expensive of the three.
Again, just my opinion and if anyone has other lamps you love, please share that info. Thanks!