I bought the lamp for my mother who suffers from macular degeneration and who needs concentrated light to help her see. The lamp has thrilled her. I bought it in hopes it would help her read, but she prefers to use it in her kitchen where she can focus the light on what she is doing. It has allowed her to resume cooking, something she has always enjoyed.The design is compact and can be easily transferred to where she wants to work. The light is strong, but does not glare. It is heavy enough so that it is stable. Others have complained about putting it together, but my husband had ours together in five minutes. I am thinking about getting another for her to use in her living room.