I bought this to light up my work space when I am beading. It is brigtht in the area I am working. It shows the true colors and makes the beading much easier. It is like a spot light. It doens't really light up a room, but lights up a space to work in. It also helps create light when I am taking pictures. Good reading lamp and task lamp. My family moves it from room to room because they like it for reading. I have to go fetch it when I am beading. It is pretty portable and hasn't broken despite the frequent moves. I have had it 14 months and have not had to replace the bulb so far. It is used most days of the week for hours at a time.