Incredibly bright lamp that is outstanding for reading and writing. As a graduate student who spends inordinate amounts of time doing both things, I could not be happier. Build quality is superb; adjustable neck is stable without rebound after you set it; Light quality is intense without any glare, eye strain or flickering. Text just seems to really POP out of pages. As an FYI for those without a lot of desktop space, the base of the lamp is rather large compared to most lamps though; its outline is roughly the size of one of those large oval TV Dinners. It's not an issue for me as I have a large desk. I could not be happier. I highly recommend this Lamp to all readers, and cannot express my joy with Overstock's prices. I saw the same lamp for twice the price at some other places.