Take this powerful lightweight personal plug in or battery run gem wherever you need it. Folds up for easy toting. Adjustable brightness. A small table top sized unique, versatile personal light that is just perfect anywhere. **outlet or battery operated.
light is fine (drafting student) - but the clamp doesn't open wide enough for my table - I sort of rigged it up sideways so it isn't as flexible. My counter height table has a base and a top so it's about three inches wide.
It's nice to have the option of two lenses. I find the 3x to be just fine for most needs, but the 5 is there if one fancies it. The leds produce a lot of very white light. I think the written description says the light output is equivalent to a 178W incandescent bulb. It could use a two, or better, three-stage dimmer switch, say adding 60 and 120W equivalents in addition to the full output. I ended up taping two layers of a softening stage lighting gel over the leds, which make it more pleasant/less harsh to use. Also, I find myself sometimes fishing around for the flush-mounted switch when casually reaching up in its general vicinity. I have another magnifying lamp similar to this one that employs a rocker switch that sits higher and is easily felt. Also, there isn’t a top lens cover, so the glass will tend to get dusty, and there is also the potential danger of a fire should the lens be in direct sunlight. I cut a piece of cardboard the size of the lens and taped it to the plastic frame in such a way that I can easily flip it back out of the way when needed. So, it’s nice having the extra lens, but the design can use several improvements, imho.
There are two types of replacement tube for the OttLite. One has a communicating tube between the two long prongs. The other has a loop at the top. It was hard to tell from the picture if this was the one with the communication tube or whether either would do in the four-prong plugin on the light. I called the manufacturer and got the information I need. Shipping and all, including local outlets, this was hands down the best price.
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