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Ultra Slim Magnifying Lamp XR
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - March 8, 2010
Bring a little daylight into your home or work environment with the Ultra Slim Magnifying Lamp XR from the Daylight™. This amazing magnifying lamp comes standard with a 7" diameter, 1.75X magnifying lens that provides clear, distortion free viewing. Two optional lenses, a 5" diameter, 2.25X lens, and a 1.5" diameter, 4.0X lens, are available separately. The lamp affixes to your table or desk with the use of a no-tools-needed table clamp, and features a solid, heavy-duty metal swing-arm that is easy to position. The slim-headed lamp fixture encompasses the circular magnifying lens which is surrounded by a white frame and underneath is housed the no-flicker, low heat, daylight bulb. To turn the bulb on, plug in your lamp and then press the red, high-contrast button found at the top of the frame. This magnifying lamp is ideal not only for individuals with low vision, but also crafters, hobbyist, and anyone who could use a little extra magnification when doing just about anything from digging out a splinter to reading the fine print in a contract.
Before I go into more detail about this lamp, let me simply say that I love it! The lamp comes in white and is minimalist in design, so it is sure to go with any decor, and it is suitable for use in both home and office settings. Most important, it is extremely easy to set up and use, and there are no fly-bolts that you constantly have to tighten to keep the lamp in position. As well, the slim design of the magnifying/lamp head (it's less than an inch thick at the sides), means that you can easily place the magnifier at a comfortable level for use when reading or doing crafts, and you are not constantly hitting the frame or the bulb while you are turning the page or working. There is a protective cover over the bulb, so if by chance you do hit the bottom of the light, you will not come into direct contact with the bulb.
One of the unique features of this lamp is its circular, 'daylight' bulb. This is an energy saving 28-watt bulb that provides an output equivalent to a 150-watt Tungsten bulb. Most important, the light that it provides is akin to the natural sunlight that you would experience on a sky-blue day, just without the glare! In addition, the bulb puts out very little heat. I've had it on all day and while the frame around the bulb gets slightly warm to the touch, I've not noticed any heat radiating away from the bulb and frame. As well, while the bulb looks like an ordinary fluorescent bulb, the light doesn't flicker! This is something that I did not think was possible, but which I was thrilled to discover, as normally I cannot work with fluorescent lighting because the flickering produces a strobe-light effect in my eyes. I've used this magnifying lamp for hours at a time, and I've never noticed a flicker or experienced the dreaded strobe-light effect, and on the plus side the unique form of light used in this lamp seems to reduce eye fatigue - at least for me, allowing me to read for longer periods of time than I've been able to in years!
The Magnifying Lens
The 7 inch, 1.75X (3 Diopter) distortion-free magnifying lens that comes with this lamp is thin and lightweight, yet equals the optical qualities of a much heavier glass lens and it allows for crystal-clear viewing. This is a rather large lens, especially when compared to traditional hand-held magnifiers. You'll be pleased to discover that it provides even magnification across its entire surface, and because the lens is housed in the lamp, there is nothing to hold! Best of all, the large diameter of the lens makes it easier to read a book, sew, or do countless other tasks without the need to constantly move the lens back and forth. As well, when used in combination with the Daylight bulb, you'll be amazed not only at the clarity of the text or items being viewed, but also at the sharpness of the colors and image, and the lack of glare. If you've ever had trouble telling the difference between a blue sock and a black one, try looking at them under this light. I was amazed at how much easier it was to tell the differences between various colors when viewed under this light, especially when compared to the other lamps that I had throughout my house. It was really like taking the items outside and viewing them in natural sunlight, with the added benefit of having a built in magnifier.
Another unique feature of this magnifying lamp is that it is very 'slim'. The lamp mounts to your desk or table via a table clamp, and the lamp magnifier combination is mounted atop a hinged arm that provides 360 degree mobility, and which can be moved up and down. This allows you the ability to position the lamp anyway you want, and it is so lightweight and moves so easily that even someone with limited mobility in their hands, for example due to arthritis, will have no trouble positioning the magnifying lamp. As well, you have the option of using it as a lamp, as a magnifier, or in combination. In addition, if you want to 'put it away' and clear your desk for other activities, you'll find that the Daylight Ultra Slim Magnifying Lamp XR does indeed have a very slim and unintrusive profile. If your desk is next to a wall, when not in using the lamp you can swing the arm up against the wall, turn the lamp sideways, and your entire desk is free for other uses, except for the small space taken by the clamp.
Basically, I highly recommend the Daylight Ultra Slim Magnifying Lamp XR! When I first heard about this magnifying lamp I was skeptical that it could live up to its hype - but it did! It is a very well made and sturdy item that looks like it will easily stand up to years of heavy use. The magnifying lens is large, provides crystal-clearing viewing, and is very lightweight and easy to maneuver. More important, the Daylight lamp does indeed produce a light that is akin to nature daylight - without the harshness of a too sunny day, and without the glare often caused by bright lights - the bane of many of us with low vision. I found this light surprisingly comfortable to work under, and it did indeed reduce the normal eye strain that I experience when reading for even a short period. I especially like the extra-large size of the magnifying lens, although the 1.75X lens that comes standard with the lamp was not as strong of a lens as I really need. However, as mentioned previously both a 2.25X and a 4.0X lenses are available separately that will fit into this lamp. I also found the lamp extremely easy to set up and even easier to use. A nice touch is the inclusion of a hard cover that snaps over the magnifying lens, helping to keep it clean and dust free, as well as preventing any unwanted fires starting from sunlight sneaking through the lens when it is unattended. If the lens does get dirty, I found it very easy to clean with an optical cloth.
Where to Get Your Magnifying Lamp
The Daylight Ultra Slim Magnifying Lamp XR, and many other fine lamps and accessories can be purchased directly from the Daylight company via their online store at: www.daylightcompany.com. To enter the store, go to their website and when their home page loads, simply click on the picture on the left to enter their home store, and if you are looking for products for the work environment, click on the picture on the right.
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- Daylight™ Ultimate Table Top Lamp
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