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Awesome Design, But Expensive, Flimsy, and Poor Light Output
on September 9, 2009
I ordered this lamp as primary work area lighting over my desk. The base is very elegant, but I opted to use the clamp attachment instead and attached it to the base of some blinds as my desk is right next to a window. The clamp itself is simple, but worked just fine and is sturdy, and I have no complaints about it (with luck my image should show for this product). The lamp on the other hand is a whole different story.
First of all, this lamp cost $170, and with such a high price tag for a relatively simple product one would expect to get something of a high quality. The biggest problem is in the joints, I was under the appearance that they would move smoothly and stay where positioned as images would have you believe. Instead, all the joints except for the one closest to the base are extremely lax, if you move it and let it go it will fall immediately to a position about 15 degrees below where you positioned it, meaning putting it into place is a game of over adjusting and hoping it "falls" into place how you like it. The 90 degree black joint (where the lights are) is even worse, this one slips about 30 degrees and popped out when I tilted it upside down (I was able to "click" it back in easily enough, and it seems to stick now).
The lighting quality is also problematic. The lamp has four power modes, and has relatively large comfortable buttons near the top to adjust the output. Unfortunately even on "high power" the lighting output is fairly dim (at anywhere between a foot to three feet away). It's enough to read for short periods of time, but quickly gets uncomfortable. Also, the light was billed as being "Warm," on the contrary the lighting color is extremely cool.
Because the design is so catching, it may be worth it as an accent light, but forget trying to use it for anything else. The lighting is too dim and adjusting the position is extremely problematic. Also the description bills it as being able to illuminate a large desk area, it isn't remotely capable of doing this. I have mine positioned about 38" high up from my desk (which is higher then it can reach when on a base), it barely illuminates a ~7 square foot area, and then dimly.