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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Useful brightness and spectrum, okay design, excellent price
on August 30, 2006
I bought this light for my wife who was having difficulties evaluating photo prints in the light of her office. I first looked around for specialized D50 viewing stations, but they were prohibitively priced (several hundreds of dollars for very small stations, and several thousands for the sizes we were interested in). Since the goal wasn't professional evaluation, we then shopped around for consumer-grade full-spectrum lighting, and decided on this model, primarily because of price (interestingly, you can find it several times through the Amazon site; once at forty dollars with free shipping by Amazon, once at about 60 without free shipping from an Amazon partner, and once at about 120 from another partner).
The lighting quality appears more than adequate for us. It's sufficiently bright and allows us to easily evaluate the colors of photographic prints. (At first, the change in light gave me the impression that this light made colors look too "cool", but in fact it was indeed close to daylight. The first impression was probably just a consequence of having gotten used to the incandescent lighting in the offices.) The light is also quite even in brightness over a good angle (more than sufficient to examine 13''x19'' prints, or an open folder with two 12''x12'' scrapbook pages for example).
We use this floor lamp model as a desk light (to save on precious desk space). The height is just right for that, but I would have liked an option for an extra foot of height as well (if you place it by a reading seat, the lamp head may be a distracting presence). The flexible gooseneck it a nice touch. That said, this light isn't the pinnacle of design or manufacturing (but it's decent considering the price).