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OTT-LITE(R) TrueColor(TM) Original 18W Grey Floor

2.3 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
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Technical Details

  • Adjustable

Product Description

The same "sunlight" that increases contrast and brightness, while reducing glare, is available in this attractive floor lamp. Its weighted base gives it stability while its flexible top section lets the user rotate the light to the best location. Height can be adjusted from 4 to 5 feet by extending the top section. Uses an 18 watt fluorescent bulb (included) that is rated to last 10,000 hours. It is the equivalent of about a 75 watt incandescent. Its light is composed of a specialized phosphorous mix that makes this light particularly bright and useful for individuals with vision problems. See optional magnifier attachment. Height: 64" Base: 11.75" Weight: 16 lbs. Color: Dove Grey. #369210

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Technical Details

Brand MAGNIFYING AIDS
Style Modern
Color Dove Grey
Material Plastic
Finish Matte
Fixture Features Adjustable
Power Source Plug In
Type of Bulb Incandescent
Wattage 18 watts

Additional Information

ASIN B000140KE6
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2.3 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

2.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #136,364 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#486 in Home Improvement > Lamps & Light Fixtures > Lamps & Shades > Floor Lamps
Date First Available April 21, 2004

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I bought two Ott-Lite lamps, one desk lamp and one floor lamp. The light is great from the lamps when they work. Unfortunately the ballast in the Ott-Lite lamps will die prematurely and the lamp becomes totally useless as soon as that happens.

My floor lamp ballast died and I was able to buy a replacement a couple of years ago from Ott-Lite. The only reason they had ballasts available and were willing to sell them was due to the fact that the same ballast type had been recalled, and they were forced to offer replacements. When calling Ott-Lite, you will deal with snooty and arrogant people who treat you like you are a telemarketer at dinnertime. That is if you are lucky enough to talk to anyone at all. I suggest if you want this or any other Ott-Lite lamp, to call the company in Florida and try to order a replacement ballast before you buy it. Of course they won't sell you one, but it will save you $100 and untold aggravation.

As soon as I bought my desklamp, I had a bad feeling it wasn't going to last very long. Sure enough, couple of months later, the ballast died and the lamp became useless.

On my desk I still have a $20 fluorescent lamp I bought 12 years ago and use continuously. It still works like new and the ballast and lamp have never failed.

The bottom line is Ott-Lite could care less about your faulty lamp and frying ballasts. Unless you are willing to buy a new lamp every year for around $100, don't waste your time and money on this junk.

My $80 Ott-Junk desk lamp that lasted less than 20 hours is going to the scrapheap and will be replaced by a Bluemax from Full Spectrum Solutions, or a Verilux desk lamp, or any other manufacturer that has an ounce left of self respect and quality control.
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I received two OTT-LITE lamps (Key Largo and Hampton)directly from OTT-LITE. Right out of the box one of them did not work!! When I got in touch with Customer Service I found out that I HAD TO PAY THE FREIGHT CHARGE TO RETURN THE DEFECTIVE LAMP!! I'm sending both back. When I asked why their return policy is not made clear up front, I was told it wasn't in their interest to dissuade customers when they "rarely" have these issues.
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I bought an Ott lamp for $120.00. It worked for 6 months light usage then the ballast burned out. Thank God it didn't cause a fire. When I unplugged it, it was extremely hot and making hissing and crackling noises. I emailed Ott Lamp's customer service about getting a replacement ballast but they never even bothered to email me back. These Lamps cost to much to for so much junk both in product and service. I am looking for a competitors lamp now instead. I know others make daylight lamps.
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The bulb is rated for up to 10,000 hours, but the transformer only lasted about 250 hours. The transformer is part of the cord and is not replaceable. Ott-Lite won't respond to my e-mail inquiries and doesn't list transformers as a replacement part. I tried a variety of sources for an 18w. transformer that could be modified to accommodate the lamp, but the cheapest I could find was about $30.00. I bought a brand new Hampton Bay table lamp (similar to the Ott-Lite lamp) at Home Depot for $20.00. If your Ott-Lite ceases to work you'll probably assume that the bulb must be replaced and spend $15.00 or so for a new bulb, only to discover that it's not a bulb problem. So you end up with a lamp that won't work and two bulbs you can't use on any other fixture. Don't buy Ott-Lite products...and exchange any Ott-Lite gifts you might receive.
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By V. Bearg on December 20, 2008
Years and years ago (probably before amazon.com was born) I bought this Ott Lite. It has been a great glare free, easy on the eyes, reading light. Finally the bulb burned out. So I've tried replacing it. The first replacement produced about as much light as a night light, not a reading light. The second replacement worked but lasted 13 months (I calculate much less than 1000 hours). My opinion, these lamps used to be good, but for now stay away.
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My wife sews and had bought three Ott-Lites. Should have bought one at a time. That way we would have realized the problems we were about to have. After a year the ballast burnt out. Cannot find the part online and OTT-Lite will not return emails. Obviously they don't care about the consumers. Stand clear of their products. Never again. We will replace these lamps with other brands and move on.
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The old incandescent lamp in the den had too much glare so I decided to replace it with an Ott-Lite floor lamp. The color temperature 4000+K (Kelvin NOT the heat emitted) of the Ott-lite is very close to natural daylight and provides noticeably less glare for reading. The 18W fluorescent bulb emits a brighter, whiter, and cooler light than the old 100W incandescent bulb. Saves energy, easier on the eyes = I'm sold! Only drawback is the high retail price but I got a great deal on an online auction so search around!

Update: As of Oct. 2012, my Ott-Lite is still functioning well. Had to change the 18W bulb a few times but the ballast is still working. Be careful you don't buy a replica / forgery Ott-Lite; there are plenty from China even with similar packaging. Also make sure your hands don't touch the new replacement bulbs (I use a pair of latex gloves); any skin oil or contaminants will deteriorate bulb's service life.
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