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A good desk lamp, but there are some issues.
on February 6, 2014
I will start out by saying that this lamp is mostly well designed. It gives a lot of light. The different color temperatures are a nice feature, and isn't just a gimmick. The different modes provide different color temperatures of light. The most notable difference is the study mode which has a lot more blue in it, which makes the light appear to be whiter. The reading mode is a good facsimile of daylight, with sunlight coming through the window, the color temperatures are almost a match. It is also a nice looking product.
This model is a little more expensive than Softech's other lamp that is very similar, but for that extra money you get to swivel the arm. This is good if you want to angle the light so that it isn't causing too much glare in your eyes or a monitor, or if you want to diffuse the light by bouncing it off of the wall.
So here are some of the things that I am not too thrilled about.
1) The light is formed by multiple LEDs spaced along the length of the outstretched arm. This causes concentric shadows which are very distracting when you are writing. This isn't something that I saw in other reviews, so may it is just something that bothers me.
2) The dimmer has only 5 stops. Using the Bedtime mode can get you down to a fairly low light, but for the other modes the lowest dimming can be too bright. This can be an issue when you are using a computer on your desk as well.
3) The vertical arm only bends forward. If you want to have the light lower but still parallel to your desk, you have to bend it towards you, and considering the length, if you have a small space, it can get in the way pretty quickly.
4) The Study mode light is a bit harsh. It is more at the blue end of the spectrum so it is a different harsh than fluorescent lamps, but it can definitely be pretty glaring.
I would still recommend people go with this product if they are interested in getting this lamp, I just want them to be aware of some of the drawbacks that they might experience.