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4.0 out of 5 stars Good lamp, has some design issues, November 27, 2012
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I've had this lamp for three months now. It's good at doing the job I want it for (reading in bed without keeping my wife awake), and on the whole, I'm happy with it.

Be aware that this is very much a "task light," not a room lamp. It provides very bright light in a small and highly-adjustable area, which makes it good for reading, or for illuminating a desktop; but it won't light up the room. (For me, that's a feature I want-- just be aware of it).

Also, be aware that (like a lot of LEDs) it's a very "cool" light-- very white, almost bluish. Some people may like that; personally, I'd prefer something a bit warmer.

Pros:
- Very intense light
- Stays cool
- Nice long neck that's highly adjustable, and is stiff enough
- Toggle switch on the base is easy to operate

However, the lamp has a few design issues that I don't like, so I can only give it four stars.

Cons:

- The base isn't really heavy enough. It doesn't tip over... but it moves around when I adjust the light up and down (which I do a lot-- bring it down when I want to read in bed, push it up out of the way when I'm not using it). This would be less of a problem if it were a desk lamp that mostly stayed in the same position. I wish the base were about three times as heavy. I solved the problem by getting a little C-clamp and clamping it down to the tabletop (the base is shaped nicely for that), but it seems silly that I should have to do that.

- Poor lens design. There's a clear plastic lens that covers the LEDs. Instead of being recessed flush in the metal lamp head, it protrudes from the surface, and a lot of light leaks out through the side edges. This means that I get a lot of direct-from-the-lamp glare in my eyes when I'm trying to read (I want it to shine on the book, not in my eyes). It's eye-straining and highly annoying. I solved this by getting a couple of strips of black electrical tape (which is extremely opaque) and covering the sides of the lens... but I shouldn't have to do that.

- The cone of light coming out is too broad, so I have to adjust the light position carefully if I don't want glare in my eyes. A sharper-edged, more focused light distribution would be friendlier.

- The lamp is designed such that the light comes out at a right angle to the neck of the lamp. I've had other flexible-neck lamps that shone straight out from the end of the neck, and found that arrangement to be much more convenient in positioning the light where I want it.
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