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Old 02-09-2019, 9:25 AM
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Hi, i need to add some more light to my work bench and thought of perhaps one of the desk lamp types with magnification...anyone use them? are they any good? thanks
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I find it easier to use my head mounted magnifier. I bought a bright fluorescent floor lamp at Walmart that provides decent close up lighting, they sell a desk version too. I also use a headlamp when the occasion demands. I see they are now offering a head mounted magnifier with a built in LED lamp, looks interesting.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:41 AM
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I find it easier to use my head mounted magnifier. I bought a bright fluorescent floor lamp at Walmart that provides decent close up lighting, they sell a desk version too. I also use a headlamp when the occasion demands. I see they are now offering a head mounted magnifier with a built in LED lamp, looks interesting.
Perfect, thanks! I’m looking for the same solution. As soon as the snow stops off to Wallyworld!
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Old 02-09-2019, 12:38 PM
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Carson Optical Pro series, but I doubt you'll find them Walmart

https://www.amazon.com/Carson-MagniV...rds=carson+pro
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In my shop I have "task lights" or "machine lights" attached to various machine tools. You know, the kind with the base that clamps to a bench and articulated arm? They range from the cheap $16 kind, to the $100 kind. The El Cheapo models are somewhat of a headache, with weak springs that don't necessarily hold the light exactly where you want it. In other words, you get what you pay for.

For magnification, I really like the headband style magnifier. OptiVisor is a pretty good one.
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Old 02-09-2019, 3:14 PM
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Best lights for a shop are general purpose lights. Lots of them. Multi-source lights make it less likely you will shade your work with your body. My shop is overkill, but has 14+ 4’ flurescent tubes in a 20x20 space. Its hard to cast a shadow in there no matter where you are and what you are doing.
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^^^Ha! You got me beat, WR. My garage has 7 fixtures for 14 tubes, but the square footage is a little bigger.

But here's a hot tip for you. I put the fixtures in nearly 30 years ago, and recently I've been irked by the maintenance. Fluorescent tubes go out, humming ballasts, and eventually you end up with different colors. I was getting tired of it. So I took a chance and bought some LED's off Amazon. Hyperikon, four footers, 5k, 2400 lumens, and they fit in the existing fixture. At seven bucks a tube, they weren't the cheapest, but they were Prime and had good reviews. Lemme tell you: these things ROCK! It's now like daytime in the garage. If it was a little warmer right now, I'd go out there and work on my tan.
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For magnification, I really like the headband style magnifier. OptiVisor is a pretty good one.
I have had an Optivisor in my toolkit since about 1982, it's still going strong. I recommend buying the loupe attachment, it comes in real handy at times.
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If you have cabinets above your workbench, these work great. I put some under the kitchen cabinets and they worked so well that I added some above both my reloading and smithing benches.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/US-20ft-6M-...frcectupt=true
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The 4X magnifing florescent swing arm work nice.
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I threw away two Luxo Lamps with magnifying lenses. They jiggle. They fog from your breath. Hunching over them makes my neck hurt. The ring light is no good in concept.

A point source of light works. Diffuse light is not good for delicate tasks, like checkering or carving. You need to see the shadows. I now use an optovisor. For task lighting is use clip on mechanics reflector lights with LED bulbs. Make a stand to clip the light to. You can cut off the plastic globe from LEDs to make an excellent spotlight.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:51 AM
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lots of great info, thanks...was all set to purchase a clamp on magnifying ring lamp....glad for the information
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I use this magnifying lamp on my reloading bench purchased from Harbor Freight-https://www.harborfreight.com/fluore...amp-60643.html

It isn't bad for Harbor Freight. You can get it even cheaper if you wait for a sale.
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I have a 4 foot led lamp under the shelf above my bench that works great. The magnification is a separate operation.
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