Ott-Lites are Bet
I can totally understand where you are coming from. I studied Interior Design in college (even though I never went anywhere with it!), but my favorite part was lighting design. You really can't do anything "right" without proper lighting.
That being said, flash forward to my current "obsession" (paper crafting), I tried numerous light sources to try and properly light my work space. I finally discovered the Ott-Lite! WOW, what a difference a "daylight" bulb can make! I ended up buying three of the small portable folding lamps when they were on sale at JoAnn's. I have one placed on either side of my work area, as well as one placed at a higher location for general lighting, as there is no overhead lighting in my current space. I even use them for sewing!! They truly are the best light available and are offered in a variety of styles & sizes!!