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Old 12-11-2020, 02:07 PM   #1  
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Default Hands-free magnifying glass

Does anyone own a hands-free magnifying glass that they love?

What I am looking for is something that would be suitable for card making, painting my nails, repairing my eyeglasses, reading, etc.

Ideally, it would have a long, flexible neck to make it easy to move in place and out of the way. An arm that I could clip to the back of my desk and move into position as needed would be great.

Lighted or not. Doesn't matter to me. Though if it was lighted, I would prefer it to have a daylight bulb to make color matching more accurate.

A large lens, at least 3.5" across but preferably a bit larger.
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I have a lamp similar to what you're describing, got it ages ago at one of the big box craft stores (don't remember now which one).  The difference is that it is a desk top lamp with a base.  Because the base has a sectioned lazy susan type storage, it's pretty useful on my desk.  The light is full spectrum and I still haven't needed to replace it, even though I've had it for a good 10+ years.  You'll never regret having the magnifying capability, but trust me, the light is important.  You want both. 
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I too have been wanting one, and I was surprised to see how affordable they actually are.

I'm leaning toward the crane-like ones with a clamp, but there are still some options I am not sure about.
1.  I think I would want electric rather than USB.   
2.  Is having three types of light ever really used, or do you just stick with daylight mode?
3.  Cost and availability of replacement light "bulb".
4.  Strength of light, LED or other
5.  Convenience of the arms for adjustment
6.  How many times magnification?

Hmm, what else???  Would love to hear from those who have one.



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Gypsy, those are excellent questions! Ones that I need to chew on a bit before I go back to doing my research.

1. Electric over USB is preferred.
2. If there were three options, I would only use daylight. Though I could go with LED and use my Ott lamp for color matching and the magnifying lamp for detail work.
3. I think most of the cheaper ones have LED lights that are not replaceable. I haven't found much information about replacement bulbs, especially for the off-brand lamps.
4. I thought that I could use my Ott task lamp but if I was to pay extra for a lighted magnifier, I'd want one that was bright. Hard to know when buying online.
5. Arm adjustment is one of the more critical aspects. I really wish I could try one out in a store before plunking down my money.
6. Here I'm lost. The stronger the magnification, the closer our lens and face needs to be to the project. I have an 8x makeup mirror and I think that magnification would be much too strong. I *think* my hand-held is 3x, which is just about right.

One of the biggest complaints I've read in the reviews is that the arm is often too short to properly adjust over their project. Another reviewer commented on how the fixed head made it too hard to get even magnification over a project laying flat on a table.
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Another thought ... for the price, I might give one of these headset magnifiers a try.
https://www.amazon.com/TMANGO-Magnifier-Rechargeable-Magnifying-Interchangeable/dp/B07XNWH8BT/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=TMANGO&qid=1607807057 &sr=8-8
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