Friday, April 16, 2010


This nifty little deal

arrived on my doorstep a couple of days ago. It's the Optica Mini Magnifier Lamp from Brilliant, and so far it's living up to its name. According to the box it's suitable for the Vision Impaired, Hobbyists and Beauticians. As far as the hobbyist part goes, they're spot on. The light is clear and steady without any of the little flickers that can drive you mad with some fluorescent lighting. It actually gave a better, more concentrated light than the adjustable lamp I am currently using. For fine work with a craft knife, the magnifier lens came in very handy, although I would advise stopping and resting your eyes every 10 minutes or so, particularly for delicate or intricate work. I also found threading my sewing machine much easier using the magnifier. The lamp itself is lightweight but sturdy, with a wide foot for balance...perfect for a craft table. The neck and head are both adjustable so you can aim the magifying lens to the particular area you're working on. And for dedicated planet people, it uses an energy efficient globe which reduces energy consumption by 75%. Not bad.

Other uses I found ....
Cross stitch, removing splinters, examining dead grasshoppers (my son did that one),
reading instruction leaflets.

It would be even better with....a slightly longer neck, although it is the mini version, and Buyster do have a larger model available. I just found that after prolonged use you do tend to get some back ache.


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