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REM37411
21st Jan 2014, 11:05 AM
I know we have had a couple threads about minifying visors and such but haven't seen one about lamps. Does anyone use one? I am looking at a 7" magnifier with lamp. It attaches to the edge of the table so you can swing it in and out as needed. I wonder if this would help with my vision issue.


I sure would love to hear about anyones experiences with these if you have time please.

TexasJeff
21st Jan 2014, 12:38 PM
I use one, and I find it very helpful, and when not using as a magnifying lens, it is just extra light over they work area.

Look around ebay, a link below is one like I bought, but I don't think I paid quite that much for it, I will have to look back at my buy history.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Clamp-On-Desk-5X-Magnifying-Lamp-Light-Magnifier-Beauty-Salon-Jewelry-Reading-/230780349790?pt=US_Skin_Care&hash=item35bb94ad5e

REM37411
21st Jan 2014, 04:48 PM
Thanks Jeff! I did t know if anyone used them or not but it seems like a great idea rather than wearing a bulky uncomfortable (mine is anyway) visor.

ChicagoNW
21st Jan 2014, 04:55 PM
I would check one out at an office supply shop.
One thing to consider is does the light source match the layouts?
If it doesn't, consider matching the lamp.
Otherwise do not mix paint colors under it's light.

mmahoag
21st Jan 2014, 04:58 PM
Wouldn't be without mine. A great companion to my mag visor and good light to see by. At my age I need all the help I can get.

bmr528
21st Jan 2014, 05:17 PM
Man,, I use mine for everything,, It was a godsend when I was making my turnouts,, Mine has LED lights so very little heat ( or power usage)

Tred
21st Jan 2014, 07:09 PM
I went to Harbor Freight and bought mine. I also drilled a mounting hole into my workbench for the mounting of it.

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=magnifying+lamp

grrf
21st Jan 2014, 07:55 PM
I love my lightcraft one as it has a 6400k spectrum bulb , ideal for painting , It was so good I bought another one so can paint in a double light , with less shadows,I use the lens a lot and my detail painting has improved correspondingly.

REM37411
21st Jan 2014, 08:30 PM
I went by Office Depot during my dinner break and they have one very similar to the one from harbor freight. I could not really get both eyes to focus through it. I think I'm going to have to look at a larger rectangular one.

Thank you for the replies so far!

Sitka Dave
21st Jan 2014, 10:56 PM
I would like to purchase a magnifying glass like the ones used on the TV show CSI. They have a ring of LED lights around the edge.

Dave

grrf
21st Jan 2014, 11:17 PM
that is what my lightcraft one has , a 6400k ring fluorescent

REM37411
21st Jan 2014, 11:43 PM
Well I am glad to see several of us use them. I think I have settled on this one: http://www.amazon.com/High-Efficiency-Magnifying-Lamp-Powerful-5-Diopter/dp/B003ETY1LI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1390365441&sr=8-4&keywords=magnifying+lamp#productDetails

It is a little pricey but I can see it giving me the sight I need to work on turnouts and any other teeny projects this hobby never seems to have an end in sight of. I like the large lens. Like I said before, I stopped at office depot and looked at one they had there but it was a 5" round and for some reason I had a very hard time getting both eyes to focus on anything.

SO unless someone just knows of a reason I should not order it……I will sleep on it tonight and order tomorrow.

dstuttgen
8th Feb 2014, 12:26 PM
I bought one exactly like this one last week at Michaels http://www.harborfreight.com/swing-arm-magnifying-lamp-69515.html It was $19.99 and the quality is terrible. The nut that holds the lamp head is so weak that I had to jury rig it to keep it from dropping into my work. I don't recommend it.

Cheers, Dan

jhn_plsn
8th Feb 2014, 12:51 PM
I recently bought a unit from Harbor Freight and so far is satisfactory. I have a plastic fold up table that I use as a workbench so the mounting clamp is not exactly confidence inspiring, but it has not failed yet. I may have to find a way to screw it into the table for stability. I do like the 5" fluorescent light.

The model I bought, http://www.harborfreight.com/fluorescent-magnifying-lamp-60643.html. The guy at the register gave me a one year guaranty on it at no charge too.

It has taken a bit of getting used to in that I have to be very close to the magnifying glass in order to focus on the subject. Not a bad thing just noting it. I do wish there were a couple lenses to pick from as this one only does so much. It is like the optivisor with only the first set of lenses in so if I need more I end up with the optivsor on anyway. Another item is my sense of distance from items is difficult to gauge when I am using it, so the paint jars are well spaced from the work area. I only knocked over a loco three times and a paint jar once. Thank goodness the paint jar was closed.

I am happy with the purchase and am sure with more use I will become more accustomed to using it.

grrf
8th Feb 2014, 01:21 PM
the judging the distance from the brush to the object does require some getting used to , I couldnt focus both eyes through it either , I went to the optician and got equipped with some glasses , its better now, my left eye needed a different prescription to the right.

jhn_plsn
8th Feb 2014, 01:27 PM
the judging the distance from the brush to the object does require some getting used to , I couldnt focus both eyes through it either , I went to the optician and got equipped with some glasses , its better now, my left eye needed a different prescription to the right.

Even though the DMV does not require them I too have glasses with bifocals. Between the small items to night driving they pay for themselves, never mind the ability to read street signs before I blow past them.

Mark.S+10
8th Feb 2014, 03:00 PM
I have the same one as John P. from Harbor Freight, http://www.harborfreight.com/fluores...amp-60643.html (http://www.harborfreight.com/fluorescent-magnifying-lamp-60643.html) I used one of their 30% off coupons to make it even less expensive. I've been using it for about 3 years now and highly recommend it.

Have fun, Mark

pmh
12th Feb 2014, 01:39 PM
After reading this thread I went to Harbor Freight and picked up the lamp John P. posted a link to.
It was exactly what I was looking for. Best par, with a 25% coupon cost was less than $30.00.
It seems to be decent quality and puts out good light.

tefsom85
29th Dec 2015, 11:53 AM
Resurrecting an old thread as this is something I'm now interested in. I have been trying my hand at building turnouts over the last few days and have been using a headband magnifier. While this does work great, I wanted to know the thoughts specifically on the rectangular lamp that REM37411 bought at Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/High-Efficiency-Magnifying-Lamp-Powerful-5-Diopter/dp/B003ETY1LI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1390365441&sr=8-4&keywords=magnifying+lamp#productDetails. At work, we have a couple of these for fine soldering work. I'm curious how this Amazon version worked out?

Ender
29th Dec 2015, 08:53 PM
I have a similar one. This (I think):

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/311pSih4x3L._SL500_AC_SS100_.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/Daylight-UN1030-Naturalight-7-Inch-Magnifying/dp/B0021GIVCA/ref=pd_sim_229_4?

Works great!

dave68124
29th Dec 2015, 10:35 PM
Biggest drawback of a mag light is the work area is pretty small. Headset mag and a good LED light gives you a lot more freedom and work area. YMMV.

emaleyiii
29th Dec 2015, 11:07 PM
I have a mag lamp and totally love it. I never liked the magnifying visors because you have to get the range right to see anything and it was always with me bent over double. I only use my visor when I am away from the desk. The lamp makes working on locos and rolling stock so much easier for me. Personal preference I guess. I also like the lamp better for soldering since my nose isn't so close that I get a direct hit from the solder smoke. The extra light at my desk is welcome also.

Trey

rsn48
30th Dec 2015, 12:42 AM
They are not only handy for our hobby, particularly N scale, but jobs around the house. Just used mine in repairing a light socket for our outside light.

Silent1961
30th Dec 2015, 12:51 AM
I have both the optivisor and the magnifying lamp. Love them both. Which one I use depends on the individual tasks at the time. I am finding I'm using the lamp more often than the visor lately, and do use the illumination from the lamp to assist the visor use other times.

I got my lamp at Michael's and used the "save 50% off any one regular priced item" coupon they have pretty much all the time.

Tred
30th Dec 2015, 06:15 AM
I got my desktop magnifier light a Harbor Frieght for $20.00. When my trains were out in the garage, I drilled a hole to fit the post, into my workbench. I put the desk clamp in a drawer and saved it. Now that I have moved the trains into the house, I have a desk, and attached it to the desk with the clamp. It has come in handy in both locations for train items and household repairs. I still want to get the optivisor, though...

REM37411
31st Dec 2015, 07:44 PM
Resurrecting an old thread as this is something I'm now interested in. I have been trying my hand at building turnouts over the last few days and have been using a headband magnifier. While this does work great, I wanted to know the thoughts specifically on the rectangular lamp that @REM37411 (http://www.nscale.net/forums/member.php?u=5648) bought at Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/High-Efficiency-Magnifying-Lamp-Powerful-5-Diopter/dp/B003ETY1LI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1390365441&sr=8-4&keywords=magnifying+lamp#productDetails. At work, we have a couple of these for fine soldering work. I'm curious how this Amazon version worked out?

I am now 51 and bought this a few years ago. My eyes are not perfect but with this lamp, I was able to remove my glasses and use only the lamp for magnification. It worked great! As a matter of fact, my trains have been long gone but the magnifier is still attached to my kitchen table and I use it for stuff all the time. I am very happy with it and so far have not had to replace a bulb yet.

rsn48
5th Jan 2016, 09:11 PM
I have used this devise instead of an optivisor. You will notice it is open at the top to let light in. It is lighter and comes with different replaced lenses, I highly recommend this new devise.

http://www.tmart.com/1.6x-2.0x-2.5x-3.5x-Head-wearing-Free-Loupe-Magnifier-Black_p142417.html?cc=CAD&fixed_price=us_intl&gclid=CjwKEAiA8K20BRDetNv3p6DNhXwSJADSwa3t0C47K6T5 D4SAOE11fKZJvzKHm94EjPcbXSz0okGutRoCfIHw_wcB