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Knitwear Designer//Pattern Drafter//Author//Teacher


This lamp.

This lamp.

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When a Brigtech rep reached out and said they were looking specifically for some knitty-types to review their magnifying lamps, my first thoughts were: a) that’s cool, b) how did they know I’ve been squinting over this dark green yarn under my lamp for a week, and c) the timing couldn’t be finer with the long dark on our doorstep. I selected the Lightview Pro LED Lighted XL Magnifying Glass - 2 in 1 for my review for a few reasons. First, it has a huge magnifying window through the top of the lamp head. I can’t be peeking through some little hole to see my knitting. Second, it has two positions - it can be used as a floor lamp or a table lamp (!!) and finally, because it has a stationary base rather than casters. It might seem strange to not want my floor lamp to be able to glide effortlessly around the room, however I have had a rolling floor lamp in the past with LED lights, but not a magnifier, and that thing toppled over constantly. I would adjust the arm slightly and the entire lamp would come crashing down on me. The thing just wasn’t balanced properly to hold the weight of the head. As you can see in the photo above, the (extremely) weighted base has a flip-out piece that helps to balance the lamp when it’s in the floor lamp configuration. I was honestly giddy when I saw that! Here are the specs:

  • 225% magnification strength lens (2.25x); Dopler glass is heat and scratch resistant

  • Magnifying lens measures 6” x 4.5” allowing more detail in one frame

  • LED light never gets warm even with extended use; bulb lasts over 100,000 hours

  • Arm has 3 pivot points to ensure the head will be positioned perfectly

One of my little nieces was at the house when the lamp arrived. We unboxed (and unboxed and unboxed… they really want this lamp to make it in once piece during shipping!) and she helped me set it up. Putting the lamp together involved unscrewing two knobs, sliding the bar into the base, then sliding the adjustable arm piece with the head into the bar and tightening the knobs back up. Of course, it was slightly more challenging with a 4-yr-old that didn’t realize that the base and head weigh about as much as she does! By 5 pm it was mostly dark in the house being late fall, so we plugged in the lamp and flipped the switch. She was mesmerized by the bright white light that came spilling out, and as small people tend to do, she found the cover to the magnifier immediately. She inspected her hands, my hands, my head, her clothes, and my knitting under that big, magnificent magnifier.

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I really struggle this time of year to squeeze in some relaxing knitting after the house settles because my eyes really aren’t what they used to be. Even after being off the anti-malaria drugs for my Lupus, my eyes never fully recovered and night knitting is downright painful even under my usual, everyday floor lamp. Don’t get me started on how impossible it is for me see what I’m doing if I’m using a yarn that is even a moderately dark shade. The light from the Lightview on its own helps tremendously, but working with a darker color, or for fussy work like adding beads to my knitting (which I’ll be sharing more about at a later date), the magnifier is a must.

I’d like to awkwardly segue here by letting you know I’m not a “lifestyle blogger” like - I don’t have pics of myself casually putzing along as if I have my own crew for an upcoming spread in Real Simple following me around to capture all of those perfect moments where my hair is gently tousled and my knitting is draped artfully but casually in my “environment”… Nope. It’s all real life around here and my hair is aggressively tousled. I bring this up because as I started taking some pictures and thinking about how I wanted to portray my use of this Lightview lamp, I realized I actually needed that crew from Real Simple! So, naturally, I called my 12 year old downstairs and asked her to take pictures of me. “Dude, I really need pics of myself using this lamp, right?”— Sure, mama. So she snapped off a dozen or so in a blink and fled back to the normalcy of her bedroom.

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Obviously, those pictures were terrible, so I called down the 17 year old. “Can you take pics of me using this lamp for a review? Your sister’s pictures are garbage.”— Um, ya… here, are these okay? They actually were better, but as I said, this is real life so naturally my sweater was on backwards and it was very apparent in the photos. Moving on to day two, the husband came upstairs and said, “You really like that new lamp, huh?”—I do! And I need pics of me using it. That time, I made sure my clothes were on correctly, I showed him just how I wanted it framed, and away we went. Ever since then he’s been asking when I plan on posting the review to see which of the million pics I made him take made the cut. There it is on the right, and it’s as good as it’s gonna get, people.

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ALSO, just in case you were thinking it was really weird and unlikely that I was wearing my sweater backwards — or that it was really that noticeable, I have provided exhibit A for your review here on the left.

Mighty fine pic by the 17 year old, really.

Too bad I still haven’t learned the subtle art of self-dressing.

However, with all of that said, I thought it was still very important to show exactly how I’m using the Lightview lamp most often. Wearing a single slipper is clearly mandatory also. In all seriousness though, I do want to point out a couple details that have stood out to me as I’ve been using this baby every evening. First, printed on the head just below the magnifier winder are up and down arrows with a little light bulb between them. I didn’t notice this detail at first and actually only realized what they were when I accidentally brushed against them while reaching to turn the lamp off. The arrows adjust the light’s brightness! No buttons, just sensitive little touch sensors. There are a few brightness settings and I’ve found that I prefer the dimmer light in the evenings and I will brighten it a bit in the afternoon.

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Next, the power plug connection is positioned in the middle of the lamp, making the switch from a table lamp to a floor lamp possible (and easy). I’m a huge sucker for thoughtful design elements and these two are stacked on to my other favorite detail (the base stabilizer bar that I mentioned above).

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However, the feature that might beat all the other features is the light itself. Let me explain… the other night, I was working on a re-boot of one of my first designs and I’ve included some new details to the pattern that really enhance the look of the finished fabric. I wanted to take some step-by-step photos to accompany the instructions, but I needed to wait until the next day. I normally take any tutorial photos in the late morning since there isn’t an good lighting in the house once the sun sets and it was nearly 9pm at the time. Do you get where I’m going with this? Yep, I pulled my little table away from the window and set it up under the Lightview lamp.

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I snapped a few pics, adjusting the head of the lamp slightly so that my hands didn’t cast any shadows and (drum roll)

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The photo on the left was taken that night under the Lightview lamp and the photo on the right was from one of my usual mid-morning tutorial shoots. There are slight differences, of course, but what I notice right away is that the lighting from the lamp gave the background fabric a much more uniform, soft appearance. What about how the photos were edited/processed? I used the exact setting that I’ve saved for the pic on the right for the pic on the left. This might be a game-changer for me. Not only because I work weird hours, and when inspiration strikes, it isn’t always a great time to snap a pic like this, which can feel very restrictive, but also because I can use it with my usual mid-morning natural light to fine-tune and smooth everything out.

I held onto the lamp for a week or two before finally getting this review off the ground because I really wanted to give this amazing lamp the review it deserved. From the weighted and stabilized base, floor to table transition capability, and huge magnifying window to the little details like the dimmable LED light and clever placement of the power cord, this has been my trusty side-kick from the day I unboxed it.

I want to thank Brightech for providing this Lightview Pro LED Lighted XL Magnifying Glass - 2 in 1 lamp for review - I know I normally post reviews under the “reviews” tab on my website, but I included it here on the blog because after getting to know the product, I’ve decided to become an affiliate with the Brightech company! This post does include affiliate links to the Brightech website, which I don’t do in my regular reviews. I’ve also added an affiliate banner to my sidebar so that if you revisit the blog and can’t find the post, a link to the lamp is there for you!

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