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V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier, Black

V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier, Black

Item: 850806    Model: VS40203B

V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier, Black
4.0stars
( 74 reviews)
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  • Uses 1-12-watt Full Spectrum Bulb (Included)
  • Black finish
  • Height: 22" max
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V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier, Black
 
4.1

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (35)
  • Well built / quality (33)
  • Easy to set up (32)
  • Reliable (26)
  • Efficient (25)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (34)
  • Informal use (6)
  • Work (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (27), Budget shopper (21), High-end shopper (7), Practical (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (43), Business (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33), Yes (6)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

AWESOME

I had two major concerns. First, my work desk does not have a standard table top to use a clamp. This lamp comes with a clamp (they all do ) but ALSO comes...Read complete review

I had two major concerns. First, my work desk does not have a standard table top to use a clamp. This lamp comes with a clamp (they all do ) but ALSO comes with a weighted base. I was concerned that the base wouldn't be heavy enough. Nice sturdy heavy base! Secondly, the illumination and magnification combined - AWESOME. That's the only way to describe the sensation of looking at a coin and then lifting the cap. This is a pleasure to enhance my hobby.

VS

Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Poorly constructed, but does the job

Though I'm about to put them together, the name V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier lamp and the word "quality" don't belong in the same sentence.
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Though I'm about to put them together, the name V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier lamp and the word "quality" don't belong in the same sentence.

Complaints:

- the construction is flimsy,
- the knurled screw at the base (the first thing you touch if you are going to use the base) feels as if it were cast in a hand-cut (and that's not a good thing) mold, with casting 'flash' around the mold line, as well as uneven 'knurls'
- the head does not like to stay in the position you want it in – at least not for long – and,
- the shield, in my particular unit, that covers the magnifying lens does not fit flush so that light leaks through when seen from above even when the shield is in the closed position.

There are a couple of flaws in the design rather than the construction, too:

- the fluorescent 'bulb' doesn't have a shade extending beyond (or even to) its edge – so even if it didn't 'leak light' with the light shield closed, about 1/4" of bulb shows around the rim, even though eye level, for me, is above the light fixture/bulb. This is can be distracting in a darkened room if the lamp is next to a computer screen.
- the magnifier has to be adjusted using 2 hands (one to move the 'unit' the other to loosen and tighten the screw) – there are other, more expensive examples which, I believe, accomplish this 'one-handed'.

Given all that, the lamp/magnifyer does do what it is supposed to and at an (appropriately) low price. Also, the lens on my unit is pleasantly free from noticeable distortion.

To summarize, if you are annoyed by chintzy construction and things that don't work quite as you might like, steer clear, but for the money it does do the job. I've decided to keep mine.

Pete

Reviewed by 74 customers

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5.0

magnifier light

By Kim

from Houston, Tx.

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier, Black:

this is a great item. it has a very bright light and the magnifier is a huge bonus

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5.0

Great lamp for detail work.

By Frosty

from Houston

Verified Buyer

Comments about V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier, Black:

This is a magnifing swing arm lamp. I must have looked at every lamp in Staples but kept coming back to this one. Its small so it doesn't take up alot of my work table space. It was on clearance as well and I think that made my decision that much easier. I would definitely check this lamp out if your in the market for this type of lamp and don't want some huge monstrodity taking up space on your desk or work table. It is also very a attractive lamp. It is black in color so it basically goes with everything. A definite thumbs up.

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3.0

Not as useful as it might seem

By DC guy

from Washington, DC

Verified Buyer

Comments about V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier, Black:

No complaints about the quality or brightness of the light. As a desktop light, however, this model has two limitations: (1) its dimensions are smaller than those of some other models, so its useful "reach" is less than theirs; and (2) the "head" of the assembly (the actual source of the light) is heavy enough that it's been impossible (at least on the one I bought) to keep it from drooping, which further limits the size of the area it can illuminate.

As to the magnifier part of the model, I can imagine its being useful in some circumstances, but it adds to the weight of the "head" and seems unnecessary for a general-purpose desklight.

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3.0

Problem with clap-on desktop magnifier

By Desk light

from Parma idaho

Verified Buyer

Comments about V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier, Black:

It comes unmatched from the table really easy when you try to move it to a new position.

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5.0

No desk should be without one

By Karen

from Raleigh

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about V-Light® Full Spectrum Clamp-on/Desktop Magnifier, Black:

I appreciate the bright light, the versatility of all the positions it can be put in, and I love the magnifying glass with that bright light! This is my 2nd one. I had the first one a number of years before I needed to change the bulb, which was purchased on line. That one is still working, but I gave it to my Dad, then decided I couldn't do without it, so I bought another one. I've used it for removing splinters, threading needles, and fine needle work. Because of the multidirectional arm and the pivoting light, it's certainly a multi tasker! My Dad uses it for his reading material. When he started using it he had to tell me how happy he is with it!

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