I used to use a 100W halogen similar to the one Ronn uses -- mine on a swing arm setup. The halogen light gave a bright, clear light, along with a fair amount of heat. When that unit died, I couldn't find an exact replacement. I tried an Ott Lite (inherited when the company I worked for went out of business), but found that the 18 watt bulb was not bright enough.
Now I use a dual-tube, 15 watt fluourescent swing arm lamp (30 watts total). The bulbs are designed for graphics arts applications. The swing arm lets me adjust the height of the lamp relative to the work.
For magnification I use a visor made by OptiVisor. Like Ronn, I don' tlike having a stationary magnifier between me and my work.
Last edited by Stu Farnham; 11-02-2003 at 07:04 PM.