In keeping with the professional quality of all TaoTronics lamps, this one ramps it up an additional level. I was provided a sample in exchange for an honest evaluation, which this is. As with all lamps from this manufacturer, the thoughtfulness starts before you even open the
In keeping with the professional quality of all TaoTronics lamps, this one ramps it up an additional level. I was provided a sample in exchange for an honest evaluation, which this is. As with all lamps from this manufacturer, the thoughtfulness starts before you even open the box. The box comes with a comfortable carrying handle, and once opened, everything is neatly organized inside. The lamp requires no assembly, which is great for me, since I always manage to assemble things incorrectly. In addition to the lamp and AC power cord, the manufacturer supplies a cleaning cloth. I'm not exactly sure what purpose this serves, so I'll probably use it to clean my glasses. Once unpacked, all you need to do is to remove the protective plastic from the lamp. Than, you attach the power cord, plug it in, and it's ready to use. It's an extremely versatile lamp, in that it has innumerable swivel capabilities which enable the user to position the light just about anywhere. By anywhere, I mean, up, down, sideways, etc. The lamp swivels on the base, and the head of the lamp swivels on the extension pole. For storage purposes, the lamp folds up nicely into a very small size. To turn the lamp on, you press the button on the very left side of the base. From there, you can choose from a wide variety of brightness levels. What makes this lamp unique, is that it also gives you the ability to choose from a wide variety of color levels. This comes in handy when you're using the light for a variety of different purposes, such as reading, or doing jewelry work. Adjusting the color is as simple as pressing a button. The brightness level and area of distribution is more than adequate, plus being able to point it anywhere makes it useful for any and all purposes. In addition to the above, the lamp comes with a very handy USB port, so you'll be able to charge your device while the lamp is in use, or even if it's just plugged into an outlet but not being used. This is definitely a very thoughtful and extremely useful feature. Since this is an LED lamp, you'll never have to worry about replacing the bulb. In addition, it runs cool and is extremely energy efficient. The aluminum alloy casing contributes greatly to the ability of the lamp to operate at cool temperatures. The bottom line is that this is an excellent lamp. It can be used for just about any purpose, and is compact enough when folded to bring with you when traveling. Despite it's compact size, it puts out a tremendous amount of light, has a weighted base to prevent it from being knocked over, and has color settings that are very beneficial, depending upon what you're using the light for at the time. I've tried out several of the TaoTronics lamps, and so far I find this one to be the best. I give it my highest recommendation ~ 5 stars!