Harbor Freight Fluorescent Magnifying Lamp

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Review by SirFatty posted 12-24-2013 01:39 AM 7494 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a review of the Harbor Freight Fluorescent Magnifying Lamp. Purchased today, it was on sale (in store) for $29.99.

The construction is all metal, I assumed that there would be some plastic involved, but was pleasantly surprised when the box was opened. The only plastic are the magnifier cover and the knob.

The fluorescent tube in circular with 22w of light and no buzzing or flickering.

The 5” magnifier is clear, no obvious imperfections. The arm articulates with little effort, moves easily and stays where it’s put.

Bottom line, this is easily worth money. I cannot image spending at least double anywhere else. This is one of those Harbor Freight items that are worth the money, without any caveats.

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 01:57 AM

Sounds like a winner then. But why did you only give it four stars with such a glowing review?

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 02:18 AM

I’ve got one, but mine doesn’t have the little swivel door that protects the glass when not in use. I have a dumb plastic bag that I put over mine to keep the dust out.

I love mine, though. It not only provides the magnification that these old eyes need, it puts the items in great light (which isn’t universally available throughout my shop).

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 02:58 AM

Good timing – I was just looking for something like this. Thanks for the review.

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 03:04 AM

JustJoe, it was a mistake.. it’s been corrected. Thanks!

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#5 posted 12-24-2013 04:14 AM

Very good review…
... wish you had made it about 2 yrs. ago… :) LOL

I think I got mine on Sale from Lee Valley (Veritas, etc.)...
... I like it… when I use it… which isn’t all that much.

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#6 posted 12-24-2013 06:00 AM

I need one!

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 06:31 PM

Thanks for the review, I have to get one of those…

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 09:01 PM

I’ve been eyeballing this for some time. Guess it’s time to use my 20% off coupon. Thanks for the review.


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#9 posted 12-27-2013 05:58 PM

My wife got me one that is nearly identical from Staples for ~$50 for my birthday. They are very handy to have, especially if you’ve got “over 45” eyes.

The lid is very important, but protecting the lens from damage is only a secondary function.

If you don’t cover the magnifying lens, a stream of light through the window on a sunny day can get magnified and start a fire in your shop.

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#10 posted 04-01-2014 07:46 AM

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. This site is good for magnifying lamp reviews (as well as other vision aids like headband magnifiers).

I am looking for a gooseneck model – they add an extra touch of flexibility. Also leaning towards one with LEDs as the main light source.

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