I find, as I grow older, that my eyes just don't work as well as they used to -- and frankly they never did work all that well. I gave up counted cross-stitch because I had too much trouble seeing the little holes in the fabric, and the around-the-neck mirrors just aren't that comfortable. I haven't stopped knitting, because I do much of that by feel, but I was making black scarves for a charity project, and realized that I simply couldn't see the stitches. While what I probably need is Lasic surgery, I opted for a new lamp instead.
I bought the Ott-light. I'd had one before, and it had problems: it was wobbly, and the switch broke after about 6 months. So I was a little wary, but the manager at JoAnne's promised me a one-year guarantee. This one is much prettier than my first one, which was all brassy-looking. It has a cherry-wood pole in a brushed steel base, and a brushed steel arm to swing the light into the best position for use. The shade has a linen look, so it looks like lovely furniture, not an office lamp or craft lamp. And, it uses the "energy efficient OTT-LITE VisionSaver Plus bulb rated to last up to 10, 000 hours." (from the box).
It was easy to assemble and to put in place. When I turned the light on, my first thought was "that isn't very bright, " but when I sat under it with a book, I realized that it might not be bright, but it was better than any lamp I'd ever had before, and showed everything clearly without reflection. It has a cool sort of illmination that doesn't hurt my eyes like very bright lights do (another symptom of lupus, I think), and doesn't cause a headache. And it should save money on electricity, too. I'm still in the process of changing the bulbs throughout my house to the "green" and energy-efficient bulbs, but somehow this Ott bulb seems different from the ones I bought at Lowes. I'm not sure what this is, but I'd recommend it to anyone who needs good light for whatever they do.