A magnifying lamp allows you to illuminate and enlarge any item held under it. There are a wide variety of styles available with different tasks in mind. Table top models are great for hobbies and drafting, while floor models are great for sitting in a comfortable chair and reading a book or magazine. The most popular version to date is the lighted full sheet magnifying glass. This model is streamlined and provides great optics with minimal distortion.

Other popular models to consider are:


The Professional’s Floor Standing Magnifier Lamp.

The Professional's Floor Standing Magnifier Lamp.

Attention model makers, draftsmen, jewelers, and hobbyists; this floor lamp provides an impressively bright lit and enlarged field of view. You will enjoy hands-free magnification for detailed work or reading fine print.

Its 22-watt circline fluorescent tube bulb casts an evenly distributed circle of white light. The generously large 5″ diameter lens is precision-ground, crown optical glass for near-zero light refraction and dispersion giving you the best in clarity. The 3 diopter glass lens will magnify images 75% larger than actual size.

The magnifying lamp is mounted on a one of a kind, freestanding “floating arm” system that utilizes counterbalancing springs and joints. The lens position can be instantly and easily adjusted without struggle. The arm has a 42? reach, rotates a full 180 degrees, and bends forward 90 degrees Click to order the



Used by jewelers, draftsmen, and industrial model makers, this lamp provides a brightly lit, enlarged field of view for hands-free, detailed work or reading fine print. Its 22-watt circline fluorescent tube casts an even circle of white light while the 5-inch diameter convex lens is precision ground, crown optical glass for near-zero light refraction and dispersion. It has a power of three diopters to make objects appear 75% larger than actual size. The lens is mounted on a unique free-standing “floating arm” system of counterbalancing springs and joints for instant adjustment to any convenient position or direction. Arm has a 28″ reach. Frame is 21 1/2″ tall. Base is 9 1/2″ L x 6 1/2″ D. Please specify Black or White. (24 lbs.) Click to order the



Used by jewelers, draftsmen and industrial model makers, this lamp provides a brightly lit, enlarged field-of-view for hands-free, detailed work or reading fine print. Its 22-watt circline fluorescent tube casts an even circle of white light while the 5-inch diameter lens is precision ground, crown optical glass for near-zero light refraction and dispersion. It has a power of three diopters to make objects appear 75% larger than actual size. The lens is mounted on a unique, freestanding “floating arm” system of counterbalancing springs and joints for instant adjustment to any convenient position or direction. The arm has a 42-inch reach and rotates a full 180\u00B0 and bends forward 90\u00B0. This space-saving version clamps onto a desk, table or headboard. Will accommodate a table 2 3/4″ thick. Steel. Please specify white or black. Arm reach is 42″. 9 1/2″ L x 6 1/2″ W. Click to Order

While magnifying glasses work well to enlarge text or the surface of an object, a lighted surface is often needed for professionals who require precision in their craft, such as jewelers or craftsman. In these circumstances, an ordinary lamp is just inadequate to provide the right levels of lighting. This is where magnifying lamps come into the picture.

Magnifying lamps are specially made to project the right amounts of light suited for magnification. In addition, with near zero light refraction, you’ll be sure not to get a glare when focusing on surface of the magnified object. Apart from that, this clever apparatus allows you to work hands-free with minimal obstruction as it is usually mounted on an extended and flexible arm system. Also, this means that these lamps are sturdy without taking up additional space on your table.

For instance, the Clamp-on magnifier lamp utilizes magnifying lenses which are 5 inches in diameter, capable of enlarging magnified objects by 75%. The accompanying 22-watt lamp provides a halo of white light precisely on the spot being magnified.

Magnifying Desk Lamp
Magnifying Desk Lamp that illuminates the fine print. This clamp on magnifying lamp will attach easily to your table. Great for reading and hobbies. Click on image for more details.
Fashionable Floor Lamps Can Also Magnify

An alternative to the mounted magnifier lamp would be a standing magnifier lamp. While the extended arm and the lens used for this map is similar to the mounted version, the standing magnifying lamp can be placed next to a reading couch to magnify reading material. With this, you no longer have to hold your magnifying glass while reading and are free to sit comfortably on your chair.

A good example of this product would be the Professional’s Illuminated Magnifier Lamp, which is built with a steel frame for added durability. In addition, with two colors available for this magnifier lamp, you have a choice to pick one that will suit your room décor. Also, weighing only 43 lbs, this standing magnifier lamp is easy to move around should you need to redesign your room. The extended arm that holds the lens and the lamp can be rotated at 180 degrees, which means that it is movable to suit your sitting position.

Ultimately, your usage purpose determines your decision on the right magnifier lamp. If you are using the lamp for work on a desk, then the mounted magnifier lamp would be ideal for you. On the other hand, the standing magnifying lamp will work great to enlarge fine print on a page. For other types of magnification aids, browse around at BigMagnify.com and please let us know if you have any questions.