Bench lighting – Luxo Magnifier

I inherited my father’s swing-arm Luxo Magnifier lamp. 

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He used it for drafting back in the early 1960’s, when he worked at Atlantic and Gulf Stevedores working up stowage drawings for general cargo ships.

Luxo still makes them. I was surprised how expensive they are. But they are really handy on the bench. Before my cataract surgery, I was extremely nearsighted, so I rarely needed magnification. Now, my cilliary muscles can’t deform my plastic lens implants, so I have to rely on reading glasses and magnifiers for close-up vision. 

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The Luxo Magnifier has a high-quality 5 inch magnifying lens surrounded by a 22 watt Circline fluorescent bulb.

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The swivel joint between the lamp and the swing-arm is getting a little loose after sixty years.   I should shim the joints a bit. But the swing-arm itself is still nice and tight.


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