I've started to notice I was having problems painting figures in the evening even with my desk lamp , I usually paint in the morning benefiting from the better light but with the British weather especially at this time of year I was having to use my table top lamp to see properly . I was talking to my brother in law who ties flies for fishing and he has used a magnifying glass/lamp for years and swears by it ! . Now I have tried one before and couldn't use it with any success , he suggested I needed one of the modern generation lamps so I had a look on EBay and Amazon . He had cautioned not to get a small one , so I ended up ordering one with a 120mm lens .
The lamp arrived very quickly and needed no construction , the base clamping to the work surface with a 'G' clamp . I must admit it took a while to get the arm set up in the right position for me to focus and co ordinate the paint brush , but I'm rather impressed with it and the lamp is one of those 'day light' bulbs which helps a lot , I'll report back with how it's going .