Question: AmScope 6 Watt LED Dual Gooseneck Lights

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I've been using the 22-watt fluorescent light in my magnifying lamp to illuminate my practice plate mounted in a vise. I don't look through magnifying lens, but instead use an Optivisor for magnification. My shop also has 4-foot LED ceiling lights. Still I need more direct lighting on the practice plate and was looking at something like the following:


Is anyone on this forum familiar with this product? If not, does it seem like it would do the job for engraving?

If you are using something similar, i.e. any dual gooseneck LED light, I am considering all options and appreciate your feedback.

Thanks
 
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You might consider inexpensive 'sewing machine' lights. They have a magnetic base and about a 12 inch flexible gooseneck. The sell on eBay for less than $10. The are not built for the ages, but they might provide you with an idea if the concept will work for you, before you buy a more expensive light. I use one under a ring light with a microscope to provide some side shadow.
 

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You might consider inexpensive 'sewing machine' lights. They have a magnetic base and about a 12 inch flexible gooseneck. The sell on eBay for less than $10. The are not built for the ages, but they might provide you with an idea if the concept will work for you, before you buy a more expensive light. I use one under a ring light with a microscope to provide some side shadow.
Thanks! That is a fantastic suggestion. Having the right keywords to search for is a big help. I am going to order something like the following. No need to order the expensive AmScope light.

 

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Hey pkroyer, just wanted to say thanks again for the sewing machine light recommendation. It is perfect for my beginner setup. I have this Versa-Vise:
https://garrettwade.com/product/ultimate-versatile-vise
and the base of the light fits perfectly on the small anvil behind the vise jaws. The magnet holds it there really well.

The LED light color spectrum is typical 6000K, but I may get a piece of CTO (Color Temperature Orange) gel filter to shift it to a warmer color. In this blog:
he had good results with both 1/2 CTO and Full CTO to get a 6000K LED to 3900K and 3000K respectively. That would put it in the tungsten light spectrum. We'll see.
 

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Hey pkroyer, just wanted to say thanks again for the sewing machine light recommendation. It is perfect for my beginner setup. I have this Versa-Vise:
https://garrettwade.com/product/ultimate-versatile-vise
and the base of the light fits perfectly on the small anvil behind the vise jaws. The magnet holds it there really well.

The LED light color spectrum is typical 6000K, but I may get a piece of CTO (Color Temperature Orange) gel filter to shift it to a warmer color. In this blog:
he had good results with both 1/2 CTO and Full CTO to get a 6000K LED to 3900K and 3000K respectively. That would put it in the tungsten light spectrum. We'll see.
I am glad that my recommendations was helpful. I ordered another one. I am using one for engraving, one on a wood lathe, one for routing wood for inlay, and one for a scroll saw.
Phil
 

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If speaking about the good recommendations, I want to recommend a recently purchased product on Amazon. It's a Camping Lantern.
 

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If speaking about the good recommendations, I want to recommend a recently purchased product on Amazon. It's a Camping Lantern.
squigward: curious minds need 2 know--- how the heck do you go camping underwater ??
 

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don't forget-- when you do get the light/s of choice, you may want to try making diffusers to reduce glare. long hours of glare not so good for yer peepers.
 

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I ended up moving the sewing machine light to my band saw and got this one instead:


I also made a couple of filter cups that fit over the LEDs snugly. The cup is just made from roofing tar paper and Full CTO (orange) lighting gel filter. That is the stuff they use in live theatre to change the spotlight color.
 

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