BETTER ILLUMINATION FROM CRAFT LIGHTING

Lighting specialists Craft Lighting has a superb range of lights suitable for modellers; here we examine three new products

Above: The Double Architect (top) and Desk Dioptre (bottom) are both cantilever-type lights, meaning they can be easily repositioned to provided the best available lighting, while the G-clamp ensures a solid base. 
Above: The Double Architect (top) and Desk Dioptre (bottom) are both cantilever-type lights, meaning they can be easily repositioned to provided the best available lighting, while the G-clamp ensures a solid base. 

Good lighting is crucial for any modeller, regardless of whether they build scale, rail or wargaming subjects, but UK-based Craft Lighting has a superb range of lights that are ideal for any workshop.

Its Double Architect Light (£49.99) is a great way of getting light across the workbench, with two posable strip-LEDs that can be arranged to suit the available space. The cantilever ‘v-frame’ means it can be extended or retracted easily. This version (a free-standing light is also available) is attached to the desk using a G-Clamp that can cope with desks/frame thicknesses of up to 6cm. It uses a mains USB-B for power, but note it doesn’t include a three-pin electrical socket adapter. Lighting can be adjusted in two ways: there are 10 brightness levels and three modes (Cool White, Daylight and Warm White). Of note, the LEDs are fitted with a diffuser, so there’s no eye-strain-inducing glare, so the light can be used for extended periods.

If you’re looking for fine detail illumination, then the Desk Dioptre Light (£49.99) is ideal; it has the same cantilever design as the Architect Light, so can be quickly and easily stowed out of the way, and with the arms being 38 and 35cm long respectively, it can reach across all but the deepest desks/worktops. Desk fitting, power and brightness controls are as per the Architect. The LED ring light surrounds a x5 optic, allowing for close-up work and a diffuser means that eye strain should be minimised.

Above: Ideal for a small workbench or if you’re modelling away from your usual workbench,  the Gooseneck Table Lamp is powered by a rechargeable battery and offers three lighting modes. The sturdy base and flexible ‘neck’ make this an ideal light for those with limited space available.
Above: Ideal for a small workbench or if you’re modelling away from your usual workbench,  the Gooseneck Table Lamp is powered by a rechargeable battery and offers three lighting modes. The sturdy base and flexible ‘neck’ make this an ideal light for those with limited space available.

Finally, if you’re working, say in front of the TV or 'on the go', then the Gooseneck Table Lamp is a smart investment. At just £15.62 it’s a standalone light, with a hefty base that should prevent it from being knocked over accidentally. The rectangular light has three modes (Cool White, Daylight and Warm White) and these are controlled by repeated presses of the on/off switch. It uses a lithium battery for power and this can be charged via a USB-C port in the rear (a USB-B to USB-C cable is included). More on these and other lighting products can be found at Craft Lighting.