It seems hobby desk/area lighting has been a very popular topic since we mentioned this on episode 18 of the podcast. I would really recommend giving the episode a listen if you haven't already; as we cover some key points in more detail.
At the end of this post is a personal recommendation of a light that I have been using for the last 18 months. I have used a wide variety of different desk lamps over the years and there are many well-recommended models; however I always find the price tag of the 'best lights' very off-putting.
In my opinion the key features a hobby light needs are:
Having the ability to maneuver the light around to illuminate the model you are painting OR taking photographs.
Long gone are the days that we need to replace bulbs etc, also LED's generate significantly less heat. So do';t contribute as much to paint drying or heating you up on a hot day!
- Option of Fluorescent/'yellow' light and Daylight
This is absolutely essential, painting a model under one light source, then seeing it under another will have a huge impact on how good your models look and can cause the entire colour scheme to fail. Beautiful blends and 'popping' highlights under a daylight source can look flat and lifeless under a fluorescent light; and vice-versa.
Meet this criteria for a desk light and you'll be on to a winner, this is very similar to the light I personally use from Ebay - LED Desk Light