The Best Magnifying Lamps For Painting Miniatures-Some Insights And 4 Reviews!

In this article, I will talk about the best magnifying lamps for painting miniatures and miniature work in general. I use mine a lot because getting older means sometimes that your eyes can use the support 😉

Especially for miniatures at a very small scale (look here for all the different scales out there) or for 1/24 dollhouse kits like this one, they are very handy indeed!

I am sorry for this ‘technical’, maybe boring article, but it is really important to consider what you are going to use as a magnifying lamp and that you don’t make the mistake that I made by buying one that isn’t as suitable for crafting miniatures! (not that I haven’t used it !)

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My magnifying glass of Diopter 8

If you have already decided to get yourself a magnifier for miniature painting and miniature work, you can skip right through to the bottom of this article for the reviews.


Why Would You Buy A Magnifying Lamp for miniature painting?

As we get older, we can’t see as well anymore like young people still can. The normal aging process also causes people to see worse, even when they don’t have eye defects.

I am 51 now, and I can tell you for sure: I used to have way better eyesight in my younger days 🙂

Especially when we need to see details, we are often facing the facts. Glasses or contact lenses don’t help enough anymore. And all of this while reading, crafting, reading cards, or other hobbies are usually getting more important later in life.

The right tool can make a world of difference and give you back the joy in your activities. One of the tools that can offer a solution is a magnifying lamp, especially in our miniature world!

There are three advantages of a magnifying lamp: not only does it allow you to see better while the lighting also helps, but the best thing is that your hands are free to craft!

The light is built around the magnifying glass so that you have a strong, shadow-free light on your work.

Many magnifying lamps have a bendable arm, so you can bend the magnifying glass in the right direction.

Things to consider when choosing the best magnifier for miniature painting.

There are different types of magnifying lamps: standing models that you can put on the floor, but also table models, which can also get mounted on the wall.

Finally, there are magnifying lamps that can be clipped to a table or other piece of furniture.

These days there are also magnifiers with light in other forms. There are hand magnifiers, book-reading magnifiers, and magnifiers that can be hung around the neck.

You can even get a magnifying glass with lighting that can be tied around your head! So it would be a good thing to consider whether a magnifying lamp is the best tool for you.

A table or standing magnifier with lighting is useful if you:

• need the magnifying glass indoors;

• is often in the same spot;

• want to keep your hands free;

• you need to use it often;

• you want to use it for long hours crafting on a project, as holding a magnifying glass would be too tiring.

Of course, you are not always exactly in the same place when you are crafting at home.

It is more healthy to switch workplaces or seats. So something important to consider is: how heavy can the magnifying lamp be and how you want to handle it.

Can you easily plug a cord into a different outlet? Just imagine how this will work in reality with a magnifying lamp and then make a choice.


How much light does a magnifying glass need to give and what is the best light for model making?

As you get older, the lens of the eye will let in less light and your retina becomes less sensitive to light. You will need more and more light to see as much a younger person. And of course, everyone needs more light for precision work like our miniatures.

Therefore it is important that a magnifying lamp has sufficient light intensity. The luminous intensity of a magnifying lamp is usually indicated in the unit ‘lux’.

The following table shows the brightness that an adult with good to average eyes needs for different activities:

– Simple work, clean up, talk to each other – normal: 300 lux, older: 500 lux

– Reading and writing – normal: 500 lux, older: 1500 lux

– Do detailed research, hobbies, crafts – normal: 1000 lux, older: 3000 lux

– Assessing colors (ex laboratory, dentist) – normal: up to 5000 lux, older: up to 6000 lux

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So the older people would need about 1500 lux to be able to read and write comfortably.

In a lot of homes, the sunlight during the day is only about 100 to 200 lux. If you cannot or just don’t want to sit close to the window, you will soon need extra light.

Also, the more magnified your magnifying glass is, the more light you need!

Please note: if the brightness is indicated in lux, the distance also counts! For example, a magnifying lamp can have 1800 lux at a 15 cm distance, but at a 30 cm distance, it is only 650 lux!

If there’s no mention of distances, the number of lux usually is 20 cms.

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Close-up of my magnifying glass


How Much Magnification Do I need for my magnifying lamp?

The magnification of a magnifying lamp is indicated in the diopter. The following table shows how many diopters magnify how many times:

– 1 diopter magnification 1.25

– 2 diopter magnification 1.50

– 3 diopter magnification 1.75

– 4 diopter magnification 2.00

– 5 diopter magnification 2.25

– 6 diopter magnification 2.50

– 7 diopter magnification 2.75

– 8 diopter magnification 3.00

– 9 diopter magnification 3.25

– 10 diopter magnification 3.50

– 11 diopter magnification 3.75

– 12 diopter magnification 4.00

You might think that a magnifying lamp with the strongest magnification is the best one. But that is not always the case!. Too much magnification has its disadvantages.

The smaller the diameter of the glass, the closer you will have to sit to your piece. My advice is here: choose a magnifying lamp that enlarges just enough for the thing you want to work on.

A strength of 8 diopters is chosen by many users for precision work.

If you want to use a magnifying lamp for multiple purposes, you can look at models with:

• a power lens. It’s a small, extra-strong lens that is built into the larger lens or mounted separately on the magnifying lamp.

• multiple, interchangeable lenses for the same magnifying lamp.


Costs And Quality of a magnifying lamp for painting miniatures.

There are magnifying lamps for 10 bucks, but there are also ones costing hundreds of Dollars. How much money should you spend on 1?

Fortunately, good magnifiers don’t always need to be expensive. If you want to use it now and then just reading, a simple model might be enough. The more expensive models are often bought by professionals, such as beauticians or dentists.

However, you should keep in mind that the cheapest magnifying lamps can have quality problems! This may include, for example:

• melting of plastic from the heat of a fluorescent lamp;

• a plastic lens can get easily scratched;

• lack of stability, a magnifying lamp that falls easily;

• light that vibrates, so that the use of the magnifying glass is not so pleasant;

• a cord that is too short.

And last, but not least: the 4 best-magnifying lamps for painting miniatures: reviews!

Magnifying lamp number 1

Product Name: LANCOSC 2-in-1 Magnifying Glass with Light and Stand Check out more details and prices in the link above

Place(s) To BuyAmazon

Owners:  Lancosc

Overall Rank

Warranty: Please contact the seller

Product Overview :

Magnifying Glass Multiple: there is a 5 Diopter version (2,25x) and an 8 Diopter version ( 5x )

Technical details:

  • Glass Magnifier Lens: 4.1 inch
  • magnification: 2.25X / 225%
  • Color Temperature: 3 color modes, 3000k-4000k-6500K
  • Illumination: 9w, 960LM (Max)
  • Rating Voltage: 110V-220V
  • Swing Arm: 2 * 8.9″ Metal swivel arm
  • Metal Clamp: Max Clamping 2.1 inches

The Good And The Bad :

The Good.

  • nice price range/can help you out with your needs
  • 2-IN-1 Desk & Clamp Lamp
  • Highly recommend for crafters
  • lamps have 3 different colors
  • sturdy

The Bad.

  • The clamp base used to clamp it to a desk or workbench is poorly designed
  • The arm of the magnifying glass, at the top where the arm attaches to the magnifying glass has limited movement

Support :

Contact the seller on Amazon.

My Final Opinion:

An overall good magnifying lamp that can last you a few years. I don’t know how long at average though, but I don’t expect it to last a lifetime for this price, especially the LEDs.

Magnifying lamp number 2.

Product Name5X Magnifying Glass with Light, Krstlv Real Glass Lens Desk Lamp & Clamp

Place(s) To BuyAmazon

OwnersIt’s a Chinese brand, I think KRstlv is the brand.

Overall Rank: 

Warrantycontact the seller on Amazon

Product Overview :

Magnifier Lamp, used by nail salons and manicures, tattoo, as a beauty-light and of course for crafting

Technical details:

  • Exterior Color: Black
  • Glass Magnifier Lens: 4.3 inch
  • Magnification: 5X/500%
  • Color Temperature: 3 color modes, 3000k-4000k-6500K
  • Illumination: 12w, 960LM (Max)
  • Swing Arm: 2 * 8.9″Metal swivel arm
  • Metal Clamp: Max Clamping 2.1 inches

The good and the bad :

The Good.

  • 3 Color & Adjustable Lighting
  • Flexible Design
  • saves energy
  • compact and lightweight

The Bad.

  • rather small


Contact the seller.

My Final Opinion:

If I would start out with crafting/nails etc, I would surely buy this magnifying lamp, to begin with.

Magnifying lamp number 3.

Product NameBrightech LightView Pro Flex 2 in 1

Place(s) To BuyAmazon


Overall Rank : 

Warranty: 3-year product warranty

Product Overview :

Magnifier Lamp with Base Stand & Clamp.

Technical details :

  • 1.75x Magnifying Glass with Bright LED Light (3 Diopter)
  • Energy saving LED
  • 6W & 570 lumen LED lights are built in and last 20,000 hours
  • Wattage: 9 Watt
  • Item weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Product dimensions: ‎9 x 6.3 x 11 inches

The good and the bad :

The Good.

  • the base is weighted very well, so it stays in place
  • The light is bright
  • very affordable price
  • sturdy

The Bad.

  • the top is heavy
  • there are people mentioning that the lamps get defective quite quickly

Support: contact the seller

My Final Opinion:

I am not sure if this lamp is bendable enough to put it right over your crafting piece so you can easily see through or is it more suitable for beauty salons? That might be the case, so be assured to ask before you purchase!

Magnifying lamp number 4

Product Name Brightech LightView Pro – Full Page Magnifying Floor Lamp

Place(s) To BuyAmazon


Overall Rank:

4 stars and a half

Warranty: a full 3-year warranty

Product Overview :

I thought that we needed a standing magnifying lamp in our reviews, so here we go ????

Technical details:

  • Wattage: 9 Watt
  • Style: standing with a rolling base
  • Item dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 55 inches
  • exists in 3 Diopter and 5 Diopter
  • color: white
  • Item weight: 20.5 Pounds

The good and the bad :

The Good.

  • simple to assemble
  • very sturdy lamp
  • good quality that can suit you for years
  • the lamp is very bendable in each direction and it is easy to move

The Bad.

  • beware: The base is oval and heavy but you have to be sure the light is aligned in the same direction as the oval or it will tip over
  • non-replacable lights

Support: contact the seller on Amazon, please

My Final Opinion:

If I would go for a standing magnifying lamp, I think that I would go for this sturdy-looking one.

Final Conclusion

I got myself a magnifier lamp of 8 diopter magnification because it was mentioned for doing precision work, which obviously I thought would be great for miniature making.

Turns out I have to sit really close to my objects to see well. So it probably would be better for things like jewelry or watches, things that are even smaller and finer. I now regret not getting a lamp with diopter 5, I think that would have been better for my specific needs!

So I wrote this article for you, so you can decide better which are the best magnifying lamps for painting miniatures and crafting minis.

If you have any questions, ask me in the comments below or join me on my Facebook page or Facebook group and ask me there anytime!

Happy crafting!

Kind regards,


3 thoughts on “The Best Magnifying Lamps For Painting Miniatures-Some Insights And 4 Reviews!”

  1. This was for me a really useful article. I became a miniature model maker at just about the time my close eyesight started to deteriorate. It was frustrating to have the time and the inclination to do something that had always interested me but which was becoming difficulty because of this.

    I have tried all manner of methods including lighted loupes and they do work for some things but my light desk mounted hands free magnifier has made a huge difference. You have given readers some great alternatives to look at here.


  2. Hello dear. am really glad you shared these information with us, and by the way your article isn’t boring its the best I was actually searching online when I saw your post about the Magnifying Lamp. I believe with these information you shared. My doubt has been cleared in purchasing the Magnifying Lamp thanks for the info

  3. Dollhouses are really nice to have around your kids room, it helps keep them happy especially when they seems to be pretty lonely…these dollhouses looksuxh beautiful but with the best magnificent lamps being used on them…am sure to get these ones shown here…
    Thanks so much for the review…I look forward to seeing more


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