We have the occasional grumble here about getting older, (to which the standard response is that, well, it’s better than the option). The dreaded varifocals have already arrived for me, and I’m now well practiced at the “tilting the article towards the light so that I can read it more easily” movement. I do feel slightly short changed by all this, as being short sighted I was told that as I grew older my sight would lengthen into perfection. That hasn’t happened. What has happened is that when I’m wearing non-varifocal glasses, I can’t read anymore, so I have to take them off to read. And as my eyesight is so different between my two eyes, I find it much easier if I shut one eye and read only using the other, and I’m becoming an aficionado of good reading and desk lighting.
What all this waffling means is that I now understand why my parents are so exacting about their lighting, and especially their reading lights. We haven’t had a great reading light solution until now, but that has changed with the arrival of the super stylish and elegant Fabbian F11 paddle light, designed by Benjamin Hubert; a dimmable LED adjustable desk light. Fabbian are based in Italy in the Veneto and have had over 50 years of experience in the domestic lighting sector.
The light source is multiple LEDs housed in the wide, flat housing (hence the name), with a touch sensitive on/dim/off button on the back. The light is on a long horizontal arm; should you want to keep it near a wall, for example, the rear half of the arm can be unscrewed. Both the vertical and horizontal arms are adjustable, and you an swivel the light around to a myriad of positions, and the resistance to adjustment can itself be changed using a spanner which stores in the base, kept in place with a magnet.
The dim function is straightforward – keep a finger on the button and the light cycles through the range from bright to dim, and so on, and release when at the desired light level. To switch either on or off, simply tap the button once. We do think it’s a shame that the cable exit is above the base. Light colour is well chosen: not overly blue, but it is noticeably less yellow than low energy bulbs.
We really like this lamp. At its dimmest levels, it’s not dazzling when we’ve just woken up, but at the brightest setting it provides plenty of illumination. The design looks great, stylish without being too hip, and would fit into both a modern or more traditional home, but usability is still to the fore. A welcome addition to the fight against tiny print.
Available from Lampcommerce, in white or black, table or floor standing. £218.12 (currently £152.68) / £237.46 (currently £166.23)
We received a lamp from Lampcommerce. All opinions our own.