What I love about this lamp is the fact that I can use it for every one of my needs. If I need a bright, white light for intricate hand sewing, I have the ability for that. If I need just a soft light to keep a room faintly lite, I can do that also. It also works perfectly as a reading lamp. It really does suit all my needs. You do need to be close to an outlet to use though but that is manageable.