I bought this lamp for my parents and it works great. They are in their 60s and have a hard time reading without the right type of light. Since OttLite is a "natural" light it works well. In response to the previous review, NO! it doesn't take a standard bulb. It takes an OttLite bulb. If you want a standard lamp then get a standard lamp. This is OttLite. Do your research before you purchase an expensive lamp like this.