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Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2018
I was going to purchase the Cricut Brite Light for the weeding of my projects but saw it would take a week to receive. Happen to see this light at more than a third less in price and thought why not! Boy am I glad, this was an excellent purchase ! And I saved at least fifty dollars! Great investment and does the same as the higher priced name brand!
I recently purchased a light table that I am going to use to trace engineering designs on.
It came very well packaged. Included was a soft synthetic bag for storage, which is a nice touch and we'll appreciated. The build quality looks great, although not everything is absolutely perfectly fitted, unless you are completely OCD and perfectionist this product is very well made for the price.
This is not the cheapest light table on the market! But it is very accessible in price. That being said my copy came with some scratches? Which seem to be covered up by a black sharpy marker. See picture.
It turns on no problem and the brightness levels are well balanced. I tested it during the middle of a day and in a poorly lit room and it works well.
It came with two "paperclips". The images on Amazon suggested something different than what I received. Although the two neodymium magnets are strong enough to hold a page they are a little hard to pick up.
Over all I am satisfied. I would give it a 8.5/10. And would recommend it, based on the initial overview.
This is a really great lightbox. Lightweight and plenty bright for most things. Are used 300 pound watercolor paper and it is bright enough to trace as long as your tracing copy is done with black sharpie. Darkening the room helps as well. It has multiple settings high to low which are available with a simple tab of the finger. So far really enjoying it and wonder why I hadn’t purchased it a long time ago. My alternate method was taping up on the window in the sun. The photo below is with black sharpie and arches 300 pound paper. More than doable, I like the connection. I do not see any problems like I read on the other connection type. cord is 6ft. so easily add an extension cord.
Didn't want to spend $150 on an Acurit LED Light Tablet so I did lots of research and settled on this guy. It's solid and works well so far and the highest setting is sufficient for my needs. I sketch on newsprint and other cheap paper and when I create something I want to develop further on bristol or good paper, I trace my sketches. This does the job.
The fit and finish are good, but not like an Acurit tablet. The one thing I like is that the cable is connected and this item is AC powered. I read too many horror stories about USB connections failing in other cheap models.
Another thing: when I ordered, a representative of the seller/manufacturer contacted me and promised good service and a two year warranty, should I need it. That was very nice and professional and this seller gets high marks in my book for customer service. Nicely done.
Don't know about durability because I've had it and used it only for a couple of weeks. I'm hoping it makes it the full two years and if so, I'll be thrilled.
This light tablet is a good value for me and what I do.
I love almost everything about this light pad. It's super bright, or it can be super dim and pretty much everything in between. It's big and that was a major must have for me. I use it when I'm working on a diamond dot picture, and I am very happy w the product. I only have one issue. It gets hot. The light pad itself get very hot around the outer edge. Basically the frame of the light pad. The brighter you have it the hotter it gets. The plug also gets very hot as well. I'm figuring out ways to work around this issue,bc I love everything else about this product. I just hope it holds up. So far so good. I would give it 5 stars for sure if not for the heating up issue.
I recently bought one of these A3 LED light pads to use in my studio, primarily to transfer drawings onto watercolor paper. I find the A3 size to be perfect for my current needs. It's large enough for most of my work, doesn't take up excessive space on my work surface (see first photo) and can easily be stored alongside my illustration table when not in use. It's thin, lightweight, portable and comes with a its own storage bag, although I would opt for a more durable carry case when traveling.
This A3 light pad also puts out a surprising amount of light. I find it easy to see inked drawing on most light to medium weight drawing paper through a sheet of 300 gsm (140 lb) watercolor paper (see second photo). I can also make out pencil drawings if they are on lighter weight paper, as long as the pencil isn't too light. In fact, I can actually trace inked drawings created on tracing paper, drafting vellum or translucent marker paper (like Bienfang Graphics 360 Marker Paper) through a sheet of 600 gsm (280 lb) watercolor paper, although it does take a little more effort. Tracing onto such thick watercolor paper is a challenge even on my large, metal-framed Lumina light box that uses three fluorescent light tubes, so I'm floored that I can do it with such a thin LED light pad!
As far as negatives go, I docked this light pad one star only because mine arrived with a small, but noticeable scratch on the front, lower left corner of the frame. The light pad doesn't look as good as it should have for being bought new, so I don't want to display it on my desk when it's not in use. This also raises a bit of concern over durability. At this price point and with a light pad this thin, I don't expect it to be super durable, but I would like it to hold up for a while. I would have exchanged the one I received for another, but the last few weeks have been incredibly hectic and I just missed the return window yesterday! Oh well.
Overall, I do really like this light pad and I can confidently recommend it to those who need to transfer drawings onto watercolor, mixed media or heavier-stock drawing vellum. It does the job quite well and the price point is reasonable, so it's definitely worth the investment. I will be using it often.
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I really like this light box so far except for the surface is not smooth. It will be okay for some applications such as tracing patterns for cutting out fabric appliques but if I need a smooth line I will have to add a smooth transparent surface (such as glass or hard plastic). Not sure the reasoning behind this surface.?
Cons: 1. Not the greatest as far as durability. I received the light pad two days ago and one side of the light board front keeps popping up and won’t stay attached. I don’t feel like waiting on another one to be sent to me, so I used a piece of scotch tape to hold it down.
2. It doesn’t have a USB connection
Pros: 1. It lights up really well and makes it a lot easier for me to do my diamond paintings.
It is a bit smaller than I expected, the lit area is smaller than a 8.5x11 page, so if you had a full page to trace you have to move it around. The clips are too short so you have to have a page a half inch off the lit area to hold the paper (paper flush with the top of the numbers on the top edge). With only 4 light settings it doesn't give much control of the amount of light. The bright settings are very bright, but I think it could dim a bit more, sometimes I draw at night in my vehicle so I will see if it is too much light for in the dark. Otherwise it feels solidly built
I purchased the B4 for more surface than the A4 when working on my Diamond paintings. The A3 was much more in price and this size is more transportable. It came well packaged without a scratch on it, and included a nice cover for storing away. I tested it with my computer and my power bank, works the same with either one, Haven't tried with plug connection, but it should work just as well. The only reason for the 4 stars is because it is not rechargeable, but then why suffer when the battery runs out??
Overall, this is a very good lightpad, and inexpensive for its size. Its only flaw is that the power switch is finicky -- sometimes taking a few presses to respond. A mechanical switch, rather than a touch-sensitive switch, would have been better. Also, having more than two light intensity settings would be good. Still, the thinness, uniformity, and brightness are excellent.