I went with the magnifying lamp. It can be plugged in or runs on aaa batteries, has a magnetic base and a clamp on base as well. Tying small flies and wearing 3x reading glasses bothered my eyes too much. Wearing 1.75x reading glasses and using the magnifier doesn't bother my eyes like wearing the really strong reading glasses. I don't remember if the magnifier is 3x or 5x. Kind of pricey but worth it in my opinion. http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21264
. Check it out, it's on sale. I paid more for mine.