How a Microsun Works

Understanding the science behind the technology which makes Microsun the world’s best reading lamp.

Reading aides are great, but if you don’t address the real reason you need them, you’ll still struggle to read.

We’re literally in the dark when it comes to lighting properly for reading and task-work in America.

Microsun’s light allows those who love to read or craft to spend more time with less eye strain, thanks to our unique, patented technology.

On the left, a 75 watt bulb produces 1,150 lumens, the microsun system on the right generates over 7,000 lumens using only 90 watts.

“After the age of 40, most people experience difficulty with vision. We have trouble focusing close up (presbyopia) and, because the eye becomes less transparent, even in-focus objects appear to have less contrast, almost like looking through fog. Furthermore, due to the yellowing of the eye’s crystalline lens, blue and blue-green colors are reduced in intensity. Because the Microsun lamp produces more light in that part of the spectrum, we should experience enhanced perception of cool colors.”

Dr. Alan Lewis, O.D., Ph.D. retired president of the New England College of Optometry and is an international authority on light and vision.

What is a Microsun lamp?

Why does it rise?

Using rare earth metals and smart electronics to drive a quartz arc tube, the main bulb takes almost a full minute to “rise” to full power and to create the wide spectum light. Our three US Patents make this light unique, and optimized for older eyes. The “control module” driver assembly allows you two levels of light, by choosing the dual SunStyle LED’s with 1600 lumens, or by adding the halide center “Microsun” bulb for a total of over 7,000 lumens.

At Microsun, we’ve made a true full spectrum light, that produces 8x the light of a 60 watt bulb, but, more importantly, produces light that’s corrected for aging eyes. Read without your readers, read longer, put down the magnifying glass, and read without fatigue for hours.

And, it’s not just for readers: crafters, from cross stitch to miniature painters to jewelry makers to fly fishing lure makers can all do more, see better and work longer thanks to a Microsun lamp.

Halogen/Incandescent Light

Microsun Range of Visible Light


Frequently Asked Questions.

Here are some common questions about our lamps and policies.

Is Microsun a proven technology?

The first Microsun lamps were installed in the Library of Congress reading rooms in 1995. Since then, over
100,000 lamps have been purchased by consumers across North America.

Are all the bulbs included with each lamp purchase?

Yes. Your lamp purchase includes the Microsun bulb and (2) LED bulbs. You have options of our standard Microsun bulb, or the new 4K craft bulb with higher intensity LED’s and an even higher output, or, for a slight up-charge, the Simple Smart Bulb, which allows you to remotely set the auxiliary bulbs at three different outputs, and turn them on or off.

How long do the bulbs last?

On average,* the Microsun bulb lasts about 5 years. The LED bulbs will last 10 years.

* 3 hours per day, every day

How is this different than all this new LED lighting?

Microsun’s light is true full spectrum, and the most powerful light for the home. Optimized for older eyes, it’s truly “The world’s best reading lamp.”

Is this lighting system environmentally friendly?

Yes, the complete Microsun system is 5 to 6 times more efficient than common household incandescent bulbs.

How much assembly is required?

We ship all lamps, including floor lamps, fully assembled and ready to plug in and turn on. We ship your bulbs and lampshade in a separate robust box.

Do you charge for this assembly and shipping practice?

Yes. The majority of our customers prefer the least possible assembly while protecting the lamps for transport to home delivery. We also do not build our shipping cost into the price of your lamp; nor do we pass on the entire shipping cost to the customer.

Do I need to accept the lamp shade with the item or do I have choices?

We do substitute lampshades upon request, often with no additional charge. If you see a lampshade that you prefer, please ask about available options.

Is there a warranty on the lamps?

Other than the light bulbs, our lamps are guaranteed for two years under normal use and conditions. Manufacturer is not responsible for damage caused by misuse or abuse by the customer.

What if I don’t like it?

There is a 30 day trial period on all lamps. You may return the lamp for a full refund of the purchase price,
with prior authorization, for a period of 30 days, no questions asked. We make it easy for everyone to experience the light that rises.

Still need help? Send us a note!

For any other questions, please visit our contact page.