Neatfi XL Lamp Review: A Wonderful Task Lamp for Painting Miniatures

Neatfi XL lamp review banner - hobby lamp for painting miniatures - banner

What is my favorite lamp for painting miniatures? As a commission painter who has painted a lot of models over the years, I’ve found that good light is the key to better miniature paint jobs. A bright, diffuse light with daylight spectrum bulbs or LEDs can make painting miniatures much more comfortable. You’ll have less eye fatigue, less headaches (literally), and more fun.

In this article, I present you with a review of my current favorite desk lamp for working with miniatures and models: the Neatfi XL 2,200 Lumens LED Task Lamp.

  • How does the Neatfi XL lamp perform?
  • Is it worth the money?
  • What are the Neatfi XL lamps best features?

I answer these questions and more. Read on for the full review below.

My hobby desk. Review of the Neatfi XL task lamp for hobbies.

I’ve reviewed some of the best lamps for painting miniatures, including highly-recommended magnifying lamps and lights for detailed model work. Some of you may now also be asking what is the best lamp for painting Warhammer and other tabletop wargames models? This review goes into depth about the Neatfi task lamp, my workhorse hobby desk lamp for painting Warhammer miniatures and other scale models.

Quick Summary (TL;DR):

A hobby desk lamp should work so well you don’t even need to think about it. When you turn on your Neatfi desk lamp you’ll find a soft light emanating from LEDs (not light bulbs) housed behind a diffuser. The diffuser with the LED configuration provide a cool, natural light that is comfortable to painting miniatures with.

While a cheap lamp may do the same job for your light duty hobby work, it won’t provide the same great light that will keep you motivated to finish the job over long sessions. Wondering if light actually matters for productivity and motivation? Check out this article about the psychological power of light.

The Neatfi XL 2,200 Lumens LED task lamp is the perfection addition for your hobby space, and I highly-recommend it for any miniature painter, scale modeler, artist, and hobbyist. Read on below to learn more about this must-have lamp! Oh, by the way, it’s definitely affordable when you compare it against other dedicated artist lamps on the market.

A relationship between light, focus, and motivation for humans - diagram illustration for the power of good hobby light
Light is powerful for improving mood, motivation, and focus.

Why do I place so much emphasis on good light?

It’s simple.

The top issues that come to mind when I think about why light is important are: Age and eyesight.

Without good light you can’t see anything, properly. When it comes to focusing on what’s important, placing emphasis on good light is the key to enjoying whatever activity you’re doing.

If you’re a miniature painter, a photographer, or scale modeler, light is everything.

Sure, a good comfy chair and a well-organized desk space with fancy holders and model paint organizers will go a long way toward your C.R.A.P. method, but good light is the epitome of enjoying things (in general).

Okay, a tad melodramatic!

But, take this for example:

You’re disassembling your Patriot 105 airbrush (see here for full review and guide), and you accidentally drop the nozzle on the floor at your feet. That sucks.

You ponder for a moment. Then, the “ah-hah!” moment hits you.

Swing your hobby desk lamp over the floor around your hobby table. Oh, look at that… you can see the floor (and how dirty it is).

Looking for lost bits and parts? Use a swing arm desk lamp.  Neatfi XL LED daylight spectrum hobby lamp.
The benefits of a swing-arm lamp setup. You can find lost items on the floor!

But, more importantly, your airbrush nozzle glistens like a beacon!

You found that missing nozzle!

Alright, in all seriousness, let’s get on to the review of the Neatfi XL 2,200 LED Lamp.

Arrival and Unboxing

I don’t usually do unboxing segments, but in this case I had my camera nearby. It didn’t take long for the Neatfi XL to arrive at my home. Amazon shipping is fast!

Unboxing neatfi XL lamp. Review of the Neatfi XL lamp for hobby and miniature painters.

Solid packaging. Professional and neat. A nice box that wasn’t heavy, or too light. For a lamp, it was marketed as one of the brightest lamps available using LEDs. In terms of brightness, the Neatfi XL Task Lamp is a 2,200 lumens light, which is equivalent to a 150 watt regular incandescent bulb.

Close up label of neatfi lamp.

I have to be honest. Blue is my favorite color. The glow blue light around the edge of the desk lamp housing caught my eye early and fast.

The great thing about LED lamps is their ability to create light without the heat. Light emitting diodes (LED) also don’t require a lot of energy to function. This makes LED lamps a more environmentally friendly way to brighten your workspace, than compared to conventional lighting systems.

Packaging of the Neatfi Task Lamp is great.

Taking my utility blade, I pop open the box and pull out the styrofoam packaging. Of course, I will save the white styrofoam for making DIY terrain. I will likely use my hot wire cutter and get some hills made.

nside package review of the Neatfi XL task lamp

Inside the packaging, the lamp is neatly tucked into molded slots. It’s a secure package and I’m already confident that everything arrived intact.


And, there’s a STOP sign right in front of me. (My daughter ends up cutting the card stock to make a small stop sign on a popsicle stick).

Warranty card for the task lamp -  Overview of the Neatfi XL task lamp

Oh, and I discover that it’s a warranty card. Sign up with my email and I can get a 3-year warranty and 15% off my next Neatfi purchase.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure what other products I’d want from Neatfi. Might be something to check on later….

Either way, I elect not to sign up with my email. Who knows how that info will be used. Don’t you hate getting spam emails?

How to assemble the Neatfi XL 2,200 Lumens LED Task Lamp?

Easy. The lamp comes in two parts. The first part is the clamping mechanism, which uses a screw-in clamp for the side of a tabletop or desk. The second part is the lamp assembly. The swing arm has springs in it to keep the lamp’s position. There is a pivot insert that goes into the clamp (after it has been attached to your desk).

Place the lamp pivot insert into the clamp attached to your desk, and you’re done!

To adjust the LED lamp housing, you may need to loosen the top screw first. Then, tighten the screw back down to keep your lamp in place. Given the bright beam from the lamp housing, you may find that no matter where you situate your light, the lamp will illuminate your entire desk or craft table.

Look and feel

The lamp is stylish. It is mostly white with a neat blue glow around the LED lamp housing.

 Neatfi lamps have eye-caring light sources for low eye fatigue and stress

You can choose other colors when you get this lamp. There’s a black, gray, and pink colored lamp.

I like the white, because of how clean it looks. The swing arm has a smooth operation and the plastic LED housing feels light but solid. This is a sturdy product. If there was any concern, it might be the springs, which tend to get squeaky over time.

I will note that the lamp stays where I put it. There is no slop in the pivots or the LED housing. If I tilt the lamp sideways at an angle, it stays there. No problem.

Overall, the Neatfi XL lamp looks and feels great.

What are the dimensions of the Neatfi XL Task Lamp?

The LEDs are housed in a lamp that is about 23″ wide. The swing arm has a total length of 32″, which is adjustable at 3 pivot points.

This allowed me to place the light right over the center of my fairly large (deep) desk. I’ll note there that Neatfi has a slightly narrower lamp for smaller hobby spaces that spaces 20″ instead of the 23″ of the current Neatfi lamp of this review.

There are also other similar lamps, e.g., the Model Craft Professional Task Lamp, the Lighcraft Pro LED lamp, which all review just as highly and have the same features, power output, and color as the Neatfi XL task lamp.

Useful dimensions of this hobby desk lamp light
The Neatfi Task Lamp lights up my entire hobby space in a bright, diffuse white light. It’s quite useful!

If you’re looking for the best lamp for painting miniatures, the Neatfi XL task lamp might be all you need. It covers a wide swath of surface in a nice (daylight spectrum) light. It almost makes my desk glow on the brightest setting.

What is the color temperature of the light from the Neatfi XL Task Lamp?

This is a great question for miniature painters who are looking for color accuracy in their work. This is also an important consideration if you’re looking to use the Neatfi XL LED Task lamp for other things, e.g., computer desks, crafts, reading.

Neatfi lamp review - desk and paint shelf lighting
The Neatfi XL lamp is great for assembling and painting gaming miniatures, e.g., Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar, etc.

The actual color temperature of this unit isn’t clearly stated on Amazon. But, reaching out to the manufacturer, their response notes that the Neatfi XL Task lamp produces a light with a color temperature of 5.6-6 Kelvin. This is within the cooler daylight side, but not “blue”.

Recommended lights for painting accurately have a color temperature that falls within the daylight range (5000 – 6500K or Kelvin) and provides sufficient diffuse illumination to prevent eye strain, e.g., squinting, and hard-shadowing.

As such, I would recommend the Neatfi XL for model hobby work, but not so much for reading paper copy or books. You could, however, make the argument that this is the best light for studying, since this color temperature would help you stay focused.

How bright is the Neatfi XL Lamp?

The Neatfi XL Lamp is very bright. But, it’s not a harsh light. It produces a nice, bright diffuse light over your working surface.

Brightness settings on neatfi lamp for painting miniatures and models

There are four brightness settings for the Neatfi XL task lamp. It can be set to 25%, 50%, 75% and full 100% brightness. For most hobby work, I’ve been using my light at 100% brightness. I get the most contrast and visual detail at this setting.

If I’m photographing a miniature on my desktop, I might lower the brightness to reduce “hot spots” in the image frame.

Here are some examples of what the different brightness settings look like on my desk.

To capture these images, I locked-in my camera’s aperture, iso, and shutter. This way you can get an accurate sense of how the brightness settings look over my painting desk.

Neatfi xl lamp off - review full user experience

Ambient lighting let my camera focus on the elements of the desk. (If I didn’t have other lights on in the room, the image would be completely dark).

50% brightness example of the neatfi xl lamp over a hobby desktop

I skipped the 25% brightness because it didn’t register well with the other lighting behind me. But, at 50% brightness you can already see all the details and colors on the desk.

Different brightness levels of the Neatfi XL lamp

The 3D printed model on desktop is the same one you see in this article.

At 100% brightness, at the camera settings I used, most objects in the image are washed out. This is how bright the lamp is. Notice that the light source isn’t harsh. The shadows are tame.

Full brightness setting of the Neatfi XL task lamp (full review for hobbies and miniature painting)

As I mentioned, if you’re only planning to get one lamp, the Neatfi XL Task lamp might be the one lamp to rule them all.

Admittedly, I do own multiple light sources for various hobbies of mine. Can’t have too many good light sources, especially for macro photography!

Is the Neatfi XL Lamp good for painting miniatures?

You can probably tell I think the Neatfi XL Lamp is incredible for miniature painting.

Full spectrum lighting over a miniature with the Neatfi XL task lamp
3D printed miniature. Notice the even and soft illumination. No harsh shadows or reflections.

Here’s what to look for in a good lamp for painting minis:

  1. Color accuracy
  2. Good contrast
  3. Flexible ergonomics
  4. Durable
  5. Low heat/energy consumption
  6. Affordable

In all these categories for an ideal desk lamp for miniature painting and model work, the Neatfi XL is amazing.

The day light spectrum LED output is great for color reproduction on your working surface. If you’re painting other things, like rocks, or needlework and other crafts, the light is diffuse and pleasant.

You won’t suffer eye fatigue using the Neatfi task lamp.

In fact, in retrospect as I write this, I wouldn’t mind using this lamp in the kitchen. Food prep work might be more enjoyable with good light!

I digress.

Excellent color reproduction for painting or photography using the neatfi light
The lamp provides excellent color accuracy for painting and photography.

The width of the lamp is useful for providing useful, high contrast on your working surface. Contrast often suffers when a light is too bright and focused in one spot. The diffuse nature of the Neatfi light source helps maintain contrast.

The Neatfi lamp combines well with those who use wearable magnifying visors. Glare and unwanted reflections through glass lenses or optics are kept to a minimum.

Neatfi XL lamp usage in photography and macro close up work
Magnified NMM painted sword lit with the Neatfi XL task lamp.

Simple, Easy-to-Use, and Reliable

The flexible swing-arm of the Neatfi lamp help keep the light stay over (or under) where I need it. Sometimes you may need to tilt the light to see the underside of a model. The lamp can do that and stay positioned while you work. The metal arm and wide shade combine to spread that diffuse light over a wide area.

The LED housing swivels on a multi position head joint that is sturdy and won’t move around, even when you’re pressing the power button to turn the light on or off; or simply to change the brightness level.

While I won’t say that the lamp has a long arm, the reach of the metal swing arm is long enough to cast useful light across your entire desk. The best part about this lamp, in my opinion, is that it is so simple to use and have around when you need it.

Will the lamp last me a long time? Value?

I can already tell that the Neatfi light will last me years and years from its mostly metal construction. The LEDs are rated for up to 100,000 hours of use, and will never get hot. The 3-yr warranty is a nice touch but I doubt will be needed.

Neatfi logo on the lamp housing top view

In summary, I think for about $100 USD, the Neatfi Task Lamp is a steal. It is one of the best lights for modelers, hobbyists, and miniature painters. I have also used the task lamp as a photography light for capturing impromptu images of my works-in-progress.

An example of my work-in-progress photography while using the Neatfi XL task lamp. A good hobby lamps lets you capture sharp, vivid colors with excellent contrast. Want more photos? Check out my gallery!

Final Thoughts

Writing reviews on things is hard when you aren’t “into them”. I’m excited to say that the Neatfi XL lamp has made an incredible impression. It’s a huge upgrade from my old fluorescent hobby lamp (a LSF-150BLK Solare Clamp-on Swing-Arm Lamp).

Old lamp that was replaced with the Neatfi XL lamp, the LSF-150 hobby lamp
LSF-150BLK Solare Clamp-on Swing-Arm Lamp (out of production)

Anyway, I wanted to share my thoughts on how much I enjoy using this light. I hope this review of the Neatfi XL Task Lamp was useful. If you’re looking to supplement or upgrade your light source, check it out!

Enjoying Your Visit? Join Tangible Day

Free newsletter with monthly updates (no spam)

Leave a comment below! Follow on X, Instagram, and Facebook.

Free photo backdrop bundle for miniature photography - tangible day - backgrounds for photographing miniatures - free gift image
Grab your FREE photo backdrop bundle for miniature photography in the shop.
Best Alternative to Winsor & Newton Series 7 Brushes for Painting Miniatures - cheap sable kolinsky sable brushes for painting miniatures - good budget brushes for painting miniatures - blick masterstroke brush for model paint
Favorite tabletop miniature and wargaming finds on etsy - tabletop miniature and wargamer favorites on etsy image

Tangible Day on YouTube (Miniatures and More!)

Tangible Day on YouTube follow image flash screen

3 thoughts on “Neatfi XL Lamp Review: A Wonderful Task Lamp for Painting Miniatures”

  1. Pingback: Neatfi XL LED Lamp (Review) – Best Light for Miniature Hobbies? — Tangible Day | Ups and Downs of Family History V2.0

  2. Ngl… I feel like you’ve more than handwaved how blue the light is. As you said yourself, color accuracy is the number 1 most important feature of a painting lamp and this one is far from being accurate.

    1. Hey thanks for the comment! The color temperature of this lamp is between 5500-6000K which is squarely in the average sunlight (neutral) range. A warmer light at around 5000K is daylight at noonday. In terms of color accuracy, that measure (aka CRI or color rendering index) I agree 100% isn’t discussed in depth in this article. It’s decent for this lamp though (CRI is about 80). For a truly color accurate lamp, which is way more important for photography, you’ll want a lamp with a CRI over 90-95. Suffice it to say, the Neatfi XL is amazing for painting miniatures and illuminates color and contrast above and beyond conventional light sources. I have another article with a list of other great lamps for miniature and other hobby work. Thanks for your comment!

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: