Here’s why I like my Aria stand light. It puts bright light evenly across two facing pages, and it’s invisible to the audience. It’s cool, so I don’t burn my hand, and I don’t have to keep replacing the bulbs. Also, anyone who gigs a lot knows the power outlet is always just one foot too far away, so either you have to clutter the floor with extension cords or you have a taut line to trip over. Well, the Aria has a 3-foot extension on its power cord. That may not seem like a big deal, but it makes a difference to me.
Also, the thing is lightweight and sturdy and scratch-resistant. It’s clearly designed by someone who has done gigs and dealt with these problems. (A string bass player, it turns out.)
The polarized light hasn’t been important to me, and it’s a bit awkward to carry around in the original box. You need to get a carry bag for it. Overall, it’s a bit pricey, but since it’ll last a long time and you don’t have to buy bulbs, that offsets some of the cost. But really, it’ so much better than an incandescent light that I’m glad I paid the money for it. I deserve it, and it’s one more thing that helps a gig go smoothly.