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panul
« on: September 11, 2008 09:16:15 AM »

This particular problem might be completely alien to most of you young Craftsters, but I'm hoping someone will have a good idea to help me. I live in a very small apartment and have dedicated a section of my (not very big) bedroom to my crafts, which occupy a lot of my day. The frustration for me is that no matter what I do, I can't seem to get enough light into my sewing area to accomodate my aging eyes.

This is my sewing area. As you can see I have a 13 watt tabletop Ottlite that I use to supplement the sewing machine's highly inadequate bulb. The only other lighting in the room is a pole lamp with a 50-100-150 three way bulb that I, of course, set to 150.

This shot is to show you there is no extra floor space in my sewing corner to fit in another lamp. I can't hang anything from the (very high) ceiling, since they seem to have used some kind of metal or something else impenetrable, presumably for fireproofing.
I am quite at a loss as to what else I can do. And on cloudy days like today it is extremely hard for me to work in there. Do any of you brilliant Craftsters have anything to suggest?
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008 09:18:27 AM »

Can you fit in a bright lamp with a downward facing part?

Like this, I mean: http://www.target.com/Combo-Task-Floor-Lamp/dp/B000GOW13Y/qid=1221149988/ref=br_1_15/602-4100724-5523825?ie=UTF8&node=3071031&frombrowse=1&rh=&page=1

 Does it help to use brighter and/or full spectrum bulbs?

I just got my first reading glasses. Le sigh.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2008 09:24:48 AM »

would there be room for those clip-on desk lamps on either your desk or the shelf above it?
I find daylight simulation bulbs a must for my crafting spot
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2008 09:25:10 AM »

Can you clip lights on to the shelving unit you have on the left? you can even drill it into the wood, maybe a set of 4 or 5 track lights?
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2008 09:26:07 AM »

Since your book case is so close to your sewing table, you could try a clamp light like this:

http://www.target.com/Clamp-on-Lamp-Clear-Shade/dp/B000BPAZMC/sr=1-2/qid=1221150125/ref=sr_1_2/601-4119831-6149714?ie=UTF8&rh=k%3Aclamp_light&page=1

They're available at most big box stores (e.g. Target & Wal Mart), or you can usually find a more utilitarian version at Home Depot or Lowes.  They can usually accommodate an 100 watt bulb. 

This is, of course, assuming floor space is your only issue and that you have an ample supply of wall outlets.
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2008 09:27:04 AM »

Maybe wear a lamp? http://www.rei.com/category/4500596
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2008 09:27:28 AM »

Can you get lighting that you could mount on the wall or side of your bookshelf? A row of lightbulbs set into a backboard, like a vanity-type thing?
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2008 09:28:03 AM »

Thanks, batgirl,  for your rapid reply! That lamp is the exact one I have, and I've tried moving it, and it just doesn't fit.
P.S. Cool also that the first answer is from someone living so near me. I think you have even met my daughter, Pinfish.
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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2008 09:29:24 AM »

Not to be utterly depressing, but when was the last time you had your eyes checked? The first sign of cateracts (long before they are visible in the eye) is a feeling of everything is just not bright enough. I learned this recently as my mother was diagnosed with an early stage cataract in one eye. Granted her doctor told her it would probably be a couple years before it affected her much & surgery would be needed but in the meantime she would find herself wanting more light for any focused task.

Wall mounted lights might help, sconces you can aim down at your work space & won't require more hardware to hang than a painting.
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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2008 09:30:16 AM »


stylish  Wink I sat embroidering one night with a bicycle lamp tucked down the front of my top  Cheesy it did the trick *lol*
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