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Title: I need better lighting.
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on June 22, 2019 05:56:53 PM
I have a small OTTlight that is just excellent, in fact I got it from an ad on here years ago. It's amazing, very bright, clear light. Perfect for beside the bed when I'm crafting at night and want to see the yarn or stitches. I need something similar but bigger and brighter for the craft room desk (desktop, not a floor lamp). OTT has lots of selection but I would like a recommendation. Does anybody have like the ultimate light for seeing what you're doing, taking photos, etc with? Full spectrum, true colour, reduces eye-strain, all those things, no bells and whistles like charging port for devices or plays music or cups for storing things or magnifying glass attachment (I have seriously seen it all, lol). I really just want a darn bright light so my aging eyes can see what they are looking at.

Thank you!


Title: Re: I need better lighting.
Post by: Onyxnox on June 30, 2019 02:49:03 PM
I actually have an Ottlight desktop from Costco that is daylight spectrum.  It is an older one that they are not selling anymore unfortunately - they now sell LED OTTlights which are nice too - bright, but not daylight.  But the Costco price was wonderful - the old ones were about $25-30, and the newer LED ones are abot $35-40.  When I work in the basement, I use a standard floor lamp I can direct over my work, but use a bright daylight LED bulb - I often will be stitching or beading with fine Delicas for hours at a time.  I also use a bright 100 watt daylight bulb in the ceiling light of my craft room too.

I think my cross stitching friend got her standing Ottlight lamp from one of the needlework shops out closer to you (Gitta's in Mississauga I think).  Or order it off of Amazon.... or see if  you can get one with the coupon at Michaels.


Title: Re: I need better lighting.
Post by: BigBangMomma on July 22, 2019 06:22:55 AM
Did you find a good light for what you are looking for? I need better lighting too, and am thinking about asking for one for Christmas. (more like, my husband tells me to go and buy it..ha!)


Title: Re: I need better lighting.
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on July 22, 2019 07:29:34 AM
I was thinking about this last night. I got the craft room organized but the lighting is still not good. The problem is, I don't know what to order. I need great, bright, day light spectrum that covers the whole desk. I want something other than LED which I really do not like. The michael's here doesn't carry any lighting at all & the sewing shops have lamps that illuminate a very small area. It's bafflingly difficult to find good info about this.


Title: Re: I need better lighting.
Post by: edelC on August 10, 2019 02:41:05 AM
I was thinking about this last night. I got the craft room organized but the lighting is still not good. The problem is, I don't know what to order. I need great, bright, day light spectrum that covers the whole desk. I want something other than LED which I really do not like. The michael's here doesn't carry any lighting at all & the sewing shops have lamps that illuminate a very small area. It's bafflingly difficult to find good info about this.

What I did was simply buy bulb holders like these  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holder-FINELED-Socket-Plastic-Without/dp/B07CZ9YW26


and i  wired 3 of them together on a long wire-like a string of fairy lights. they are screwed to the shelf above my bench and I use those bulbs that are supposed to give a natural light- when I can get them!


Title: Re: I need better lighting.
Post by: MissingWillow on August 10, 2019 04:11:10 AM
Have you ever considered getting a magnifying work light?  My husband got me one that has a swing arm and clips onto the side of my work table.  I seriously have no clue what I ever did without it.


Title: Re: I need better lighting.
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 10, 2019 08:47:40 AM
I actually do have one of those mag lights, it was my dad's. It is really difficult to clamp to a surface, it needs to be a very particular size and depth. Since it doesn't fit anything in my studio, I gave it to my daughter and it's working for her because she sits to craft and does tiny projects with her very good eyesight, lol. I stand and move around, make a huge mess that all needs to be lit. I would really like the entire surface to be bright. The ideal thing might be a couple of lamps with long bulbs, sort of like piano lamps, you know the kind I mean? It's an attic with slanted walls or I'd think about actual tube shades that mount to the ceiling. We've got those in the basement and they are great. Not the fluorescent tubes themselves, that light isn't good but surely there is a kind that shines daylight/full spectrum?


Title: Re: I need better lighting.
Post by: MissingWillow on August 10, 2019 11:10:10 AM
There are fluorescent daylight bulbs.  We use them to start plants for our garden indoors in the winter.  Not sure how they would be for crafting light.


Title: Re: I need better lighting.
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 10, 2019 03:57:08 PM
I'm not sure how they'd be either and I hesitate to purchase some new set up without a recommendation from another crafter. My eyesight is changing with age, I used to have better than perfect vision but now I really do need an excellent light if I'm attempting anything with detail. I had on my man's glasses a while ago to see something up close, they are stronger than mine, and noticed some shiny patches of glue on a paper craft that I had not even seen At ALL with my own prescription! Drr... that just isn't nice.

I may take a trip into Toronto to a lighting shop to see what they've got to offer. We'll see what we see (see what I did there? :D)