Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Quest For More Light


When I went to Quilt Market back in October, one thing I really wanted to research was table lights. I have 4 lights, all from the same company, and I'm not happy with any of them.  They are not bright enough for me and the hinges don't stay even after being tightened.  I'm not going to tell you the brand...but I will tell you they were not cheap.  (I bought two, won one and was given another)

I decided I was going to fiddle faddle with every single light I could find while at Quilt Market until I came across a table light I could not only use for myself, but also one that I could recommend to others with confidence.
  
The   LUX Bar Table Light and  LUX Bar Clamp Light were by far my favorites lights.  (The same light with two different bases essentially) 

  
 
I was impressed with the engineering and mechanics of the LUX Bar LED Light after it was put through the IHAN bump, smack, push test and passed with flying colors :)  I really like the LEDs too...it is really bright.

The light area is 36 inches...I took their word for it...I didn't measure it!   The arm is 19 inches the head swivels 90 degrees.   The LUX Bar Light is advertised to have 50,000 hours of light.....1 year = 8765.81277 hours so you do the math (I'm not going to calculate the years....let's just say it's a very, very, very long time ay?
I gave the LUX Bar Clamp Light that was attached to their booth a few good bangs too, just  to see if it would droop and it didn't.  The next day I checked back and  and it was still in the same position, ummmm Very Good!
The clamp opens 2 1/2 inches and has pads where it comes into contact with the table, both on the round part and where it meet the top of your table.  No scratching the table on either side...that's very nice too.

 
The other lights I thought were nice are the Luxdome Task Lights and you can see them on the right above.  They would be nice for a desk or computer area but I was mainly interested in a table light for my sewing area. 

So...I bet you are wondering where's a photo of my LUX Light right?  It's on it's way and when it arrives I'll be sure to share more photos :)

I have something else that is Mighty Bright to share with you too.  It's the Mighty Bright Microclip Lights.
I've had a Microclip light for a few years and I keep it clipped to my bussom pad pin cushion.  I love this little light and I always forget to tell people about it. 
 It's really not such a strange place to keep it at all....you wanna know why?
 
Because it is within reach when I need to check for threads hung up in my bobbin case.  Ever try to see up in there?  Not so easy is it? 
 When I'm at a retreat and I need to get up in the night and I can't turn on the lights...I cup my Mircoclip Light like this...and turn my hand over and it illuminates my path.  Here I'll show you...let me go turn off the lights....
See....it doesn't shine all over and into people's faces...oh I'm so thoughtful...LOL. 

Another very cool thing is the little light swivels...I'm not kidding!
See the little acrylic head, you can adjust the position.  Handy little fellas they are! 

When you get to mid-life or past...you start to appreciate the finer things in life...like good shoes, a good bed and some decent light!!!

Smiles,
Kelly

8 comments:

  1. I really appreciate some decent light...and comfy shoes...and a good bed...OH MY GOD! I am my grandmother!!!!

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  2. New to me, this light. Okay, that sounds like Yoda }:) anyways, I don't like the "other" famous light that is recommended for quilters..I can't see with it either and I'm glad to see there is an alternative. I'll be interested to see how you like it after it arrives.

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  3. LOL @ Gene... I know how he feels... One can never have enough light.

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  4. Could be the light I am looking for. But, tell me...how hot do they get?

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  5. I was writing a post of my own, when I had to stop. I talked about sitting in my rocking chair in front of the window....dog at my feet, cat hidden under the quilt I have on my lap....Good God, I actually wanted to write BLISS for that position! I'm really grey too (well, blond thanks to my hairdresser). So, I totally understand the need for good lighting (and the other things too, I'm afraid). I wonder what I'm like when I get really old......

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  6. I like your lite! I'm always looking for More light and more magnification!! The older I get the more of each I require.
    Blessings Gmama Jane

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  7. Sounds very interesting. I definitely need more light in my studio so please give us all a report once yours arrives and you've put it through its paces.

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  8. I will be anxious to hear when yours arrives, It is not that I am old but the government sent me one of those red, blue, and white cards a couple of years ago. Must be I am old to them. If only the small light had a magnet style backing I could attach it to my top since I have an ample shelf for it.

    Why not bring it to The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild spring retreat at the Watson Homestead? We would love to have you.

    Linda

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Smiles,
Kelly

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