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    Hot Craft Room Help

    Okay... this is going to sound weird but my craft room is hot. Well, it gets quite toasty. I have shop lights which are probably the culprit but I would not want it any other way.. Yesterday there were 3 of us in my room and we had an iron and 3 machines going plus the overhead lights. We were joking that I had a literal sweat shop going in my house. Okay, we weren't sweating but it was warm in here to say the least...

    Does anyone else have this problem or had this problem and solved it? I'd love to get some ideas on how to fix this. I wonder if a fan would help or if it would just blow hot air around...

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    can you open a window? is it cooler outside? a dehumidifier may help too- my quilting room lights are pretty warm-sometimes i have to make sure the register is closed in that room & i set a fan up outside the room in the hall-to give some circulation- but it does move hot air around---you may want to shop for lights that do not get so hot- there are many to choose from- maybe more expensive but worth it in the long run---cooler lights & a dehumidifier (or window air conditioner) may be the answer- since it's below zero here today I can only (dream) of your warm room
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    How about changing your lights out for bulbs that are cooler yet bright or maybe an air-conditioner??
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    Can you install a ceiling fan with a light? I have one in my studio and the fan does make a difference.
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    I am not sure what you mean by "shop lights". To me that means four foot fluorescent and they do not create heat. If they are halogen bulbs they will create a lot of heat. I have those in my sewing room for multiple reasons. One, they DO create heat. Two, they don't flicker like fluorescents and three, they give truer color readings to me.

    My room is never too warm (extremely cold natured!) but I am extremely light sensitive. Maybe some of my methods would help you. What I do is turn them off while I am at the machine if it starts to get to warm in there. I prefer to sew with only the light on the machine, though. Also, my ironing board is in another room with poor lighting. I keep a floor lamp that has a reading light on it at my ironing board. I just turn on the reading portion while I iron.

    I think there is an OTT lamp that would work for that, too but this was much less expensive and I detest OTT lamps. I can see them flicker and they trigger migraines.

    I am sorry your craft room is too warm. Mine is rarely warm enough! Grass is always greener!

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    I am curious now... It doesn't get hot when I'm just in here unless the sewing machines and iron are on. Maybe it's just body heat lol. It is a large room. I should bring a thermometer in here and see what the temp does in here and when...
    Maybe it isn't the lights at all.

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    Are there floor vents you could close off for when you have a crowd in your room?

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    Its amazing how much heat an iron puts out into a room. I have a basement sewing room , and this time of year its a bit chilly. Once I turn on my iron.. the room gets warm very quickly.. so much so I don't need a space heater. I think you have several heat sources. Incandesent light bulbs put out alot of heat, so switch to the flouresant type where ever possible. Your iron if not needed should be off ( I know this is a tough one ..as I want my iron hot and ready). The motor of the machine does reject some heat into the room , but not very much. I think your issues are the iron, the lights and ... people. Remember we are all about 98.6 degrees and the more people in a room the warmer it gets.
    You need to exhaust the hot air .. can you open a window? A fan to help move cooler and circulate cooler air should provide some relief... but you need to draw air from a cooler source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric View Post
    I am curious now... It doesn't get hot when I'm just in here unless the sewing machines and iron are on. Maybe it's just body heat lol. It is a large room. I should bring a thermometer in here and see what the temp does in here and when...
    Maybe it isn't the lights at all.
    Do you have a window you could open?

    Was the heat on in the house, do you have central heat or electric baseboards in each room?

    Was the door closed?
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    I don't have a solution, I'm just chiming in to say that when I read "Hot Craft Room Help" I was pleased that you had a hot craft room helper...

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