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    Light Advice for Basement?

    I went from using kitchen table for sewing,to a former utility area.It was small,but had cabinets & counter space.
    Now we're moving to another house where I will have a big finished basement room for sewing.There's only a couple "window wells"......too high to provide light.Most of 3walls will be open shelving,plus cutting table,sewing machine& ironing board along 4th wall.
    Have no idea what to use for lights,as I'll need more than just over the machine.
    Any advice on lighting a basement room? Thanks for your help.
    Pat C

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    A very cost effective method is using the fluorescent 'shop lights'. You can get the color correction bulbs (tubes) for them now, and they should work very well for you.
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    DH just removed quite a few fluorescent lights from the garage.Now to look up the full spectrum bulbs.Thanks so much.
    Pat C

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    I have fluorescent lights in my basement, with window wells. They work great. Above my quilt machine I was able to have track lighting installed so I can direct it a little better when quilting.

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    I like the fluorescent "cloud" lights - I use the "daylight" bulbs
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    I agree, shop lights. My DH installed one over my Quilting frame and machine, works great!.
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    I order full spectrum shop light tubes from Long Life Lighting. They have a huge, huge store with every bulb known on the planet. They even sell reproduction bulbs needed for the light fixtures from the early 1900s.

    Their price is reasonable on the full spectrum bulbs, and they ship extremely well. They've been in business over 30 years too!

    I organized four different quilt shop road trips a few years ago and we included this in one of the stops.
    http://www.lightbulbspecialist.net/fullspectrum.htm
    Last edited by Christine-; 04-17-2012 at 07:22 PM.

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    I have very little natural lighting in my sewing room, so I had hubby install 7 flourescent shop lights. I now have tons of light and can see very well.

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    I have 2 flourescent lights in my studio, each holds 4 bulbs. I just replaced all 8 bulbs with full daylight bulbs, looks much brighter and a different color lighting. Can anyone tell me the difference between the full spectrum bulbs vs the daylight bulbs? thanks
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    I have an unfinished basement with two window wells - about 3 ft square each, so larger than average. that I quilt in . I love having the space all to myself. We put flourescent bulbs in all the utility fixtures, then hung shop lights over my cutting area and over my sewing/ironing area. It works really well for me. And thanks to smiley Christine for the bulb link!
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