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    Lighting Over Cutting Table

    What kind of lighting do you have over your cutting table. I have just the room ceiling light but want to put something else in. Was thinking about track lighting but worried that it will get to warm. I have really low ceilings. I also have a problem with glare on my rulers. Is there anything that will help with that?
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    i have a stand up ott light love it!!!!
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    i cut at the kitchen counter/peninsula with a 4-bulb fluorescent light. i don't have a problem with glare on the rulers.
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    I have a 4 ft fluourescent light. It is hung a bit behind me when I cut; thus no glare.

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    I have track lighting and have the lights positioned so that don't get any glare.

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    I have the ceiling light, which has 3 of the new fluorescent bulbs in it. However, my cutting table is in front of a huge picture window, so mostly I have natural light.

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    I have two Ott lights plus another two desk lights and a standing light over my cutting area. I have a 24"x72" cutting board and need all the light I can get. I wish I could afford more Ott lights. Some day!
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    I have a stand up ott light and since my sewing room is on the top floor in an eave, we put in one of the solar tubes over in the sewing eave, it gives off bright great daylight all in the sewing nook. (kinda like a round skylight but made to increase light). I would recommend them for a dark room, or bathroom with no windows. It was worth every penny!!
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    I have a ceiling fixture that has 4 , 4 ft flouresant bulbs, plus a small desk style ott light directly on the cutting table. I really find any shaddows from lights to be so annoying. I thought about track lighting , but they did not provide enough light for my purposes. I wanted brighter than daylight.

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    When I started quilting we took out the small, dim ceiling light and put in track lighting. It was a disaster - expensive bulbs that were supposed to last a long time kept burning out, and the lighting was very hot. We recently replaced it with a 4' fluorescent fixture, and that has been great. It's cool, the bulbs are close to natural light, and the whole room is brighter.

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    I am fortunate to have a double 9 ft florecent that runs above my cutting table and sewing table. No glare, perfect light -
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    My cottage owner took out the weak ceiling light and put in two 4 ft., two-bulb, fluorescent lights about four feet apart in my sewing studio. I adore the light, it's fabulous! Cheap from Lowe's, about $40 total, and easy for a good Do-It-Yourselfer to manage.

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    I had the same problem with glare so I spray my rulers with 2 light coats of Minwax Polyurethane Clear Satin finish. Works really well!

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    What kind of lighting do you have over your cutting table. I have just the room ceiling light but want to put something else in. Was thinking about track lighting but worried that it will get to warm. I have really low ceilings. I also have a problem with glare on my rulers. Is there anything that will help with that?
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    Purchased one of the Ikea mini flood light sets -- it has 3 separate lights which are quite small - which were attached to cabinets above my cutting surface. Its a little more than 12 inches above my cutting surface and set far enough back that its totally out of my way. Due to the small size there's hardly any heat from each light and it gives me the maximum lighting for cutting and putting things together so I can see in great detail. No glare and no shadows. I want to put some more of these types of lights over each set of bookshelves (with fabrics on the shelves) so I can see the colors of each fabric much better, too. Very cheap solution. Love Ikea!

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    I have an ott light over my cutting table.
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    I use what is called an Architect lamp from Staples ($10-$15) has a clamp to attach to the table with a 48" fold -in-half arm that you can position anywhere you need it. I use a G.E. Reveal Bulb 100 w and gives me good clear, true color light. Use the same thing on my sewing table and quilting table.
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    I tried Ott Lights 2 of them but they didn't provide the overhead light I needed, and we do not have any overhead lights in my sewing area (converted the attached garge into my sewing space.) While at Lowe's the other day, I stumbled upon a 4 foot shop light that can plug into the wall. We have some industrial type of ceiling tiles over my sewing machine, so I just screwed in the hangers and then hung the light right over my machine - voile I have great light now and all for the price of twenty bucks.
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    Bell and Howell is what I have but it looks like these. Just set it where I want. I also use one next to me for sewing in my treadle
    http://www.amazon.com/Trademark-Glob...ght+floor+lamp

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    I use a floorlamp that has four gooseneck lamps attached. I can bend and move each one to shine where I need it.
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    An Ott floor lamp is wonderful for sewing. I actually own two of them. One is for my machine sewing area. The other one sits next to the sofa where I do my hand stitching. It has a wonderful bright light without hurting your eyes.

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