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    Thanks Everyone! I'm glad to know it's not just me who can't see without lights everywhere. Tons of great info for me to explore so I'm not sorry later. I'm getting the idea that positioning the lights may be like at a photo studio - lights for all angles. I appreciate all the input and today I'm going to go Light Up my Quilt Life!

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    I have fallen in love with the bendable table light that Bonnie Hunter uses from Ikea. I've bought two and have asked a friend to pick up two more for me. They're only $10 apiece and come in an assortment o colors.
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    I use a floor model ott lite and it's bendable so I face it where it's needed, great lighting.

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    When we moved we ended up with some additional bedside lamps. One in particular is a while iron lamp with an arm. I put that to the right of my sewing machine and it give me great light for sewing or cutting. I hadn't thought about getting the ott light bulbs and not the entire ott lamps so I will try that as well.

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    I have the little florescent light strips that goes under the kitchen cabinets. The work great and give up plenty of light.

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    I use a clamp on swing arm desk lamp but drill a hole in the table to hold the light and then I can position the light where ever I need it.

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    My son gave me an Ottlite table light (bought at Jo-Ann's) for Christmas which I love (The light on my machine does not work). This light is slim line, adjustable, has an on/off switch on the base (the switch on my former light was in the cord and a nuisance to get to) takes up very little room at the left end of my sewing machine cabinet and I can direct the light where I want it. It's has a cool, bright, long lasting bulb. Great little light!

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    I use 2 Ott lights near my sewing machine and my husband made me an overhead light that can be moved over the cutting/work table to wherever I need it. I also have track lights that are controlled individually so I can use one track at a time depending on what I'm doing. Here is a photo.
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    Where do you get the ott bulbs? fabric store? I haven't looked for that sounds like a good thing to use with the lamps I already have.

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    The fairly new strips of LED lights mounted on the underside of your machine throat are wonderful. I would recommend the 6 strand even though they are somewhat expensive, they really light up the work place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I have the bendable bright light on my Janome 6600. It helps but I think I need a
    strip light like this. http://www.ecoluxlighting.com/. It was recommended by some
    QB members a while ago.
    I too have a Janome 6600 and found the lighting to be inadequate.

    I love the ecolux system -- but you can make your own for a much lower price. You would buy an LED light strip, typically at an auto store, wire them to a power source. Looking for the youtube video that shows how to do it...
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    I could not get by without my bendable brite lite, it is such a help as you can direct the light right onto your presser foot, I also have a small ott lite that I keep right behind my machine to shine the light right on my needle plate

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    My vote goes to Ott lites. I have several, some table to some bendable & some floor models. I just move them to the best location for me. I also have a clamp lite, magnifier that I bought from my SINGER dealer that is fantastic when I need close ups for stitch removal, especially on dark fabrics.
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    I have my sewing machine against the wall between two windows, then on the wall I attached a 30-inch fluorescent light. In the daytime I open up the blinds and there is plenty of natural light, and then I turn the wall light on at night and on cloudy days. My Janome Horizon has sufficient lights that allows me to sew without hurting my eyes. When I am doing dark fabrics, then I put an Ott light next to the machine. Sometimes I use one of those LED head gear that plumbers and carpenters use which I focus on the needle part.

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    OTT lights are the best! Joann's just recently had a deal buy a floor lamp for half price and get a desk light FREE! Well worth it! I have both using with my 6500 and they work great! Both are bendable so I can adjust the light right where I need it most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn View Post
    I have a Janome 6500, and the lighting on it is poor and my eyesight is needs help. I have a Ott behind the machine and then have 'Bendable' light attached to the side. So with those two I can see.
    I love using an Ott light, but my bulb just went out and the replacements are expensive. I've also used one of those attaching lights on a friend's machine, but the $40+ for each of those is prohibitive for me. Right now, I use a little bendy daylight light from IKEA that cost $10, and is just as bright as both those others and I can bend to focus it where I need it when sewing. Plus, it's RED.
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    There are all kinds of sizes of Ott lamps. They are very nice. JoAnn's has them, I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    Remember that you can buy Ott light bulbs inexpensively and use any old lamp that works for you.
    Agreed!...... or buy "sun or natural lighting" bulbs at your favorite hardware store and replace all the lamps (ceiling/floor/tabletop) in your sewing room/space....makes a hugh difference!
    You can choose to live your live as though nothing is a miracle; or as though everything is a miracle!

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    I use an Ott lite...A floor model and I love it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn View Post
    I have a Janome 6500, and the lighting on it is poor and my eyesight is needs help. I have a Ott behind the machine and then have 'Bendable' light attached to the side. So with those two I can see.
    i also have the 6500..love it!!! I have an ott light to the side but behind the machine..does great!

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    DooWop, your setup is really attractive. Love the colors. Whoops the quilter in me is coming out.

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    The ecolux lights are fabulous....I kept hitting the bendable light! They are a little spendy but work great!
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    I highly recommend the LED strip for the underside of the arm on your machine. http://www.ecoluxlighting.com/
    I have no affiliation - just a very pleased customer. I bought them for my Elna and FW. What a difference they make!


    Quote Originally Posted by PattyPid View Post
    Hi Everyone! I'm grateful for you sharing your good tips and discoveries. I've been learning a lot. I recently bought a new sewing machine and table for it and now need to do something about the lighting. Would you mind sharing what kind of lights you chose and where you've positioned them? I'm assuming directly overhead would leave your work in the shadows? These eyes need all the help they can get! Many thanks! ~ Patty

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    I work at a Janome dealer and the ecoluxlighting is great!! It comes in 2 different sizes...a small one with 3 lights and a larger one with 6. Depending on which machine you have as to which on will fit. It does fit right on your machine so it shines so that you can see what you are sewing. You can also buy extra light sections so that if you have more than one machine, you can move it from machine to machine just by plugging in the transformer.

    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I have the bendable bright light on my Janome 6600. It helps but I think I need a
    strip light like this. http://www.ecoluxlighting.com/. It was recommended by some
    QB members a while ago.

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