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Thread: Ott Lights

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    I've been wanting to add another Ott Light to my sewing space, but had balked at the price for the floor lamps. I almost picked one up at JoAnn Fabrics this weekend when they were on sale; however, they didn't have the model I wanted. The prices ranged from $75-99 on sale.

    When I was at Lowe's hardware store about an hour later looking at lamps, I happened upon an Ott Light floor lamp for $55.00 which looks remarkably like the one that JoAnn sells for $180 online. The biggest difference is that mine is black, which I prefer. They had very good prices on one of the table models as well.

    Cheers, K

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    Isn't that just amazing!! Amazing what the profit margin for these stores are isn't it.

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    That goes to show us that we have to think out of the box when buying things for our quilting rooms. And the best part is that you saved $ for more fabric.

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    You can also sign up on their website and they will send you notices of sales, specials, etc. They will run 2 for 1 sales periodically, too

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    I got an awesome deal on a Ott-lite from Lowe's a few years ago. I don't remember the price, but it was like 1/3 of what the same model was at Joanns.

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    You will want to check, but my Lowe's actually carries the replacement light bulbs for about a third of the cost at the fabric stores. When I find them, I always purchase a couple because they don't have them all the time and they go fast.

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    Yep - mine carries the replacement bulbs as well. I was very excited to see that.

    Cheers, K

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    thanks for letting us know that Lowe's carries Ott lights as well as Joann's

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    Great to know!!

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    I got one at Big Lots for around $30 that is also very similar to one of the ones they sell at JoAnn's. It's a bendable floor lamp. I keep it by my recliner for reading and hand sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Isn't that just amazing!! Amazing what the profit margin for these stores are isn't it.
    You should look at the markup at RV stores!! SHEESH. And I found a catalog for jewelry....one the professionals use. The markup on jewelry is 70%!!!!!

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    Replacement bulbs are the issue with these lamps so if you buy one, be sure you buy a couple of replacement bulbs. Once they don't carry that same lamp, they will stop carrying the replacement bulbs. You can find them online but I had to order 6 for my lamp at a time which can be pricey.

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    Is the Ott a brand name, or the kind of lighting? Is it what they call a full spectrum bulb? I need a good light to sew and read by, so really need this info.

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    Ott is a particular brand of the full spectrum light. I use mine to scrapbook, cross stitch and quilt by.

    Cheers, K

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    I bought mine at Lowes, as well. Much cheaper to begin with and it was on sale so that made it an even better deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Isn't that just amazing!! Amazing what the profit margin for these stores are isn't it.
    You should look at the markup at RV stores!! SHEESH. And I found a catalog for jewelry....one the professionals use. The markup on jewelry is 70%!!!!!
    Absolutely right!!! I've been buying supplies at our local ADAP (American Discount Auto Parts) store. They have a small section with RV supplies much less expensive than Camping World. If I wasn't so P.O.'d at Walmart for getting rid of their fabric section, I'd buy stuff there.

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    Boy if you can get the same Ott light for $55, get it. They are just great. I use one all the time.

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    I got an Ott floor lamp at Hobby Lobby that I found in the 85% off section. I asked the clerk to plug it in to see if it worked, it didn't! I pushed the bulb the rest of the way in and it lit!!! Love my new $15.00 Ott lamp :lol:

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    I also have an Ott light (bendible floor model) that my daughter purchased for cheap at Big Lots. Love it! Always pays to check around and not be in too big a hurry. There are places where things we need for quilting, etc. are much cheaper than at the fabric stores.

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    I have purchased 3 of the floor lamps - at Big Lots. The first 2 were only $29.99 each. The last one I bought to take to our cabin in Michigan this summer was $39.99, but still a bargain. They all came with an extra bulb, and they look and work just like the actual Ott lights.

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    I have 2 Ott Lites and one standing lamp that I bought at Big Lots. Only difference was the price! Big Ott Lite was over $100, table model was $79, and Big Lots lamp was $30. Such a deal!

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    My son is a tattoo artist and he swears by the lights that they sell at Big Lots.They look like the Ott lights except the tops are wider.He prefers them over the Ott lights for his close up work and they run around $39.00. I have two of them and I also like them better!

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    Dear quilt/sewist friends,
    Please be careful using your Ott Lites around your computerized sewing machines if you have a LCD viewing screen. A good friend of mine ruined her $8,000 Janome.
    She kept her ott lite shining directly on her machine...and the LCD window. One day she turned her machine on and she had nothing on the LCD...she couldn't see what mode/style she was sewing and could not change modes or anything. When she contacted Janome, they said that she would have to send the machine to Janome and it would cost about half of the machine cost to replace the computerized screen. This has been 7 years ago, perhaps the display screens are more durable to light sources....I continue to hear that sunlight and these lamps can do damage to these screens. I use my Ott lite all the time, but cover the display screen when I turn on the lamp. Better safe than sorry.
    D in TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccrow99
    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Isn't that just amazing!! Amazing what the profit margin for these stores are isn't it.
    You should look at the markup at RV stores!! SHEESH. And I found a catalog for jewelry....one the professionals use. The markup on jewelry is 70%!!!!!
    Absolutely right!!! I've been buying supplies at our local ADAP (American Discount Auto Parts) store. They have a small section with RV supplies much less expensive than Camping World. If I wasn't so P.O.'d at Walmart for getting rid of their fabric section, I'd buy stuff there.
    Check to see if they still have their RV dept. Ours got rid of that too, so now the pink winterizing bottles are much more expensive at Camping World. Unfortunately WalMart has a reputation of coming in, running a lot of small businesses out that just can't compete, and then dropping that dept. so customers are left high & dry. WalMart is not a place I like to shop.

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    I've found some great buys here:

    http://www.jhittlesewing.com/sewing/catalog.php

    Unfortunately, I don't see Ott on the list. There might be some other lamps though. They are offering wholesale prices to the public, and I've had good luck. Things come FAST too.

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