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Thread: Ott-Lites

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    I see these Ott-Lites in all the quilting magazines. Does any one have one? I really need a lamp next to my machine but am afraid to spend that much money if they're not that much better than and ordinary lamp. Any comments?

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    I'm glad you started this thread because I am thinking of buying an Ott Lamp too. I think the selling point is that it shows "true color".

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    I baught one and returned it. I didn't find it to be very bright. As you know they are very expensive

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    I have an Ott-Lite and love it. I mainly use it when I am doing handwork.. whether it is embrodiery / redwork, hand piecing, handquilting or ripping out a mistake! LOL! I occassionally use it when I am sewing on my machine.. mostly if I have a fabric that is difficult to see.. like sewing with black thread on black fabric. I do think it shows truer colors than regular lightbulbs.

    Watch JoAnn's. They have 50% off Ott-Lite sales several times a year. I bought a travel size one so that I could move it around as needed. I also bought a floor model for my mother. She doesn't sew, but has trouble with her eyes and the Ott-Lite has made a huge difference in her ability to see crossword puzzles and books for reading.

    Barb C.

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    Hi Kathy, In the.............. storage and organization?......... thread Lucia wrote some info re Ott lites.................."Do you have in your area any Big Lots or Job Lots stores? I bought at Big Lots floor Otte light lamps for $29.00! Actually I think they are called Easy Reading. When I went to their site I found they are the makers of the Otte lights.".........is her info, I am just passing it on. Good luck. 8) Betty

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    I have a floorlamp with three bendable lights at the top It has frosted plastic sides and I have added grow light bulbs You bend them every which way you like. You can set them as close as you like or flood the room with light. The grow lights seem to give more light with out glare. My lamp came from Lowes homecenter.

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    I almost bought an Ott light, but when I started comparing brands online I decided on an UltraLux light instead. If you go to the site listed below, you can compare their brand with other brands. I love my UltraLux.

    http://www.fullspectrumsolutions.com/



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    Thanks Minda, I think I may get one after the holidays. They look good to me.

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    Glad I could help. I see they now have a light called BlueMax that looks interesting. If you decide on the UltraLux, I hope you like it as well as I do.

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    I Have an ott- light..I love mine....I need another one...I brought mine out of my sewing room and into the living room....well, Hubby Loves it..it is a floor style...He loves to read with it on.........So...I will wait ...and get me one that sits on the desk in my sewing room....I bought mine at Joanns..Bev :-)

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    Well when I got my gas card bill they had some kind of
    'true light" lite so I ordered and JoAnns had a 1/2 off sale this past weekend so I ordered an Ott-Lite. They're both floor lamps but haven't gotten either yet. My quilting frame is in the living room so I need one there and in my sewing room I only have the overhead light. I'll let yall know which one I like best.
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    I have just retired and my Board of Directors gave me an Ott Lite as a retirement gift. I love it! It makes hand sewing especially in the evening much easier to see than just normal light. It is fairly light weight too, so I can move it from the livingroom to the sewing machine with no trouble. I think it is well worth the money. Good luck Marylou

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    they now sell the ott-light bulbs at one of the home stores -- home depot, i think. haven't tried one yet, but will as soon as the post-holiday fabric purchases are paid off!

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    I was wondering if you could use their bulbs in another lamp. I guess it would have to be one that takes that type bulb. I just put a new lite in my aquarium that says it brings out the color of the fish. I'm gonna compare it against these high dollar lamps I've ordered, might can use them for replacement bulbs.
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    they make the ott-lite bulbs for specialty bases as well as regular screw-in sockets or florescents.

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    I've been reading about the Ott lights and was told that if the lighting is the only feature you are after, than just buy a special bulb and put it in your own lamp. I bought one of those GE spiral type bulbs which is a daylight 60 using only 13 watts and put it in a bridge arm lamp and it seems to work great. I use it for cross stitching. It says it is an 8000 hour long life. Anyone else tried this?

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    I have those in my ceiling fan and they're okay for general lighting but if I actually need to see something very well they don't cut it
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    Are there different kinds of Ott bulbs - like true color and full spectrum?
    Any suggestions which one would be ok for cross stitching? I'm happy to
    hear that Home Depot is selling them. I thought that the Ott bulbs had a special base just to fit their lamps, but that is great if they will fit a standard lightbulb socket.

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    sorry, i didn't notice if the bulbs were different. i was there this wkend and happened to notice them. i will say they're not cheap (about $15), but a whole lot cheaper than buying the lamp! as for the type to buy, i can't say for sure. i remember (WAY back when) we had a true color light box at college. at the time they cost a small fortune, but the difference was astounding! things that seemed the same in normal light were totally different under that lamp! it was pretty cool back then. now, i guess it's common knowledge that lighting can change the appearance of color. well, good luck!

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    I have an Ott light that I use next to my machine & I love it... It's one of the small desk lamps that folds closed - I bought it at Office Depot, which was about $10 - $15 cheaper than at JoAnn's. The only difference I've found between mine & the ones advertised for sewers & quilters is that mine is black! :D

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    I couldn't afford an Ott light so I bought a full spectrum spiral flourescent light to go in my lamp for about $8. I love it and can see alot more with it. My mother bought a light similar to an Ott and loves it because she can see so much better, but honestly, I can see just as well with my $8 lightbulb.

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    I have two ott-lites - one for my floor quilt frame to hand quilt and one by my chair to do hand applique. I really like mine. Ott-Lites were the only brand available when I got mine.

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    I bought my first Ott Light quite some time ago. It was a table lamp. I liked it so much that I then bought a floor light. Of course I waited for the 50% off sales at Joann's. I've been tremendously pleased with them. But, I then went a little crazy and bought a "craft lamp" (Ott), and it's really cheaply made. I've never been able to get it into the right position for my needs, and it falls over very easily. It's made of plastic, gosh knows why, which makes it flimsy. Just a warning...Ott lamps are great, but don't buy the craft one. The difference in the kind of light they give off is amazing. It's like being outside on a sunny day. I also recently bought a sort of gooseneck one for my bedside table for reading in bed. It's wonderful too. Very heavy and well balanced. Remember you never have to pay more than 50% of the full price. Joann's on-line has them on sale very frequently. I also wait until I have a free shipping coupon.
    Bev in Florida 8)

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    Well I got my Ott-lite yesterday, with a 50% coupon from JoAnn's. Big differance. I didn't realize how yellow a regular lamp was. I didn't even have to use my bifocals. Now if I could just hit that lottery so I would have more time to enjoy it I'd be real happy. LOL
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    Yes, I have 2 Ott Lights. I bought the table models at JoAnn last year at the day-after Thanksgiving sale. Two for one. I have one on my sewing table to the back and left of the needle area. I love it for additional light for tired old eyes.

    The 2nd lamp I put on my bedside table and use it for reading at night. It makes a clear, bright light that makes reading small print easier.

    I saw an ad for firstStreet lamps and checked their website. they have a nice table lamp that I will consider buying for my living room. Has anyone bought any of these lamps???

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