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    Super Member petthefabric's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by shan View Post
    My sewing room is the bonus room upstairs. It has a ceiling fan with a light kit and that's it. I replaced the incandescent bulbs with the energy saving and MUCH COOLER fluorescent bulbs. I also use a $15 floor lamp with the attached bendable task lamp with regular incandescent bulbs for my machine table work. Both provide great lighting. And I have the choice of light 'tones' when I'm interviewing fabric. For all my handwork projects in front of the TV at night, I love my Ott lamp.
    Since I can't see your room, I'll say I think you have too little lighting. However, it's your room, so if it works for you, then it's great.

    My room has 2 overhead lights, 3 full spectrum light strips, a large north facing window (do my color picking during the day), ceiling, design wall and one wall are white for good light reflections and an OTT light at each sewing station. As I get older, I've added lights to the room

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfletcher View Post
    We installed inexpensive shop lighting from Home Depot or Lowe's (can't remember which but they both have them). Just hung them on hooks from the ceiling over my cutting table, ironing station and sewing machine. The cords run down the walls to the outlets but I just hung quilts over them and they are not noticeable. I think we only paid about $20 per light. They use florescent bulbs and provide me plenty of light.
    This is what I did also - best idea I had in about 10 years - I bought the daylight bulbs cheap and totally effective!
    A bed without a quilt is like the night sky without stars.

    http://californiaquilting.blogspot.com/

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    Great ideas from everyone......I know what I'm going to do above my machine! Now, if we could only find one that was just as stylish as they are useful....hmmmm
    Roxann

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    Thanks everybody for the suggestions.

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    I'm old, half blind and retired, so finding good lighting was imperritive for sewing. Couldn't afford much. Realized I was standing in my own light from the ceiling fan fixture when cutting and ironing. DH said ceiling wouldn't support much weight, so florescent fixtures were out. I bought four of the aluminum clamp-on shop lights from Lowe's. $8 each. Removed the clamp sections and hung them by their cords from the ceiling with toggle hooks. Stretched the cords over to the wall where I plugged into an extension cord that runs down to a plug. Plug end of the cord was stuck to the wall with double sticky tape. Each lamp has it's own on/off switch. Screwed in new twirlly bulbs and was wowed with light. Cheap, easy, lightweight and wonderful!
    But then you should see the one of a kind light that I use in the harp of my sewing machine!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marjoeal View Post
    ................ But then you should see the one of a kind light that I use in the harp of my sewing machine!!!
    Necessity is the Mother of Invention ... and you found a way to get the lighting you need. I I have some visual problems and have sorted mosted of it out ..... though am intrigued by your extra solution ......

    So do tell us about that one-of-a-kind light!
    Please?
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    Over 30 years ago my children and I made a Navity creche from salt dough and balsa wood. It had a place for the star at the top of the stable and my father (an electrician) made a small low watt light on the end of a fairly long cord to go behind the star hole. We still use the creche at Christmas, but now I use the light, taped under my sewing machine harp, to see what I'm sewing all year, and remember my sweet Dad everytime I see it.

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