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Thread: Lighting for new sewing room

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    So glad this thread was started..as we just installed the Halogen, we just called the contractor and having them replaced. We were afriad that the house would burn down....we thought it was just our lights prior to reading this thread. Even though they will not start a fire we do not like how hot they are and in a very short period of time. I do learn a ton on this site!!!

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    Oh one other thing did just learn. All light bulbs have a daytime, night time and one other...can't remember..when we put the lights in our new light fixture one three looked brown and one white. We thought they sent us the wrong holder the light. it was the bulb instead and they explained the different lights (Day, evening etc.) we had no idea...we now will start ready the light package. ; )

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    My DH put in a 36" fixture up on the ceiling of my tiny 7x10 sewing/quilting room and we used kitchen/bath "flo" in it. Wonderful light, close to true light and really easy on these old eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ View Post
    I changed out all my lights to these and I love love love them. Had halogens in a previous home and hated the heat they gave off, and I did not find the light nearly as clean and bright as the daylight fluorescents.

    I have to agree with the above, we purchased new lighting for my sewing room which is 12 ' by 14 feet - 18 inch circular flourescent daylight and I am very pleased with the light, it is just like stepping outside into the daylight. If I am feeling tired - I can go into my sewing room and have no feelings of being tired after a couple of minutes - the lighting just seems to make me more energized. I would highly recommend these to anyone thinking of putting in new lighting. You can also get a variety of sizes to choose from. We took off the cover to show that it has two circular bulbs inside.Name:  P1000552.JPG
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    My husband put up track lighting for me last fall. We used halogen. They were great during the late fall and winter, but this spring and summer they were so hot it was over 80 in my sewing room most day. Two weeks ago we replaced the halogen track with LED track lights. They put out much more light and are so much cooler. They cost more, but the lamps should still be burning long after I am no longer using the room!

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    I had halogen lights in my old sewing room (actually , they are still there, I just have a new sewing room!) and I didn't like them. The light was great, but they put out a lot of heat. It was OK in the winter, I just turned the thermostat down, but it was hot in the summer. It fought the airconditioner.

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    I'm also interested in the right lighting, we are building a new home and am looking at putting in several recessed lights or fluorescent lights, don't know which to do, but need to make up my mind very shortly, any help?

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    There are 2 types of LED lights. I always look for the daylight bulbs. They are nice and bright. The warm light bulbs are a mellow color and seem not as bright. Luann
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    Hi! I'm in the process of locating replacement for my halogen "sweat shop" track lighting!! It was fine all winter but I like the flex of the swirly track but not the heat.. i literally strip down to sew... I'll bite the bullet and get LED's to light up the room and not turn it into a sauna!

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    I just got replacement LED 's for my halogen. When I got them home I noticed that they said non-dimmable. The fixture in my sewing room has a dimmer. I'm going to put them in the one in my kitchen that has no dimmer and try them out for color and brightness. I will double check with Home Depot to see if it's ok to put them in a dimmable fixture, just not use the dimmer switch. I don't want to take the chance and blow them, they cost $12.00 a piece!!

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    Best light I ever had was a shop light with fluorescent lights. In new sewing room I have under cabinet throw away fluorescent lights. I have three of them under the upper cabinets. I cut and iron on the 90" countertop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    Those new lights that look like spirals. Suppose to be more efficient. I have a lot of natural light that comes into my sewing room. BUT I have sunny yellow walls. I really don't have trouble with the colors when I have the blinds open. We have binocular neighbors. LOL! I wave at them often and they get out of their window quickly then I put up my design panel wall and they give up! LOL!
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    Thank you, all, for your input. I decided to go with halogen track lights. They were installed in my new sewing room this morning. I've worked under them all day today, and so far they've not felt too hot. The light is terrific, and my quilts look very different. I've been quilting in the dining room, which is yellow with an orange accent wall. The walls in my sewing room are a light gray. Now I have to get the rest of the room set up, and my quilting frame comes in the middle of August. Can't wait!!

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    I am also redoing my sewing room and at the moment I have a ceiling fan with 4 bulbs, not good...i am considering putting in the new LED recessed lights, I dont want to go fluorescent and look like a shop, any suggestions?
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    The halogen floor lamp I have gets way too hot. I am about to replace it. Not only is it uncomfortable in the summer to work near it , I think it may be a fire hazard. I have multiple lamps around the room (a guest room/craft room) but would love to find something bright and out of the way that's close to my sewing machine .So I am reading others' suggestions here as well.

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