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    What kind of lighting??

    My hubby wants to buy me a light for my quilting room for Christmas - yay! I currently have a few lamps (all on at the same time) that do not light the space very well at night. The brightest one next to my machine is so hot, I feel like I am tanning while I quilt! What kind of light should I get? I've been looking at the Ott lights on sale at JoAnn's. Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated.
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    I have florescent in/on the ceiling for entire room brightening and an Ott next to my machine, pressing and cutting area for directional lighting. The best of both because you can shut the Otts off that you don't need. Charlie

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    I have ott lites 5 of them. I love them.

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    I really like my ott light and use it for many things as well as sewing. (knitting, handwork, etc.) It works really good and I would certainly recommend one.
    Michelle

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    I LOVE my Ott lite over my machine and want to get one next to my chair for hand sewing/reading.

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    I bought a "generic" broad spectrum lite and it is wonderful; from this online store: http://www.firststreetonline.com/Hom...ions/Lighting/

    The replacement bulbs are reasonable also.

    If you have an overhead fluorescent fixture, you can put the daylight tubes in those and get excellelnt lighting which will give you true colors.
    Last edited by QuilterChick; 12-10-2011 at 07:05 AM.

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    I have two ott lights and love them both for different areas of work...someday i am going to buy the one at joanns that is on a floor stand and has different attachments (magnifier)and can be adjusted for directions lamps work better for me than ceiling fixtures and during the day there is great light from a bay window that is one whole side of the room

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    The Ott lights are great. If fact JoAnns has them all 50% off thru Dec 24. I'm looking at the flyer now.

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    I have a floor Ott light behind my sewing/cutting table. Works great. Plenty of light.
    This would be my suggestion. They are also suppose to keep colors true, not distort colors like flouresent bulbs.

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    Wink Thank you!

    Thank you so much for all of the suggestions and input.
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    I have found that using Halogen Bulbs in regular lamps, works very well. They really put out a beautiful light that is not hot or faded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caspharm View Post
    The Ott lights are great. If fact JoAnns has them all 50% off thru Dec 24. I'm looking at the flyer now.
    Plus there was a flyer that came in the mail for an additional 20% off on ALL items.
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    I purchased a stand up generic Ott light from Big Lots for about $26.00. Less that a fourth of the price of an Ott.
    Love it!
    Kathleen

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    My husband just put in a 4 ft hanging flourescent light fixture over my cutting table. I use the Daytime T8 flourescent bulbs in it. What a huge difference from the overhead fan/light, corner lamp and table top Ott. No shadows on my cutting. The Ott stands next to my sewing machine. Next will be a 6 ft. over my mid arm and a 2 ft. over my machine. Key is the daytime bulbs, they are just like the Ott. Good luck.

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    I just have the light "tree", they are not expensive at all; and put in the new (spiral) cool, day light bulbs. That works very well. I hate to have to buy the Ott light, then you'd have to buy those special light bulbs.

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    I have flourescent ceiling lights, a floor ott lamp and a desk ott lamp, and I think it's great - especially with my old eyes that don't see so well close-up any more. And yes, daylight flourescent bulbs for true colors.

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    The Ott lights seem to have the brightest light w/o all the heat. I have one and love it and want to get another. I haven't been able to go for the sale I had eyelid surg and you just can't do everything especially while you have the stitches in. I'm glad to hear the sale is still on maybe I can still get there I would love to have the floor standing one and move my other to the side of my sewing machine because the one I have like you feel like I'm sun tanning and it's not fun. Good Luck. Sue

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    I bought just the light bulbs from Joann's. I am moving into my sewing room in the basement. Wanted as much "natural" daylight as possible.

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    I got one from Menards for 20.00. it is very similar to the ott.

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    Me too same set up.


    Quote Originally Posted by charlie 1940 View Post
    I have florescent in/on the ceiling for entire room brightening and an Ott next to my machine, pressing and cutting area for directional lighting. The best of both because you can shut the Otts off that you don't need. Charlie
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterChick View Post
    I bought a "generic" broad spectrum lite and it is wonderful; from this online store: http://www.firststreetonline.com/Hom...ions/Lighting/

    The replacement bulbs are reasonable also.

    If you have an overhead fluorescent fixture, you can put the daylight tubes in those and get excellelnt lighting which will give you true colors.
    I just this minute bought the exact same lamp on Overstock.com for $44.95 and free shipping.

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    I love my Ott lights.

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    I have3 Ott lightes, one for each area I work in and don't know what I did before them. They make my work bright and so much easier to see. Except when I embroider with black, no matter what light I use it is still hard for me to see inorder to do neat stitching. Merry Christmas .

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltedCritterLady View Post
    My hubby wants to buy me a light for my quilting room for Christmas - yay! I currently have a few lamps (all on at the same time) that do not light the space very well at night. The brightest one next to my machine is so hot, I feel like I am tanning while I quilt! What kind of light should I get? I've been looking at the Ott lights on sale at JoAnn's. Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Big Lots has the greatest floor standing Ott Lites. They are just very low priced and look just like the really high priced ones. They are in the back of the store, by the furniture. I have had mine 5 years and just love it. I also use the lamp that clamps onto my machine. They are awesome. Hancock's has a tiny one very cheap. Joann's has a clamp on one that is large and has great lighting. There is no need to buy the high priced ones. Save your money for something else.
    Karen from Appleton, Wisconsin

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterChick View Post
    I bought a "generic" broad spectrum lite and it is wonderful; from this online store: http://www.firststreetonline.com/Hom...ions/Lighting/

    The replacement bulbs are reasonable also.

    If you have an overhead fluorescent fixture, you can put the daylight tubes in those and get excellelnt lighting which will give you true colors.
    Thank you so much for this link! DH just got me one for my birthday, and I love it!

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