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Thread: Poor LA quilter's light system

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    Poor LA quilter's light system

    I wanted to post this in pictures so anyone who wants a light system for their LA machine and doesn't want to spend hundreds of $ can build their own (with the help of DH). The height and length of mine is 7' tall by 12'6" long. It is secured to the frame with clamps and screws (even put a rubber leg caps on to protect the carpet). Because of my anal personality I had my DH cut holes in the top of the pipe so all the electrical would be running through the pipe, not sitting on top and the lights would be flush with the pipe.

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    Galvanized lead pipe 1 1/2" dia.
    5 metal shaded clip-on lights (used in shops and garages); the clips come off
    electrical cord (for rewiring lamps into one single power source.

    Total cost about $130
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    Perfect!!!

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    a great system... but i'm afraid that i have to take umbrage with the comment about having the DH help... some of us women are quite capable of making this all on our own
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    No offense meant. But cutting five rectangles in a round metal pipe was not what I wanted to do.
    Joyce

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    You used LEAD???? it must weigh a ton!
    It is a great design, I think my hubby would have it made out of aluminum, or possibly steel, lead is so very heavy along with the softness of the metal and the dangers using lead I'm surprised that was your choice. Great light bar though!
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    Wow! I love to see how ingenious people are when it comes to recreating something. It's amazing how much money can be saved with a little time and effort. Kudo's to you and your husband!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    You used LEAD???? it must weigh a ton!
    It is a great design, I think my hubby would have it made out of aluminum, or possibly steel, lead is so very heavy along with the softness of the metal and the dangers using lead I'm surprised that was your choice. Great light bar though!
    Its actually called galvanized lighting conduit pipe. Because of the length needed anything else would have bowed greatly. The longest the pipe comes is 8ft.; so it is joined in the middle and does still have a slight dip.
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    That is awesome!!! Great job.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Great job and how wonderful to have so much light!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    a great system... but i'm afraid that i have to take umbrage with the comment about having the DH help... some of us women are quite capable of making this all on our own
    I agree, I'd be the one having to show HIM what to do LOL! The lighting system looks GREAT, but did you mean LEAD pipe? It looks like galvy steel, no?
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    Well done! Now if I only had a long arm.

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    Great project! Really well done. Thanks for posting.

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    I like it and the price is right thanks

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you. My DH will see this very soon.
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    We are not only creative with quilts, but also with what needs to be- to help us... You and hubby did GREAT

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    Great system. Kudos to you and husband. I would like to rig this up over my long table I use for cutting and where my Juki sits.May borrow the idea into something that will do for it. My lighting in this room is so frustrating. Thanks for sharing.

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    Great job! I asked my son in law to build one for me. He used steel and painted it black. He put track lighting on mine so I can move the lights around as I need them..Isn't is great to know the men can help us with our hobbies and have fun and be creative at the same time?

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    Looks great to me, I couldn't do it myself I am sure and I don't have a husband and have trouble finding anyone to do anything it seems!

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    Looks great. What type/size bulbs does it use?
    Sally

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    Wow! that sure is inventive! What a great DH you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Well done! Now if I only had a long arm.
    Same here, Tartan!

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    That is awesome thanks for sharing
    God Bless you all.
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    May be monitarily "poor" but intellectually "rich". Great idea.

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    Pretty darn cool.

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    It looks awesome. So ingenious. Great job!

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