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Light for Fine Needlework

Updated on December 29, 2017

See Your Stitches More Clearly!

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Better Vision = Better Work

Ideally, we would all do our needlework and artwork in a room with plenty of natural sunlight. Fluorescent and incandescent bulbs give off light that distorts true colors and is harsher on the eyes than natural light. OttLite full-spectrum lights offer the closest thing to natural sunlight for lower eyestrain and better vision. They also don't produce much heat and are energy efficient.

OttLite products provide perfect task lighting solutions in a variety of situations, such as:

  • detailed needlework, e.g. sewing seed beads on a wedding gown,
  • lighting up dim work areas while working on dark fabrics, and
  • matching and coordinating color swatches for quilting.

My favorite light, the task lamp, is lightweight and compact--perfect for moving to any place I need extra light. Just plug it in, then unfold it to turn on the light. To turn it off, simply fold the lamp closed. This light is good for a reading lamp, desk lamp, or bedside lamp.

This nearsighted knitter and dressmaker loves to knit tiny stitches on tiny needles and sew fine details on special dresses. As my own eyesight aged, I found it more difficult to do things I had done since childhood: threading needles, beading, reading small knitting charts, and sewing with dark thread on dark fabrics. While getting progressive lenses in my eyeglasses helped, my OttLite made a real difference, too. I won my task lamp through an internet contest. When it arrived, I was thrilled to see how bright the light was; yet the light was not harsh at all. Colors look true, so I won't mistake off-white thread for white thread or navy for black.

I highly recommend this light for sewing tables, desks, and nightstands. I'd love to install full-spectrum lighting in my kitchen, too. I have black granite counter tops and sometimes lose things in the inferior fluorescent light of my kitchen.

If your eyesight is not what it used to be, don't give up the crafts you love. Try an OttLite and feel younger again. This superior, full-spectrum light can brighten up a northern room or cheer up your desk on a rainy day.

See True Colors for Better Color Coordination

Natural light is essential if you must match colors for quilting, painting, or other color work. Full-spectrum lighting is also great for reading or for sorting black socks from navy blue ones!.

What fine needlework do you do?

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Have you tried an OttLite or other specialty craft lighting solutions? What did you think?

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      4 years ago

      This is on my wishlist!

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      Pam Irie 

      5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      No, I haven't, but I definitely need one of these! I enjoy crochet and sewing in the evenings and I have given up some of those at night because my eyesight just isn't what it used to be. Love the review on this product. Thank you!

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      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I couldn't craft evenings at all without my craft light. I like to crochet while watching TV in the evenings, but even with both lamps on, I absolutely cannot work with dark yarn at night. My OttLite solved that problem quite well. I even found it helpful for working with plastic canvas. My old(er) eyes don't see those little holes as well these days. LOL.

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      5 years ago

      Excellent idea!


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