shed some (inexpensive) light...

Oh yes, the "new" fabric cutter has produced a LOT of interest!  Well I still need to do the video and gather resources but I promise it's worth the wait.  Until then I was just at IKEA and found some amazing lights that I think you're going to love.


I'm a big proponent of good lighting while sewing and let's face it, as our eyes age they need more light, I've certainly noticed..  If possible I insist my machines are always set up in front of the windows for as much light as possible.  If you've been online in the sewing world I'm sure you're aware of the options for add on LED sewing lights.


I'm sure these are all great products however since I'm always looking for a deal (half Scottish remember) and versatility I'm not into these "expensive" (to me) stick on lights.  I use multiple machines and want to be able to easily move my lighting source around quickly and easily.  Sometimes I also want to use my lights for other applications like macro photography and even (gasp) reading....  This new light I found is just the ticket and at a ridiculously new inexpensive price of $9.99 at IKEA (used to be 39.99!) coming in a variety of colors (including pink) I don't think you can go wrong.  Please take notice how long the flexible goose neck is, no need to get in the way of your work or hands.  Place the light exactly where it's needed and keep the base well out of the way.  The LED is extremely bright!

The advantages of LED lighting is that it's cool, no hand burning if you bump it, it's low wattage, and it's durable.  I used to use halogen spot lights and let me tell you they will not survive being knocked over plus they're hot and use lots of watts!  This awesome little lamp will provide a lifetime of light for very little money.  Get one, you won't be disappointed!


As a side note, they have a wall mounted version for $29 which doesn't make any sense to me, the higher price that is.  I could easily see having a few of the wall mount versions over the ironing table but not at that price.  I use the KVART double at right over my ironing table which is also $9.99 and uses compact florescent instead of LED, it's also a great buy and may work better for ironing with it's less focused yet bright light.






 Gosh my work space is always a bit messy isn't it?  I don't even want to show you the ironing table....  Talk about a catch all!  Will get to work on that cutting tool video ASAP!





9 comments :: shed some (inexpensive) light...

  1. Glad to see you are blogging again, Brian. Missed you. I mentioned your name on someone's blog today. People were commenting about narrow rolled hems, so I referred them to your Youtube vid. keep up the good work.

  2. What a great lamp, damn it that I don't live close to an IKEA store. Thanks for the heads up tho, I will definitely pick up a couple next time I am close to one.

  3. That lamp looks great. Time to do an Ikea run. Thanks, Brian!

  4. Excellent tip on the lamp, Brian, thanks!

  5. Hi Brian, glad to hear from you after so long!
    I know that lamp but (I've just checked) down under (Australia) it is $29.99!!! What a rip off ... Ikea is always doing that. I know it's a bit further and much smaller population base but whoa 3 times the price is a bit much. I'm know it's a great light but not the bargain it is there!. Lucky you!

  6. Wow, well I wouldn't pay that much! They have a wall mounted version for that price here but I'm confused as to why it would cost an extra $20 more not to have the base?

  7. I almost picked one of those up the last time I was there! Now I think I'll get a couple.

  8. You were so right about the lamp. I bought one and I love it. I's so bright. Thank you so much for the tip.

    CarlaF-in Atlanta

  9. Too funny I just had one of those poking inside my singer trying to figure out why the clutch won't disengage. Later I was plotting to mount 3 of those lights on a board, upside down with a maybe a pulley. Geesh maybe I better finish that pants waistband. :-)

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