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I am considering purchasing an OttLite. JA's has for sale this week. Large investment for me. My eyes need help and I am hoping this is the answer. Any advice or comments would be appreciated.
Chris

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Comment by katie on October 26, 2009 at 5:29am
I've heard similar comments about the Ott light not holding up well to being adjusted. Having said that, I do have a stylish floor lamp that I love...but I never adjust it. I have it positioned "just so" by my machine and leave it that way. The lamps are expensive, but provide wonderful light and the bulbs last forever. I prefer my sewing room bright enough to land a plane, and I really like the quality of light the Ott bulbs give.
Comment by Sue on October 25, 2009 at 3:59pm
Daylight bulbs are very helpful for me. However, a word of warning. I have purchase 3 tabletop Ott lights and they work well and are well worth the money. Since I often hand sew in the living room I wanted a more stylish lamp for that room. I purchased the nickel plated Lexington floor model. It has been a real disappointment. The adjustment for height has NEVER worked correctly. The last time I tried to adjust the height I tightened the set screw too lightly and the turning mechanism twisted off the frame. I contacted Ott and they wanted a ridiculous amount of money to repair it, so it went to the dump. So, in my opinion, don't buy the Lexington model.
Comment by sue in ne on October 25, 2009 at 1:49pm
I have 3 in different rooms for sewing and close work. Love them
Comment by Rose H on October 23, 2009 at 9:37pm
If you are referring to the Ott brand of light, yes it is pricey. Before you make the investment, you may want to consider purchasing some of the "daylight" curly flourescent light bulbs (that can be used in any lamp) at your hardware, Home Depot, Menards, etc. One of my quilt guild members suggested that to me and Wow, what a difference that makes. They give a bright white light that really makes sewing/reading easier. We use those bulbs even in our living room lamps and is so much better for our older eyes. I also purchased a floor lamp from Menards (like Home Depot) store, that has a bulb like the Ott lamps do. Bought it on sale for $19, usual price is about $40/$50 range. Believe Ott is over-priced as they were the first on the market with the daylight-like bulb. Just my 2 cents worth.
Comment by Priscilla King on October 23, 2009 at 7:12pm
I like mine especially for matching fabric colors with threads. I'm glad I got mine, but I waited for a good sale. It's also great when I'm doing paper crafts for the same reason - color matching.
Comment by Thea McCurry on October 23, 2009 at 3:24pm
I have several - I couldn't sew without them. Good for reading fine print (newspapers, phone book, etc) I take the portable with me to sewing classes.
Comment by Rita Long on October 23, 2009 at 2:35pm
I've had one of the small ones for several years and have found it to be of benefit.
Comment by Sewbusy on October 21, 2009 at 5:52pm
I'd like to know too. I just went to the eye DR and he "bumped" up my bifocal strength. We'll see if that helps.

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