In my new sewing studio, I love everything but I’m not 100% in love with my lighting. I had asked for florescent tube lighting but Vince and the builder overruled that request and installed the canister lights. There are 17 of them in the sewing room but they just didn’t provide enough lighting. We switched out the regular lights to LED bulbs around the sewing area/cutting table and that helped a little . . probably not enough for the initial cost of those bulbs.
I rarely come back over and sew at night because the lighting just isn’t sufficient. I have an Ott light and a little desk light that I can point to where I need light but sewing at night isn’t pleasant due to the lighting.
When I heard about the Ecolux Lighting system, I hoped that would solve my problem and I’m happy to say that so far, I’m thrilled with the light it provides.
This is my machine with the regular sewing machine light on. Apparently this model (a 1992 Bernina 1230) has two bulbs but my switch is going out (not the first time) and sometimes only one bulb will come on which makes the lighting situation even more dire. With the camera flash and it being daylight when the photos are taken, you aren’t seeing how bad it truly is but with old eyes and poor lighting, that makes for some not so great sewing conditions.
Notice there’s a sticker on this machine too. More of the “Chad decorations” from 20+ years ago.
Here it is with my Ecolux light installed.
It makes a fantastic difference! What I like most is that the light strip is shining straight down and with it mounted under the top of my machine, at no time are the lights shining in my eyes. I also like that it has an on off switch and the cord is plenty long enough. I wish Apple would take a lesson from these folks and give us a little more cord for the iProduct chargers!
These strips come in various lengths to fit small machines like the Featherweight or larger machines like the longarms.
When I travel with my Singer 301, I’m always hauling a portable Ott light so I got an Ecolux for my 301 too. Not having to pack the Ott light will be great . . and not having to worry about it falling off my little sewing table in hotels or at retreats will be even better!
If you aren’t 100% pleased with the lighting on your machine, check out Ecolux Lighting.
Vince, on the other hand, may not be so pleased with my new light because I’ve been coming back to the sewing room and sewing late at night now that I have the new light! 🙂