Studios are as different as each quilter, each meeting the creative needs of its artist. But the one thing they all hold in common is the need for light.
Let’s explore a few of the key areas you’ll want to brighten.
Design Area – Tracing, transferring, and altering patterns makes uplighting a must in the design area. A light box, table, or pad with at least 12″ working area will save you hours standing in front of a window trying to finish working before the sun goes down.
Cutting Table – A bright overhead source is critical for accurate cutting and safety. Position the cutting surface under a main light and add any spotlights necessary for shadowed areas.
Ironing Table – An overhead light here is also the perfect solution for most ironing tasks. A wall mounted spot light also offers great assistance with detailed fusing or seam trimming.
Sewing Area – Many quilters rely on their sewing machines to provide the main source of light for this area, often resulting in eye strain after hours of quilting. The addition of a positionable table lamp offering different types of light (e.g. warm/cool) offers relief to the eyes and makes it easier to work with some fabrics, not to mention helping with detail work. Some situations call for a light you can put right where you need it.
Handwork Area – Our eyes need all the help they can get with detail work so more light with the most options is fantastic! Here warm light, cool light, and daylight help with seeing what you need to see the way you need to see it and allow you to adjust for fatigue. Again, the ability to position the light right where you need it is key to getting the perfect lighting for any of the many tasks quilters do in detail.
Quilting Area – Whether on longarms, home sewing machines, or hand quilting frames, quilting takes a completely different type of lighting. At times, it is important to have strong overhead light and at other times, it is important to see the shadows created by the quilting rather than looking at the fabric. To achieve shadow casting light, position a lamp that can dim at one end of your quilting and turn off any overhead lighting. When quilting, you are most affected by the colors and patterns in the fabric. Use warm or cool lights to relieve eye strain.
Where are your critical light areas? What lighting solutions do you use?
If you are searching for lighting solutions, here are a few we have available at special daylight savings prices! Just click on the photo to go to ShopAQS to find out more.
This LED lamp can change color temperature from warm white to daylight to suit your preference throughout the day. The lamp is dimmable to 5 settings. It is lightweight and portable, making it an ideal companion to take to classes or when traveling. The twistable shade allows you to direct the light where you need it.
Light source: LED
Lux output at 12″ : 930 Lux
Dimmer switch: 5 Step Dimmer
Energy consumption: 6W
Product dimensions: 14.4″ x 12.4″ x 5.7″
Maximum Reach: 16.9″
Product Weight: 1.6 lb.
Cable length: 59.1″
3 color Temperatures – Warm light ( 2,800-3,300)˚K, Cool light (4,000-4,500˚K) & daylight (5,000- 5,500˚K)
Bright daylight™ LEDs provide true color matching at 5,500˚K setting
Easy Twist Shade
The Stella Task lamp allows the user the ability to move the light around the work surface as desired. The weighted base keeps the lamp steady while the flex arm allows for the light to be rotated in practically any direction. Controls are located on the base and can be adjusted with a light touch of the finger. Features include 5-stage dimming, Tri-Spectrum Technology, and LEDs rated to last 50,000+ hrs at full power before any diminishing in light quality occurs. That means no bulbs to replace!
Product Weight 2 lb. 9 oz.
Product Dimensions (Folded) 11.5″ x 7.5″ x 11.5″
Product Dimensions (Max) 22.5″ x 7.5″ x 7.5″
Nominal Wattage 10W
Max Wattage 14W
Warm White 2800 K
Natural White 4000K
Cool White 5500K
The powerful LED Table Lamp is ideal for all types of needlework, sewing and quilting. The lamp provides a long arm reach of 35½” and a wide, even light coverage, which is ideal for large work surfaces. The daylight light source reduces eye strain and glare for healthy vision and allows true color matching. Lamp base sold separately; table clamp included.
Light source: LED
Lux output at 12″: 1,630 Lux
Light colour temperature: 6000°K
Energy consumption: 5W
Product dimensions: 25.6″ x 29.9″ x 0.8″
Maximum Reach: 35½”
Product Weight: 2.2 lb.
Cable length: 94.5″
Supplied with high quality metal clamp
Daylight™ LEDs provide true color matching
The LightPad’s® sleek, contemporary design makes it more user-friendly than ever. Advanced Super Bright LED technology allows the LightPad to shine brighter, run cooler, and use less energy—providing up to 50,000 hours of maintenance-free creative brilliance.
12″ x 17″ / 305 mm x 432 mm illuminated area
14.6″ x 19.6″ x .7″ / 371 mm x 498 mm x 17.5 mm total size
Super Bright LED lamps provides a perfect, evenly illuminated surface
Maintenance free LED lamps last up to 50,000 hours = 4 hours a day x 35 years
Durable and attractive extruded aluminum frame and chrome steel corners
Double layered illuminated surface for a firm work surface
Compact 5/8″ profile (15.97 mm)
Includes custom protective storage sleeve
Power supply: AC/DC Adapter /100V – 240V, 50/60 Hz