7 December 2014

Let there be Light

Or more specifically, I have at long last equipped the paint station with a souped up lamp for the illumination of my toy soldiers whilst painting.


I have been steadily putting small amounts away over the last year in an effort to purchase one of these lamps as they retail in the UK at around £120.00, to some that is not a lot of cash but to my dear wife that is a lot out of the household budget on a fancy light bulb!

Now I have visited several blogs over the years and those that have these particular lights had nothing but praise for them and I wanted better light in the Great Hall. Not that the Hall has poor lighting in fact quite the opposite just at this time of the year the sun is so low in the sky I have to have the blinds closed or I cant see a damned thing.

Now I have used my trusty old lamp for several years it was adequate in that it gave a small pool of light from which I could apply my craft. But this lamp Ladies and Gentlemen is something else.

As you can see I have some daylight in the room and the lamp is installed and ready to light things up.

and that's the lamp switched on in a high position and it lights up the whole 4 feet wide section of the desk without any problem.

But lowered into my working position it is great and the extra clean light is a real bonus, and I don't suffer any shadow areas as I work now.

Okay so surely this thing costs a fortune to run, that will be a no! its got energy saving tubes in it 3 of them rated to 14w each the equivalent output of running a traditional 250w bulb for a fraction of the cost. Of course being a Daylight lamp its also handy to keep down the winter blues while I work as well.

I got this from Amazon while looking for something completely different but it had 30% discount applied bringing it down to £80.00 and I had saved up that much already so it became an instant purchase, I have been using this now for 1 month and already it is proving to be a great asset to me. I have not suffered as many headaches as I am not straining to see parts of figures anymore and the boost of light is helping with my moods too. Above all that I do believe it is helping me paint much better figures as I can see clearly the smaller details on them. I am also impressed with the solid construction of the lamp, and its flexibility, it can be put into many different positions and as a real added bonus it is superb for using to light my figures when taking pictures.

toodle pip for now
Loki

17 comments:

  1. Your not wrong, good lighting is key to producing great work. This looks just the job.. Might be in my upgrade plans for nex year , as I have two smaller ones at the moment.

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  2. Good lighting makes a huge difference for me as well. Glad you got yourself a good one.

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  3. Good lighting really helps a lot. Makes everything a lot easier and you don't tire as easily either so longer sessions aren't such an issue.

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  4. I might have to have one myself to do canvas! Nice Loki.

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    1. They are retailed as artists lamps so should really do the trick, but I dont do canvas so cant say for sure

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  5. Very nice, I like that - that should certainly save the old peepers.

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  6. Man that looks the business! I have three separate lights over my desk, but one like that would be enough. I'm sure this will be a real benefit to your work & your eyes will thank you :-)

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  7. Totally with you on this - good lighting is essential for all sorts of reasons. Might have to upgrade my own lamp now - that looks awesome :)
    Any back advice is also welcomed....?

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    1. its possibly the best £80.00 I have ever spent and really does improve the whole situation for painting and infact sculpting items as well

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  8. That's a great lamp ol' boy and at £80 you just can't go wrong!

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  9. Must admit my old desk lamp is a bit long in the tooth...might look at an update...

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  10. Light is the key to good painting especially if it is not casting shadows while painting. I am now looking at my lamps and thinking I need no.

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  11. Looks good. Added to my list for when I get my own mancave.

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  12. Good light is vital for good paintjob so I couldn't agree more.

    Good Luck with it !

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  13. I too could do with a better bit of lighting. This looks the part. Thanks Loki!

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  14. Excellent purchase by the looks. Every good painter deserves good lighting. cheers

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