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NaProus
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Posted - 10/23/2005 :  1:15:31 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
I'm considering buying an OTT light. But I don't quite understand how it works. Do I actually need to buy a specific lamp, or if I buy the bulbs, can I use them in lamps I already have?

Anyone want to "sell" me on one? Do you have one? Do you love it? was it worth it? I live in Vermont, so around this time of year, things start getting pretty grim (and dim) around here...

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/knitted.htm

truly violet
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Posted - 10/23/2005 :  1:46:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
there are cheaper alternatives to a 'ott'
I have two ott's but need to get new bulbs
they come with the bulb in it...and they are special bulbs.
but google 'daylight' bulbs
or color corrected bulbs


none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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hobbitknitter
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USA
2285 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2005 :  1:56:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit hobbitknitter's Homepage Send hobbitknitter a Private Message
I have an ott light
I reeeaallly like it, especially when I'm spinning- I do usually have another lamp on when I'm knitting, though.
It's a different kind of light, takes some getting used to.
Love mine!


~Sarah Elizabeth
 Spinners make the world go round.
Keep on knitting on!
~did I do something wrong, or has the world always been like this and I've been too wrapped up in myself to notice~
http://knitonespintoo.blog-city.com
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klfrazier
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Posted - 10/23/2005 :  2:04:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message
My parents gave me an Ott light for Christmas last year, and I sit under it every single day - sunny weather or not. Yes, it is absolutely wonderful for handwork, and does make it a lot easier to see what I'm doing. Yes, it also does help to alleviate some of the winter/bad weather blues by providing a good dose of light. (On really grey days I am drawn to the Ott light like a moth to a flame!)

Kristin
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KD in FLA :)
Chatty Knitter

257 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2005 :  2:15:28 PM  Show Profile Send KD in FLA :) a Private Message
I have the Ott light with magnigier in the LR for knitting & handwork, but just bought an Ott bulb for the swing-arm lamp I already had over my sewing machine.

It *is a different kind of light, as Sarah Elizabeth said, but well worth making the adjustment.

Kathleen

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mokey
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Posted - 10/23/2005 :  2:32:05 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
I love it. We have started replacing all the lamps in our home with Ott. I tried a different brand(I think it was Daylight or TruDay)but the light did not seem as clear. I also found the Ott doesn't give off as much heat as other types.

"An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr.
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lacylaine
Seriously Hooked

USA
993 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2005 :  2:53:50 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message
I love mine! I only wish I had held out for the pretty Lexington model instead of the utilitarian original model. Ott light bulbs for your regular lamps is a great idea but for handwork, something without a shade is a definite must.

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10
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KD in FLA :)
Chatty Knitter

257 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2005 :  3:33:56 PM  Show Profile Send KD in FLA :) a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by KD in FLA :)

...with magnigier


Ahem. That would be magniFier.

Kathleen

who probably should be considering an Ott light over the computer.
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NaProus
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Posted - 10/23/2005 :  3:43:38 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
Thanks, everyone! I'm still a little confused. We bought "full spectrum" bulbs from somewhere or other a couple of years ago, and it did make a difference. Are OTT bulbs going to be substantially different from that? And can I simply buy the bulbs and put them in my ordinary lamp?

(the fact is, I have a lot of -- rewired -- antique lamps and certainly don't want to replace them! But I am really interested in improving the quality and quantity of the light at home, especially during the winter months).

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/knitted.htm
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nwilson02
Chatty Knitter

USA
214 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2005 :  4:40:05 PM  Show Profile Send nwilson02 a Private Message
I have an OTT wanabe and it really does make a difference. I found mine at Wal-Mart for $30 and love it. I also just bought a table lamp OTT wanabe from Staples and it works great too. It's by Tensor and is called the Vision Max and was only $20, and the best part, it can use the OTT bulbs. I would have loved the real thing because they seem to be more substantial but I live in our RV full-time, and have learned the hard way, not to spend a lot of money on items because all the moving tends to break them.

Nancy
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gely
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33 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2005 :  5:07:43 PM  Show Profile Send gely a Private Message
If you have a JoAnn Fabrics nearby, they sell these lamps. I got mine last year on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. They usually have these lamps at about half price. I would not be without mine. It really helps relieve eyestrain.
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kekokat
Seriously Hooked

USA
845 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2005 :  5:54:45 PM  Show Profile Send kekokat a Private Message
I love my Ott also. I have the whole thing, not just the bulbs. I don't know how or if they can be cross pollinated.

At the very least, I would suggest you replace your task lamps with Reveal light bulbs. The difference is significant when looking at color and the overall feel is lovely. I was amazed re the color. I have three identical suspended lamps over the work area of my kitchen. I replaced all three lamps with Reveals. The room looks and felt great. Eventually, one of the bulbs blew and I replaced it with a regular old bulb I had on hand. It was amazing to look at the three hanging there. Two looked really while and clear through the shade, and the third looked really yellow. I'm now the Reveal zealot.
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mokey
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Posted - 10/23/2005 :  7:36:40 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
Reveal bulbs are good. My brother in law works for a company that makes tints for paint so their lighting must be bang on. All they use are Ott and Reveal.

"An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr.
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littlegreydog
Warming Up

USA
74 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2005 :  11:51:08 PM  Show Profile Send littlegreydog a Private Message
I have the Lexington floor lamp by Ott, which I love. At least with this one, the ott bulb has two prongs which fit into matching holes in the lamp base so it wouldn't be interchangable. It has a very nice white diffuse light. I also love the fact that its very cool to sit under, unlike the old halogen lamp I used it have.

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knitz2
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Posted - 10/24/2005 :  05:54:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit knitz2's Homepage Send knitz2 a Private Message
If you're on a tight budget, get the reveal bulbs and put them into all light fixtures in the room where you knit most. I did that while trying to convince myself about the Ott and it made a hugh improvement. Then I found the Ott wannabe at Wal-Mart and invested the $30 - have used it about 4 months and wouldn't be without it. it even provides enough light on the high setting to knit solid black socks and skinny red mohair shawls at night!
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knitloon
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524 Posts

Posted - 10/24/2005 :  08:01:15 AM  Show Profile Send knitloon a Private Message
I have the little portable table top model Ott that I bought for 50% of at JoAnn's. I leave it tucked behind the couch, and then just set it up on the end table when I knit. It makes a huge difference in the evening.
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knittingbaglady
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Posted - 10/24/2005 :  08:08:13 AM  Show Profile Send knittingbaglady a Private Message
I'm in Vermont too...where are you in the state?
I know, it's dark...my next purchase will be one of the lamps at JoAnn's.
I really need it in my studio.

Have we gone off track, or did you get the question answered?


Martha.

http://www.greenmountainknittingbags.com/
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NaProus
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Posted - 10/24/2005 :  08:25:27 AM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
I'm in Bristol/Starksboro, though I teach in Middlebury.

I still haven't quite answered the question about whether the bulbs (or at least some of them -- there appear to be different varieties) fit into "normal" lamps. I don't get up to Burlington much, and it's a heck of a lot easier for me to order things on line!

I may send an email to the OTT people. Obviously, it's in their best interest to have me buy the whole lamp...

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/knitted.htm
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NaProus
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Posted - 10/24/2005 :  08:32:19 AM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
Ok, I've just done some more research, and there are some of their bulbs that will fit in any socket. They're 49.95.

But which would I want -- True Color or Vision Saver Plus?

Oh the decisions!

What's a leper bandage? http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bandages.html
http://www.ghm.org/resources/knitted.htm
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loral56
Chatty Knitter

USA
314 Posts

Posted - 11/16/2005 :  2:19:55 PM  Show Profile Send loral56 a Private Message
NaProus, just Saturday I took my 40% off coupon to Joann's and bought an Ott light with the magnifier included for a total of $57.00 after disount. It is a floor model and the magnifier attaches to it; it is 18W...I thought that might not be enough light, wrong. It is wonderous and I love it.

Of course, I would rather have bought the nicest one but it was $269.00...yikes!!!

It really is nice and I am so glad I bought it...I was knitting with a floor lamp behind my loveseat and a table lamp on the end table...heat poured from the floor lamp on the top of my head and I had to lean to the left to make use of the table lamp, not to mention the glare on the patterns I was trying to read.

I don't need either one of those now...just the Ott. It's great.

Lora
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continental knitter
Warming Up

USA
98 Posts

Posted - 11/21/2005 :  4:03:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit continental knitter's Homepage Send continental knitter a Private Message
I have 2 OTT-Lites and I love them!

I use them for knitting (of course!) as well as lighting photos for the website.
The OTT bulbs that we carry would not work in a standard lamp.
In the photos ( http://www.SpinBlessing.com/ott-lite.htm ) you can see that they have unique prongs on the ends.

We do have an OTT-Lite on special, too, if you are still looking for one :-)



Blessings,
Susan
http://www.SpinBlessing.com
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