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12-10-2011 08:30 AM
Re: Tying Lamps

I got the other one from the dude...such a great to reconstruct the tying operation!
12-09-2011 07:38 AM
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A $9.99 Ikea LED lamp. Works great. Doesn't get hot. Had to make the aluminum mount.

12-07-2011 09:54 PM
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This is the one I use and I absolutley love it. Magnifying lense and light all in one. I bought it close to four years ago and have had no issues and it's still running on the original bulb.

12-07-2011 09:25 PM
Re: Tying Lamps

Originally Posted by Silent_Light
Lookin good Cam ! Glad you've rejuvinated your enthusiasm !

Soon your desk will look like mine , a huge mess !

Looks like you're all settled into the new house. Nice Jim!
12-07-2011 08:52 PM
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Lookin good Cam ! Glad you've rejuvinated your enthusiasm !

Soon your desk will look like mine , a huge mess !

12-07-2011 08:42 PM
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Nice Cam. A lot more organized then my desk!
12-07-2011 07:57 PM
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Well, I ended up finding a used, base mounted Luxo on Craigslist for $30! I am very pleased with the quality of the dual bulb lighting, the overhead angle that is clear of my hands and eyes, and especially the price. The guy also happened to have a second identical lamp which I told Oyey about and I believe the sale is pending

Thanks for the tips everyone, it was a great help.

I was using a little desk lamp before, so this is a huge improvement for my comfort and function. On a side note, I also upgraded my wooden chair to a comfortable office chair and my wobbly vise to the awesome Peak vise pictured. Making tying comfortable has already made it ten fold more enjoyable.
11-15-2011 06:28 PM
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That is a freeking awesome analysis. Thank you!

They now have 12" circular fluorescents and a bulb type CLR.
...if I were to order one of these bulbs for that exact Luxo drafting lamp you linked, where would I find one? (link?)
11-13-2011 11:18 PM
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I have an old architect's drafting lamp that has a multiple magnifier - use a 'bathroom/kitchen' circle-lite tube in it. I got the lamp that the Nor Vise guys sell to go with my vise and that uses one of those 'daylight' type tubes on it. Best color comes from the daylight tube. Just don't use a 'soft white' fluorescent bulb - way too pink!

A regular old school 'high intensity' lamp with a good 100W bulb is the way to go. I'm a huge fan of GE 'Reveal' style bulbs - the color spectrum is excellent.

If you run into a great lamp that needs a clamp style base, I picked up an extra clamp base for quite reasonable at H.R. Meininger's, which is an excellent artist's supply.

Which do you guys prefer, incandescents or fluorescent? Halogen? L.E.D.?
11-09-2011 12:01 PM
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Thank you for all the recommendations. That "drafting lamp" style that many of you have pointed to seems to be popluar in many fly shops as well, I just never knew what they were called. The price seems right too.
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