Sunday, July 15, 2018

Let There Be Light!

The other day Julie wrote to me, "Do yourself and all of us a favor and go get those portable lights so your design wall doesn't have that dark spot... you will be SO glad when fall comes and the summer light fades into wintery dullness."

Well, it took me a week, but I finally visited one of the big box hardware stores and after having a slightly testy conversation with an older sales guy ("Is this inside or out? Is this a dining room?" This after I said I wanted a work light to illuminate a wall six feet wide by about eight feet tall from a distance of between 10 and 12 feet), he suggested this small light. "The other ones will work, but they will also generate an awful lot of heat."

It was only $20, and he said it ought to work just fine. "If it doesn't just bring it back."

So this is the "Before" photo, in normal daylight on a slightly overcast day.

And this is "After" with the new light.


Once again, this is BEFORE.

And this is AFTER.

Sometimes the solution is a lot easier than you think.


Megan said...

Wow! What a difference. Well worth $20 and putting up with a grumpy sales guy!

Sydney, Australia

Nancy J said...

Well worth having some quiet words with a salesman, and coming home with the answer.

Shasta Matova said...

What a great solution! I've been complaining about the lighting here for y ears, and making tiny fixes, but it looks like that might do the trick!

stitchinpenny said...

I think the guy sold you the right light. Maybe he needed the right amount of info to get the right light. Does it have a temperature rating? The fabrics look great, so let's give him the benefit of doubt.

Sharon said...

Wow, that is a great tip! We're so dark and gloomy here in the PNW in the winter. I may have to get one of those lights.

What a huge difference it made for your photos! Thanks for sharing!

By the way, your quilt is great! Once again, you're showing your mastery of color.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Awesome - thank you! You won't be sorry!!

Ann said...

I need one, too. Thanks for the information.

Pat said...

Getting one of these right away!! Thanks!

quilter mom said...

Wow! What a difference the $20 light makes. I can see the colors better. They seem to shine thru. Great friend you got to make a simple novel suggestion. Here is to a can of V8!

Angie in SoCal said...

Thank you so much. Just what I need for my design wall.

Janie said...

You are right!
Thanks for sharing the tip about the portable LED light.
Your quilt blocks are gorgeous.

Sujata Shah said...

I think I could use one or two of these! Thank you for the info and before and after photo too!