I had a big problem
When I began Stitch People, years ago, one of my largest frustrations was feeling like I couldn’t cross-stitch in the evenings. The primary reason for this was that I didn’t feel like I could get an accurate view of the colors of my DMC floss. Many times I would stitch in the evening, following my pattern I’d created and choosing colors, and then I’d wake up in the morning to find that the colors I’d chosen were awful!
I’d have to pick out my work and re-stitch it!
This whole thing was further exacerbated by the fact that I’m a night owl. I work really productively in the evenings. PLUS at the time I was experimenting with different ways to combat Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome – a disorder where my brain gets tricked by artificial light (lightbulbs, TV, phones) and so my “time to go to sleep” chemicals don’t kick in, and I’m never tired when I should be. Or, rather, I’m tired all the time but have trouble falling asleep. One of the things you can do to combat this is install filters on computers and phone screens to reduce the amount of blue light that’s emitted at night. I also tried installing amber-colored bulbs in some lamps in my front room, to remove the blue-ish hued LED lights that are so prevalent these days.
So here’s a night owl and aspiring actor watching films and TV (emitting blue light,) combatting blue light with amber lightbulbs (orange light), making color choices for Stitch People portraits. Not good.
I decided to explore the option of purchasing a “daylight lamp.” These are lamps, or lightbulbs, that emit light similar to that of the sun! How cool, right? If the light I’m getting from these is like daylight, then surely the colors I see in my floss box will be truer than what the blue or amber lightbulbs can give me!
The styles of daylight lamps that were available at the time seemed a bit industrial and utilitarian to me – almost scientific. Plus they were really pricey.
But I found a small light: OttLite’s LED Mini Flip Lite and I decided to give this “daylight” light thing a try. I would clip it to the collar of my shirt as I’d stitch and it would illuminate my work beautifully.
The daylight lamp was an excellent solution.
Fast forward a few months, and I saw that OttLite has AMBASSADORS! Since I’m crazy about their product already, I reached out and asked how I can become one! Long story short, they look for people once a year and they’re not looking for people, yadda yadda yadda but they asked if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their new styles!
Having a space that looks good, in addition to being functional is important to me.
See, I used to work for an interior design company, and I’ve always been one of those people that’s constantly painting walls different colors or moving furniture around. I love a space that FEELS good. So to have new styles? More options beyond utilitarian and science-y? I. Was. Thrilled.
Well get a load of this. Here are some of their fantastic new Table Lamp styles:
The best part was they let me choose which style I could review! It was a big tie between the Avery style and Destin style – ultimately the Destin won out.
Here are my thoughts about this product:
The style of this lamp is so versatile.
The sleek design is fantastic. I feel like I could put this lamp next to my bed, on my desk, at my piano, or in my front entryway. And I feel like many of OttLite’s styles lend themselves to this versatility.
The lamp is easy to use.
It was simple to get going with it – basically a plug-in and go situation! There is a switch on the cord, so it’s a comfortable and easy access to turn it on and off.
The natural light is a relief, and a huge help.
The best part, of course, is the light it provides. It’s so bright, but the direction of the lamp shade directs the light just where you need it to go (the shade angle is adjustable! Hooray!) And it lights my cross-stitch work in the perfect way.
Plus OttLite combines different types of light wavelengths so you get a “precise balance of contrast and brightness that allows you to see details clearly and colors accurately.” It allows the eye to “see and focus without the harsh glare, distortion, and fatigue other light sources cause.” (Read more about that here.)
I can honestly say that OttLite has solved the problem of picking out floss colors at night.
I haven’t run into the problem of needing to pick out my work because I chose a close-but-no-cigar color for a family portrait. The light is clear and bright and not too blue either, so my sleep phase syndrome is happy about that!
And I’m simply so thrilled about their new styles. For fun, I came up with a few different interior concepts you could use to build or redesign your current work space for the new year!
Want an OttLite Table Lamp of your own?
To ring in the new year, we’ve teamed up with OttLite to give away one new OttLite Table Lamp!
Sorry international peeps, this Giveaway is open to US residents only
To enter to win your own OttLite Table Lamp, do this:
1. “Like” us on Facebook if you haven’t already.
2. Share this blog post on Facebook
3. Comment on this blog post telling us which OttLite Table Lamp you’d choose from the list above (Avery, Dawson, Destin or Eastman), and tell us how, when and/or where your new OttLite would come in the most handy for YOU!
Winners will be announced on the Stitch People Facebook page on December 31 at 12:00pm (noon) PST / 3:00pm EST. U.S. resident entries only.