Low Cost OttLite Idea for Your Studio or Craftroom

Inexpensive OttLite Idea - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #677: All you need is a regular desk lamp and a fluorescent OttLite bulb available online or from the hardware store.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • I have a neat little tip for getting a really big OttLight for a really little price.
  • Now if you’re familiar with OttLite, it is a type of lighting system that has a natural, full spectrum light.
  • Anyone that does crafting, works with color… designers and other creative types… like to work under an OttLite because it will provides true color and clear comfortable reading/working light.
  • You can buy smaller portable OttLites, like this rechargeable one here.
  • They also carry all kinds of bigger OttLights as well.
  • But a really cheap way to get a big OttLite, is to use a regular desk lamp, and purchase an OttLight Bulb to put in it.
  • This bulb I got at my local Canadian Tire, which is one of our hardware chain stores here in Canada, for $10.
  • You can buy the bulbs in lots of places, including online. I provided an Amazon product link below the video.
  • The bulb I bought fits into a regular light socket.
  • The bulb lasts for 10,000 hours. I used my last Ottlite bulb for many hours a days for about 8 years.
  • The light is very pure, so colors will look like their supposed to look.
  • Other bulbs can make your work look yellow.
  • Reduces eye strain.
  • Superior Image and color rendering.
  • Energy efficient 15W Ottlight Bulb gives same light as a 60W incandescent bulb.
  • So I thought you might like this inexpensive way to get a large OttLite in your studio for a very low cost.

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  1. Shana C, 18 June, 2015

    I have been looking for a light like this. will be purchasing multiples of these. Thank You!!!

  2. Mary Morris, 18 June, 2015

    Great tip, Cindy. I found a full spectrum light bulb 5 years ago and have been using since. I bought a floor lamp that bend over my work surface. The height is adjustable and it swivels. It is probably one of my best purchases.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 18 June, 2015

    Probably saved yourself a hundred bucks too! Thanks for commenting Mary!

  4. Kay E, 18 June, 2015

    You’re psychic, as well as talented. I’ve been looking for a solution to my lighting issues and then here’s your video! Thanks :)

  5. Cara L, 19 June, 2015

    Thanks for that tip. I was saving for the daylight light at a cost of $275 australian dollars. This is a very helpful tip because my eyes are not what they used to be! Thanks.

  6. Katharine Godbey, 19 June, 2015

    What a fabulous idea! I’ve been wanting one those big lamps but it just isn’t in my budget. I had no idea you could use the otte bulbs in regular lamps. I will definitely be getting some for my studio. Thank you so much for sharing this tip! I look forward to seeing your email in my inbox every Friday!

  7. Chrissie F, 19 June, 2015

    Great minds thinking alike? Yesterday we bought a “daylight” bulb for the craft room ancient desk lamp! What a difference it makes to be able to see true colours not to mention less eye strain than the previous standard bulb. Great idea as usual, Cindy and Doug – you’re right on the money :-) Thank you!

  8. Patt W, 19 June, 2015

    FYI – Ott 15 = 60watts
    Ott 25 = 100 watts.

    Being as I use 100 watts, think I will get the Ott 25. ( I need extra light -read 80 yr old eyes LOL)

  9. Robyn D, 19 June, 2015

    I would’ve never thought of that. I already have an Ott lamp, but boy I wish this video existed when I was shopping for a lamp.

  10. elaine faulks, 20 June, 2015

    Hi Cindy,
    Can you tell me what a” regular fitting” is in Canada. My desk lamp takes a bayonet type fitting but it looked like a spiral fitting illustrated on the box in your demo. Or can you get the Ottlamp in either fitting….cheers xx

  11. Cindy Lietz, 21 June, 2015

    Hmmm we just call them standard sockets around here… they are a screw type around an inch across and an inch deep. By bayonet, do you mean the two prong type of bulb that you have to push in until it clicks? My small OttLite has one of those types. If you go to ott-lite.com you can see the different versions that are available. Good luck!

  12. Dixie Ann, 22 June, 2015

    What a great tip Cindy. I immediately checked out my Lowe’s Store right down the street from me and they have the Ott Lite 25W (100 wattes equal) for only $5.99 each. At that price I can put them in both my craft lites. Doing my happy dance!

  13. pattw35, 23 June, 2015

    TY Dixie Ann – that is such a much better price than Amazon. Theirs is $15.99. Going to My Lowe’s and hoping for the $5.99 price.Wheeeeeee

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