Monday, February 21, 2011


So thanks to lars4life's better half being on the lookout, they picked me up an Ottlite for cheap:

...I've been wanting one of these for a long time, but they've always been too pricey for me - this is actually a model that uses a standard desk lamp, but includes an Ottlite CFL bulb:

Honestly I've been doing more building than painting lately, but I've had the chance to work with it a little - the difference in color is noticeable.  I've been using 50w GE "Reveal" bulbs in clip-on desk lamps, and it was difficult to get them shining directly on the model without having them so close to my head that I was actually afraid I was going to burn my scalp a few times.  This lamp is much nicer for close work, although I wish it had one more point of articulation - halfway up the telescoping pole would be convenient, since you can't position the light so it's shining straight down.  I expect this light will be a big help when I'm highlighting my Black Templars, since it can be a struggle to keep track of gray highlights on a black model...

1 comment:

  1. Now that you've had it for a while, how is the light working out for you?

    A while back I ordered a light online from Hobby Lobby's website

    They also have a similar clip-on without the magnifying lens built in

    The one I got was only $40 before a coupon for 40% off one item (a deal they still have right now) so it's MUCH cheaper than an ottlite lamp, has 3 points of articulation, and can stand on my table or clamp on to the side. You can buy the Ottlite bulbs by themselves but I just use the GE white daylight bulbs that you can pick up at Walmart. I am curious what the difference is between what I have and the Ottlite bulbs but I'm hesitant to pay $9 for one bulb when I can get 4 for the same price.