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    Default OTT-LITE is it worth it?

    I was flicking through a magazine and saw one of these OTT-LITE lamps and I was thinking is it worth it.

    Heres an ebay Linky

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    If you really want colour accuracy, yes.

    Einion

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    I was thinking of getting one of these but I decided to get a couple of 32w (160w) low energy bulbs instead. They have a colour temp of 5000k which should make them pretty ok for photography as they are white.... only £14.00 too. They should arrive tomorrow so we\'ll see :D

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    If you know where to look you can buy those true/sunlight bulbs for any fluorescent swing arm lamp. I get the lamps from Ikea and the bulbs from wherever I can find em :D

    I have 3 swing arm lamps, 2 that I use when painting and the 3rd for photography stage.

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    my answer would be NO!

    Does give true light, but it isn\'t bright enough for painting by IMHO...I\'ve got the floor model with the adjustable arm.

    Doesn\'t justify the price, if you ask me.

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    I want one of those mental ones which give of positive electrons and make you feel happy :)

    Here: http://www.andatech.com.au/natural-light-ioniser/natural-lamp-ioniser.php


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    I have one on my desk that is adjustable.
    It is definately worth the price.
    It is true that the light diffuses rather quickly (meaning it won\'t light a room) but since I only use it at my desk it is fine.
    And the arm can adjust so that I can see what the light source highlights are from whichever angle I like. Really good for OSL.

    Not to mention that the bulb has lasted 4 1/2 years now of almost daily use...I have a spare still in the package.

    So if you can afford it, and want \"true\" color, go for it.
    But be sure you can get it within 1-3 feet of the area you need lighting. The closer the better.

    Just IMHO

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    I use regular clip lamps I got at Wally world and a magnifying light with a swing arm that I use for photos all fitted with true light bulbs in them. These give natural range of color but the regular ones burn out fairly fast. They don\'t cost a lot, though.

    For painting I use the magnifying lamp and a 2 lamp desk lamp I use the same bulbs in.

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    That looks so organized and pretty!

    I need to get a shoe organizer for my bins too!

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    Why thank you! But I cleaned up for the pictures. I normally have brown paper over tinfoil taped to the table top and crap everywhere.

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    I find you get way more clean white light from 2 GE reveal light bulbs than any 3 ott lights combined can provide.

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    Originally posted by supervike
    my answer would be NO!

    Does give true light, but it isn\'t bright enough for painting by IMHO...I\'ve got the floor model with the adjustable arm.

    Doesn\'t justify the price, if you ask me.
    I agree..I paid like 45 bucks for mine..and the thing isn\'t bright enough especially when I paint at night. I have 3 lights on my desk and during night painting I usually get frustrated. I\'d ask for some new table lights for christmas..but I\'m already getting a Remington 870 12 guage.

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    I have just the one table lamp and I only use it to light what I\'m working on.
    Works fine...and as I said...lasts forever.

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    Are you into competition quality figures? Then, yes, it is . Especially if you can get one cheap.

    After I saw a few of my figures under an OTT light at Gencon some years back, I was shocked. I knew I sucked...but that bad?

    So I hunted on ebay for a good deal on an OTT lite. Rather than shell out $170 Canadian I spent $42US for the same model, including the shipping, on ebay. I saved enough $$ that I also installed a 4\' long flourescent fixture above my workdesk with twin bulbs that have a similar temperature as the OTT.

    The 4\' flourescent is my main light and I think the fixture was about $30 and the light bulbs about $15. It hangs from a couple of chains attached to the celing and plugs into the wall. Not beautiful decor-wise, but excellent work lighting. :)See the setup here

    I still turn on the OTT when I\'m finishing up a figure and checking to see if it needs fixing.
    I also will take a model outside in the sun to have a once over too. Checking your figure out in various lights really helps.

    Just my 2cents.

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    You\'re much shorter than I imagined you, Saxonangel. ;)

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    well at the moment I have a bulb that kicks out a hlaf decent amount of light. However not enough for me to be comfortable doing fine details etc.

    I have the cash to splash after christmas so I might give one a go.

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    like with any other equipment, always buy the best you can afford

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    I have a 13watt OTT flex arm light. I would get another one if I could find one at the price I got this one for - a steal on ebay.

    The 13 watt is not enough light to paint by. A second lamp is needed on the other side anyway to kill the shadows.

    Staples now sells a line of truer (no light gives true sunlight) light lamps for about half the price of the ott. When I get my table set back up, I\'m getting one of them too.

    And the vison max 18 watt bulb screws into a standard base:

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    Originally posted by Roger Bunting
    You\'re much shorter than I imagined you, Saxonangel. ;)
    That\'s not me.

    That\'s my Mini-me clone.
    lol

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    I own an ott desk-top model and have been pretty happy with it, but I\'ve considered getting some complex fluorescents for painting at work (or a second light source at home.) I\'ll post here if I notice a significant difference between the ott and cf bulbs.

    Q: is there a real difference between the \"true color\" cf and a normal cf bulb? I can get regular cf bulbs at the dollar store now, so I\'m not sure what to get.

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