Nora McFarlane is a long arm quilter and fabric artist who couldn’t work without her Microsun Lamp. She’s used an Ottlite in the past, but now wouldn’t work without her Microsun lamp. She has two Microsun lamps in her studio, where she invited us to film. We met her through the Paducah Quilt Show where she wowed people with her innovative and beautiful works of art.
If you are involved in quilting, fabric painting, long arm quilting and you are looking for a way to reduce eye strain, get better color rendition and be able to thread a needle without a pair of readers, you will be much happier with a Microsun lamp. The Solis is one of our most popular lights for quilters, with a swing arm to help bring the light right over your work surface. The heavy base, makes sure that the lamp will not tip over. While an Ottlite may seem like a good choice, with it’s “flexible” arm, you’d need 8 Ottlites to equal the output of a single Microsun.
Watch Nora compare the Microsun lamp to the Ottlite in this video
When it comes to any kind of crafting, Microsun will help you enjoy what you love for longer.
Brian Brenner, owner of Truth and Triumph Tattoo in Dayton Ohio has been tattooing for a couple of decades. When you are spending hours focusing on your art, being able to see without strain is critical. After he tried the Microsun Solis task lamp, with its long swing arm, he was hooked. It’s not so much as what he sees when he’s using it, but now, when he works without it- he misses it. Now he wouldn’t work without it.
He has the optional black shade on his, you can add your own stickers. If you don’t believe Brian, try it for yourself, risk free for 30 days.
The true full spectrum light of the Microsun lamp will be like working in sunshine.
At Creative Cottage Ceramics in Dayton Ohio, the serious ceramic artists gather around the Microsun Solis crafting lamp to do their painting. Its true full spectrum light eases eye strain and allows people like Sherry Kurtz to work longer and enjoy her craft.
Sherry has been painting greenware for over thirty years. Her goal is to paint her projects to look as close to real as possible. She uses a lot of dry brush technique to bring out the details and create that faux fantastic feel to her projects.
She’s using a Microsun Solis with its swing arm extended over her workspace.
David Crowell has been framing art since 1990. As a master framer, the craft of restoring old frames has become one of his specialties. When people say “they don’t make them like they used to” he knows exactly what they are talking about.
Many of the ornate frames we see now and molded or machined with fancy CAD cutting tools. Old picture frames were hand carved and the beauty lies in their lack of perfect symmetry. For those with a discerning eye, or a love for antiques, the beauty of the old hand carved frame is as important as the art within its edges. Often times, when vintage art is brought in for restoration, the same goes for the frame. This is where Mr. Crowell finds the full spectrum high intensity output of the Microsun Solis a valuable addition to his toolset.
“Being able to see without strain, the clarity and contrast, make my work far easier, especially without the glare” was his first reaction to using a Microsun Solis on his workbench while restoring a 200 year old frame. His entire business is focused on the visual, from the preservation and presentation of art as well as the occasional creation of art. After seeing the difference the Microsun lamp makes, he’s become a believer.
Before the Solis, he’d tried all kind of combinations of lighting fixtures and devices to illuminate his work space. After the addition of a Microsun, he realized how seriously under lit the space was.
Microsun offered the President a free lamp for Presidents Day. Click to download full size PDF
Dayton Ohio: In a half page ad in the Washington Post today, Microsun Lamps of Dayton offered to provide the Oval office with one of their powerful reading lights. The headline “Maybe our President would read more if he wasn’t in the dark” was a provocative entendre to open a discussion about the President’s known aversion to reading, and Microsun’s assertion that most older Americans are reading with too little light. President Trump, at 71, would likely find the true full spectrum light, that’s optimized for older eyes helpful when reading overly long documents like the federal budget.
If the President takes them up on their offer, this wouldn’t be the first Microsun lamp in the halls of government, their most popular lamp is called the “Library of Congress” and the lamps are actually in use there.
The output of a single Microsun lamp is the equivalent of eight 60-watt bulbs, yet only uses about 90 watts of electricity. Each lamp contains three bulbs: two LED full spectrum lamps on one switch, and the proprietary Microsun bulb in the center on a second switch. It’s the center bulb that makes it “The light that rises”, taking a few minutes to “rise” to full brightness.
The combination of the three bulbs provides more light in the wavelengths that most bulbs do not, and that are crucial for eyes of people over 50 who need more blue light to counter the yellowing of eyes with age. Most seniors find they can put away magnifying glasses and “readers” when using a Microsun lamp, and can read longer without eyestrain.
The company, which is celebrating its twentieth year in 2018, assembles and ships lights from their new 30,000 sq ft headquarters in Dayton where they have a factory showroom. Most of their sales are direct, from their website at www.microsun.com or via phone. All lamps come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing their customers to try them at home without risk. Returns are a rarity. The company recently surpassed 100,000 units sold.
So far, no word on if President Trump will accept their gift. In the meantime, Microsun will continue on their quest to “Make America Bright Again” in 2018.