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Choosing Your Best Light

Color Temperature. Do you know what’s best?

Did you know choosing the right color temperature can improve how effective your light is? When your light is optimized for your activities, then you will often find that you are able to enjoy them for longer.

Microsun understands this, which is why we offer different light bulb packages for your Microsun lamp.  We understand that it can be overwhelming to try to determine which light you need, so we’ve made it simple for you and bundled the bulbs together as sets, so you can easily choose the light that’s best for you.

How do you use your light?

When deciding what color temperature bulbs you need, the first question to ask is what do you do under your light

Do you like to read?

Use your lamp for room lighting?

Enjoy hobbies like knitting, sewing or scale modeling?

Once you know what your primary use for your lamp is, then you will be able to make the choice from Microsun’s two color temperature options for the bulb set in your Microsun.

The first option is the Microsun Reading Light.

As you would expect, Microsun Reading Light bulbs are optimized with readers in mind. The 3500K color temperature provide a warm light that is modeled after the mid-morning sun and engineered to reduce glare and enhance clarity specifically black words on light backgrounds. With the warm quality of the Microsun Reading Light, this lamp is often the preferred light to use for lighting your home or office.

We also offer the the Microsun Craft/Task Light.
Microsun’s Craft/Task light is optimized for color rendition and clarity. The crisp white light of Microsun craft light is 10x brighter than ordinary lamps, making it the perfect light for any of your hobbies – quilting, sewing, ceramics, scale-modeling, etc.

Once you decide your light, Microsun makes the next step easy…simply choose your bulb package!  NEW bulb bundles include a Microsun bulb and a pair of LEDs for your Microsun lamp, and you’ll SAVE when you purchase all three bulbs in one bundle!

Choose your Light:

Microsun Reading Light Bundle – ONLY $54.90
1 MIcrosun Bulb and 2 Side Socket LEDs. Optimized for Reading

Microsun Craft/Task Light Bundle – ONLY $64.90
1 Microsun Bulb and 2 Side Socket LEDs. Optimized for Craft/Tasks.

Microsun Reading Light with Remote LEDs Bundle – ONLY $84.90
1 Microsun Reading Bulb and a set of Remote Control LEDs for your side sockets.

Microsun Craft/Task Light with Remote LEDs Bundle – ONLY $89.90
1 Microsun Craft/Task Bulb and a set of Remote Control LEDs for your side sockets.


See the difference when you choose your best light!

Quilt happy with a better light

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.


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Don’t tattoo in the dark. Get a Microsun

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.


Pottery painting is easier with a Microsun lamp

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.


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The art of framing art looks better under a Microsun

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.

If you are ever in Dayton Ohio, and want to visit his shop, Custom Frame Services is at 1029 Wayne Avenue in the South Park Historic District, right across from one of our favorite pizza places, Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory (try the Buffalo Bacon Ranch).

Light and the Incredible Art of Cross-Stitching: Award-winning cross-stitch artist Susan Rhein on Microsun Lamps

Light and the Incredible Art of Cross-Stitching: Award-winning cross-stitch artist Susan Rhein on Microsun Lamps

Susan Rhein of Albuquerque, NM is an award-winning cross stitch artist. Rhein works ten or more hours a day to create breathtaking pieces of cross-stitch art which are admired across the country. The life of a cross stitch artist takes its toll, however, and doing so much detailed work each day used to lead to Rhein experiencing eye strain and fatigue. To help reduce these symptoms, Rhein began to research and purchase lamps designed specifically for those who need to do this type of close work.

Artist Susan Rhein with one of her original creations, "Sea Sprite."

Artist Susan Rhein with one of her original creations, “Sea Sprite.”

“Over many years, I have tried various lamps,” Rhein says. “I’ve tried a lot of specialty lamps out there that market themselves for people like felters or stitchers; anybody that uses their eyes significantly for that reason.” But none of those lamps reduced her eye strain or improved color contrast or depth perception, even when she used multiple lamps.

Rhein had nearly given up hope when she read an ad in a magazine about Microsun Lamps. As soon as the lamp arrived and she switched it on, she said that the difference between her Microsun Lamp and the other lamps she had purchased was “night and day.” “It was much easier on my eyes,” she said, “There really is nothing else out there that comes even close to the value that I put in my Microsun lamps.”

“Now I start and end my day with the Microsun lamp,” Rhein says. “I have four Microsun lamps now. I’m inclined to use two at a time, one at each end of my work table. Working without my Microsun lamps now would be like working without my glasses. I just could not do what I need to do without Microsun lamps.”

Because Rhein relies so much on her vision to create her award-winning pieces, she recommends that anyone who cares about their vision invest in a Microsun lamp.  “I don’t care what age they are,” she says. “I wish the whole world knew about the value of what good light can do in saving your eyes and reducing eye strain over the decades. If Microsun was around forty years ago, and if I knew about it, I would like to think that my eyes would have aged a little bit differently. If people knew about the value of this kind of light and what it means long-term to eye care, all parents would run out and buy a Microsun lamp for their kids… and for themselves.”

"Armada" a piece by Susan Rhein.

“Armada” a Susan Rhein creation.

Even Rhein’s friends have fallen in love with Microsun Lamps. “One of my friends is a quilter,” Rhein says. “I told her about Microsun, and the first time she set up her Microsun lamp she put it in the living room just as it was starting to get dark outside. She went into the kitchen for a few minutes to start dinner and when she walked back into the living room where the Microsun lamp was on she said, ‘I could swear it was daytime!’ She was easy to convince and buy another Microsun lamp.”

Today, Rhein can continue her incredibly detailed artistry due to the light she relies on from her four Microsun lamps. “I just cannot say enough about the value of the best light I’ve seen in my life,” Rhein says. “I’ve been looking for the best, and I’ve found it.”

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