Price: $29.99 - $89.99 (watch for sales)
Warranty: 2-yr limited warranty
Designer: Dr. John Nash Ott
Where to Purchase: Amazon.com
Dr John Nash Ott developed the first Lite while working for the Walt Disney Company.
It was his job to help transform the ordinary pumpkin into
Cinderella’s magical carriage. He did this by inventing the Ottlite!
This lite is relatively a new technology that we quilters have grabbed on to.
This discovery gives you the best of both lighting worlds...keeps the eye muscles from squinting due to a bright, glaring light and you no longer lose the color fidelity.
In the quilting world you may have two colors similar in value that require you to make a judgment call in order to get it right.
It is difficult to see true colors and also spot the subtle differences in the various shades and tints. The Lite is perfect for this.
When quilting I can make the OttLite shine right where I need it.
Since the lite is portable, I use it in nearly every room of the house.
The right lite makes sewing possible no matter the room lighting that you may have to deal with.
Even black on black is manageable...for a short time!
Mercury is the catalyst of the fluorescent lighting process. They all contain some mercury because it is a conductor and thus an essential part.
It is similar to water and salt. Pure water is a poor conductor of electricity. Add salt and it becomes a good conductor.
In the same manner mercury in a fluorescent tube is like salt in water.
The fluorescent tube is filled with an inert gas, which does not conduct, but add a little mercury and it will conduct electricity.
Even all neon lights contain a very small amount of mercury.
As a kid I accidentally dropped and broke a very expensive thermometer used to measure body temperatures.
I was fascinated with making the small drop of mercury break apart just by touching it. It would break into several drops and then join back together again to become a whole...all without any help from me.
I never understood why mercury reacted this way and was a bit curious. I later learned in my chemistry class that this was a very foolish thing to go.
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