Finally, I have light over my cutting table.
Last week and the week before, we had a series of VERY dark days. I turned on the two floor lamps and the LED lights at each sewing station, even so it was still dark over my cutting table, and although I wanted to cut the elements for the Drunkard’s Path blocks it was uncomfortably dark to cut with any accuracy.
Deb mentioned Costco had a sale on LED workshop light fixtures so I went to take a look. On my first visit I came home empty handed; the fixture wasn’t plugged in and I couldn’t tell how much light it would cast, so I left. Visited Home Depot the next day, couldn’t find what I needed – an LED fixture with a remote on/off control (small chains hanging from the light wasn’t going to work!). Back to Costco I went and picked up two. I wasn’t sure I needed more than one but until I unpacked it and plugged it in I wouldn’t be able to tell. One seems to be all I need.
Lucky to have a friend whose husband is a licensed electrician, I was able to have the fixture rewired – I wanted a white cord (not the black it came with) and I needed the cord to be 25 feet long! (The cord had to cross the ceiling, come down the wall above the patio doors, along the woodwork and the baseboard heater to the electrical outlet.) I bought the cord and a plug and with the fixture in hand I trundled over to Brayne’s to have the light rewired. It took him about an hour (he’s meticulous rather than speedy).
Next I engaged the architect husband of another friend to hang the light. Heather and Ben came over yesterday afternoon and Ben (much younger than the handymen in my building) climbed the 6-foot ladder I’d borrowed and he attached the light to my ceiling.
Now there is light over my cutting table. The lamps add a bit more brightness and now they aren’t casting shadows on the table which they were before.
After six years in the apartment, I’m in business.
Light is so important. You have a lovely big space and those windows are wonderful. It looks very organized which I fully expected.
However, I face NE so I only get sunshine for a short time in the morning although on a bright day the space is pleasant to work in.
Ah yes, the direction of windows affects lots. It’s cooler because you face that way. Straight west in the summer, and you wouldn’t even be able to use the room!
That all factored in when I was considering this apartment – I had the compass on my iPhone out assessing the direction the windows were facing. I’m on the correct side of the building, but I should have chosen the other end which is angled toward the east a bit more and gets sun midsummer until closer to noon. I lose the sun by 10:00am.