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ikkivan
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
543 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2010 :  12:43:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In a previous topic on lighting, the subject seemed to be mostly the larger lights that sit by one's knitting chair. Does anyone actually use the small "Knit Light" or similar light that clips onto the clothing or hangs around the neck? Does it really provide enough light? I'm looking for something to help me see what I'm doing in a darkened (but not totally dark) room where other family members are watching TV; when I use a bigger lamp, it often produces a glare on the TV screen that is annoying for some folks, depending on where they are sitting.

The Knit Light looks promising ...

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.

Sunni
New Pal

USA
24 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2010 :  07:01:54 AM  Show Profile Send Sunni a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use mine a lot when I can't sleep and I don't want to wake my husband. I like it a lot, the clip could be turned in the other direction, currently it clips from the bottom up and I wish it clipped from the top down like a pen. They may have changed this design since I got mine. Still produces some glare that can be rectified by where you sit :) great for knitting on the porch at night with a podcast on the headphones :) not the best for really dark yarns with complicated stitch patterns, but fine for dark yarns with a simple pattern to them. Hope this helps :)

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience!
--George Bernard Shaw

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NutmegOwl
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Posted - 05/24/2010 :  07:32:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a couple of them, and I do find them helpful, especially while a passenger on late-night driving trips. I like them anywhere lighting is low. They're adjustable enough to really spotlight where you are, and the itsy gooseneck allows for lots of angles.

However, I would point out that the reason I have more than one is that these are not uncommon office supplies these days, and can be had less expensively than in knitting stores. HTH.

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Nutmeg Owl
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Kipster
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 05/24/2010 :  09:12:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kipster's Homepage Send Kipster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use a headlight that can be bought at hardware stores. Here's the one I use--it has four lighting modes and the head pivots. It may look goofy--but it works best for me when I knit or read at night and don't want to turn on a light.
http://data.energizer.com/prolights/content/contractor_hdl33aine_desc.html

Mary
http://snitnknit.blogspot.com/
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ikkivan
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USA
543 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2010 :  09:21:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mary, I HAVE a similar headlamp ... duh, where's my brain? ... I will try it! And I also will probably buy the Knit Light, too, as I have several knitting spots, each with its own supplies. I forgot to mention that I have some age-related vision problems, and need some lighting aids that not every knitter needs.

Sincere thanks to all of you for your feedback.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.
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elizh
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USA
1248 Posts

Posted - 05/28/2010 :  7:21:52 PM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a head lamp too, one that was designed for night fishing, It was purchased from a Bass Pro Shop sporting goods store. Very bright and focussed light, and adjustable so it doesn't blind the driver in the car. It uses 3 AAA batteries. It looks very nerdy, but it serves its purpose well.
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TripletDad
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USA
3 Posts

Posted - 09/14/2010 :  01:09:58 AM  Show Profile Send TripletDad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, I just came across this thread, although perhaps a bit late for ikkivan. I hope you don't mind my adding some information that may be helpful to those looking at this thread. First, disclosure, I'm from the manufacturer of the Beam N Read Hands Free Lights so I'll avoid giving my personal opinion on our products for knitting.

We have been reviewed by a number of knitting & needlework publications/ websites including: Knitty.com, the Knitting Editor at CraftGossip.com, the Fabric Arts specialists at CraftCritique.com, The Daily Knitter, the Knitting Editor of BellaOnline.com, and McCalls Quilting. The Product Reviews page on our website includes excerpts from these reviews with links to the full review. Needless to say, they liked our lights. The Daily Knitter reviewer specifically addressed knitting in a darkened room while everyone else watched TV!

The Beam N Read lights are worn around the neck and shine a steady and wide light from the chest. We have one model with 3 LEDs in a row and another with 6 for an extra wide light. We find the 6 LED light is very popular for knitters, quilters, and other needlework. It also includes a large, 4x5 inch acrylic fresnel magnifier that is useful for detail work like fixing a dropped stitch or working with dark yarn. The magnifier is not a low vision aid. Standard Alkaline batteries in the 6 LED model last for 48 hours. Advantages over headlamps include that the light doesn't bounce around as you move your head and doesn't shine in a companion's eyes when you look at them. One of our founders is an avid knitter and knits for at least an hour every day.
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briarrose
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Posted - 09/16/2010 :  04:22:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit briarrose's Homepage Send briarrose a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use them all the time. In fact I have worn one out! We drive back from fiber festivals most of the time in the dark and my sweet husband always drives. So I get to knit! Perish the thought that I couldn't knit because it was too dark. I hook mine to my seat belt most of the time, as that seems to shine on my work the best.
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Corddrymum
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USA
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Posted - 09/16/2010 :  06:27:47 AM  Show Profile Send Corddrymum a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I too have one of those little lights that you can wear around your neck and use it in the car at night. It's great and I love it! Doesn't bother the driver at all.
Robin C.
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needler
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Posted - 09/16/2010 :  07:10:19 AM  Show Profile Send needler a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Question for those with the head models: Are they noticeably heavy?
I have a Beam n Read which I like, but am interested in the "head" lights, too.
needler
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lella
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Posted - 09/16/2010 :  08:20:12 AM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a backpacker's headlamp (four mode "regulated LED) Princeton Tec that turns down toward my hands, and has three brightness settings plus a signaling strobe. I got it several years ago at REI. It works very well for knitting even during the day for really dark colors, and for reading at night it's excellent, and after dark, for finding bunny rabbits who do NOT want to come inside. I can hang this around my neck but it works best on my head. It's not very heavy and the batteries last a long, long time. Takes 3 AAA. I push mine all the way to the hairline so that it doesn't interfere with my glasses. Great Light! The whole family owns one.

That link is too long.
Mine is like this one but it's black
http://www.rei.com/product/736937

Lella
Zippiknits
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linda03824
New Pal

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 09/16/2010 :  12:11:05 PM  Show Profile Send linda03824 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Use my BNR LED 6 light and love it. Hangs around the neck and adjusts easily, has an add-on magnifier. Purchased it on Amazon.
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Yarnvixen
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USA
1 Posts

Posted - 09/17/2010 :  3:46:12 PM  Show Profile Send Yarnvixen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am particularly fond of my reading glasses that have small LED lights attached at the sides. The light shines directly onto what I am looking at with little distraction to others. I think they are more comfortable than the headlamp. I got one pair online thru PantherVision and bought another (more stylish) pair at Steinmart.
Edited to add: Panthervision also sells small clip on lights that can be clipped to a hat or to the sides of prescription glasses.
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linda-gail
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USA
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Posted - 09/21/2010 :  04:47:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit linda-gail's Homepage Send linda-gail a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use headlamps - we bought several for my husband, who is legally blind so he can have "task lighting" - and I acutally wear it around my neck rather than on my head for knitting in low light situations. This brings the light closer to my work and prevents me from blinding someone with the light if I turn my head to look at them. I wear it on my head as intended for other tasks, and that's how DH uses it. I have not tried any lights made for crafting purchases.

Linda, knitting and spinning away in MD
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pmcyarns
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17 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2010 :  2:22:13 PM  Show Profile Send pmcyarns a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use the book light that has a clip but I clip it on the seatbelt in the car or my shoulder seam at home. It works wonderfully as it can be adjusted directionally. Only problem is the kid who is always "borrowing" it! I think the original brand name is itty bitty light but there are many out there now.
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lovethelake
Chatty Knitter

USA
165 Posts

Posted - 10/10/2010 :  09:36:50 AM  Show Profile Send lovethelake a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Salutations

Wow, what brilliant ideas. I had bought some of headlamps as Christmas presents for my niece and nephews, but now I must have to reconsider giving them away. Note to self: find the hiding place where I stashed those gifts.

Be well, happy, safe and peaceful.

Lovethelake
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ikkivan
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
543 Posts

Posted - 10/10/2010 :  3:07:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Aha, more great ideas. I did get the Knit Light and use it some of the time. The head lamp didn't work because, as someone mentioned, if I raise my head to look up at someone, it then shines in the other person's eyes (I'm afraid a light clipped on my glasses would do that, too??) ... the Knit Light shines only on my handwork, even if I look up. My eyes are so bad, though, that I guess I really need to stick to good lighting except when I'm working on a mindless knit that doesn't really need to be "seen" that much.

Thanks for more ideas!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.
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TripletDad
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2010 :  08:55:01 AM  Show Profile Send TripletDad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
During November, there are several pre-Holiday giveaway contests with a Beam N Read LED Hands Free Light as the prize. They are on the following blogs:

Nov 1-Dec 1: CraftGossip.com
Nov 8-22: GearDiary.com
Nov 11-Dec 1: Crochetville.org
Nov 15-28: Kindle Review Blog
Nov 16-23: Gadling.com
Nov 17-26: PracticalTravelGear.com

The theme of these giveaways is winning a light to give as a gift to someone. Hope it's OK to post this information here.
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donnaknits@comcast.net
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Posted - 08/31/2011 :  10:00:55 PM  Show Profile Send donnaknits@comcast.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I purchased one at Sock Summit and I love it. It is great for travel, plane, train, car (when not driving myself) and in the theatre while waiting for a movie or play to begin. Definitely recommend it.
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brodym@earthlink.net
New Pal

USA
6 Posts

Posted - 08/31/2011 :  10:17:42 PM  Show Profile Send brodym@earthlink.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was going to post about the Beam N Read light, because I have one and love it, but I see someone else already has done so. It's terrific, perhaps a bit heavier than the knitting light reviewed nere because it takes one more battery, but it is also half the price! Higlhly recommended.

Martha
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Grand-moogi
Seriously Hooked

Australia
783 Posts

Posted - 08/31/2011 :  11:40:11 PM  Show Profile Send Grand-moogi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well this is certainly something to think about. We are building a new house and we were thinking about getting wall lights behind where our easy chairs will go in the family room so we can have extra light over our shoulders when we are knitting, doing hand sewing or reading. Maybe thses lights would be better.

I knit a hug into every stitch
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