Lighting

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  1. DanielOcean

    DanielOcean Active Member

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    Hey guys I am new to this. What kind of lighting to you suggest for optimal comfort when fly tying. I have tied about a couple dozen flies now, and I am discovering that I need to take a good break after each fly because my eyes are so tired. My wife says I probably need some magnification and lighting but I do not know any good products out there. Can you guys help with some advice?
     
  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I have an Ott light/magnifier I use but it appears it's no longer made.
     
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    Thanks I will look into it.
     
  4. cabezon

    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    A good goose-neck lamp or fiber-optic light can be very helpful at putting light where you need it and be out of the day. Also, it is important that you have a good neutral background behind the fly.

    Steve
     
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    What do you mean by neutral back round. Like a white board or something?
     
  6. jaybo41

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    The Ott lights sold at craft stores seem to be very popular, they are free standing lights that sit on your desk. There are a couple of brands that attach to your vise stem, McKenzie and Peak. I think the McKenzie offers a magnifier on one of their offerings. I've heard good things about both. Personally, I use a cheapie halogen desk lamp from Wally World, and a table lamp with a daylight bulb in it. The combination of both gets me all the light I need. If the desk lamp dies, I'll replace it with the Peak--I think. As for magnifiers, I use cheaters. I don't wear glasses and tie most of my flies without magnification. When I get down to the really small and intricate work, I pop em on. Not saying this is the right recipe for everyone but it works for me.
     
  7. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I'm 65 and use the magnifier on all flies I tie. I find it helps make my ties lots neater as I see little things I'd miss without it.
     
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    White or gray would be my recommendation for most circumstances. It is less effort to focus on your small fly when the background is even.
     
  9. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I'm tying #8 3xl damsel fly nymphs for a swap and use the magnifier for that. Makes sure there's no thread peeking out where it's not supposed to, the ribbing is wound evenly and dubbed heads appear nicely shaped and not lumpy.
     
  10. DanielOcean

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    I was thinking about going to Wal Mart and buying a cheap bright desk lamp. I am skepticle of fly tying lights that attach to the vice stem. I would think that makes the center of gravity higher and makes the overall vice more wobbly. I use a pedestal base.
     
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    I have the giraffe light / magnifier setup. I had looked at them for a while but thought it was too pricey for me, but spouse bought me one for a birthday and I now I do not know how I got along without it. I would go right out and get another if something happened to my current setup.
     
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    jeff bandy Make my day

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    placing your tying area where there is natural light is probably the best but we might not have that advantage

    i use 2 full spectrum light from home depot. $25 each

    and a light blue background for tying and photographing flies

    i also open the blinds for natural light

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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I prefer natural light, but have fluorescents above my bench, a halogen if I need to focus light, and a magnifier tho I seldom use it.
     
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    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

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    I use the Peak light on my pedestal vise and it works great.
    Kinda spendy but very nice and bright L.E.D.