Not Too Bright: Are You Using the Wrong Light Bulb for That Lamp?

 

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As any experienced beader knows, having proper lighting is extremely important. It is often, unfortunately, forgotten. You might think you have enough light to create your beading project, but after a few hours, your eyes can feel tired and you might develop a headache. You might spend money on having the best supplies, but you cheat yourself of the resources you need to use those supplies accurately and beautifully. That’s why you need to invest in the right magnifiers, lamps, and light bulbs to let your creativity shine.

For centuries, artists have had to rely on daylight to create their paintings, jewelry, or drawings. In the modern world, we have the luxury of creating art at any time of day! Or, our busy lifestyles mean we can only create jewelry late at night. Either way, relying on lamps can cause problems. Poor light can add to eye strain, overly harsh lighting can create painful glare and accurate color-matching is difficult without daylight.

Different colors and intensities of light affect the eye’s ability to stay on task. Proper neutral lighting offers greater accuracy when using color. Avoiding glare means avoiding damage to the powerful, yet delicate, retina. Using sufficient light means preventing squinting, as well as the eye strain and headache that can accompany it.

Proper lighting allows you to see the true colors of the seed beads and Czech beads. Some jewelers even go outside to use daylight to see their beads in their most natural forms. The wrong lighting can make what seems like a beautiful beaded project, a disaster when true lighting is revealed.

The best lamp to use with wholesale seed beads is one with a daylight setting. This provides proper light for your eyes to  work their best, and for you to see the colors in their most pure state. An adjustable lamp lets you eliminate glare, and focus on the areas you need to see most.

If you already have a lamp, make sure you have a very bright bulb. Even if you don’t have a daylight lamp, bright light will still help see the beads better. Try searching for a daylight light bulb you can install in your existing lamp!

If you work with seed beads, you might want to consider also purchasing a magnifier. There are many types, and you’ll have to try a few to determine what works best for your beading style. They can make it much easier to focus on the tiny seed beads.

You can order these online, or at your favorite craft store. Your eyes, and your jewelry, will thank you.

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