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    My good bench clamp style light took a crapper.....cant seem to find anything in the fairbanks area, anyone got any good idears. Right now I'm running on a chicken coop heater style lamp, it works, but it's a bit warm .

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    ps,

    here is the light I HAD.....really swet light. Was carried here locally for some reason not anymore...ugg

    http://www.staples.com/office/suppli...27926-13456-US

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    Any craft store should have lamps that work well for fly tying. I'm not familiar with stores in Fairbanks, but I'd assume there's a Joann Fabrics, Michaels, or something like that???
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    While you're out shopping, go by an office supply place and pick up one of those little metal "troughs" intended to hold a nameplate on a desk. Then stop by a frame shop and scam some scraps of mat board in a variety of colors.

    You'll have to drill a couple of holes in the base of the nameplate holder and screw it down to something to prevent tipping, but it's simple and holds a piece of mat board at just the right angle for a "background" behind your flies. I find a piece about 12" x 12" is plenty big enough so you can place if far back out of the way of hands and tools. Changes in background color (mat board scraps) have a huge influence on how well you can see to tie a particular pattern. Lots of guys spend serious money on exotic lights, when five bucks for the nameplate holder will make almost any light source a "tying light."

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    BB, sounds like a neat idear, I'll have to try it. I typically use a sheet of paper, clamped down using my vise clamp. (I hate pedistal vises lol). Usually use white, but have plenty of other colors to quicly change too.

    I ran all over fairbanks trying to find something for a light. That halogen one really was pretty sweet, so far everything I've found is pretty chinsey at best and very very few clamp on models.

    I need a light mainly for fly tying, but also for cresting arrows, and building flintlocks, so a light is a must have.

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    I picked up an Ott-lite from JoAnn fabrics and it is one of the best lights I have used so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Docins View Post
    I picked up an Ott-lite from JoAnn fabrics and it is one of the best lights I have used so far.
    Agree, they work well. I bought a second one - and the lighting is very good.
    The long bulb fixture extends nicely, a good 12-14" or so out over my vise - looks something like this picture (below). With 2, I get no shadows.
    The easy availability of replacement bulbs (or the whole lamp!) was a plus, but I haven't needed anything so far...3 yrs.

    Good luck.
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    I'll have to check it out. I'm hoping for a clamp on style, something I can get up and away from my face a little bit yet get close when I need it (gun building). I'm kinda a clutz, ook ok I admit it lol, plus I've always whined a little haha. Seriously I have a fairly limited desk space, not so much when tying, but when cresting arrows or doing this gun building game is the only reason I like the clamp on longer arm'd models, but I'll give this one a go.

    Thanks

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    Here's a clamp on style...prob will depend on what's in stock unless you mail order.
    I like the cool, even light mainly.
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    Last summer, a friend gave me one of these and I've been pretty happy with it. I don't use the magnifier all the time, but it's handy to have from time to time. The one thing is that it's definitely big and a bit heavy... you definitely want to have a permanent spot for it. Replacement bulbs are about $7 (I learned after not having it clamped down adequately and it fell and broke ). I think you can get them at a variety of other craft/hobby/home stores besides Cabelas.
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    Default Tying light

    The wife has a couple of lights she uses for sewing and every now and then I may sneak it into my room for a little work. Called an Omni-light. One is a desk light the other is a stand alone light wth a flexible neck.

    Why she likes it (me too) is that it is designed to show true colors.

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