Sewing lamps are a great thing for concentration, seeing clearer, or just having a little more light in your sewing space. Sewing lamps also will help you see clearly which will stop you from straining your eyes to see which should cause you fewer headaches in the long run.
I also like to have sewing lamps around as they are a more direct source of light, so you can point it right where you need it, you know when your trying to thread a needle?!
Here are a few things you might want to know before purchasing your sewing lamp or even answers to some questions you might have.
Do I Need To Use A Sewing Lamp?
It isn’t against the law to sew without a lamp, it is very common for many to sew without a lamp and that includes myself. Though I don’t currently use one I have used plenty in the past and know the benefits of using one.
While you don’t need a sewing lamp while you sew there are great benefits that come with using one, this also depends on the type of sewing your doing, how intricate it is and where and when you are doing it.
If like me you live in the UK and winter is cold, wet and extremely dark then you can find a sewing lamp extremely helpful during the winter months. If you like to sit on the sofa and hand stitch then a sewing lamp can be a great addition to your set up as it will provide the direct light to where you need it.
Check out my fabrics and tools page for more information on the best tools to use, learn more about fabrics and even get some hints and tips.
What Should I Look For In A Sewing Lamp?
Sewing lamps don’t vary too much which is great as it might make it a little simpler for you to buy one but there are still some differences from any old lamp to a sewing lamp you might want to know.
Normal lamps for bed side tables, livings and so on are mainly to cause ambience lighting and can often be yellow light. This isn’t bad, just not clear or helpful when you are trying to sew.
You need to look for white light or as close as you can get, you can tell the difference once you place them next to each other.
Something that is key in a sewing lamp is the flexible structure of the lamp, many have and adjustable head/neck, are bendy or can be manipulated into a new position. These are great examples as they are easy to work with in your sewing space, can be as close as you need or at a distance.
They can also be moved into smaller spaces or even placed at an angle to give you more direct light onto a project.
Not all sewing lamps will have a magnifying feature and you may not want one but they are extremely useful, especially for intricate sewing and hand sewing projects such as embroidery and cross stitch.
Look for a lamp that has this feature built-in ready to be used. You can find these in a number of styles from desk lamps to floor lamps so no matter what space you are working with you can find something suitable to you.
1. Daylight Slimline 3 Table Lamp
This particular sewing lamp is probably one of the most expensive on the market and works well for a number of uses from working from home office lamp to a sewing lamp.
The key thing to note with this lamp is that it is mounted to the desk itself so once it is in place, it can be hard and fiddly to move around.
Though if you are looking for a lamp just to loom over your sewing machine and main sewing space this is perfect.
It is sleek and streamline so if you are looking for something to blend into the background this perfect for you. Another feature to note on this lamp is the 2 flexible areas that allow the lamp to move, fold and alter the configuration of the lamp itself.
Other key information to note about the lamp is that is has 4 brightness levels, 3,000 Lux at 30 cm and 1,065 lumens.
To me personally, this doesn’t mean much, I like the added touch of 4 brightness settings as I feel this can really help if you need a little less light in some settings and more in others.
2. Purelight 4-in-1 Crafters Magnifying Lamp
The Purlight 4-in-1 crafters lamp is probably one of the most suitable and diverse on the list, as it is suitable for a number of crafts, sewing settings and more.
The main features to admire on this floor lamp is the small tray to hold materials such as needles and scissors, the magnifying glass with added light so you can see small stitches and enlarge your work.
There is also a clip that can be moved to any height that allows you to read, work from a piece of paper, or book to work. I love this feature as you can ensure that you direct line of sight is at that point and it saves you from losing your work sheet within your work area or sofa.
Another notable feature of the lamp is the 2 flexible features, one for the magnifying glass and light and the other for the clip feature.
The flexible arm for the magnifying glass means you can extend this and bend it over your work space, your lap while working from the sofa or you can have it up and out of the way to create a less direct light.
3. Daylight Company Lumi Task Lamp
The Daylight Company is great for making versatile lamps and so I was impressed to find another that works well in a sewing space. While it is not specifically made for sewing rooms or sewing it is very well suited to the use in sewing and craft spaces.
The Lumi lamp gives you the access and ability to adjust the light fitting itself to be horizontal, vertical and laterally moved to suit your needs. The light is mounted on a spring arm that is both sturdy and strong so you don’t have to worry about it falling at any point.
The lamp comes with 2 brightness levels so depending on your work space, natural lighting you can change this to suit you. It is desk mounted and is still fairly flexible in the space it can move to and cover.
2 brightness levels, 3,800 Lux at 30 cm, 1,320 lumens, white finish.
4. Stella Original Premium LED Desk Task Light
First on our list is the Stella Desk Task Lamp, which is made of only high-quality materials, is highly durable and gives off high-quality light.
Designed to be used for a long time, the task lamp can be placed near your sewing machine or cutting table. It has over 50,000 hours of life and comes with an adaptor for charging.
The task lamp is also ideal for a diverse range of people including those with cataracts, low vision, dry eye, muscular degeneration and glaucoma, so anyone can use the Stella task lamp.
The lamp has also been doctor-prescribed for clinically blind patients. Because of these, both the elderly and young can enjoy sewing.
There are some features on the Stella Desk Task Lamp, which provides you with LED lighting for cost-efficiency and eco-friendliness.
The lamp’s controls are easy to find and operate, and there are five dimmable brightness options. The neck is also flexible so you can bend it around your sewing area however you want.
The task lamp is also made with aluminium, steel, plastic, silicone and rubber, all put together to make a durable lighting solution. You can also choose the colour you want during purchase, and return it if you’re not pleased.
5. Ober Kinmai LED Sewing Machine Lamp
From ease of use and versatility to high-quality LED light and durability, the Ober Kinmai Sewing Machine Lamp is a table lamp that you can place anywhere in your sewing room for a good lighting solution.
Its colour temperature is set at 5500K while the lumens are between 20 and 22, leaving you with natural light that makes your eyes comfortable. The sewing machine lamp also has 40 bright lamp beads that save 90% of electricity.
The Ober Kinmai sewing machine table lamp can be placed and used however you want it. It has a silicone gooseneck tube that can rotate up to 360 degrees and adjust to light up certain angles. It is also easy to use, with only one button that you push to turn on and off.
Beneath the table lamp is a suction magnet that makes it stick to the surface where you place it, so the vibration of the sewing machine won’t cause your lamp to fall.
Apart from silicone, it is made from other high-quality materials like metal, alloy steel, wood and iron. You plug it into the main to use it, and it features a stable power supply.