task lamp

What is ESD?

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden and momentary flow of electric current between two objects caused by direct contact, or an electrostatic field. The term is used in the electronics industry to describe momentary unwanted currents that may cause damage to electronic circuits & components.

ESD is a serious issue in solid state electronics, such as integrated circuits and steps must be taken to prevent it. Semiconductor materials such as silicon can suffer permanent damage when subjected to high voltage; as a result all products and equipment used during the assembly or inspection of PCB boards should prevent and protect from ESD.

What causes ESD?
One of the causes of an ESD event is static electricity. Static electricity is often generated when two materials are brought into contact and then separated. Examples include walking on a rug, rubbing plastic comb against dry hair, ascending from a fabric car seat, or removing some types of plastic packaging. In all these cases, the friction between two materials results in static being created, thus creating a difference of electrical potential that can lead to an ESD event.
Another cause of ESD is through electrostatic induction. This occurs when an electrically charged object is placed near a conductive object isolated from ground. An ESD event may occur when the object comes into contact with a conductive path.

For example, removing a styro-foam cup from a stack of cups can create a charge potential on the surface of the removed cup as it separates from the stack. If this cup is then closely placed next to an integrated circuit, the charge potential on the cup can sweep across the chip’s exposed conductors, causing damage to the internal silicon circuit. The damage may be so minor that the chip is merely weakened rather than outright destroyed, and it will appear to function normally in some cases but not others. It could fail in the future without warning.

How to prevent and protect against ESD
The best way to prevent ESD damage is to work in an Electrostatic Protective Area (EPA). An EPA can be a small working station or a large manufacturing area.
The main principle of an EPA is that there are no highly charging materials in the vicinity of ESD sensitive electronics, all conductive materials are grounded, equipment such as work benches and lamps are grounded, workers are grounded, and charge build-up on ESD sensitive electronics is prevented.

ESD prevention within an EPA may include using appropriate ESD-safe packing material, the use of conductive filaments on garments worn by assembly workers, conducting wrist straps and foot-straps to prevent high voltages from accumulating on workers’ bodies, anti-static flooring materials to conduct harmful electric charges away from the work area, and humidity control.

Manufacturers and users of integrated circuits must take precautions to avoid ESD. Prevention is the best way to avoid costly ESD damage.

ESD & Clean Rooms
A clean room is a controlled environment where products are manufactured. It is a room in which the concentration of airborne particles is controlled to specified limits. These contaminants are generated by people, process, facilities and equipment and they must be continually removed from the air before they settle on any surface.

Electrostatic fields attract dust particles to surfaces and once settled they cannot be removed by extraction systems. Products with special ESD coatings are particularly suited for use in clean rooms because they stop the build-up of electrostatic fields and prevent the attraction of particles.

Daylight ESD Safe range of lamps and magnifiers
Our range of ESD safe lamps & magnifiers provide full protection against static electricity and electrostatic discharge (ESD).

The entire lamp (head, lens, joint and arm) is grounded and has special static dissipative materials and coatings to smoothly take away static charges in a controlled manner, preventing any build-up of static electricity which gives complete protection against ESD damage.

Our products are independently verified to be suitable for use in EPA (Electrostatic Protected Areas – IEC 61340-5-1 and ANSI/ESD 20:20)

They can also be used in clean rooms because the special static dissipative materials and coatings stop the build-up of electrostatic fields and prevent the attraction of particles.

Our lamps and magnifiers are designed and engineered to offer high quality light with the best possible field of view and optimally performing ergonomics. We use carbon fibre and special conductive coatings on all our ESD models.

work lamp

Dioptre & Magnification

Dioptre refers to the curvature of the lens. As the dioptre increases, the lens become thicker and the curvature greater. As the curvature increases, light rays are redirected to fill a greater portion of the viewer’s retina which makes the object look bigger.
Power (magnification) refers to how much larger an object is made to look through a magnifying lens. Power is typically indicated by an X such 2X or 4X. Daylight uses the most common formula to calculate power: dioptre / 4 + 1

For example, to calculate the magnification (power) of a 3 dioptres lens:
3 dioptres divided by 4 = 0.75 + 1 = 1.75X (the original object appears 75% bigger)
5 dioptres divided by 4 = 1.25 + 1 = 2.25X (the original object appears 125% bigger)
12 dioptres divided by 4 = 3.0 + 1 = 4.00X (the original object appears 300% bigger)

A 3 dioptres lens makes an object look 75% times larger, over and above what the unaided eye already sees. The figure “1” added to the final figure is the original object.

Dioptre vs Magnification power

Dioptre Magnification power % increase
3 1.75X 75%
5 2.25X 125%
8 3.00X 200%
12 4.00X 300%
15 4.75X 375%


Example of magnification

What is focal length? 
The focal length is the optimal focus point from the centre of a lens to the magnified object. It is the distance at which the object is at its sharpest. The focal length is measured in millimetres (mm).

Because the focal length decreases as the dioptre or magnification power increases, an object under a high magnification lens has to be positioned closer to the lens. Reducing the space between the object and the lens.

The higher the magnification power of a lens, the more important the positioning of the object will be in order to see it sharply. The object will go in and out of focus quickly on a high power lens versus a weaker lens. The user has to be more accurate in positioning the object under the lens.

A 3 dioptres (1.75X) lens is the most popular standard magnification lens because it offers good magnification and ease of use.

What is the field of view?
The field of view is the area under the magnification lens that is in focus.

The field of view decreases as the dioptre or magnification increases. A higher magnification lens makes smaller details look bigger, however, less of the total object is in focus because the field of view is reduced. When choosing a magnifier, there is a trade-off between the field of view and the amount of magnification required.

colouring rendering index

What is CRI

Colour Rendering Index (CRI), is used to measure how colours look to the human eye. It represents how faithfully colours are rendered under an artificial light source in comparison to a natural light source (the sun).

The CRI provides a scale of values up to 100, with 100 (the sun) being the best colour rendering light quality and a value below 60 representing very poor colour rendering.

The higher the CRI value (also called CIE Ra), the better the artificial light source is at rendering colours accurately.

CRI values help us determine the ability of an artificial light source at rendering colours accurately and faithfully to the human eye.

“Accurate colour matching” means that a colour under an artificial light will reveal as truthfully as if you were looking at it under the natural sunlight.

How is CRI calculated?
The value of CRI for a light source is calculated by testing colours. The “Commission Internationale de l’éclairage” (CIE) established a scale of 8 CIE Standard Colour Samples for the CRI method. There are an additional 7 CIE Special Colours that can be used, giving a total of 15 colour samples.

The general Colour Rendering Index looks at the first 8 colour indices (Ri). Ra being the average of the 8 Ri values and is stated as CRI with a maximum value of 100.

Special CRI refers to the remaining 7 colours (9 to 15) including the saturated colours and skin tones.

The test involves comparing either 8 or all 15 colour samples under the light source and then comparing it to a reference light source, usually sunlight. The average differences are then subtracted by 100 to get the CRI value. That is why light sources that show more “real” colours have higher CRI values, the average differences are smaller between the light source and the reference sunlight.

At Daylight, our lights are tested using the full 15 colour samples, which include pastels, saturated colours and skin tones for more accuracy.

 

By: Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce

I like to joke that I have two quilting identities. By day I work for Andover Fabrics in Midtown Manhattan as the Multimedia Manager of the Marketing department. I handle a lot of what our customers and end consumers see day to day, from sales presentations to trade show booths to social media. By night I am Giucy Giuce. I don a colorful quilted cape and create projects with bright fabrics and bold designs.

My Andover job keeps me busy from 9-5 while my Giucy Giuce alterego usually starts working after dinner into the wee hours of the night. By the time I finally sit down at my sewing machine the sun has usually gone to bed for the day.

It was a big adjustment for me when I started working a 9-5 job. I was an actor/waiter before I worked steadily in the quilting industry. I was so used to working on sewing projects during the day. When I got the job at Andover and had to switch to sewing at night, I very quickly realized I needed to up my lighting game.

craft light
craft lamps
daylight craft lamp

My first introduction to Daylight Company was with the Slimline lamp. It truly changed everything for me. I went from moving every light in my apartment to my sewing table to just using one slick, bright, beautiful light. It made such a remarkable difference. Better light meant better vision meant being able to work more quickly, more efficiently, more precisely. Recently I upgraded to the Lumi Task Lamp. It swivels, adjusts, gets brigter or dimmer. It is absolutely perfect for night sewing.

I never realized how lighting is an essential tool when sewing. Daylight’s lamps make it easy for me to work into the late night hours without straining to see what I am doing.

Ribaudo

About Giucy Guice

Giuseppe Ribaudo resides in Queens, New York, just outside Manhattan. An avid modern traditionalist quilter, Giuseppe is inspired by quilts of all styles. Working with bold colors and graphic, modern prints, he loves to create quilts that marry the new with the old.

As a quilt instructor, Giuseppe travels the country teaching different sewing techniques, his favorites being English paper piecing and foundation paper piecing. He is incredibly excited about the release of his first fabric collection this fall with Andover Fabrics.

 

quilting lighting

By: Kristi Schroeder of Initial K Studio

Truth be told, I fell into the quilting world quite accidentally. I spent my early twenties to mid-thirties working as a graphic designer in the corporate world, specializing in design, advertising, and in-house branding. Long hours at work led me to craving a creative outlet at home that didn’t involve sitting in front of a computer. Weeks later while out running errands I stumbled across a fabric store that specialized in modern fabrics and offered sewing classes. I signed up for a beginner quilting class, learned the ins and outs of piecing and quilting, and was instantly hooked. Long story short, I became an avid quilter and quit my full-time job as a graphic designer and launched Initial K Studio, Modern Quilts by Design in August 2014.

As a one woman show of Initial K Studio, my time is extremely valuable and I’m constantly looking for ways to streamline my productivity in the studio. My introduction to the Daylight Company began last year while at QuiltCon in Pasadena, California and I have to say, their products are an absolute game changer in the sewing and quilting industry.

The versatility and dependability of their products, such as the slimline LED table lamp, has boosted my productivity in the studio tenfold. No longer am I second guessing the placement of my stitches while quilting nor do I strain my eyes while re-threading my needle on my sewing machine. Quilting deadlines are finishing ahead of schedule, and suddenly I have extra time to focus on designing new quilt patterns for future projects.

quilting lamp
craft lamps

Which leads me to the luminos lamp. Like most artists and quilters, a lot of the inspiration for my designs occur while I’m traveling or exploring the great outdoors. From the colors of a stone paved walkway in Santa Fe to a stained-glass window found in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, I find inspiration is everywhere. Picking out color is my favorite process of the design stage. Weather used to play a big factor in my lack of productivity (especially in the middle of a deadline) as I relied heavily on the natural light in the studio when selecting the right colors for a new project.

As a designer, color is key is my world and the luminos lamp has been an absolute lifesaver as I no longer have to worry about the weather and/or lack of natural light in the studio. No matter the time of day, I simply turn on the lamp, get to work and move forward confidently in selecting colors for various projects. The best bonus is that I have endless light for taking high resolution photos to post on social media, because we all now how important it is to create engaging content for our followers, right? Again, another win in my book hands down.

So if you’re looking to become more productive in your daily sewing activities, the Daylight products are an excellent addition to any studio. I promise you’ll be surprised with extra time you’ll have on your hands once implementing the products. I certainly was.

Happy Sewing y’all!

Kristi Schroeder Larson, Daylight Company Ambassador

About Kristi Schroeder

Kristi Schroeder is a designer, quilter, entrepreneur and avid traveler living in Austin, Texas and is the creative behind Initial K Studio. Ms. Schroeder came to quilting through her work as a graphic designer in the corporate world. This native Texan is a world traveler who draws inspiration for her quilts in art, fashion, and textiles from around the globe. You can learn more about Ms. Schroeder at initialkstudio.com. Ms. Schroeder recently completed Southwest Modern, a Lucky Spool Media publication and releases December 2017. Part travel guide and part quilt book, Southwest Modern is a first in the quilting industry – the rich patterns, colors and landscapes of the American Southwest served as the sole inspiration behind 18 modern, graphic quilts designed by Ms. Schroeder.

 

sewing light

By: Erin Hogan-Braker of 7th Bone Tailoring

You know the final scene in the 1987 classic film “Dirty Dancing” where Baby is sadly seated at a giant table, awkwardly smashed into the wall?

She is trying to take in her sisters dismal performance at the talent show and struggling with her return to normalcy. Well, we feel for Baby. As professional on-set tailors our work for 7th Bone Tailoring only looks glamorous. We do have a front row seat to the world’s real life talent shows (watching JLo warm up for a performance turns us into fan girls every time) but in reality the space behind the scenes is just plain small. And cramped. We are often backed into corners, relegated to sewing on kitchen sink cover in packed RV’s, or worse yet, but not an uncommon day for us, we end up sewing in a closet.

You see, we have a unique job. We travel the world with our sewing machines and notions in tow, hemming the coattails of the rich and famous. We are masters of our craft called on to shape the clothing for some of the most iconic brands and celebrities. Often under do or die timelines and makeshift sewing areas.

That Grammy’s host perfect tux? That was tailored by Jenny Barone, in a dimly lit cranny of Madison Square Garden. Those racy Victoria’s Secret ads? The secret is our tailors nipping and tucking the lingerie and guarding the models from a wardrobe malfunction. The beach shooting location looks like bliss until the sun goes down and out goes the light. Where is the most common set up at a celebrities house? Where ever is out of sight and out of mind. No, these are not heartless celebrities forcing us into these closets — we just know we make a mess and sometimes it’s the only table available. Plus, to be fair, it’s a walk in closet.

About a year and a half ago, our real life Patrick Swayze, Daylight, arrived to save the day. Like the best Rom-Com movies, it was a chance encounter. The Daylight lamps first caught our eyes at a Bernina sewing machine conference. Their adjustable necks and powerful beams called out to us from the rows of vendors.

We typically sew 10 hours a day, 5 days a week and could tell this was going to be a different kind of relationship.

sewing machine light
sewing machine light
sewing machine lamp

I personally was using a beat up tin clamp light from Home Depot with a 70 watt bulb at the time. It was the only solution I could find for REAL light. I would always check the lamp section of all the major sewing and craft stores, but the demo LED models barely made a dent in the shadows.

Because our team of tailors are required to physically carry every piece of equipment we use, we refused to carry a half working clump of plastic. I thought I would be stuck with my crumpled (and always falling) clamp light forever. And then that sleek, sexy Slimline of a Swayze danced into our lives.

I thought I would be stuck with my clamp light forever and then that sleek, sexy Slimline of a Swayze danced into our lives.

True, baby still gets put in a corner (or closet) but with our Slimline’s holding effortlessly to tables, closet rods, or beach pop up tents, the 7th Bone show still goes on. Just like in the movie we started off nieve Babies thinking our eyes could strain or make due with makeshift lighting, but the moment we tried the Slimline and the graceful beam of light descended down on our couture projects, we were hooked for life. A Daylight lamp is truly something one needs to experience for themselves. It makes such a difference, our team happily packs them on our backs to carry a Daylight wherever the job may take us. We made the Daylight leap and nobody will ever put Baby in the corner again.

Erin

About Erin Hogan-Braker

The 7th Bone Tailoring Agency was created in 2011 by Erin Hogan-Braker as a way to honor her mentor, Master Tailor Nelson Arriaga and the craft of sewing. Nelson was a master of men’s custom tailoring and instructed: “we fit from the 7th bone”. When starting a fitting, Nelson would stand behind his clients evaluating the relation of the 7th vertebrae of the spine (C7) to the client’s overall posture. From here, the tailor begins to apply fitting techniques for achieving perfectly altered garments.

The team at 7th Bone Tailoring has continued Nelson’s tradition of craftsmanship. Our highly skilled tailors consistently work together to enhance their best practice sewing techniques, collaborate on custom projects and complete large-scale runway presentations. The 7th Bone tailors are known for their impeccable sewing skills, speed, and professionalism on location.

daylight craft lamp

By: Sarah Thomas of Sariditty

I am a one-woman show here at SARIDITTY, creating whatever my mind dreams up by combining my life experiences, thoughts, ideas, and colorful opportunities. Sometimes I’m struck by an idea at 2 a.m. and “need” to get it sketched on to paper right then and there. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the Daylight Company products aiding me throughout my daily work, but especially for my middle-of-night strokes of genius!

From the Techne illuminating my art desk as I sketch, to the Quilta Longarm Lamp lighting up my workspace as I quilt, I can vouch for how much more productive I am and, also, how much better my eyes feel after a long day of designing, sewing, and quilting.

As a pilot, I relied heavily on natural light during the day and red light at night. As a gemologist, I always needed the brightest white light possible as well as UV light for certain aspects. As a sewist and quilter, I am reliant on bright, natural light to aid in my ability to sew seams with precision and see the thread quilted on to the quilt top without straining. And as a designer, I desperately need natural daylight all day everyday it seems!

daylight craft lamp
sewing machine light
sewing machine lamp

Part of my own designing is heavily based on my life’s experiences and sights I’ve seen – places I’ve lived in Puerto Rico and Mexico; trips I’ve taken to Croatia, Spain, and Cuba, for example. Color and color matching is a key element to my design process, and one bad choice of color can ruin an entire design or pattern. With one touch of the Luminos Lamp, my entire studio is alive with the purest form of natural daylight for which I could ever wish! I don’t even think a genie in a bottle could deliver such divine light! I can say, without a doubt, that my Go-To studio accessories *must* always include the Techne (for sketching and artwork), the Wafer Lightbox (for pattern sketching and foundation paper piecing), the Slimline Lamp (for my domestic machine and evening handwork), the Luminos Lamp (to light up my studio space), and the Quilta (for longarm quilting).

In this day and age, social media is a huge proponent to an artist’s visibility and marketing. Having the Luminos by my side to provide the best light possible for high resolution photos is comparable to nothing else. My social media game has definitely only gotten better since implementing the Daylight Company products. That, in itself, is a huge win in my mind! I can only hope you’re encouraged to add at least one or two Daylight accessories to your own life, whether you’re an artist, sewist, crafter, or what have you.

I can assure you your way will be lit like you’ve never experienced before, and your eyes will indeed thank you at the end of the day.

Sarah Thomas, Daylight Company Ambassador

About Sarah Thomas

A quick look at who I am and what I do today, and I’m willing to bet that you’d never guess I am a retired commercial pilot. My B.S. from Purdue University is in Aviation Technology, which then led to me as the corporate pilot for an engineering firm based in Indianapolis. Truth be told, I wear many hats: pilot, certified Personal Trainer, running coach, certified diamontologist, philanthropist, quilter, designer, artist. At least I can never complain of being bored! When I married my Air Force husband in 2011, my life and sense of “me” was put on hold to become the “dutiful” military wife. By the grace of God I figured out how to make myself useful and productive to my fellow military spouse group – I tapped into my creative brain space and started sewing baby keepsake quilts for the mothers. One thing led to another, and now here I am with a longarm and design business, SARIDITTY, and teaching quilting nationally and internationally.

sewing machine lamp

I recently did an internet search for “Essential Sewing Tools.” I knew what the results would be — pages of articles talking about scissors, cutting mats, rulers, and everything else one might expect. Some even included things such as masking tape in their list of “Everything a Beginner Needs!”, but what every article left out was the one essential tool that is so often overlooked, light.

Light has played a crucial role throughout my creative career as a graphic artist and photographer, and is equally important to me now as a sewing pattern designer and quilter. It’s a tool that I utilize every step of the way in my sewing and design process. My patterns begin with the basics, pencil and paper. I sketch out my subject matter in true-to-life form and then begin the steps of creating a usable sewing pattern with the aid of my absolute favorite tool, a light box. I place tracing paper on top of my sketch on the light box and begin creating an angular version of the subject, figuring out how to break it up into sections and where all the seams need to be. Once I am satisfied, I scan my design into the computer and finalize the pattern pieces in Adobe Illustrator.

When I’m ready to sew up a sample, I once again turn to my light box. I first trace the lines of my pattern onto the back of the paper patterns and mark my numbers and fabrics in each segment. This is something I recommend to everyone! When you can see the pattern on the side where you are placing your fabric, it allows you to check your work as you go and helps prevent common errors such as cutting your fabric too small or missing segments of the pattern.

I also use my light box to precut all my fabric before sewing. It is especially useful when fussy cutting, but also allows you to cut your pieces to the exact size and shape you need, eliminating waste and ensuring you don’t end up with pieces that are just a little too small once you sew them on. Oh, the horror of seam ripping when paper piecing! I currently use the Wafer 2 Light Box by Daylight Company and it is amazing! It’s only 3/8” thick and weighs next to nothing. The 12.5” x17” surface area is large enough for most any task, but still small enough to travel with. The LED bulbs stay cool and are dimmable, my favorite feature! I also use it when doing appliqué, embroidery, and a variety of other crafts.

Once I’m ready to sew a sample, I rely on a different type of light, my sewing lamp. I bet that I’m not alone in getting at least a little (or a lot!) jealous when I see amazing, sun drenched spaces on HGTV or while scrolling through social media. We all long for such a space to create in, but let’s face it, how many of us actually get to roll out of bed, make a cup of coffee and spend all day sewing in the sunlight? I sure don’t! Even though sewing is my “day job”, my daylight hours are often filled with chores and business tasks that push my actual creating time well past dusk, not to mention when I’m pulling an all-nighter to complete a tight deadline. Even when I am able to sew during the day, I found the built-in lights on my older machines were never enough. I was left with horrible shadows in the throat, right where I needed to see the most. Some modern machines I have tried do have much better LED lights built in, but they still tend to provide only condensed light in a specific area. Sometimes I would use the flashlight of my phone and stand it against the front of my machine. I even tried wearing a headlamp!

drawing lamp
drawing lamp
drawing lamp

I also use my light box to precut all my fabric before sewing. It is especially useful when fussy cutting, but also allows you to cut your pieces to the exact size and shape you need, eliminating waste and ensuring you don’t end up with pieces that are just a little too small once you sew them on. Oh, the horror of seam ripping when paper piecing! I currently use the Wafer 2 Light Box by Daylight Company and it is amazing! It’s only 3/8” thick and weighs next to nothing. The 12.5” x17” surface area is large enough for most any task, but still small enough to travel with. The LED bulbs stay cool and are dimmable, my favorite feature! I also use it when doing appliqué, embroidery, and a variety of other crafts.

I now use the Daylight Slimline Table Lamp and it’s a tool that I don’t know how I lived without. I recently had a friend over for a sewing night and she called the Slimline “magical.” I have to agree! It provides wide, even coverage, and daylight color temperature all in a sleek and lightweight package. I can clamp the lamp to any table I am working on and easily move it to a different location when needed. I even take it with me when I travel. Sometimes I work at our dining room table when I want to watch a movie with my husband and I love that I can bring my Slimline with me and feel like I’m in my studio. The flexible long arm allows me to move the light source wherever I need it and the slim design ensures it is never in my way. The LED bulbs stay cool so I don’t have to worry about burning myself when I need to move the light or have to shed layers of clothing after working for a few hours.

Not only is the Slimline indispensable for sewing or cutting, but the true-to-life color of the bulbs allows me to select fabrics or match threads any time of the day or night, just as if I was working in the sunlight. I previously had to squeeze time into my day to pull fabrics for projects that I may work on later or to complete other detailed tasks, such as hand finishing, because I knew doing these things in artificial light would lead to horrible unmatched color choices or would be difficult to see clearly once the sun went down. These kinds of things were horrible for my time management and productivity, especially when facing a deadline. I’ll wrap this up with a statistic. Did you know that by age 50, a person requires ten times as much light to read or do equivalent tasks as a child would? By age 80, that increases to thirty times. So, if you’re one of the many people that didn’t think light was one of their most essential sewing tools, it’s time to turn the lights on.

 

Lillyella

About lillyella

Hi there! I’m Nicole, the one woman show behind lillyella. I spend my days livin’ the dream (and working my butt off) on a small farm in southern Colorado with my husband and our furry flock.

I am trained as a graphic designer and photographer and spent 11 years working in the industry before ‘quitting my day job’ in 2008 to pursue my own graphic design business and start my jewelry shop, lillyella metal works.

After recently scaling back my larger design clients, I now focus on working with other artists and small businesses. This allowed me the opportunity to pursue my love of sewing and launch lillyella stitchery where you will find unique and original sewing patterns, as well as a few handmade soft goods.

I was born and raised in Ohio and moved away in 2010 when my husband rejoined the Army. After a couple years in the south for training, we were sent to Colorado where we bought a small farm and plan to live out our golden years.