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508 Technology Explained: Part Three

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If you missed our first two installments, click here for Part One, and here for Part Two.Part 3: OttLite designs a better light bulbSo now we know the 3 characteristics of a perfect light bulb: • Good s/p ratio, including scotopically rich area of the spectrum • high CRi (true-white light) • CCT close to natural sunlightAll compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) have a CCT close to natural sunlight, but they do not always have a true-white light. And very few of them include the scotopically rich area [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Interview with Jessica Partain

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Jessica Partain is co-founder of Inedible Jewelry. Since she was a child, she's been fascinated with polymer clay and miniature food. She shared her passion for mini food-themed jewelry in her book, The Polymer Clay Cookbook (Potter Craft, 2009). She's also a big fan of OttLite's 508 Natural Daylight Illumination. We asked her about her tiny treats and what inspired her to start whipping up wearable food.When did you start your craft? Who taught you?I started sculpting miniature foods when I was [Read More...]

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508 Technology Explained: Part Two

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If you missed last week's installment of 508 Technology Explained, click here.Part Two: But wait, there's more...Last week we learned what light is and how our eyes perceive it. But, the scotopic/photopic sensitivity ratio (s/p) isn’t the end-all be-all of proper lighting. There is also Color Temperature (CT) and Color Rendering (CRi) to consider.Color Temperature The CT of a light is the calculated measurement relating the color of a light source to the temperature of a Black Body Radiator. [Read More...]

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Crafting for Charity Ideas

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The first-ever Mitten Commitment was a huge success, with millions of crafters all over the country spreading the word and donating amazing handmade mittens. Thank you to everyone who knitted, crocheted, stitched, or embellished a pair of mittens! Because of your help, we’re making a difference!If you didn’t get a chance to join in on the Mitten Commitment fun, there are still lots of opportunities to put your crafting skills to good use! Here are just a few charities that accept handmade [Read More...]

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508 Technology Explained: Part One

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Ever wonder what makes OttLite lighting superior to the competition? Well, wonder not! This 3-part blog series is going to tell you all you need to know about OttLite’s 508® Natural Daylight Illumination.The science behind our 508® Natural Daylight Illumination starts not with our unique blend of rare-earth phosphors, or the tiny dot of mercury found in all CFL bulbs, or even the sun. It all starts with the human eye. In order to develop the perfect light, our scientists first had to understand [Read More...]

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Quick and Crafty Gift Ideas

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It’s happened again! It seemed like summer only just ended, and suddenly Thanksgiving is over and now Christmas is right around the corner! October and November always seem to fly by—and if you’re like me you need some fast, crafty holiday gift ideas. And I found some great ones, by searching some of my favorite sites on the Internet:. Here are a few fun and fast projects that would make perfect presents for anyone on your Nice list:Scrabble Tile Coasters (from Domestic for Dummies)Perfect for a [Read More...]

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Great Holi-Deals From JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores

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Attention all craft savvy shoppers. We are thrilled to pass on the inside scoop on two OttLite holiday savings deals from our friends at JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores. Deal #1) On Friday November 25, 2011 the OttLite 15 w Swivel Lamp will be available for $19.99 (regularly $69.99). This lamp is flexible and unique and you won't find a better deal on it anywhere.Deal #2) For the three day holiday weekend the Alexander Lamp Set will be available for $99.99 (regularly $279.99 ea). This set includes [Read More...]

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Happy Holi-DEALS!

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For many of us, the day after Thanksgiving starts the hectic Christmas shopping season. Sometimes to me, it seems like all the various sales and deals can be a bit overwhelming but, never fear, valued OttLite friend! We have put together this handy-dandy list of sales for those of you looking for a sweet deal on a new OttLite. JoAnn Fabric & Crafts : to see all their great offers, become a friend on their Facebook page for the inside scoop. We know for a fact though that they will be [Read More...]

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Crafty Thanksgiving Place Cards

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It has all the tradition, festivities and family togetherness of Christmas, without the pressure to buy the perfect present. Not to mention the gorgeous palette for Thanksgiving decorations: scarlet, orange, brown and gold.These place cards for the Thanksgiving Day table are super-easy, made from recycled items and incorporate two of my favorite things about the holiday--they’re beautifully decorated in fall colors and they’re inspirational.What You’ll [Read More...]

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Fond Memory Photo Frames

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There are certain objects that, having outlived their original purpose, continue to enchant and inspire. I’m thinking of things like old keys, watch cogs, vintage postcards, and glass jars. Especially glass jars.Walk through any flea market, garage sale, or antique store and you’re bound to find a small—or not-so-small—collection of mayonnaise jars, jelly jars, pickled beet jars…you get the idea. There’s something really magical about that smooth, clear container. So many possibilities, so [Read More...]

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