I have always wanted more lighting above my Long Arm and shortly after setting up my 14 ft frame, I realized that I needed it now more than ever. Weeks ago while quilting on my HQ-16 I looked up and shook my head at how poor the quality of light was that I was working under.
It only took a few days of quilting with my new 2009 APQS Millennium with quilt glide to realize that NOW was the time to look for more lighting. So the search was on. I went straight to my favorite two places online for quilting info, FaceBook and The APQS Forum. It didn’t take long to find out that one of the only third party lighting systems out there were from http://www.deloasquiltshop.com/longarmlightingsystems.html
I have seen these lights in person at MQX in April and liked what I saw. The only concern I had was the shipping. Seeing as I live in Canada, I needed a solution that was closer to home. So I picked up the phone and called my trusy Ol’ Dad. He was over in minutes and surveyed the situation.
He wanted to address a couple important concerns that other quilters had with over head lighting. Buzzing from the ballast and heat from the lights. He shrugged his shoulders and off he went to Home Depot.
What seemed like only minutes later, he returned with
- (3) 10ft lengths of 1 1/4″ SCH 40 PVC Conduit.
- (10) 1 1/4″ PVC clamps
- (20) 10×5/8 metal screws (truss socket head)
- (3) 4ft Fluorescent shoplights w/ instant-on High Power Factor Electronic Ballasts. Uses 2 32W T-8 Natural Sunlight tubes
Now for the assembly. Very simple. Here we go.
- Mark two of the conduits from the male end 5′ in.
- Run a hair dryer on full power at that mark and bend the two PVC pipes to about a 70 degree angle.
- Attach the two at each end of your frame legs just in front of where the table is bolted to the legs. Using the 1 1/4″ PVC clamps around both the bottom and the top horizontal leg supports. Line the top of the PVC to the height you want your lights on the outside of the table legs. line them up to the PVC. Remember the bend goes towards the center of the table. Predrill your holes and screw the clamps to the vertical PVC. Y
- You now have a 10ft PVC pipes attached at both ends of your table, bent at 5ft towards the center of your table.
- Measure the distance between the two female ends of the PVC over the table and cut and attach a third piece of PVC.
- Now you are ready to attach the lights to the three PVC pipes above your table.
- predrill the holes again for the 1 1/4″ PVC clamps. Attach the lights.
- Attach all three lights to an extension cord from the center light over and down one side of the frame.
- Voila… Plug it in and see the light!
As you can see I wrapped the bottom clamp in packing tape just to be sure it held while I was attaching the lights. I don’t think it is necessary however.