I finally found my perfect craft light! This ultimate LED lamp does everything that is needed in my craft room.
I don’t know about you, but I have tried many different craft lights. I think I have 6 different light sources that I use depending on what I am doing.
And as I am getting older (yes old eyes!) lighting has become more important! I seem to need more and more light and I am sensitive to the different lighting hues.
I have realized that overhead lighting is not an adequate amount of light because of the distance and the shadowing. And desk lamps can vary so much, from traditional incandescent bulbs that are hot to weird flexible gooseneck desk lamp things that aren’t stable.
Enter the Cricut Bright 360 craft light. And to say that I didn’t know what I was missing in a light fixture is literally an understatement!
Cricut gifted me a Cricut Bright 360, however, all of the opinions are my own.
I took quite a few pictures of my craft light in action. I haven’t edited any of these pictures to try and show you what the lamp does. I took all the pics on my smartphone!
What to Consider in Craft Lighting
When deciding on the best craft light for your crafting needs, several factors and important features probably pop up for you as they do me. Some of them will depend on what type of craft projects you mainly need one for too.
1.Amount of Light – Depending on the time of day and what craft you are working on, the amount of light you need will vary. As much as we would all love the perfect natural light in our craft or sewing room all day long, that is just not feasible. So picking a craft lamp that has adjustable brightness should be high on your list!
- The Cricut Bright 360 has adjustable brightness levels up to 3000 lux over an area of 4 sq ft for the floor model and 1500 lux for the craft table model. Which means it’s a super bright light that covers a larger area than most craft lights!
2. Color Rendering Index (CRI) – CRI is the ability of artificial lights to bring out true colors of objects like natural light would and is measured on a scale of 1-100. This is usually the problem I have the most. The colors just don’t seem right with the craft lights I use now.
- The Cricut lamp has a CRI of 95 which correlates with pretty accurate colors! If you are taking photos of your crafts to sell or if you are a craft blogger, then rich accurate colors are super important.
3. Color Temperature – Color temperature is a way to describe the light appearance provided by a light bulb according to Westinghouselighting.com. Colour temperature is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) and on a scale of 1000-10,000K – anyone else having flashbacks to science classes in high school??!!
- At the lower range (2000-3000) there is a warm light appearance that tends to be kind of cozy with a yellowish tint.
- Then from 3100 to around 4200K you’ll get cool or bright white.
- Natural or daylight temperatures are achieved above 4000K. These often appear as a crisp blue-white light that mimics daylight.
- One of the nice things about the Cricut light is that you can change the color temperature easily from 2900 K to 5200 K to suit you needs and prefernces! Or set it to the “natural daylight” setting of 4000 Kelvin to take perfect photos.
4. Light Bulbs – different lamps will have varying light bulbs. One of the pros of the Bright 360 is that you don’t have to change bulbs or LED lights and risk breaking them. The long lasting LED bulbs last for over 40,000 hours of use!! Now, that’s a lot of crafting!
In comparison, the Brightech Litespan only lasts for about 20,000 hours.
5. Adjustability – What kind of crafter are you? Are you pretty stationary at one table or all over? I am an all over the place crafter for sure! I think any kind of crafter would benefit from being able to maneuver your lighting. The Cricut Bright 360 is fully adjustable with four points of articulation. The arm and light head can move up and down and side to side!
- Table Lamp Model – If I were to stay put at just my work table in my craft room and if I had enough room on it, then a desk model would probably work well. The Cricut Bright 360 table light can adjust from 16.5 to 27 inches in height and 31-39 inches wide. The base is 8.5 inches round and the light itself is 9.5 inches round.
- Cricut Floor Lamp – But I am going from my craft table to my sewing table to my work desk in my craft room and have different light sources at each. That has all changed with the Cricut craft floor light! Since I can adjust the height from 46-56 inches, rotate it around, and even carry it since it’s nice and light, I only need one light to cover a large area! It does the job of all the other lamps that are taking up space.
Look at how bright my sewing machine gets with the floor light a few feet away. Such a good sewing lamp for my old eyes to see the fine details!
I was finally able to get rid of my incandescent lamps that got so hot!
Craft Light out of the Box
The Cricut adjustable-height craft floor lamp landed on my doorstep in a long rectangular box. It was an exciting day around here because my Create Room cubby boxes arrived at the same time!
All of the parts of the floor lamp were boxed neatly and easy to remove from the box.
The slim design Cricut floor lamp only consists of three pieces plus one power cord (which is included). The Bright 360 light does not have a magnifying glass just in case you were wondering.
Easy Peasy to put together! Click the top of the lamp into the bottom and then snap the tall light into the base.
The lamp base is not overly heavy so I can move the entire light into different rooms if needed (AKA portable lamp!). The lamp moves easily with the touch of your hand so can appear to be wobbly because of that. But it’s really not!
Where to Buy the Cricut Bright 360
If you are excited to try this good craft light with amazing light output, you can find it in a few different places. I’d always check all the places before purchasing in case they are having a sale or offering free shipping.
- Cricut.com – retail price is $249 for floor lamp and $199 for the adjustable table lamp
- Michaels Stores
- Other craft stores
The price is a little steep so I would probably wait for a sale to buy the lamp. Obviously, I’m a huge Cricut fan and am never disappointed in their products.
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