Recommend a music light?
I use Aria lights for illuminating my music, normally, but they have a drawback -- they're tall. I'm short, and with a Manhasset stand at its lowest, the height of the light means that it's both difficult for me to see over the stand, and for other people to see me.
I'm considering switching lights for chamber music, to either a side-of-stand mounted light, or one that illuminates from the top but has a very low profile. (If I do side-mounted, it's okay for there to be two lights.)
Does anyone have a recommendation for bright lights of this sort? I normally use an Aria Brio or Diva at its maximum brightness, so brighter is preferable.
Price is not a concern. Either battery or plug-in is fine.
I have an Aria Diva, but ironically it just sits in the box stored away. My favorite light, believe it or not, is the original Manhasset 1000 design, but with a modification. I've removed the original incandescent bulb and replaced it with a 6 watt LED bulb. The LED bulb I chose has a brightness equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent, a daylight color temperature, doesn't heat up, is long lived so you don't have to carry a spare as people often do with incandescents, and of course it uses far less energy. The Manhasset light sticks up like Aria lights do, but it's a lot narrower so you can see around it. You might even have one already sitting unused in a closet or drawer.
Mighty Brite Orchestra (about $50), I've had about 5 years now so that is probably 1500 uses, and it's still holding up. Not as bright as an Aria or Lotus but adequate for these aging eyes.
I've had an Aria Brio cut out mid-concert, after less than 90 minutes of use on a full charge. I assume that at some point the battery packs wear out, necessitating full replacement of the light (or simply using it plugged in).
Not sure if you can get by with a plug-in light or if you need battery power. If your stand is actually the problem, if it needs to be a little shorter, Manhasset makes a cello version -- they call it "concertino." For chamber music I do like my stand a little lower and regular Manhassets only go so low. That's because my chamber pieces are half-memorized so I can tolerate less direct viewing, but I want to see my collaborators very well. I'm pretty sure that's a general preference among violinists.
I use a Mighty Bright duet. I find it a little weak - however during a concert this year I saw someone had an updated, more powerful version and have resolved to purchase it. It was superb - I highly recommend it. Battery powered and with adjustable necks so you can set it however you want it.
I have some Mighty Brights; I keep them in my gig bag for quartet emergencies. IMO they are neither Mighty nor Bright. I don't like them very much; about the best I can say is they are better than nothing.
I have been using a Kootek (cheapo $20 light) from Amazon for a year and a half, it has a low and high setting (though the light is LED blue/white, and I'd prefer something warmer). It is a plug-in.
My FERMATA is fantastic! ( http://www.lampcraft.com/fermata.aspx ) Single LED bulb, 3 brightness settings, its little case also holds 4 extra AA batteries, fits in my stand case, although it could also fit in my violin, viola or double case.
FYI here's a web site that did some brightness metering of stand lights. You can see how much brighter the Aria and Lotus lights are compared with Mighty Brite. The Fermata rates well, and another bright one is the Manhasset 1050 clip on light. That one gets good reviews but the catch is it will only attach to stands with thin desks.
The FERMATA looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing that, Andrew.
I found cylindrical LED bulbs that fit standard sockets at Home Depot. Not only can I fit two of these into overhead and standing lamp sockets (using a "Y" attachment) but they are the same diameter as the incandescent bulb in the old Manhasset fixture on my stand at home. They cost about $10 for a pack of 3 9v bulbs each with output equivalent to a 60W incandescent.
Yes, I own several Mighty Brites with 2 LEDs. I keep them in my gig bag for quartet gigs with uncertain lighting...for my colleagues in the group, in case they don't bring their own light. I bring the Lotus Light for myself. The Mighty Brites are better than nothing but they are barely adequate for those of us whose eyes have passed the half-century.
Yup, I used that review site when I was first buying my Aria lights, and I looked at it again before posting, but the site also isn't comprehensive in terms of the lights reviewed (awesome as the site is).
IMO it's worth it.
There is now a new, less expensive Lotus model, the PRO6, about $120. Makes use of new more powerful LEDs and claims to light 3 pages well, but it's less bulky than the top of the line Lotus. I'm thinking of trying it out.
I just received the new Lotus model, the Pro6 ($120) and I think it's a keeper for me.
iPad? :-) I think I remember you use one sometimes Lydia. We carry scores whenever my pianist son has a gig just in case, but am getting fairly close to having my cellist daughter go digital as well. Battery life isn't an issue like it seems for the stand lights.