Music stand light comparison
Has anyone tried / seen both the Lotus Light Pro6 and Mighty Bright Orchestra stand lights? I am wondering how they compare. I would choose the Lotus Light if it wasn't costing me $170 CDN after the exchange, shipping, taxes ( US and CDN). I can't find a Canadian supplier. The Mighty Bright seems to be the next best option going around. Still not cheap, but significantly less than the Lotus, so I am trying to decide if the Lotus is really worth all the extra cash.
I haven't been able to find the traditional beeswax music stand candles in the stores either :)
Between my wife being a music educator as well as a performing artist and me and my attempt to be a violinist, we have several stand lights, the Lotus Pro6 and the Mighty Orchestra light being two of them.
I just have a cheapo one, but it works great and is very helpful!
I've bookmarked this one: - https://www.amazon.co.uk/LNSTUDIO-Rechargeable-Eye-Care-Orchestra-Brightness/dp/B075R8JZGR/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1541612087&sr=8-3&keywords=music+stand+light
I use Mighty Bright which works quite well in the poorly lit hall where my orch rehearses.
I think our orchestra has Mighty Brights. I find them too dim and therefore exhausting to use (tires my eyes out) so I bring my Lotus Light from home whenever we are playing something that requires stand lights. Several of my colleagues do the same. Well worth the extra cost IMO.
There are several models of Mighty Brights and the model we have is the Orchestra model. It's brightness has been more than adequate for us but the Lotus is brighter on it's higher setting for sure. For the price of a Lotus though I think the Arai Forte is a much better built and designed light and even brighter than the Lotus Pro 6.
Lotus and Aria are awesome. Lotus is more portable.
I have tried several music stand lights, and currently use a MightyBrite that has two LED light heads on goose neck extensions. It’s great for illuminating two pages at once. I adapted a USB cable to supply 5.5 VDC to the battery eliminator connection by replacing the connector on the cord, and use a portable USB battery instead of feeding it AAAs. It lasts at least a week with many hours of practice on one charge. A small USB battery is very inconspicuous hanging from the light behind the music stand.
I've been using the Lampcraft latest Fermat stand light since they emailed me their first ad after I had already started using their products. For me it seems as good as the much more expensive and larger lights I see colleagues using all around me. I have no trouble illuminating 2 sheets and with a stretch, 3.
Thanks everyone, very useful feedback. I bought the Mighty Bright
I had a previous thread on a similar question:
Tx Lydia, I had seen your previous post, which led me to the Lotus Light Pro6 as my preferred choice. For US citizens it is a very good somewhat affordable option indeed, but for us north of the border it's $70 more than the Mighty Bright Orchestra. I'll give the Mighty Bright Orchestra a week, then make my final decision: return and spend the extra cash on a lotus (what an appropriate brand name) or keep.
Surprisingly, the Fermata is quite uniform over 2 sheets even though it has only a single LED. GOOD DESIGN!
Andrew, what is the light temperature like on the Fermata? Blueish, yellowish or daylightish?
Everything I've ever bought that's sold as a music stand light have been terrible. I'm not using a gooseneck light from IKEA I bought for 1.99 and so far it's the best. Other options are Home Depot clip lights. Sometimes, the best music products are not sold in music stores.
Roger, to my eyes the Fermata light is "daylightish."
Tx Andrew. Unfortunately the Fermata can not be purchased at this time. Price says "New Model Coming Soon" and it has for quite a long time I understand.
Yes, the newer model Mighty Bright Orchestra is brighter than the original and easily lights three pages on my wide stand. Also, while the Lotus has a slightly smaller lamp head, it weighs more than the the Mighty Bright. When both are in their travel pouches, the room they take up in my music bag is comparable.
Skip, I'm curious, have you tried high capacity lithium AA batteries with the Mighty Bright Orchestra? If the advertised performance is true, I.e. 9x that of standard alkaline this would mean over 50 hrs of good light performance.
Just got a note from Aria, whose Forte is a fantastic rechargeable light for those who can carry it around. 20% off for those who use promo code ForteMusic.
Thank you Stephen for sharing that info. Unfortunately for me in Canada, it means buying in the US and with the exchange rate and all it still works out to $245CDN after rebate :-(. Oh well. It looks like I will keep the Mighty Bright Orchestra, so far it is working pretty good for me. Neither the brightest nor the most portable, but the best price/feature ratio overall.
The mighty brite with the two goosenecks is nowhere near as good as the orchestra one with the 6 LED lamps inside a strip.
"... the Orchestra...with... 6 LED lamps inside a strip"
Sorry, I saw one briefly and I thought it had 6. Could have been 9. Hard to see ... stage was dark. :)
I went through this process about 6 months ago and settled on the Lotus Pro6 ($120). The light quality is excellent, portability is good, the battery will probably last through a long rehearsal plus performance.
Paul, you might have seen the Mighty Bright "Encore" model, which looks almost identical to the "Orchestra" but with 6 LEDs.
Roger, no, I have not tried the hi cap lithiums yet. I use rechargeable batteries right now but carry spares. So far the brightness and battery life have been good for me but I will try them out. Thanks
I'd like to thank everyone for your helpful input to my query. To conclude this thread, after a fair trial of the Mighty Bright Orchestra and opportunity to compare it with the Lotus Light at last rehearsal, I've come to a final decision. Today I bit the bullet and ordered the Lotus Light Pro6. Although the Mighty Bright was "bright" enough, albeit less so that the Lotus, it is the light color temperature that tipped the balance for me. The Mighty Bright does have more of a blueish tint and I found the color temperature of the Lotus more comfortable. That was important to me, so Lotus it is. The arguments on power source are equally valid for both IMO, and the Mighty Bright wins hands down on price initially, however there is diminishing return over time, which somewhat narrowed down the gap in cost.
What's important is what works for you, not what works for others. I think you'll be very happy with the Lotus and based on my experience it will serve you well.
Thank you Skip, your feedback has been immensely helpful to me.
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