Mighty Bright Orchestra Light to Aria to Lotus 14
Some may remember my earlier threads from last 2019 when I was having problems finding a stand light bright enough for my vision. The Mighty Bright Orchestra Light worked well for sometime...but I need something brighter now.
Just in case it's the light rather than my eyes, for those who use, or have used it, do the lights actually fade over over the course of time? I keep it plugged in so it's not related to the batteries that aren't installed.
My next brighter choice is quite a leap in price. I settled on this one after trying everything out there under $70. I really hope all of you will tell me the LEDs for this light fade over time, but I don't really expect that given the nature of LEDs.
It's time to reconsider the Lotus 14 and Aria Diva again - I certainly like the price of the Aria better - and it's brighter than the Lotus. I know the Lotus is easier to move though, I am curious if opinions on these two lights has changed in the last year.
It’s serendipity that the Mighty Bright Orchestra Light and the Aria Diva are the two lights that I own. The Diva is brighter and casts a broader light field. The Mighty Bright is easier to carry and takes batteries. The Diva is a better light, without a doubt, if brightness is what you’re looking for.
I have used Aria and Lotus. If you can deal with the physical bulk, Aria is great. Lotus works nearly as well, and is much easier to cart around. Both have the option of rechargeable batteries— I would go for that.
As I recall, I had the same problem with the Orchestra Light last winter - I think this is related to the changing light from the season. I've LOTS of light in my practice room but I obviously need more direct light on the page. Right now I'm not traveling with my violin, no surprise there.
Like Stephen says it is nice to have the option to run these off of batteries; my kids rehearse outdoors at night lately under a large park shelter with no outlets. The Lotus doesn't hold a charge as long but you just plug it into the same USB power bank you use for a phone. But for Aria that makes the price about the same as Lotus.
You can also bring a battery pack with you if you're worried about running short. The size of a pack of cards.
I made the switch from Mighty Bright to Aria Diva several years ago. Diva has a significantly larger and brighter light field, but it has an uneven light field. What is the answer?? Please-- someone invent the perfect stand light!
I find the Diva's light field to be extremely even. Ditto the rest of the Aria lights. Maybe you have a defective one?
How does $22 sound? We bought a 29 LED lamp on Amazon that is GREAT! Battery powered (rechargeable), and covers two pages across the stand
Ahhh, the Aria Diva doesn't have a battery option, it may wind up being the Lotus after all.
My suggestions for consideration:
Thanks for your input Andrew, it's appreciated. Enlarging the music doesn't actually help - I forget what my eye dr said but I need lots of extra light to see print clearly of any size. I can read quite small print - as long as there is enough light - and what is "enough" is changing.
Shar is selling the Forte for the same cost of the Lotus 14 - for those who have both, is there significant difference in the light between them? I know there is a difference in lumens, but it's hard to translate that to what the difference might be on the page.
You are collecting lights like I am collecting metronomes :-).
Actually not so Stan, I find new homes for those that do not, or no longer work. I an deeply frustrated, which is the only reason I'm seriously considering such a purchase. When I first mentioned the 2 years ago Lydia suggested this might be the best option- and I've certainly spent at least as much as the Lotus to realize that she was right. Still. I need to be able to see the music to play, even as a student and hobbyist...
I was sick of throwing all those batteries away (ecologically awful) so bought the Aria rechargeable. Its VERY expensive but I have not regretted it for a minute. You can use it for 8 hrs at a time on one charge and even more at lower power (the light is so bright we were joking about hanging it over the section for everyone :D ). My desk is the envy of the orchestra...
Thanks Elsie! I think the Aria Forte is rechargeable, and I can get it for the same cost as the Lotus Pro 14. I do have the money, and one thing is certain, if it ever gets too dim for me then I will have much larger problems than reading sheet music...still thinking but I may have already decided.
I use a Lotus 14.
Thanks Toby, warranties are the next thing to compare ;)
To come at this from another angle, I have just invested in one of the mammoth iPads as I had so much music online , and was sick of having to remember to print it out at work, and having bits of paper everywhere.
I do have a 12.9" iPad Pro which is now my primary solution for my orchestral music. It is very bright, but note that overhead lights can cast a glare on the screen that can be annoying.
I find the Lotus is well worth the cost if you are going to have only one light for both home and away, and this is in spite of paying 30% more in exchange rate.
I really appreciate all of the comments, thank you. I will sleep on it, but I’ve settled on the Lotus 14. While most of my playing is at home, I do play with my teachers ensemble (if we ever reconvene) and I think the Aria would make it harder to watch the others.
This might not apply to you (yet), but I have also had to develop a special prescription. I am nearsighted and need a decent correction for reading as well. The problem is when I have to read things that aren't on a desk under my nose, or 30 feet away. So my optometrist came up with a new progressive lens that keeps the reading part of my normal lens the same, but dials in the top of the glass to be best between 3 and 20+ feet.
I have special music stand glasses :-) Got those about a year ago, the entire lens is designed for the distance to the music stand. It was interesting, I actually took my instrument and stand to their office so they could measure. Computer glass, which I also have, won't work as it's not the same distance.
FWIW I get emails from Lotus a few times a year about 15% off sales. You might email them and ask when the next sale will be before ordering.
I have the same as Catherine. Actually, I now own 4 pairs of prescription glasses, each tuned to one purpose. I tried progressives and trifocals but found it immensely irritating that my field of view was so narrow. With the latter you would have to rotate your head to read the notes on a line.
Yes, don't do what I did. My music glasses are the same color as my normal (progressives) glasses. I sometimes grab the wrong pair as my home office is currently in my music room as a consequence of the great work from home 2020 trend. My computer glasses have a very different appearance so that doesn't happen with those.
I've been getting my eyeglass prescriptions filled by ZENNI.com for the past few years. I'm very satisfied. The price is low- $4.95 for shipping and about $6.95 for single vision, as little as about $40 for progressives --- lenses and frames included.
The single distance one is fine for me until it isn’t. The music stand and conductor are clear without a hassle, but if I have to change strings or write on the music I am quite useless. Bringing the long range down to medium allows me an easier transition between zones.
Andrew, I am truly jealous, and very happy to hear those options have worked out so well for you! Both my music and computer glasses are single vision, basically. My computer glasses has a tiny reading and equally small distance area, and they are great for working, but not for music stand distance. I tried really hard to make that work.
Catherine, I think a lot depends on the "refraction" results of your optical measurements.
I understand now, thanks! I've far more vision issues, have had since at least age. Likely earlier.
Personally, for my stand lights I go for rechargeable AA or AAA batteries, and carry spare charged batteries for rehearsal/concert use, although there was an occasion a few weeks ago when we had a successful orchestral rehearsal out of doors in a big field in brilliant sunlight, which didn't prevent one pessimist from using completely unnecessary stand lights!
Be warned that many alkaline batteries are not built to take the pressure that occurs during charging and as a result they may leak during or after charging. The leak can happen several days after charging. Also they cannot be charged as many times as a NiHM battery. NiMH batteries are quite cheap these days (IKEA has some really good ones) so in my book it is not worth it to recharge alkalines. If there is one leak inside my music stand light - or worse inside a camera flash - there is all the saving gone.
My Lotus 14 arrives today :) it should be a game changer and if it's not bright enough then I've larger problems going on. I just got a significant raise so it was a good time to do it.
The Lotus 14 arrived yesterday. I do think it could have been packaged better as all of my packages these days are arriving with more damage these days.
I'm glad you like the light. :-)
Thanks Lydia - I hadn't considered that and it makes perfect sense. I will never be in that position at this stage in my life. Very thankful to have a really good light - being able to see is worth the cost.
Catherine, where did you get yours from?
I bought from the manufacturer - not inexpensive but am very glad to have done so:
My experience dealing with Lotus has been outstanding, they were very pleasant and quick, and that's coming from Canada. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone looking for a stand light in my orchestra.