Happy Friday! 💡
I hope this blog post finds you all well 💖
I am very excited to tell you guys that I am now able to paint in my studio at nighttime or with limited daylight. And that this has been a huge game changer.
I’m a night owl by nature (
for the longest time I’ve tried so hard to become an early bird with no success at all) and therefore love to paint at nighttime. I’ve come to realize after all these years that I’m my most productive and creative after 7 pm.
My previous studio light setup
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that all I used to have was a tiny Ikea desk (reading) lamp. I would try not to paint or sketch at nighttime cause I would strain my eyes, and also the colors of my illustration would look extremely different under natural light the morning after. I would always be moving around to find the best lighting in my studio.
Fall is around the corner (YASSS) and with it comes less hours of daylight (hello daylight savings time). For the longest time I knew I had to find a solution to this issue (so that I wouldn’t have to limit these moments of being in the zone to natural daylight hours) but honestly was too lazy to do my research of proper -and great- studio lighting.
Let there be light!
Thankfully for me, the Universe did a little intervention through the people of Method Lights to provide me with the exact solution I needed. They reached out to offer me to try one of their fantastic light bulbs perfect for artists. I said yes immediately and shortly after I had it in my power!
My current studio light setup
Upon getting my new Method Lights bulb and remote in the mail, (yes, it comes with a remote, so dreamy!) I immediately rushed to TJ Maxx and got myself a desk lamp to install it. There was not much to choose from, but I still like it. My lamp is not as sturdy as I would want it (it would be better to properly support the ML bulb) but it has a few compartments on its base that I have filled with various trinkets. It even has the perfect slot to place the remote for my lightbulb. (that means no misplacing it into the depths of my studio, under piles of drawings!). Again, this is a base lamp that I bought separately, and could be replaced later on. I needed it in order to install my new light.
Having the Method Lights Direct Plus light has been the best thing ever right from day one. A complete game changer! I immediately started sketching and painting late at night. It also comes in very handy on those endless and very gloomy Miami rainy days.
The ML bulb has various light settings to accommodate every artist’s preferences. I personally prefer a balance between warm and cool, (as neutral as possible) and not extremely bright. It really is amazing how true to life the colors look under it. I was able to save my preferred setting on the remote, and now my light is immediately ready to go every time I turn it on.
Method Lights Direct Plus features and specs
- Adjustable Color Temperature: 3700K to 7000K
- Light Output: Up to 1280 lumens
- Screws “directly” into existing lighting fixture
- Lamping: (6) High efficiency 3W LEDs (Included)
- Adjustable Lens: Beam diameter adjust from narrow to broad
- Lamp Life: 50,000 hours
- Finish: Matte, ceiling white
- Three-Year Limited Warranty
- The ML-Direct will screw into any existing standard light fixture.
I recently used it to put together and swatch a watercolor palette that I brought to a recent event did for Dior. I needed to know exactly how those colors would look the day after during my event, and the result was so accurate. My colors loked amazing!
If you want to try and see these amazing products for yourself, feel free to check their website here. In addition to the ML Direct Plus, they have an easel light that needs no base fixture and can be clamped pretty much anywhere.
I want to say a huge thank you to the people of Method Lights for sending me their amazing product. This post is not sponsored.
Feel free to ask me any questions about my new lamp 😀 Happy painting!!!