Post pictures of your turntable lights/spotlights

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Blue Nile Fan, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Blue Nile Fan

    Blue Nile Fan Active Member Thread Starter

    Akron, Ohio
    O.K. Forum - show us your turntable lights! Let's see pictures of those spot lights, reading lights, and any other light that illuminates your turntables. My table is near a corner where it is a bit dark. I think I am on the right track, but am curious what others are using. I was using just a small reading LED light, when I was working with my church group at another local church doing some painting, and saw they were throwing out some sanctuary furniture. On a pulpit was the really nice bulb light on a long, black gooseneck used to light up sermons on Sunday mornings - absolutely perfect for what I wanted it for.

    Interested to see what you all have! Thanks and this should be fun.....

  2. mikel

    mikel Member

    North Bend, Wa.
    i own three of these LED lamps. they use minimal electricity, the LED bulbs last for 30,000 hours, they don't get hot, they have minimal mass so there is no danger of them tipping over onto your delicate tt/arm/cart, they are easy to adjust or rotate, and are nicely built. you can choose a bright or warm tone to the light, and they have a 5 position dimmer.

    see the link below the picture.

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  3. LeeS

    LeeS Blue Note Fan

    mikel wins.
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  4. Mike in OR

    Mike in OR Through Middle-earth...onto Heart of The Sunrise

    Portland, Oregon
    Very nice indeed Mikel. :righton:
  5. brew ziggins

    brew ziggins Forum Prisoner

    The Village
    Mikel - seek help immediately!

    Also as someone who appears to have a small inclination towards vinyl, I see a surprising number of CDs in the background...

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  6. btf1980

    btf1980 Forum Resident

    I've seen pics of your system on Audiogon and Audio Asylum. It always leaves me speechless. Want to adopt a grown man? :laugh:
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  7. mikel

    mikel Member

    North Bend, Wa.
    my wife agrees i need help.

    i have about 4000 CD's, and 1000 SACD's. however; for digital i mostly listen to my server (which is in another room conected to my DAC thru a Lynx AES 16 XLR sound card) which has 2000+ hi rez files plus 2000 of my CD's burned too. likely 80% of my digital listening is to the server.

    i do have a little over 10,000 Lps and about 100 15ips 1/4" master dubs which i mostly listen to. analog rules!!!

    i have about 3000 of my most listened to Lps in the listening room and the rest spread out in other rooms of my barn.
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  8. mikel

    mikel Member

    North Bend, Wa.
    thanks Guys for the nice comments; i did not intend to de-rail the thread before it got started. i do really like my LED lamp and think it's the perfect turntable lamp.

    many, many of my friends have purchased this lamp after seeing mine. it's the way to go.

  9. Mike from NYC

    Mike from NYC Forum Resident

    Surprise, AZ
    I use tungsten halogen lights that I bought cheap and serve my purpose. I don't leave them on so energy consumption is not an issue and when I turn on the 'mood' lighting I use par 20 LED yellow spots which illuminate my turntables.

    Nice setup Mikel.
  10. WntrMute2

    WntrMute2 Forum Resident

  11. rushed again

    rushed again Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Very nice. Among other things, I think I need a better light.
  12. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    There is some serious phonography in this thread!
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  13. LeeS

    LeeS Blue Note Fan

    Please send me an invite. :)

    Did you work at Microsoft?
  14. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    Beautiful system, Mikel. Those are killer stands, very heavy-duty.

    Watch out for those light transformers -- those can wreak havoc with stray RF fields getting into the cartridge. I had a devil of a time figuring out a way to get the cables far away from the tonearm side of the turntable. I agree, though, the low-voltage LED lights are best.
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  15. mikel

    mikel Member

    North Bend, Wa.
    no. i manage (do not own) a large car dealership.

    you would be most welcome to visit for a listen if you are ever in the Seattle area. i have people over to listen quite's a part of the hobby i really enjoy.
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  16. mikel

    mikel Member

    North Bend, Wa.
    thanks for the good advice. you can never take noise issues for granted.....and i have not.

    these are floor lamps; so the base of each lamp is sitting on the floor, and the power cords and wall worts are kept away from signal path cables; especially the phono cables which carry such a tiny signal and are so prone to picking up noise. desk-top lamps are much more of a problem with that issue since their power cords must be in the same general area of the cartridge and phono cable.

    i have 2 separate power grids in my barn. a regular panel for lights, HVAC and misc needs and another one using an Equi=tech wall panel system with 10Kva isolation transformer.

    so my system is very quiet (it's a room built inside a room, in a barn, on 5 acres, in the mountains).

    i realize the RF can manifest itself thru proximity as well as the power grid; and have done testing on these lamps. so far there is no effect i can detect from these LED lamps.

    good system grounding is important; of course.

    btw; the stands are Grand Prix Audio Monaco SE with formula shelves and Apex footers. they allow tuning of individual shelves for each piece of gear to allow for optimal isolation.
  17. kdbrink

    kdbrink Forum Resident

    Based on this thread, I ordered an i-Tower lamp. It is as good as Mikel says it is. I think this one is a keeper.
  18. JA Fant

    JA Fant Well-Known Member

    Beautiful pics!
  19. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    Very cool! I'm very impressed, and that sounds like very thorough engineering.
  20. Yayastone

    Yayastone Forum Resident

    Monterey, CA.
    Recently picked up an LED clamp lamp for under $20 at Target.

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  21. Bob_in_OKC

    Bob_in_OKC Forum Resident

    Dallas, Texas
    The gear has changed since this photo, but the light remains.


    I can't figure out how this camera took the above shot. Current conditions with the same light -

    Last edited: Nov 5, 2013
  22. TonalTech

    TonalTech Well-Known Member

    reviving an old thread, but this helped me find my new light. Ended up picking up a Koncept iTower
  23. Alfredo Jahn

    Alfredo Jahn Active Member

    Dallas, Texas
  24. It's a Dual cs5000 that I bought in 1986. I still have it but my main table now is a Rega RP6. The light is an ilight that were made in the 90s to match the color of all the iMacs.

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