One thing that has been on my needed upgrade list is lighting for my sewing room. As I’m getting older and my eyes are getting noticeably worse, I’m ever more conscious of protecting them. So when Cricut reached out to me about letting me try out a new lamp I was curious to see if it could fit my needs. In this post I’m going to share my review of the Cricut Bright 360 – the ultimate craft lamp. I will say this – it has exceeded all of my expectations. This post is sponsored by Cricut and contains affiliate links, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
While my sewing room has nice windows for natural lighting during daylight, when night comes my lighting is terrible. Which is especially frustrating during winter months when it gets dark so early. I never trust my judgement on choosing colors or fabrics when it’s not daylight and typically wait until morning, which limits my creative sewing time.
I’ve tried a simple light that I bought at Costco a couple of years ago, but the lighting radius was small – definitely not big enough to light up my whole cutting space, it was awkward to position facing my sewing machine and honestly, more trouble than it was worth.
The Bright 360 solved all of these problems.
Here are some of the reasons I love this lamp:
For a single work lamp, the light radius is huge. It has a 4 square foot radius and lights up my entire work table with clear, even light. The filtered white LED light helps me see colors, textures and and details clearly. Here’s the true test – I can even tell the difference between different shades of solid white fabrics at night. Something practically impossible without daylight! (If you’ve ever sewn at night with what you thought was the same color shade, only discover in the morning that you’d used two different shades, you know what I’m talking about!)
In spite of it’s size, the lamp is easy to adjust with one hand – just press or lift gently to move the extended arm to any degree or use the handle near the base to swivel smoothly in any direction. I love that I don’t need to move the lamp from my cutting station to my sewing machine. I can simply use the handle with one hand to rotate the lamp direction to face either workspace.
The height of the light extends the illumination radius over my whole cutting table, or overhead, lighting up my whole sewing machine – meaning it lights up a large area with out getting in the way of my head or hands or project.
The head of the lamp tilts easily directing light where you need it most and because it’s an LED light, the lamp head doesn’t get hot. The LED light doesn’t need bulb replacements and has been tested to last 40,000 hours.
The brightness of the light is adjustable as well as the color temperature. A second slider adjusts the temperature settings to warm, daylight, or cool and everything in between. I keep mine set at daylight the majority of the time because it’s such a beautiful, clear white light. I can even use it for photography at night if needed – which is a new (and great!) option for me.
Here’s a visual for comparison where I used it at night with no overhead lights on in the room. The light is clear, filtered and glare free. And you can see that the whole work table is illuminated.
The lamp is sturdy and stable (almost 9 pounds) with a weighted base that is nonslip and will not scratch your work surface. I don’t worry at all about it getting bumped and flying off the table.
The Bright 360 is available in 2 sizes – a Table Lamp (this is the one I have) and there is also a larger Floor Lamp version. One thing to consider – because this lamp is large, sturdy and has a large swing radius, it does require some significant space. Also, it does require a standard wall outlet nearby for power (power cord is 71″ long.)
Easy to assemble in one step – no tools needed – then plug in and it’s ready to go.
The Bright 360 Table and Floor lamps are available from directly from Cricut.
They will also be available from Amazon, Joann, and Michaels. Joann brick-and-mortar stores will have them in stock if you want to go in and get a feel for the lamp in person.
Here’s some video footage from Cricut where you can get a feel for the size and scale as well as the ease of positioning and adjustment for the Bright 360 lamps in action.
What does the Cricut Bright 360 cost?
The table lamp retails for $199 and the floor-size version for $250. Admittedly, this is not a cheap lamp and may not be in the budget for every crafter. When I first heard the price point I wondered if a lamp could really be worth that cost. After using the lamp for almost 2 weeks and experiencing the size and quality of the lamp itself, as well as the ease of assembly (no tools required) I think the price point is fair. You do get what you pay for and this is definitely the Cadillac of craft lamps.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or on the post on Instagram and I’d be happy to answer!