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Marc McMillan

Member Since 30 Oct 2010
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In Topic: Qotw: Are You A Thrower Or A Hand Builder?

24 June 2015 - 02:59 PM

I'm a thrower, while listening to the Beatles. :)


But, I'd like to incorporate more handbuilding.

In Topic: Preheat Time For Single Fire Cone 6 (Tonight Or Very Early Tomorrow Morning...

15 June 2015 - 02:56 PM

My last firing could have used an hour preheat....evidently.

Hate it when I have to rush the process.

In Topic: Feeling Discouraged?

12 June 2015 - 03:01 PM

Whenever I have a bad day throwing I usually realize that I have allowed the bad thoughts (like from work) to plague my mind preventing me from just being there in the moment with my clay.

In Topic: Basement Studio Lighting

05 June 2015 - 02:57 PM


RE: Serviceable - if you go full blown LED (with boards not lamps) some manufacturers don't do a good enough job of making it easy to replace the boards if they go out. Same thing with the drivers (like a ballast). As such when it dies...you have to replace it. Not good.

In Topic: Basement Studio Lighting

04 June 2015 - 02:56 PM

You might want to look up local Electrical Distributors in your area. They will have a wider selection- or can order for you - of lighting products.

In an ideal world you'd like Indirect/Direct lighting. If Fluorescent - go T8. T8's are efficient, and replacements can be easily obtained at you local home store.

There are good 'Troffers' that will be glare free and fit right in your drop ceiling (sheet rock too).

LED is where the lighting market has shifted, but they might be a little pricey for most home studios.

Stay away from the LED T8 Lamps (Fluorescent replacements). The quality, in my opinion is poor, and the cost is high. Better to stick with T8 if that is the other choice.

If you do go full blown LED, do check into how serviceable they are. If they can't be maintained, they should be avoided.


I've been in the lighting business for quite sometime so if you want to hit me with any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.


Good luck.

Marc McMillan