Luthier LightsTM are the solution to the age old shop problem of how to effectively light the interior of instruments for inspection or repairs, such as setting sound posts. Using high tech flexible LED lighting, Luthier LightsTM are designed to provide good lighting for different instruments, by offering specific lighting heads for each type of instrument. A head designed to correctly light a violin or viola, wouldn’t provide enough light for a bass, and a head designed for a bass, would be too bright for a violin. The heads are powered by a plug-in switching power supply operating from 110VAC. The lighting heads are interchangeable, and a single power supply is all that is necessary to use any of the heads.
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The high efficiency LEDs used in Luthier LightsTM are daylight white (6,000 K), and, while not heat free, are cooler than other lights.
Below, is a chart showing light emission and power consumption for the different lighting heads offered.
HEAD TYPE LIGHT EMISSION POWER CONSUMPTION
Violin/Viola 47 Lumens 0.51 Watt
Cello/Guitar 95 Lumens 1.02 Watt
Cello/Bass 142 Lumens 1.54 Watt
The WIND LEAK LIGHT is another product that I am offering. These are about 24" long, and will fit into a wind instrument as small as a piccolo. The wire is stiff enough to push into an instrument, but flexible enough to handle curves. The lighting is the same as used to light up a double bass, so is very bright.
*“Just unwrapped the luthier light and stuck it in my viola . . . . awesome!!! So much better than my cumbersome bend-a-light, what a great product and idea! Looking forward to my next sound post setting for once . . .”
*“The lights arrived to today .. they are great, what a difference they make, many thanks!”
*“Apparently, once you start using your colleague’s luthier light for setting soundposts, you can't go back to your old light. I wanted to put this purchase off, but that would only lead me to additional frustration.”
*“I just set a cello sound post using this for the first time. Wow. It made the whole process so much easier. Amazingly easier. Let there be light! I can SEE!!!!! If you work on instruments, esp. celli, you owe it to yourself to get one of these.”
*"It's a fantastic product! I received mine today, certainly made me wonder how I got by without it before.”
With an inexpensive USB endoscope, you can get great views of internal structure. The lights built into these endoscopes are totally inadequate, and extra lighting with Luthier Lights, really makes it work.
Here's the inside of a double bass lit up with a Luthier Light
Our cello/guitar size is perfect for this size instrument.
Even without an endoscope, you can get a much better view of things. Great for setting soundposts.
Great view of the neck block. It doesn't work well without a Luthier Light.
Cleats, bassbar, blocks. You can see it all with help from Luthier Lights.
(As of Feb. 1, 2020. Prices subject to change without notice. Power supply styles may change due to availability.)
Fractional (1/4 and smaller) Violin Luthier Light TM w/power supply. $34.00
Violin Luthier LightTM w/power supply. $38.00
Cello/Guitar Luthier LightTM w/power supply. $42.00
Bass/Cello Luthier LightTM w/power supply $45.00
Violin/Cello Luthier LightTM combo w/2 heads and /power supply. $60.00
Violin/Bass Luthier LightTM combo w/2 heads and /power supply. $63.00
Violin/Cello/Bass Luthier LightTM combo w/3 heads and /power supply. $88.00
Wind Leak Light (24” long) w/ power supply. $45.00
Replacement/extra Power supply (w/ 6 ft. cord) $16.00
Replacement/extra Violin Luthier LightTM head. $22.00
Replacement/extra Cello/Guitar Luthier LightTM head. $26.00
Replacement/extra Bass/Cello Luthier LightTM head. $29.00
Note: Both US and EU power supplies are available
*New York State residents must pay 8% sales tax.
Shipping and handling to US addresses is $8.50
(Shipping for up to 2 sets. Contact me for shipping on larger quantities.)
International Shipping is $28.00 to Canada, $45.00 for other countries (for up to 2 sets).
The quickest way to order the lights is with Paypal invoices. Send me an email with your name and shipping address, and the items that you would like to purchase. I will send out a Paypal invoice that will allow you to pay with a credit card, or your Paypal account. Paypal invoices do not require a Paypal account. You can use a credit card, and check out as a guest. As soon as I receive payment notification, I’ll ship your order out. I generally ship within a day or two. Shipping is by USPS Priority Mail.