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Old 23-02-2009, 18:26   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, Iíd like to buy a daylight bulb to put in a desk lamp or similar in my workroom, itís a rather dark room and I have trouble viewing prints I print off, obviously it makes things worse that the lamps I have are tungsten or halogen.

Trouble is Iím unsure what to buy, a quick look on the net and you come up with daylight bulbs with various fittings but they seem aimed at sufferers of seasonal affective disorder. Common sense tells me that they should be equally suitable for viewing prints but am I wrong? Maybe there is some special knowledge that I need, or something specifically photographic. I did see a little desk lamp in the colour management section of Morris photo but itís very expensive and probably too specialist/unnescessary

Any advice gratefully received, thanks, Ruth
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Re: daylight bulbs for viewing prints

If you buy one of these from Argos it may come with a daylight tube, or something close enough to it. (I bought two and they did.)

If it comes with a standard white tube, you may be able to buy a PL11 daylight tube separately from a specialist electrical supplier.

Alternatively, perhaps take a look at....

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Re: daylight bulbs for viewing prints

Ruth, there is a general problem of Metamarism where prints may look different in colour in different light sources. It is therefore most important to view the picture in the same light source and it will be seen (in a gallery, by a judge or in daylight?). Probably the worst for metamarism was the earlier ink jet printers when printing Monochrome using the colour inks. If you did not use the colour inks, the single black did not provide sufficient tonal levels but using the colour inks resulted in the picture looking B&W in some lights but green in others. The most recent quality ink jet printers have multiple black inks and it is possible to print monochrome with excellent tonal quality and low or no metamarism.

If you were considering competition pictures for the Club, I usually view mine in daylight from a north facing window on a bright but slightly overcast day. If you do identify an ideal light source, please share it with the rest of us.
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Daylight Fluorescent Spiral Bulb 5000k 35w (155w equiv) | Steve's Photo Shop.

Try this one Ruth it is also available in 25 watt.Edison screw fitting. It is low energy so 35 watts of heat equates to 155watt of incandescent lamp heat..It will fit any small or large lamp fitting.If you need a bayonet fitting let me know and Il'l direct you .
This spiral lamp is ideal for film and digital photographic shots..
The link should get you the info.
I hope this helps ,regards Brian
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Re: daylight bulbs for viewing prints

thanks all of you I'll follow those leads and give it a try much appreciated...Ruth
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