Lighting Setup for painting ????
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    Just wanted to find out what people are using for their lighting setup that they use while painting - what type of lamps do you use, how many do you use, do you use normal globes or flurescents etc.....

    Just curious... wondering if there is a better system out there than what I am using at the moment ( which is just a single 60 watt lamp on a jointed arm attached to my painting desk.....

    Adam.

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    Hi Adam, I use a 100W incandescent room light (without a shade) with a fluorescent desk lamp that I paint directly under.

    Depending on whether you\'re in the UK or the US there are some very good \'full-spectrum\' lights available which give much better colour rendition than any normal lights.

    Einion

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    In my experience iv\'e found a daylight effect lightbulb seems to give me the best results when working under artifical light.

    Although in my oppinion nothin beats working from actual daylight

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    All I\'ve got is soft glow 60 watt bulbs. I\'m looking to get myself a \'daylight\' lamp, because I\'m in a basement, and don\'t get real sunlight where I paint.

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    I use daylight bulbs - I did use the daylight bulbs that have a blue coating, but have found some \"green\" (as in low wattage environmental ones) flourescent daylight bulbs. These have a much cooler colour, and when compared to the blue coated ones there\'s no comparison - the old ones appear more like tungsten bulbs with an orange colour!

    Never tried with natural daylight. But as I mostly paint during the evenings you need consistent light source and thats simply the best way to go.

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    Orb - i use blue coated daylight bulbs too - and the biggest problem i have is that 2 100watt bulbs produce a LOT of heat... enough to effect the drying time of the paint!

    where did you get the bulbs you mention - do you have a web link? i\'d be VERY interested...

    Regards

    Brandlin
    (Alan)

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    I bought them from my local artstore -I\'ll pop in soon and find out some details. Think it\'s the same company........

    and yes they do give out lots of heat - i still use it for drying greenstuff!

    the others are great.

    another option, and big investment is this:
    Actulite

    I have one and it\'s great! Very gentle onn the eyes. But expensive. Flouro bulb again, but the polarised light works a treat

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    Orb, your light looks a lot like the OTT light they sell here in the states. Color corrected flourescent.

    A bit pricey, but very nice to paint under.

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    I have 3 full spectrum flouresent bulbs at my paint desk, they show colors almost perfectly, and they\'re VERY low energy (I have 2 15watt and 1 20 watt). So they don\'t produce hardly any heat, are cheep to use, last nearly FOREVER, and are actually VERY bright.

    Once I got one, I can\'t go back :)

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    bottom line is, if you\'re serious about spending long hours sculpting or painting things this small, a good light source is essential. And the low wattage/low heat tubes \"daylight\" style lights seem the friendliest way to go

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    Originally posted by Orb
    I bought them from my local artstore -I\'ll pop in soon and find out some details. Think it\'s the same company........

    and yes they do give out lots of heat - i still use it for drying greenstuff!

    snap! so do I

    the others are great.

    another option, and big investment is this:
    Actulite

    I have one and it\'s great! Very gentle onn the eyes. But expensive. Flouro bulb again, but the polarised light works a treat
    I\'ve got the Actulite, well worth the investment (if only I could stock them :D )
    wouldn\'t go back to anything else for painting under :cool:

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    Just found this site for a UK based company selling full spectrum energy saving bulbs. These are the same as I have and I assume the same as Erics

    Lightbulbs Direct

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    the ones I use are like this

    http://www.lightbulbs-direct.com/var...l.asp?var=3676

    And are made to screw into a normal light socket. However 30w full spectrum bulb is VERY bright, (like 150w normal light). I use 15w or 20w bulbs.

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    Ah haaaa.........cheers Eric

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    I bought an Ott Light when they were on sale locally, so full spectrum fluorescent for me. It\'s set up directly above my painting area. I also have a tiny Ikea halogen off to the side that I use to throw things under to dry or to take a look at where the light hits things. Not sure if this really impacts my painting at all, but that\'s what I use.

    Used to paint under the 250 or so watt halogen that\'s hanging above the table, but if I dared paint during warm weather it was almost unbearable.

    Besides, the full spectrum light is nice and bright and cheery. Very good for them gloomy Seattle winters. :D

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    Originally posted by Equus
    Besides, the full spectrum light is nice and bright and cheery. Very good for them gloomy Seattle winters. :D
    Ott Lites are very good lightsources in the colour-rendering department and it\'ll help counteract SAD so you\'ve got a double benefit :)

    Einion

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    but aren\'t well all SAD Einion?

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    I don\'t know, are we? :D

    Einion

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