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  • From: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Lighting your workspace.
Posted by Deeve_ on Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:43 PM

Just a question for you folks. What type of lighting do you use on your workbench? Fluorescent, LED, Filament, Halogen?  

 

My setup I've the years a has gone from a filament bulb fixture above with a couple of fluorescent Reading lamps, but that wasn't bright enough the older I got. 

I replaced the reading lamps with a flourescent tube fixture. I have since replaced that light with an LED one. It's super bright, but my issue is that my eyes get irritated. I get ocular migraines and these lights don't induce them, but I get an effect like a migraine in my eyes. It's a harsh white light and I sometimes have trouble seeing detail because it is so stark. 

 

I guess I'm just curious of the warmth or starkness of your lighting. I'm thinking I need a more natural warmth light. 

 In Progress.

1/72 Revell Arado AR-240-c2

1/72 Hasegawa Mitchell Mk.III RAAF

1/72 Italeri XB-70 Valkyrie

Deeve_

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  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:54 PM

I have led and flourecent currently, just make sure all your lights are the same color temperature...

On the Bench:

  • Airfix 1/72 Fw-190D (1976)
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D Done!
  • Italeri F-100D 1/72  Done!
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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, May 23, 2021 5:15 PM
I'm using LED less heat on me for sure

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, May 23, 2021 6:14 PM

I'm currently using a 300 watt equivalent CFL bulb with a color temperature of 2700K.  2700K is about the same color temperature as a good, old fashioned soft white incandescent bulb.  It doesn't have the large amounts of blue light in it that irritates your eyes and can actually cause damage.  For detail work though, where I need even more light focused on what I'm working on, I use an LED headlamp.  I haven't found any method for lighting for detail work that is more effective than that.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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  • From: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Posted by Deeve_ on Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:11 PM

Eaglecash867

I'm currently using a 300 watt equivalent CFL bulb with a color temperature of 2700K.  2700K is about the same color temperature as a good, old fashioned soft white incandescent bulb.  It doesn't have the large amounts of blue light in it that irritates your eyes and can actually cause damage.  For detail work though, where I need even more light focused on what I'm working on, I use an LED headlamp.  I haven't found any method for lighting for detail work that is more effective than that.

 

 

That's what I was thinking, the blue light from the LED is messing my eyes up. It is a hanging shop light, like a flourescent fixture. I think I am gonna have to try and find a 2700k light. I love how bright this light is, but I can't deal with how is bugging my eyes out.

 In Progress.

1/72 Revell Arado AR-240-c2

1/72 Hasegawa Mitchell Mk.III RAAF

1/72 Italeri XB-70 Valkyrie

Deeve_

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, May 24, 2021 7:21 AM

This is the one I'm using right now.  I've been running it for about 4 years I think, and it still works really well.  Just takes a minute or two to come up to full brightness, but it starts off pretty bright.

https://www.amazon.com/Feit-Electric-Lumen-Equivalent-ESL65TN/dp/B000I17HUC/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=300W+CFL+2700K&qid=1621858725&sr=8-8

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, May 24, 2021 8:04 AM

cbaltrin

I have led and flourecent currently, just make sure all your lights are the same color temperature...

 

Why?

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, May 24, 2021 8:25 AM

Some tme go I changed my shop light to a 2000 lumen LED unit and bought a smaller LED unit that I fastened to my flourescent ring magnifier ( the swich was going bad).

I recently visited the local hardware store and bought a 2600 LED  unit for my garage for half the price of the shop unit.  They even had a reasonably priced 3600 lumen unit.

I believe it is important that the bench unit be easily positionable. When I am doing close-up work brighter light stops down my pupils for better vision.  When I airbrush glossy paint I like to move the lamp to where I see the lamp reflected in the paint surface.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 24, 2021 11:15 AM

Hi;

 Being my shop is also my room there only three lights I use for Modeling. They are all OTT lights recommended for jewelry work. I don't know about temperature and all that stuff. I do know that when I take a picture of anything it's color looks great!

  The lights repeatedly on the box described True Color Temperature whatever that is! I mix my paints according to the color wheel and what it looks like in sunlight! For others, I mix to get scale effect so they don't look too dark.

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  • From: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Posted by Deeve_ on Monday, May 24, 2021 11:37 AM

Tanker-Builder

Hi;

 Being my shop is also my room there only three lights I use for Modeling. They are all OTT lights recommended for jewelry work. I don't know about temperature and all that stuff. I do know that when I take a picture of anything it's color looks great!

  The lights repeatedly on the box described True Color Temperature whatever that is! I mix my paints according to the color wheel and what it looks like in sunlight! For others, I mix to get scale effect so they don't look too dark.

 

 

That sounds like what I need to get. are they LED?

 

 In Progress.

1/72 Revell Arado AR-240-c2

1/72 Hasegawa Mitchell Mk.III RAAF

1/72 Italeri XB-70 Valkyrie

Deeve_

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 9:52 AM

Okay, here is my take on sunlight color temperature for bench lighting.  I do shoot my  finished model photos outdoors, and have never noticed an odd shade even though I have used fluorescent and now LED lights on my bench.

Further, since the color temperature we perceive is a function both the paint tint and the ambient light, I am more interested in how it is perceived in the contest venues.  There the lighting is usually fluorescent (now changing in some places to LED)  That is why I don't use sunlight lights at my bench.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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