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paintbug
02-05-2002, 11:46 AM
Hello, Does anyone have recommendations to offer regarding color corrected lighting options. I did a search on Google and had over 7,000 hits. Would like a more neutral light source without spending $500.
Thanks

Heidi
02-05-2002, 01:17 PM
I recently bought a bunch of bulbs by GE called "reveal." A wee bit more expensive than regular incandescent, but still a major cheapo alternative. They work great and fit my really cheapo ikea fixtures. They have a much nicer cast than those blue bulbs sold as "daylight." In fact, I did some test shots with my new (not cheapo) digital camera with various white balance settings and I was so happy with the results that I splurged and bought twenty bucks worth (about $1 U.S.).

Heidi

TPS
02-05-2002, 02:16 PM
There have been extensive discussions of this topic in the Studio Tips forum. Do a search there.

Rose Queen
02-05-2002, 02:18 PM
Glowbug, a recent discussion here on Ott lights (do a search for that in the title of the thread) brought out some more alternatives, as well.



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bruin70
02-05-2002, 10:43 PM
buy a flourescent fixture and use warm white and incandescent flourescent bulbs.....{M}

Einion
02-10-2002, 02:52 PM
What you want is a high Colour Rendering Index or CRI. Ott-lite True Color lamps and bulbs have a CRI of 95, very high indeed - actually higher than indirect daylight in most places (up on their Natural Light models with a CRI of 84). Their high initial cost is offset by their low power consumption and their very long lifespan - 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Colour temperature is also important as incandescents can have very good CRI while being too "warm", actually cooler in real terms but more yellow/orangey.

I use a mix of incandescent room lighting and a fluorescent desk lamp (a 5000K bulb I think) and I remember being very happy with the improvement in my work when I began using this setup which I estimate gives a CRI somewhere in the 80s but I'm increasingly aware that it's not really as good as I would like. However since most work is viewed under just one type of lighting, often with a CRI below 80 I don't sweat it too much at the moment.

Even if you use only incandescent lights the simple expedient of painting one wall blue ups the colour temperature in a room, which helps offset the warmer light these give out.

Einion