Task light for print evaluation

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  • Roger Goun
    Roger Goun
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    Printing Colour Management
    on: April 15, 2024 at 7:28 pm

    I need a new task light for evaluating my prints. I don’t know what bulb to look for now that SoLux bulbs are no longer available. What are people using? Suggestions would be welcome.

    Thanks.

    — Roger

    Mark D Segal
    Mark D Segal
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    Re: Task light for print evaluation
    Reply #1 on: April 15, 2024 at 7:36 pm

    5000K bulbs should still be OK for most photo-viewing and evaluation purposes: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=5000K+light+bulbs. I don’t have a specific recommendation because I am still working off my small stash of Solux bulbs.

    Roger Goun
    Roger Goun
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    Re: Task light for print evaluation
    Reply #2 on: April 15, 2024 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks, Mark.

    — Roger

    Kevin Raber
    Kevin Raber
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    Re: Task light for print evaluation
    Reply #3 on: April 16, 2024 at 9:15 am

    I have e for the last view weeks using the Calibrite lighting for evaluation the prints that I print at home.  You can check it out and order it HERE.  I’ll be putting up an article on it soon.  It’s pretty nice.

     

    Kevin Raber
    Owner and Publisher of photoPXL

    John Donlan
    John Donlan
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    Re: Task light for print evaluation
    Reply #4 on: April 16, 2024 at 1:35 pm

    Kevin, how robust is the grey surface and is the LAMP color temp displayed?

    Scamazon doesnt say.

    Also, check the reviews at B&H

    Greyscale

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    Andrew Rodney
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    Re: Task light for print evaluation
    Reply #5 on: April 17, 2024 at 11:46 am

    The LEDs from Waveform are pretty good. Not Solux, but nothing is.

    The measurement data is here http://digitaldog.net/files/WaveformLEDs.tiff

    Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management" (pluralsight.com)

    Roger Goun
    Roger Goun
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    Re: Task light for print evaluation
    Reply #6 on: April 17, 2024 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks, Andrew. I’ve just ordered one.

    — Roger

    Andrew Rodney
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    Re: Task light for print evaluation
    Reply #7 on: April 17, 2024 at 10:22 pm

    Solux bulbs can still be found on some online stores, for example:

    https://www.replacementlightbulbs.com/lamp35012.html

    Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management" (pluralsight.com)

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