I've been working all weekend and on both days have run into a problem
when the daylight ran out. Due to the old/new paint surfaces being
quite close in contrast I couldn't continue to work with a regular
light bulb (so work ceased at 3pm-ish as the daylight fell away) as I
couldn't distinguish where I'd painted and where I'd not.
Anyone got any ideas on whether a different type of electric lighting
might have helped? Someone commented on this forum earlier about
halogen giving a wide spectrum of light so I'm wondering whether to
buy a Screwfix site light (14558).
Too late now, but could be useful for future reference :)
Was doing some painting as well this afternoon and it was quite
surprising how much the halogen ceiling spots showed up the patchiness
of the finish ;)
A halogen work light sounds like a good idea...
For easy painting, you really want a 'soft' - or large source - for
lighting, a spot or small bulb isn't ideal.
The best would be a twin fluorescent fitting with colour matching
Northlight tubes. This is what you'll find in a car spray shop.
*I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
I use a 125W mercury lamp and inductive ballast I acquired some time
ago. Hanging from the light pendant it is like having your own personal
supernova in the room. Bulbs are 8-10quid from just about anywhere, but I
can't see a source for ballasts on their own just now - sorry, but much
better than a halogen.
I use a 1 Kilowatt stage light salvaged from a skip (just call me Steptoe!)
on a stand - it's a bit like a bigger and higher power version of those 500W
garden/security lights or the Screwfix site lights. A bit cumbersome but it
ain't arf bright !! I've subjectively compared it with two of the standard
500W jobbies and the colour temperature of the light is much closer to
daylight and the smaller ones seem yellowish by comparison ... However, the
'site light' type will be brighter and whiter than a bank of 100W bulbs, so
still useful. Being a cheapsk//////// er, thrifty, I would probably buy a
500W 'security' light for a fiver and mount it on a simple stand knocked up
using offcuts from the woodstore, but for a man of your means, PoP, that
would hardly be appropriate ...
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