06/16/2009 Cheers up the entire workspace
|When we moved into our space over a year and a half ago one big expenditure was for lighting. Our space is lit by oodles of 8 foot fluorescents and a huge bay of windows on one side. Most of the time we just use natural window light - A photographer from Fine Woodworking once remarked that my shop had more natural light than any other workshop he had been in. Most of our assembly and saw filing stations are by the window which give great light, but at the time I was concerned about the light around my bench. |
The primary use for my workbench is testing, prototyping, and most of all photographing stuff for our catalog, this blog, and other pictures. So I was worried about the purple tint you get from mixed lighting. With a modern camera you can easily adjust white balance for daylight or fluorescent but not both at the same time. So I was worried that the part of my pictures near the window would look okay but the part in the background, that gets some light from the overhead lighting would have a purple fluorescent cast.
So a photographer I knew recommended full spectrum fluorescent bulbs which instead of having a purple cast are tinted to be more blue and mimic the natural color temperature of daylight. (for an explanation of color temperature click here.)
I did some research and the folks that sell full spectrum bulbs basically say that it makes your showroom more appealing, makes people more cheerful, good for morale, basically everything except world peace and that's coming soon.
So the bit about showrooms seemed a good idea, and it would solve my photography problem - so we bit the bullet and forked over a lot of cash to change our 8' bulbs to full spectrum. Just the bulbs not the fixtures. The results were great!!!! I can tell you a year and a half later that I would do it again in a heartbeat and I even bought a full spectrum reading light for my dad because, because for those with vision problems, they are easier to read by.
We don't sell the bulbs. This isn't a sales pitch. We are just satisfied customers. We got our bulbs from here: Full Spectrum Solutions, but I think there are lots of vendors around. If you are lighting your workshop I highly recommend them, if for no other reason that the wood will look wood color, not greenish, but mainly because it makes a nicer environment to work in.
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