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    Buying a new bulb/lamp: Tips on getting one ideal for making art by?

    Ah, something else to buy!
    I realize that many cheap lights people put on their desks to work by don't reveal "accurate" colors. (I'm assuming the definition of "accurate" means "as if being lit by sunlight").

    Now, which is the best "type" of light to paint/draw by?
    Is it Flourescent?
    Phosphorescent?
    Incandescent?
    Halogen?
    L. E. D?
    ...or something else?

    Does a "drafting lamp" have the same characteristics as an "artist" lamp?

    A company named "ott-lite" claims to make full-spectrum "true" lights. Are they overrated?

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    Thanks for the link, Qitsune! I found it informative.

    Unfortunately I'm not preparing a studio now, just getting a clip-on light for my table, so I guess I'm just concerned about bulb types right now.


    Oh and by the way I'll probably be using a device that's fitted with 2 horizontal bulbs so if there's some recommended combination I could manage it.

    Thanks.

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    If you get one of those energy saving bulbs you'll get a pale blue just visible amount of blue which is generally the right lighting considering you should be painting from the natural light pale blue is second best.

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    Well as posted in the link I gave, light temperature (color) is measured in K (kelvins) and "daylight" is around 42 000k so you can check that on the packaging of the better light bulbs (super cheap ones might not have a K rating)

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    Hmmm good point. I'm not sure if they make bulbs in long form though (what I'm looking for).

    Do you (or anyone) know if those "cool white" flourescent lights have enough blue in them to seem natural?

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    well i have them all over home so yes. but they don't come in long form to what i know but their inexpensice enough to buy in bulk

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    What you want is a "combo lamp" such as
    http://www.target.com/Fluorescent-In...20lamps&page=1

    It's a flourescent ring shaped bulb, with an incandescent regular house bulb in the middle. The warm house bulb, and the cool flourescent balance each other out and give you a very nice natural colored light.

    You can even turn the different lights on seperately to see how the work looks different in different lighting. This clamps to a desk, so it's very easy to use.

    Edit: I just noticed that particular link doesn't include the flourescent bulb. Look elsewhere and I'm sure you can find one with that bulb included. Also, I'm sure you can find it cheaper as well. I think I paid $60 for mine (although that was ten years ago)

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    Yeah that's what I was looking for! Being able to see it in both warm and cool sounds like a great idea.

    Now what shape is that fluorescent bulb it requires? Is it one of those curly ones or just round or does it matter?

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    The bulb is a big ring, with the regular house bulb going in the center. The lamp SHOULD come with the correct bulb. If it says no bulbs included look elsewhere, because I have no idea how easy they are to find. I've never needed to replace mine.

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