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    Natural Light or Artificial Light in your Studio

    So, I have accumulated so much stuff that I decided that I need a specific studio space that is not the corner of the kitchen or the middle of the dining room, bathroom or otherwise. In this space I will have my computer for digital stuff as well as a drawing table for the pencil stuff and an easel for painting endevors. One thing that I have noticed is the profound difference between the natural light that filters in through my windows and the artificial light that I get from the fixtures. For the digital stuff, I don't believe ambiant lighting matters, but for traditional painting, ummmm....yeah. So my options are to setup in a small room with a BIG window that will allow for alot of natural light, or to setup in a BIG room with only artificial light.

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    what direction does the window face? this will matter in how the light comes in. North windows will give you even bounced light all day and is generally considered best. If you have direct sun shooting through the window at certain times of day, it can be a frustrating interuption to your work.

    On the other hand, they're doing amazing things with ballanced flourecent lighting these days. Alternating warm and cool bulbs simulates sunlight well enough in my opinion.

    I'd go with the larger room myself. I nearly always work by artificial light though, seeing as I do most of my painting after the sun goes down. Also, do you paint from life? Once again, there's pros and cons. Sunlight is prettier, but you can't control it

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    I say find a room that compromises..

    fun fact * sunlight does not work at night time

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    north light is also more consistent for color temperature throughout the day. when working in traditional media, it's amazing how the vagaries of daylight can affect how a color piece looks, and anything but north light can change color temp noticeably over the day. even north light changes enough to have an effect, though less than light from the other directions. if your small daylight room doesn't have north light, probably better to go for a well-balanced artifical setup.

    try and find the fluorescents used by higher-end color print shops for their proofing rooms -- they're a bit pricey but balanced to a 5000K color temp standard with a good CRI that's considered a decent daylight match. they may require special fixtures, though.

    here's a couple of tech articles if you're interested:
    http://www.edbergphoto.com/pages/Tip-fluorescents.html
    http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...08/ai_12043179

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    After some consideration, it looks like I will be setting thing up on the larger room (in the basement). I will need new lighting and I saw different types in Home Depot. I saw the 5000K bulbs which where considered "daylight". They also had 6500K bulbs considered "sunshine". What would the difference be. Would one large fixture be better or multiple smaller fixtures?

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    Cool I always wondered why it was so important to have north light for traditional painters. And I who was specifically looking for housing with south east / south west windows. pssh!

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    There are these special flourecent lights for architects that produce special daylight, I think they were called 750 something, I cant remember. THey are pretty expensive though, around a hundred bucks Id say

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    Quote Originally Posted by Interceptor
    fun fact * sunlight does not work at night time
    Natural light can mean moonlight too

    My drawing table faces the only window in my room. I try to draw as much as possible with natural light, but its not possible since its december in Canada and I'm almost a nocturnal creature.

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